UEFA Nations League Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips


What is the UEFA Nations League?


The UEFA Nations League is an international football competition contested by men's senior national teams in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The concept for the competition was to provide more meaningful games than traditional international friendly matches which were largely uncompetitive.

UEFA Nations League History


The idea for another national European football tournament was raised in 2013 by Norwegian Football Association President Yngve Hallén. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino stated in March 2014 that one benefit of the tournament would be to assist less glamorous nations in arranging games.

The Football Association's chairman Greg Dyke acknowledged that the competition would be attractive to England who could test themselves against other top-ranking national teams on a more regular basis.

The concerns for lower-ranked nations benefitting financially from the competition is supposed to be offset by a centralised television contract with UEFA. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted by the 54 UEFA member associations in Astana on 27 March 2014, with Kosovo joining UEFA in 2016.

When did the UEFA Nations League start?


The first competition began in September 2018 following the FIFA World Cup with the winner to be decided in June 2019. 

A total of €76.25m in solidarity and bonus fees was allocated for the 55 competing nations.

UEFA Nations League Schedule


The matches are scheduled to take place on the current International match calendar to avoid affecting the FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship.

Each season will see the pool stage played from September to November in an even-numbered year. In June the following odd-numbered year the UEFA Nations League Finals will occur with a champion crowned every two years.

What is the UEFA Nations League Finals?


The UEFA Nations League Finals is a knockout tournament involving the four League A group winners. One of the four nations will be chosen host the Finals.

The semi-final winners advance to the final with the defeated nations contesting a third-place play-off. The winners of the UEFA Nations League Final win a sterling silver trophy and €7.5m in prize money. 

How does the UEFA Nations League work?


All 55 UEFA members associations' national teams were divided into four groups based their position in the UEFA National Team Coefficient Rankings. 

The format will begin with 12 teams in League A, 12 teams in League B, 15 teams in League C and 16 teams in League D. In each division there will be four groups of three or four teams who will play each other home and away.


In League A, each winner of the four groups will contest the Nations League Finals. The Nations League Finals will feature two semi-finals and one final to the UEFA Nations League champion.

How does promotion and relegation work in the UEFA Nations League?


Promotion and relegation depends on results within each group. The four group winners in Leagues B, C and D are automatically promoted to the next higher division. Nations that finish bottom of the groups in Leagues A and B are relegated, while the three fourth-placed teams and the lowest-ranking third-placed team in League C are relegated to League D.

How can teams in the UEFA Nations League qualify for the UEFA European Championship?


The UEFA Nations League will have an added function which will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA European Championship. Four nations that are not one of 20 qualified teams will compete for the four remaining qualifying spots for the European Championship.

The play-off round will involve the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners, unless they have already qualified in which case the spot will be taken by the next best ranked team in their league.


Each League in the UEFA Nations League has its own path, consisting of two single-leg semi-finals and a one-off final. The winner of each path wins a spot in the UEFA European Championship.

The UEFA Nations League will also be linked to UEFA's World Cup qualifications with a format yet to be decided.

Nations in Leagues A, B, C & D for the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League


League ALeague BLeague CLeague D
BelgiumAustriaAlbaniaAndorra
CroatiaBosniz and HerzegovinaBulgariaArmenia
EnglandCzech RepublicCyprusAzerbaijan
FranceDenmarkEstoniaBelarus
GermanyNorthern IrelandFinlandFaroe Islands
IcelandRepublic of IrelandGreeceGeorgia
ItalyRussiaHungaryGibraltar
NetherlandsSlovakiaIsraelKazakhstan
PolandSwedenLithuaniaKosovo
PortugalTurkeyMontenegroLatvia
SpainUkraineNorwayLiechtenstein
SwitzerlandWalesRomaniaLuxembourg


ScotlandMacedonia


SerbiaMalta


SloveniaMoldova



San Marino

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FIFA World Ranking (at 25 July 2019)


RankTeamPoints
1Belgium1746
2Brazil1726
3France1718
4England1652
5Uruguay1637
6Portugal1631
7Croatia1625
8Colombia1622
9Spain1617
10Argentina1610
11Switzerland1605
12Mexico1604
13Denmark1589
14Chile1583
15Germany1582
16Italy1569
16Netherlands1569
18Sweden1558
19Peru1552
20Poland1550
20Senegal1550
22
USA
1548
23 Iran1518
24Wales1514
25Ukraine1513
26Venezuela1505
27Austria1498
28Romania1497
29Tunisia1496
29Northern Ireland1496
31Slovakia1491
32Republic of Ireland1489
33Nigeria1481
33Japan1481
35Serbia1477
36Iceland1473
37Korea Republic1467
37Turkey1467
39Paraguay1464
40Algeria1463
41Morocco1461
42Bosnia and Herzegovina1453
43Czech Republic1448
44Costa Rica1445
45Hungary1442
46Australia1436
46Russia1436
48Scotland1433
49Egypt1431
50Norway1429
50Ghana1429
52Jamaica1425
53Cameroon1409
54Greece1403
55Montenegro1401
56Congo DR1395
57
Icory Coast
1394
57Finland1394
59Mali1389
60Bulgaria1388
61Burkina Faso1381
62Qatar1375
63Slovenia1363
64Albania1362
65United Arab Emirates1360
66Ecuador1359
67Honduras1350
68Saudi Arabia1342
68El Salvador1342
70South Africa1338
71China PR1333
71North Macedonia1333
73Bolivia1332
74Panama1331
75Guinea1325
76Cape Verde Islands1319
77Iraq1315
78Canada1312
79Curacao1309
80Uganda1305
81Zambia1299
82Benin1295
83Haiti1288
84Israel1286
84Belarus1286
84Uzbekistan1286
87Syria1277
87Oman1277
87Lebanon1277
90Gabon1272
91Congo1265
91Luxembourg1265
93Cyprus1258
94Georgia1255
95Kyrgyz Republic1252
96Madagascar1251
97Vietnam1232
98Armenia1230
99Jordan1229
100Estonia1228

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