Uefa Nations League: how the four leagues will line up

Martin ONeill

Scotland will play in League C, which will be broken into four groups when the draw takes place on January 24, 2018.

Following the group stages, the finals of this tournament will take place in June 2019 for the four top teams in League A.

Can teams qualify for Euro 2020 from the Uefa Nations League?

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

The competition, which Uefa say will replace "most friendlies" in global football, is due to begin on 6 September 2018, and will separate teams according to how they are ranked.

It will also provide four qualifying spots for the tournament.

The top-four ranked teams from each Nations league that fail to qualify for the Euros in the traditional route will enter play-offs in March 2020 to decide the last four places for the first finals to be held across the continent.

Wales just missed out on League A, edged out by Netherlands, with Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland also in League B with them.

Each division will be split into four groups of three or four teams, who will play each other.

The group winners in Leagues B, C and D will gain promotion and those who finish bottom of the groups in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated.

League A will consist of the 12 top-ranked teams.

Each of the four leagues A, B, C and D will contain four groups of three or four teams, with these decided in a draw on next January.

This continues accordingly until each of the groups have four teams in the play-offs.

For example, with League D guaranteed a representative, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus and Latvia are the favourites to battle it out over a series of one-off contests to join, but not necessarily be competitive in, the finals jamboree. The four group-winning teams in the division groups will progress to a final round to determine a champion. The four group winners will be promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.

In a three-team group, Martin O'Neill's side could easily find them in the top tier of the Nations League at the first time of asking.

The qualification for Euro 2020 will now now run from March to November 2019, with Dublin hosting the Group draw on 2 December 2018.

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