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2020–21 UEFA Nations League C

The 2020–21 UEFA Nations League C is the third 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]

2020–21 UEFA Nations League C
Tournament details
DatesLeague phase:
3 September – 17 November 2020
Relegation play-outs:
24–29 March 2022
Teams16
2022–23

FormatEdit

Following a format change from the first season, League C was expanded from 15 to 16 teams.[2] The league will consist of UEFA members ranked from 33–48 in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League overall ranking, to be 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 be promoted to the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B, and the fourth-placed team of each group will advance to the relegation play-outs.[4]

As League C has four groups while League D has only two, the two League C teams which are to be relegated will be determined by play-outs in March 2022. Based on the Nations League overall ranking, the best-ranked team will face the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team will face the third-ranked team. Two ties will be played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home (the higher-ranked team will host the second leg). The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs will remain in League C, while the loser will be relegated to League D. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, with extra time played if away goals are also equal. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, with a penalty shoot-out used to decide the winner if no goals are scored during extra time.[4]

TeamsEdit

Team changesEdit

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

Incoming
Promoted from
Nations League D
Group winners: Following format change:
Outgoing
Promoted to
Nations League B
Group winners:
Following format change:

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

Incoming
Initially relegated from
Nations League B
Outgoing
Initially relegated to
Nations League D

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 were confirmed 4 December 2019,[6] and were based on the access list ranking.[4][7]

Pot 1
Team Rank
  Greece 33
  Albania 34
  Montenegro 35
  Georgia 36
Pot 2
Team Rank
  North Macedonia 37
  Kosovo 38
  Belarus 39
  Cyprus 40
Pot 3
Team Rank
  Estonia 41
  Slovenia 42
  Lithuania 43
  Luxembourg 44
Pot 4
Team Rank
  Armenia 45
  Azerbaijan 46
  Kazakhstan 47
  Moldova 48

The draw for the league phase will take place on 3 March 2020, 18:00 CET, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[8][4] Each group will contain one team from each pot.

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 Promotion or qualification C1-1 C1-2 C1-3 C1-4
1 C1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 C1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 C1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 C1-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to relegation play-outs 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 Promotion or qualification C2-1 C2-2 C2-3 C2-4
1 C2-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 C2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 C2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 C2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to relegation play-outs 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 Promotion or qualification C3-1 C3-2 C3-3 C3-4
1 C3-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 C3-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 C3-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 C3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to relegation play-outs 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 Promotion or qualification C4-1 C4-2 C4-3 C4-4
1 C4-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 C4-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 C4-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 C4-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to relegation play-outs TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
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Relegation play-outsEdit

The relegation play-outs of League C are scheduled on the same dates as the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs. If one or more of the teams due to participate in the relegation play-outs also qualifies for the World Cup qualifying play-offs, the relegation play-outs will be cancelled and the teams in League C ranked 47th and 48th in the Nations League overall ranking will be automatically relegated.[4]

Times are CET/CEST,[note 2] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

SummaryEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
4th ranked fourth-placed team 1st ranked fourth-placed team 24–25 Mar '22 28–29 Mar '22
3rd ranked fourth-placed team 2nd ranked fourth-placed team 24–25 Mar '22 28–29 Mar '22

MatchesEdit

4th ranked fourth-placed teamv1st ranked fourth-placed team
1st ranked fourth-placed teamv4th ranked fourth-placed team

3rd ranked fourth-placed teamv2nd ranked fourth-placed team
2nd ranked fourth-placed teamv3rd ranked fourth-placed team

Overall rankingEdit

The 16 League C teams will be ranked 33rd to 48th overall in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League according to the following rules:[4]

  • The teams finishing first in the groups will be ranked 33rd to 36th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing second in the groups will be ranked 37th to 40th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing third in the groups will be ranked 41st to 44th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing fourth in the groups will be ranked 45th to 48th according to the results of the league phase.
Rnk Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
33 1st best group 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 2nd best group 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 3rd best group 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 4th best group 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 1st best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 2nd best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 3rd best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 4th best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 1st best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 2nd best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 3rd best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 4th best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 1st best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 2nd best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 3rd best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
48 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).
  2. ^ CET (UTC+1) for the first leg matches (28–29 March 2022), and CEST (UTC+2) for the second leg matches (28–29 March 2022).

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 e f "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. ^ "UEFA Executive Committee agenda for Nyon meeting". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  7. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Nations League – league phase draw procedure" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  8. ^ "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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