2022–23 UEFA Nations League C

The 2022–23 UEFA Nations League C is the third division of the 2022–23 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the third season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.

2022–23 UEFA Nations League C
Tournament details
DatesLeague phase:
2 June – 27 September 2022
Relegation play-outs:
21–26 March 2024
Teams16
Promoted Georgia
 Greece
 Kazakhstan
 Turkey
Tournament statistics
Matches played48
Goals scored127 (2.65 per match)
Attendance496,478 (10,343 per match)
Top scorer(s)Georgia (country) Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
Kosovo Vedat Muriqi
(5 goals each)
All statistics correct as of 27 September 2022.

Format edit

League C consists of 16 UEFA members ranked from 33–48 in the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League access list, split into four groups of four. Each team played six matches within their group, using the home-and-away round-robin format in June (quadruple matchdays) and September 2022 (double matchdays).[1] The winners of each group were promoted to the 2024–25 UEFA Nations League B, and the two worst-ranked fourth-placed teams of each group advanced to the relegation play-outs.[2][3]

As League C had four groups while League D had only two, the League C teams that are to be relegated to the 2024–25 UEFA Nations League D will be determined by play-outs in March 2024.

Originally, all four of the fourth-placed teams would have participated in the play-outs. Based on the Nations League overall ranking, the best-ranked team would have faced the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team would have faced the third-ranked team. The two losing teams would have been relegated to League D, while the winners would have remained in League C.[2]

However, due to the ongoing suspension of Russia from all UEFA competitions and to ensure that League C would still consist of 16 teams,[4] the league allocation for the 2024–25 UEFA Nations League was changed so that only one team would be relegated to League D. Based on the Nations League overall ranking, the two lowest-ranked teams participated in the play-outs, while the other two fourth-placed teams remained in League C.[3][5]

The play-out tie will be played over two legs, with the higher-ranked team hosting 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, extra time will be played without applying the away goals rule. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out will be used to decide the winner.[2]

Teams edit

Team changes edit

The following were the team changes of League C from the 2020–21 season:

Incoming
Relegated from
Nations League B
Promoted from
Nations League D
Outgoing
Promoted to
Nations League B
Relegated to
Nations League D

Seeding edit

In the 2022–23 access list, UEFA ranked teams based on the 2020–21 Nations League overall ranking.[6] The seeding pots for the league phase were confirmed on 22 September 2021,[7] and were based on the access list ranking.[2]

Pot 1
Team Rank
  Turkey 33
  Slovakia 34
  Bulgaria 35
  Northern Ireland 36
Pot 2
Team Rank
  Greece 37
  Belarus 38
  Luxembourg 39
  North Macedonia 40
Pot 3
Team Rank
  Lithuania 41
  Georgia 42
  Azerbaijan 43
  Kosovo 44
Pot 4
Team Rank
  Kazakhstan[a] 45
  Cyprus[a] 46
  Gibraltar 47
  Faroe Islands 48
  1. ^ a b The identity of the play-out winners was not known at the time of the draw.

The draw for the league phase took place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on 16 December 2021, 18:00 CET.[8][9] Each group contained one team from each pot. Due to restrictions of excessive travel, any group could contain a maximum of one of the following pairs: Northern Ireland and the winner of the Moldova v Kazakhstan play-out tie, Gibraltar and Azerbaijan.

