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 – 18 November 2020
Relegation play-outs:
24–29 March 2022
Teams16
Promoted Albania
 Armenia
 Montenegro
 Slovenia
Tournament statistics
Matches played48
Goals scored97 (2.02 per match)
Attendance9,067 (189 per match)
Top scorer(s)Albania Sokol Cikalleshi
Estonia Rauno Sappinen
Montenegro Stevan Jovetić
Slovenia Haris Vučkić
(4 goals each)
2022–23
All statistics correct as of 18 November 2020.

FormatEdit

Following a format change from the first season, League C was expanded from 15 to 16 teams.[2] The league consisted 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 played 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 were promoted to the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B, and the fourth-placed team of each group advanced to the relegation play-outs.[4]

As League C had four groups while League D had only two, the two League C teams that 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 were 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 that were originally relegated in the previous season were ranked immediately below teams promoted prior to the format change.[5][6] The seeding pots for the league phase were confirmed 4 December 2019,[7] and were based on the access list ranking.[4][8]

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 took place at the Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 3 March 2020, 18:00 CET.[9][10][11][12] Each group contained one team from each pot.

GroupsEdit

The original fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 3 March 2020 following the draw.[13] On 17 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee adjusted the league phase schedule for October and November 2020 to allow for the completion of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs.[14][15] Following the change, a revised schedule for the October and November 2020 fixtures was released by UEFA on 26 June 2020.[16][17]

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        
1   Montenegro (P) 6 4 1 1 10 2 +8 13 Promotion to League B 1–2 2–0 4–0
2   Luxembourg 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10 0–1 0–0 2–0
3   Azerbaijan 6 1 3 2 2 4 −2 6 0–0 1–2 0–0
4   Cyprus (Q) 6 1 1 4 2 10 −8 4 Qualification to relegation play-outs 0–2 2–1 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Azerbaijan  1–2  Luxembourg
Report
Cyprus  0–2  Montenegro
Report

Cyprus  0–1  Azerbaijan
Report
Luxembourg  0–1  Montenegro
Report

Luxembourg  2–0  Cyprus
Report
Montenegro  2–0  Azerbaijan
Report

Azerbaijan  0–0  Cyprus
Report
Montenegro  1–2  Luxembourg
Report

Azerbaijan  0–0  Montenegro
Report
Cyprus  2–1  Luxembourg
Report

Luxembourg  0–0  Azerbaijan
Report
Montenegro  4–0  Cyprus
Report

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification        
1   Armenia (P) 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11 Promotion to League B 1–0 2–2 2–0
2   North Macedonia 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9 2–1 1–1 2–1
3   Georgia 6 1 4 1 6 6 0 7 1–2 1–1 0–0
4   Estonia (Q) 6 0 3 3 5 9 −4 3 Qualification to relegation play-outs 1–1 3–3 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
North Macedonia  2–1  Armenia
Report
Estonia  0–1  Georgia
Report

Armenia  2–0  Estonia
Report
Georgia  1–1  North Macedonia
Report

Armenia  2–2  Georgia
Report
Attendance: 0[39][note 3]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
Estonia  3–3  North Macedonia
Report

Estonia  1–1  Armenia
Report
Attendance: 1,007[41]
North Macedonia  1–1  Georgia
Report

North Macedonia  2–1  Estonia
Report
Georgia  1–2  Armenia
Report

Armenia  1–0  North Macedonia
Report
Georgia  0–0  Estonia
Report

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification        
1   Slovenia (P) 6 4 2 0 8 1 +7 14 Promotion to League B 0–0 2–1 1–0
2   Greece 6 3 3 0 6 1 +5 12 0–0 0–0 2–0
3   Kosovo 6 1 2 3 4 6 −2 5 0–1 1–2 1–0
4   Moldova (Q) 6 0 1 5 1 11 −10 1 Qualification to relegation play-outs 0–4 0–2 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Moldova  1–1  Kosovo
Report
Slovenia  0–0  Greece
Report

Slovenia  1–0  Moldova
Report
Kosovo  1–2  Greece
Report

Greece  2–0  Moldova
Report
Kosovo  0–1  Slovenia
Report

Greece  0–0  Kosovo
Report
Moldova  0–4  Slovenia
Report

Moldova  0–2  Greece
Report
Slovenia  2–1  Kosovo
Report

Greece  0–0  Slovenia
Report
Kosovo  1–0  Moldova
Report

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification        
1   Albania (P) 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11 Promotion to League B 3–2 0–1 3–1
2   Belarus 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10 0–2 2–0 2–0
3   Lithuania 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8 0–0 2–2 0–2
4   Kazakhstan (Q) 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4 Qualification to relegation play-outs 0–0 1–2 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Lithuania  0–2  Kazakhstan
Report
Belarus  0–2  Albania
Report

