Nations League…

New organization, new facts for European national groups, who are invited to adapt their 'life' around a new institution. The Nations League is coming to complement the process of qualifying for the Euro and not eliminating them. The ones that are largely eliminated are international friendships, which are now being replaced by group games, with a view to the next event.

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Over time, the Nations League takes place before the qualifiers and lasts for two months and is split into the group phase and the finals, where 16 teams will participate. In the current season the teams will start on 6-8 September and end on November 18-20, while the finals will be held on 5-9 June 2019.

What is important to understand is that the League of Nations is another thing and the qualifiers as we knew it. These will now give 20 positions for the EURO, with 1 and 2 being selected by 10 groups. The remaining 4 teams will emerge from the new UEFA event.

All teams play in this group and will be divided into four groups or different into four Leagues, depending on their capacity. There they will try to get the ticket to the playoffs, where they will claim a ticket to the EURO, on the other hand to get promoted or avoid relegation to a lower capacity group, from where they will start in the next Nations League.

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Imagine the capacity groups like the Champions League. The difference is that here, in the Nations League, ONLY teams play from the same capacity group, while in the Champions League each team from each group is drawn with teams from the other.

The institution participates in the 55 European teams that existed until today in the EURO qualifiers. These will be distributed in the Leagues, depending on their place in the UEFA rankings, as it was formed immediately after the end of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, ie until October 11, 2017. The results of the play-offs are not taken into account, that is, neither the games of Greece with Croatia.

So, the first 12 ranking countries go to League A, the next 12 to League B, the next 15 to League C and the rest 16 to League D.

In detail the Leagues, as they were formed before the 24 draw of January:

League A: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands

League B: Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Ireland, Bosnia / Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, Turkey

League C: Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania

League D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar

For a long time the European Confederation has worked out how to get rid of the international friendly of the Nationals in the dead of soccer, or at least modernize them. The fact is that the model was outdated, far from the tumultuous changes in the football landscape at the collective and national level, and the matches were for training purposes and nothing more.

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In a constantly enriching space that does not keep up with the "tank", where dollars, euros, petrodollars, yuan and all sorts of foreign currency flows, it is a "primitive" task-free travel and games program. Now the UEFA Nations League comes to solve all the above. It creates a television and commercially viable product, fills the calendar with powerful matches of interest to the public, makes the EURO qualification system more lucrative, for reasons that we will explain later and updates the model for the best, at least in theory.

As UEFA itself explains in the official site, "The goal of the European Confederation and the domestic federations is to give meaning to international football, with coaches, players and fans increasingly expressing their willingness that friendly games do not offer anything essential to national competition.».

Let's look at how each team gets its "ticket" for EURO, and how the teams get promoted or relegated from one League to another.

In League A, the countries will be divided into four groups of 3 groups. The winners the clubs stay in the game. The four countries to end last their teams will be relegated to League B.

In League B, the countries will be divided into four groups of 3 groups. The winners will be promoted to League A (where they will play in the next UEFA Nations League) and at the same time stay in the game, while four that will end last will be relegated to League C.

In League C, the countries will be divided into One group of 3 and three groups of 4 groups. The four winners the teams will be promoted to League B while staying in the game while the four ending last will be relegated to League D.

In League D, the countries will be divided into four groups of 4. The numbers are equal winners will be promoted to League C while staying in the game.