Groups edit

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 17 December 2021, the day following the draw.[10][11]

Times are CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group 1 edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification        
1   Turkey (P) 6 4 1 1 18 5 +13 13 Promotion to League B 3–3 4–0 2–0
2   Luxembourg 6 3 2 1 9 7 +2 11 0–2 2–2 1–0
3   Faroe Islands 6 2 2 2 7 10 −3 8 2–1 0–1 2–1
4   Lithuania (Q) 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12 1 Qualification for relegation play-outs 0–6 0–2 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified for the phase indicated
Lithuania  0–2  Luxembourg
Report
  • Sinani   44', 78'
Attendance: 3,009[12]
Referee: David Fuxman (Israel)
Turkey  4–0  Faroe Islands
Report

Faroe Islands  0–1  Luxembourg
Report
Lithuania  0–6  Turkey
Report
Attendance: 2,843[15]

Faroe Islands  2–1  Lithuania
Report
Attendance: 2,278[16]
Referee: Igor Pajac (Croatia)
Luxembourg  0–2  Turkey
Report

Luxembourg  2–2  Faroe Islands
Report
Turkey  2–0  Lithuania
Report

Lithuania  1–1  Faroe Islands
Report
Turkey  3–3  Luxembourg
Report

Faroe Islands  2–1  Turkey
Report
Attendance: 2,056[22]
Luxembourg  1–0  Lithuania
Report

Group 2 edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Greece (P) 6 5 0 1 10 2 +8 15 Promotion to League B 2–0 3–1 3–0
2   Kosovo 6 3 0 3 11 8 +3 9 0–1 3–2 5–1
3   Northern Ireland 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5[a] 0–1 2–1 2–2
4   Cyprus 6 1 2 3 4 12 −8 5[a] 1–0 0–2 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head results. Overall goal difference was used as the tiebreaker.
Cyprus  0–2  Kosovo
Report
Northern Ireland  0–1  Greece
Report
Attendance: 16,977[25]

Cyprus  0–0  Northern Ireland
Report
Kosovo  0–1  Greece
Report

Greece  3–0  Cyprus
Report
Kosovo  3–2  Northern Ireland
Report

Northern Ireland  2–2  Cyprus
Report
Greece  2–0  Kosovo
Report

Northern Ireland  2–1  Kosovo
Report
Attendance: 17,148[32]
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
Cyprus  1–0  Greece
Report

Greece  3–1  Northern Ireland
Report
Kosovo  5–1  Cyprus
Report

Group 3 edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Kazakhstan (P) 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13 Promotion to League B 2–0 2–1 2–1
2   Azerbaijan 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10 3–0 0–1 2–0
3   Slovakia 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 7 0–1 1–2 1–1
4   Belarus 6 0 3 3 3 7 −4 3 1–1 0–0 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted
Kazakhstan  2–0  Azerbaijan
Report
Attendance: 19,823[36]
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
Belarus  0–1  Slovakia
Report

Belarus  0–0  Azerbaijan
Report
Slovakia  0–1  Kazakhstan
Report

Azerbaijan  0–1  Slovakia
Report
Attendance: 2,967[41]
Belarus  1–1  Kazakhstan
Report

Kazakhstan  2–1  Slovakia
Report
Azerbaijan  2–0  Belarus
Report
Attendance: 2,330[44]

Kazakhstan  2–1  Belarus
Report
Attendance: 29,637[45]
Slovakia  1–2  Azerbaijan
Report

Azerbaijan  3–0  Kazakhstan
Report
Attendance: 2,950[47]
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
Slovakia  1–1  Belarus
Report

Group 4 edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification        
1   Georgia (P) 6 5 1 0 16 3 +13 16 Promotion to League B 0–0 2–0 4–0
2   Bulgaria 6 2 3 1 10 8 +2 9 2–5 1–1 5–1
3   North Macedonia 6 2 1 3 7 7 0 7 0–3 0–1 4–0
4   Gibraltar (Q) 6 0 1 5 3 18 −15 1 Qualification for relegation play-outs 1–2 1–1 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified for the phase indicated
Georgia  4–0  Gibraltar
Report
Bulgaria  1–1  North Macedonia
Report

Gibraltar  0–2  North Macedonia
Report
Bulgaria  2–5  Georgia
Report
Attendance: 3,600[52]
Referee: Fabio Maresca (Italy)

