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2020–21 UEFA Nations League

The 2020–21 UEFA Nations League will be the second season of the UEFA Nations League, an international association football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.[1] The competition will be held from September to November 2020 (league phase) and June 2021 (Nations League Finals).[2]

2020–21 UEFA Nations League
Tournament details
DatesLeague phase:
September – November 2020
Nations League Finals:
June 2021
Teams55
2022–23

Contents

FormatEdit

The 55 UEFA national teams are to be divided into four leagues, with 12 teams in League A, 12 teams in League B, 15 teams in League C, and 16 teams in League D.[4] Following the 2018–19 season, the teams finishing bottom of their group in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated, while the group winners of Leagues B, C and D will be promoted. Each league is divided into four groups of three or four teams, so each team plays four or six matches within their group (using the home-and-away round-robin format), on double matchdays in September, October and November 2020.

In the top division, League A, teams compete to become the UEFA Nations League champions. The four group winners of League A qualify for the Nations League Finals in June 2021, which is played in a knockout format, consisting of the semi-finals, third place play-off, and final. The semi-final pairings, along with the administrative home teams for the third place play-off and final, are determined by means of a draw. The host country will be selected among the four qualified teams by the UEFA Executive Committee,[5] with the winners of the final crowned as the Nations League champions. For the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used in the Nations League Finals.[6]

Teams also compete for promotion and relegation to a higher or lower league. In each league, the four group winners (except League A) are promoted, while the last-placed teams of each group (except League D) are relegated; however, in League C, due to different sized groups, the three fourth-placed teams and the lowest-ranking third-placed team are relegated.

Tiebreakers for group rankingEdit

If two or more teams in the same group are equal on points on completion of the league phase, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied:[3]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference in matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played among the teams in question;
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played among the teams in question;
  5. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings.[a] If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 10 apply;
  6. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Higher number of wins in all group matches;
  10. Higher number of away wins in all group matches;
  11. Disciplinary points in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card).

Notes

  1. ^ When there are two or more teams tied in points, criteria 1 to 4 are applied. After these criteria are applied, they may define the position of some of the teams involved, but not all of them. For example, if there is a three-way tie on points, the application of the first four criteria may only break the tie for one of the teams, leaving the other two teams still tied. In this case, the tiebreaking procedure is resumed, from the beginning, for those teams that are still tied.

To determine the worst third-placed team in League C, the results against the teams in fourth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied:

  1. Higher number of points;
  2. Superior goal difference;
  3. Higher number of goals scored;
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home;
  5. Higher number of wins;
  6. Higher number of wins away from home;
  7. Disciplinary points in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card).

Criteria for league rankingEdit

Individual league rankings are established according to the following criteria:[3]

  1. Position in the group;
  2. Higher number of points;
  3. Superior goal difference;
  4. Higher number of goals scored;
  5. Higher number of goals scored away from home;
  6. Higher number of wins;
  7. Higher number of wins away from home;
  8. Disciplinary points in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card).

In order to rank teams in leagues composed of different sized groups, the following procedure applies:[3]

  1. The results against fourth-placed teams are not taken into account for the purposes of comparing teams placed first, second and third in their respective groups.
  2. All results are taken into account for the purposes of comparing teams placed fourth in their respective groups.

The ranking of the top 4 teams in League A are determined by their finish in the Nations League Finals:[3]

  1. The winner is ranked 1st;
  2. The runner-up is ranked 2nd;
  3. The third-placed team is ranked 3rd;
  4. The fourth-placed team is ranked 4th.

Criteria for overall rankingEdit

The overall UEFA Nations League rankings are established as follows:[3]

  1. The 12 League A teams are ranked 1st to 12th according to their league rankings.
  2. The 12 League B teams are ranked 13th to 24th according to their league rankings.
  3. The 15 League C teams are ranked 25th to 39th according to their league rankings.
  4. The 16 League D teams are ranked 40th to 55th according to their league rankings.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

The Nations League may also be linked with European qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, similar to the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs.[7] However, the exact format and the number of slots available has yet to be confirmed.[8]

ScheduleEdit

Below are the FIFA windows of the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League.[9]

Stage Round FIFA window
League phase Matchday 1 31 August – 8 September 2020
Matchday 2
Matchday 3 5–13 October 2020
Matchday 4
Matchday 5 9–17 November 2020
Matchday 6
Finals Semi-finals 31 May – 8 June 2021
Third place play-off
Final

TeamsEdit

 
Map showing the leagues each national team will participate in.
  League A
  League B
  League C
  League D
  TBD

All 55 UEFA national teams will enter the competition. The teams finishing bottom of their group in Leagues A, B and C from the 2018–19 season will move down a league, while the group winners of Leagues B, C and D will move up. The remaining teams will stay in their respective leagues.

League AEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Nations League FinalsEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
June 2021 – TBD
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
June 2021 – TBD
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
June 2021 – TBD
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Third place play-off
 
 
June 2021 – TBD
 
 
Losers Match 1/2
 
 
Losers Match 1/2

Semi-finalsEdit

Winners Group 1/2/3/4Match 1Winners Group 1/2/3/4

Winners Group 1/2/3/4Match 2Winners Group 1/2/3/4

Third place play-offEdit

Losers Match 1/2Match 3Losers Match 1/2

FinalEdit

Winners Match 1/2Match 4Winners Match 1/2

League BEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

League CEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible relegation to League D[a] TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The lowest ranked third-placed team of Nations League C will be relegated to League D.

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible relegation to League D[a] TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League D TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The lowest ranked third-placed team of Nations League C will be relegated to League D.

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible relegation to League D[a] TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League D TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The lowest ranked third-placed team of Nations League C will be relegated to League D.

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible relegation to League D[a] TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League D TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The lowest ranked third-placed team of Nations League C will be relegated to League D.

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
1 C1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 C2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 C4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League D
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Counting only matches against teams ranked first and second in the group, 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Wins; 6) Away wins; 7) Disciplinary points; 8) UEFA national team coefficient.

League DEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League C TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League C TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League C TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League C TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA Nations League receives associations' green light". UEFA. 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Transportation logistics services national team competitions: Invitation to express interest" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. p. 2. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Regulations of the UEFA Nations League 2018/19" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "UEFA Nations League: all you need to know". UEFA.com. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA. 9 December 2016.
  6. ^ "VAR to be introduced in 2019/20 UEFA Champions League". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  7. ^ "UEFA Nations League format and schedule approved". UEFA.com. 4 December 2014.
  8. ^ "UEFA's new 'League of Nations' – Do you understand it?". CNN. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  9. ^ "International match calendar 2018–2024" (PDF). FIFA. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 16 October 2018.

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