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Ireland placed in second tier for inaugural UEFA Nations League

Ireland placed in second tier for inaugural UEFA Nations League

ENGLAND are in the top division of the new Uefa Nations League, but Wales have dropped into the second tier after defeat to Ireland.

Like League A, League B will also comprise 12 teams split into four groups of three.

At a draw in Lausanne on January 24, each league will then be divided into four groups of either three or four teams and they will play each other home and away from September to November next year. The national teams of Ukraine and Russian Federation will be divided into different groups.

With the group stages of World Cup qualifying coming to a close, UEFA have revealed the teams that will take part in each League in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League.

Teams in three-sided groups will play on four of the six matchdays.

Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia and the Netherlands make up League A.

UEFA's Nations League is created to replace "meaningless" friendly internationals with competitive matches against teams of similar standing.




The top four-ranked League A teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter play-offs in March 2020, with one finals place on offer. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.

Serbia, who qualified for the World Cup, are down in Group C with the likes of Bulgaria, Slovenia, Hungary and Greece.

All the teams has been split into four levels, with one team from each League guaranteed a spot at Euro 2020.

For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners.

And League D consists of Azerbaijan, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino and Gibraltar.

UEFA has introduced the competition to revive worldwide football with more competitive matches and to give nations more chances to play against teams of a comparable standard.


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