Kazakhstan  1–2  Belarus
Report
Albania  0–1  Lithuania
Report

Kazakhstan  0–0  Albania
Report
Lithuania  2–2  Belarus
Report

Lithuania  0–0  Albania
Report
Attendance: 696[66]
Referee: Karim Abed (France)
Belarus  2–0  Kazakhstan
Report

Albania  3–1  Kazakhstan
Report
Belarus  2–0  Lithuania
Report
Attendance: 1,985[69]

Albania  3–2  Belarus
Report
Kazakhstan  1–2  Lithuania
Report

Relegation play-outsEdit

The fourth-placed teams of League C will participate in the relegation play-outs to determine the two teams which will be relegated. The relegation play-outs 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]

The play-out ties are as follows, with the higher-ranked teams hosting the second leg:[4]

  • Team ranked first vs. team ranked fourth
  • Team ranked second vs. team ranked third

Times are CET/CEST,[note 9] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

RankingEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 C4   Kazakhstan 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4
2 C1   Cyprus 6 1 1 4 2 10 −8 4
3 C2   Estonia 6 0 3 3 5 9 −4 3
4 C3   Moldova 6 0 1 5 1 11 −10 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Ranking criteria

SummaryEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Moldova     Kazakhstan 24–25 Mar '22 28–29 Mar '22
Estonia     Cyprus 24–25 Mar '22 28–29 Mar '22

MatchesEdit

Moldova  v  Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan  v  Moldova

Estonia  v  Cyprus
Cyprus  v  Estonia

GoalscorersEdit

There have been 97 goals scored in 48 matches, for an average of 2.02 goals per match (as of 18 November 2020).

