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2020–21 UEFA Nations League A

The 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A is the top division of the 2020–21 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the second season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.[1] League A will culminate with the Nations League Finals in June 2021 to determine the champions of the competition.

2020–21 UEFA Nations League A
Tournament details
DatesLeague phase:
3 September – 17 November 2020
Nations League Finals:
2–6 June 2021
Teams16
2022–23

FormatEdit

Following a format change from the first season, League A was expanded from 12 to 16 teams.[2] The league consists of the top ranked UEFA members from 1–16 in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League overall ranking, split into four groups of four. Each team will play six matches within their group, using the home-and-away round-robin format on double matchdays in September, October and November 2020.[3] The winners of each group will advance to the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals, and the fourth-placed team of each group will be relegated to the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B.[4]

The Nations League Finals will take place in June 2021 and be 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, with the winners of the final crowned as the champions of the UEFA Nations League.

The four group winners will be drawn into groups of five teams for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (in order to accommodate for the Nations League Finals).

TeamsEdit

Team changesEdit

The following are the team changes of League A from the 2018–19 season:

Incoming
Promoted from
Nations League B

The following team changes were initially set to occur in League A, but did not after no teams were relegated due to the format change by UEFA:

Outgoing
Initially relegated to
Nations League B

SeedingEdit

In the 2020–21 access list, UEFA ranked teams based on the 2018–19 Nations League overall ranking, with a slight modification: teams which were originally relegated in the previous season were ranked immediately below teams promoted prior to the format change.[5] The seeding pots for the league phase will be based on the access list ranking.[4]

Team Rank
  Portugal (title holders) 1
  Netherlands 2
  England 3
   Switzerland 4
Team Rank
  Belgium 5
  France 6
  Spain 7
  Italy 8
Team Rank
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 9
  Ukraine 10
  Denmark 11
  Sweden 12
Team Rank
  Croatia 13
  Poland 14
  Germany 15
  Iceland 16

The draw for the league phase will take place on 3 March 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[6][4]

GroupsEdit

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation A1-1 A1-2 A1-3 A1-4
1 A1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD TBD
2 A1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 A1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 A1-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
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Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation A2-1 A2-2 A2-3 A2-4
1 A2-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD TBD
2 A2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 A2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 A2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
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Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation A3-1 A3-2 A3-3 A3-4
1 A3-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD TBD
2 A3-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 A3-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 A3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
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Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation A4-1 A4-2 A4-3 A4-4
1 A4-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD TBD
2 A4-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 A4-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 A4-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
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Nations League FinalsEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
2 June 2021 – TBD
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
6 June 2021 – TBD
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
3 June 2021 – TBD
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Third place play-off
 
 
6 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

Overall rankingEdit

The 16 League A teams will be ranked 1st to 16th overall in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League according to the following rules:[4]

  • The teams finishing first in the groups will be ranked 1st to 4th according to the results of the Nations League Finals.
  • The teams finishing second in the groups will be ranked 5th to 8th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing third in the groups will be ranked 9th to 12th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing fourth in the groups will be ranked 13th to 16th according to the results of the league phase.
Rnk Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Nations League Finals 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Nations League Finals 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Nations League Finals 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Nations League Finals 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 1st best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 2nd best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 3rd best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 4th best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 1st best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 2nd best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 3rd best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 4th best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 1st best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 2nd best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 3rd best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 4th best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 3 September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Ranking criteria

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CEST (UTC+2) for matchdays 1–4 (September and October 2020), CET (UTC+1) for matchdays 5–6 (November 2020).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA Nations League receives associations' green light". UEFA. 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Format change for 2020/21 UEFA Nations League". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  3. ^ "UEFA Nations League: all you need to know". UEFA.com. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA Nations League, 2020/21" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  5. ^ "UEFA Nations League 2021/21 overall ranking" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  6. ^ "How the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League will line up". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.

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