Gibraltar  1–1  Bulgaria
Report
North Macedonia  0–3  Georgia
Report

Georgia  0–0  Bulgaria
Report
North Macedonia  4–0  Gibraltar
Report

Georgia  2–0  North Macedonia
Report
Bulgaria  5–1  Gibraltar
Report

Gibraltar  1–2  Georgia
Report
North Macedonia  0–1  Bulgaria
Report

Ranking of fourth-placed teams edit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C2   Cyprus 6 1 2 3 4 12 −8 5
2 C3   Belarus 6 0 3 3 3 7 −4 3
3 C1   Lithuania 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12 1 Qualification for relegation play-outs
4 C4   Gibraltar 6 0 1 5 3 18 −15 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Ranking criteria

Relegation play-outs edit

The two worst-ranked fourth-placed teams of League C will participate in the relegation play-outs to determine the team which will be relegated to League D. The relegation play-outs are scheduled on the same dates as the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying play-offs. If at least one of the teams due to participate in the relegation play-outs had also qualified for the Euro qualifying play-offs, the relegation play-outs would have been cancelled, and the worst-ranked team in League C in the Nations League overall ranking would have been automatically relegated.[2] However, this scenario did not occur, and the relegation play-outs progressed as scheduled.

The play-out ties are as follows, with the higher-ranked teams hosting the second leg:[2][3]

Times are CET (UTC+1), as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Summary edit

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gibraltar     Lithuania 21 Mar 26 Mar

Matches edit

Gibraltar  v  Lithuania
Report
Lithuania  v  Gibraltar
Report

Goalscorers edit

There have been 127 goals scored in 48 matches, for an average of 2.65 goals per match (as of 27 September 2022).

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Overall ranking edit

The 16 League C teams were ranked 33rd to 48th overall in the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League according to the following rules:[2][62]

  • 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 C4   Georgia 6 5 1 0 16 3 +13 16
34 C2   Greece 6 5 0 1 10 2 +8 15
35 C1   Turkey 6 4 1 1 18 5 +13 13
36 C3   Kazakhstan 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13
37 C1   Luxembourg 6 3 2 1 9 7 +2 11
38 C3   Azerbaijan 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10
39 C2   Kosovo 6 3 0 3 11 8 +3 9
40 C4   Bulgaria 6 2 3 1 10 8 +2 9
41 C1   Faroe Islands 6 2 2 2 7 10 −3 8
42 C4   North Macedonia 6 2 1 3 7 7 0 7
43 C3   Slovakia 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 7
44 C2   Northern Ireland 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5
45 C2   Cyprus 6 1 2 3 4 12 −8 5
46 C3   Belarus 6 0 3 3 3 7 −4 3
47 C1   Lithuania 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12 1
48 C4   Gibraltar 6 0 1 5 3 18 −15 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Ranking criteria

Euro 2024 qualifying play-offs edit

The four best teams in League C according to the overall ranking that did not qualify for UEFA Euro 2024 through the qualifying group stage will compete in the play-offs, with the winners qualifying for the final tournament.[63]

League C
Rank Team
33 GW   Georgia
34 GW   Greece
35 GW   Turkey
36 GW   Kazakhstan
37   Luxembourg
38   Azerbaijan
39   Kosovo
40   Bulgaria
41   Faroe Islands
42   North Macedonia
43   Slovakia
44   Northern Ireland
45   Cyprus
46   Belarus
47   Lithuania
48   Gibraltar

Key

  • GW Group winner from Nations League C
  •   Team qualified directly to final tournament
  •   Team in bold advanced to play-offs

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Due to the country's involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Belarus were required to play their home matches at neutral venues and behind closed doors until further notice.[37]
  2. ^ Due to the country's involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Belarus were not allowed to enter Slovakia by local authorities. As a result, the match was played at a neutral venue.
  3. ^ Gibraltar will play their home match at Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal, due to the redevelopment of their regular stadium Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar.[61]

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External links edit