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Overall rankingEdit

The 16 League C teams were 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 were ranked 33rd to 36th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing second in the groups were ranked 37th to 40th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing third in the groups were ranked 41st to 44th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing fourth in the groups were ranked 45th to 48th according to the results of the league phase.
Rnk Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
33 C3   Slovenia 6 4 2 0 8 1 +7 14
34 C1   Montenegro 6 4 1 1 10 2 +8 13
35 C4   Albania 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11
36 C2   Armenia 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
37 C3   Greece 6 3 3 0 6 1 +5 12
38 C4   Belarus 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
39 C1   Luxembourg 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10
40 C2   North Macedonia 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
41 C4   Lithuania 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8
42 C2   Georgia 6 1 4 1 6 6 0 7
43 C1   Azerbaijan 6 1 3 2 2 4 −2 6
44 C3   Kosovo 6 1 2 3 4 6 −2 5
45 C4   Kazakhstan 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4
46 C1   Cyprus 6 1 1 4 2 10 −8 4
47 C2   Estonia 6 0 3 3 5 9 −4 3
48 C3   Moldova 6 0 1 5 1 11 −10 1
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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 were played behind closed doors.[19][20]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the match was played behind closed doors.
  4. ^ The Azerbaijan v Cyprus match, originally scheduled to be played at Olympic Stadium, Baku, was later moved to the neutral Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[26]
  5. ^ The Azerbaijan v Montenegro match, originally scheduled to be played at Olympic Stadium, Baku, was later moved to the neutral Ivan Laljak-Ivić Stadium, Zaprešić, as UEFA announced on 20 October 2020 to temporarily suspend all UEFA matches taking place in Armenia and Azerbaijan until further notice due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[29][30]
  6. ^ The Armenia v Georgia match, originally scheduled to be played at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, was later moved to the neutral City Stadium, Tychy, due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[26]
  7. ^ The Armenia v North Macedonia match, originally scheduled to be played at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, was later moved to a neutral GSP Stadium, Nicosia, as UEFA announced on 20 October 2020 to temporarily suspend all UEFA matches taking place in Armenia and Azerbaijan until further notice due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[29]
  8. ^ The match between Moldova and Kosovo was played on neutral venue as there were no diplomatic relations between the two countries.[47]
  9. ^ CET (UTC+1) for the first leg matches (24–25 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.com. Union of European Football Associations. 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. Union of European Football Associations. 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. Archived from the original on 16 November 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  5. ^ "How the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League will line up". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  6. ^ "UEFA Nations League 2021/21 overall ranking" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  7. ^ "UEFA Executive Committee agenda for Nyon meeting". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  8. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Nations League – league phase draw procedure" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  9. ^ "League Phase Draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Game changer: group stage for UEFA Women's Champions League". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  11. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Nations League: League Phase draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  12. ^ "44th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Amsterdam". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  13. ^ "2020–21 UEFA Nations League fixture list" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Nations League group stage in September, October and November". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  15. ^ "UEFA competitions to resume in August". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Nations League group stage in September, October and November". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  17. ^ "2020/21 Nations League: All the confirmed fixtures". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Azerbaijan vs. Luxembourg". Union of European Football Associations. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  19. ^ "UEFA meets general secretaries of member associations". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  20. ^ "UEFA Super Cup to test partial return of spectators". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  21. ^ "Cyprus vs. Montenegro". Union of European Football Associations. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Cyprus vs. Azerbaijan". Union of European Football Associations. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  23. ^ "Luxembourg vs. Montenegro". Union of European Football Associations. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Luxembourg vs. Cyprus". Union of European Football Associations. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  25. ^ "Montenegro vs. Azerbaijan". Union of European Football Associations. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  26. ^ a b "Two UEFA Nations League matches moved to neutral venues". UEFA. Union of European Football Associations. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  27. ^ "Azerbaijan vs. Cyprus". Union of European Football Associations. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  28. ^ "Montenegro vs. Luxembourg". Union of European Football Associations. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  29. ^ a b "Temporary suspension of UEFA matches in Armenia and Azerbaijan". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 October 2020.
  30. ^ Olivari, Davorin (4 November 2020). "Zašto su se sjetili baš Hrvatske koja je od njih udaljena više od 3,5 tisuće km? Ovo je objašnjenje". Sportske novosti (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  31. ^ "Azerbaijan vs. Montenegro". Union of European Football Associations. 14 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  32. ^ "Cyprus vs. Luxembourg". Union of European Football Associations. 14 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  33. ^ "Luxembourg vs. Azerbaijan". Union of European Football Associations. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  34. ^ "Montenegro vs. Cyprus". Union of European Football Associations. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  35. ^ "North Macedonia vs. Armenia". Union of European Football Associations. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  36. ^ "Estonia vs. Georgia". Union of European Football Associations. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  37. ^ "Armenia vs. Estonia". Union of European Football Associations. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  38. ^ "Georgia vs. North Macedonia". Union of European Football Associations. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  39. ^ "Armenia vs. Georgia". Union of European Football Associations. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  40. ^ "Estonia vs. North Macedonia". Union of European Football Associations. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  41. ^ "Estonia vs. Armenia". Union of European Football Associations. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  42. ^ "North Macedonia vs. Georgia". Union of European Football Associations. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  43. ^ "North Macedonia vs. Estonia". Union of European Football Associations. 15 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  44. ^ "Georgia vs. Armenia". Union of European Football Associations. 15 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  45. ^ "Armenia vs. North Macedonia". Union of European Football Associations. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  46. ^ "Georgia vs. Estonia". Union of European Football Associations. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  47. ^ "Meciul Moldova – Kosovo din Liga Națiunilor se va juca în Italia". Moldovan Football Federation. 8 July 2020.
  48. ^ "Moldova vs. Kosovo". Union of European Football Associations. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  49. ^ "Slovenia vs. Greece". Union of European Football Associations. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  50. ^ "Slovenia vs. Moldova". Union of European Football Associations. 6 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  51. ^ "Kosovo vs. Greece". Union of European Football Associations. 6 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  52. ^ "Greece vs. Moldova". Union of European Football Associations. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  53. ^ "Kosovo vs. Slovenia". Union of European Football Associations. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  54. ^ "Greece vs. Kosovo". Union of European Football Associations. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  55. ^ "Moldova vs. Slovenia". Union of European Football Associations. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  56. ^ "Moldova vs. Greece". Union of European Football Associations. 15 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  57. ^ "Slovenia vs. Kosovo". Union of European Football Associations. 15 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  58. ^ "Greece vs. Slovenia". Union of European Football Associations. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  59. ^ "Kosovo vs. Moldova". Union of European Football Associations. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  60. ^ "Lithuania vs. Kazakhstan". Union of European Football Associations. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  61. ^ "Belarus vs. Albania". Union of European Football Associations. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  62. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Belarus". Union of European Football Associations. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  63. ^ "Albania vs. Lithuania". Union of European Football Associations. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  64. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Albania". Union of European Football Associations. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  65. ^ "Lithuania vs. Belarus". Union of European Football Associations. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  66. ^ "Lithuania vs. Albania". Union of European Football Associations. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  67. ^ "Belarus vs. Kazakhstan". Union of European Football Associations. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  68. ^ "Albania vs. Kazakhstan". Union of European Football Associations. 15 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  69. ^ "Belarus vs. Lithuania". Union of European Football Associations. 15 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  70. ^ "Albania vs. Belarus". Union of European Football Associations. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  71. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Lithuania". Union of European Football Associations. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.

External linksEdit