UEFA Nations League
Does anyone know who will be in our group for the next Nations League? I'm struggling to work it out unless its drawn from the pot again and I don't know.
In reply to David Lilley:
In reply to Keith Sutton:
It should be the same format, Nations League in Autumn 2020, WC qualifiers in 2021. I'd like to understand what is riding on each though. Nations League 2018 resulted in play offs for 4 Euro 2020 spots, with the other 20 Euro 2020 spots coming from normal qualifying. How does that work in relation to the World Cup 2022, where UEFA only have 13 spaces up for grabs. If you give 4 based on the Nations League again, that means having 9 qualifying groups with only the 9 group winners for normal World Cup qualifying going through, and nothing for 2nd place.
In reply to Andrew Coates:
In reply to Martin Parkes:
In reply to David Gorton:
Nothing is confirmed, not even that League A groups still have 3 teams.
UEFA were looking at changing it to stop Germany being relegated so that the top nations get 6 competitive games rather than 4 and 2 friendlies, as everyone now realises these are better than playing USA and Switzerland in friendlies.
suspect that would end up with the bottom tier only having 3 teams in each group and make it easier to say they don't get a spot in tournaments.
Andrew CoatesUEFA were looking at changing it to stop Germany being relegated so that the top nations get 6 competitive games rather than 4 and 2 friendlies, as everyone now realises these are better than playing USA and Switzerland in friendlies.
We do need some friendlies so that the coach can try out new tactics and formations and give game time to youngsters and fringe players. If the Nations League changes so that we have 6 competitive matches then the only friendlies in the calendar would be in March and May every second year, in the build up to a major championship. I don't think this is enough and would prefer them to stick to 4+2 for the Nations League.
Alternatively, we could treat the Nations League as the opportunity for trials and experiments. This would mean giving up any realistic hope of getting to the finals and also risking relegation. But the Nations League rankings are used for seeding purposes and if we don't take it seriously we could end up in some difficult WC and Euro qualifying groups.
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