UEFA Nations League Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips

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 and exciting games than traditional international friendly matches.

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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 4 November 2019)


Rank Team Total Points
1
Belgium
1755
2
France
1726
3
Brazil
1715
4
England
1651
5
Uruguay
1642
6
Portugal
1632
7
Croatia
1631
8
Spain
1625
9
Argentina
1617
10
Colombia
1615
11
Mexico
1613
12
Netherlands
1602
13
Switzerland
1601
14
Denmark
1599
15
Italy
1593
16
Germany
1586
17
Chile
1579
18
Sweden
1563
19
Peru
1548
20
Senegal
1546
21
Poland
1544
22
Ukraine
1536
23
USA
1530
24
Wales
1524
25
Austria
1520
26
Venezuela
1512
27 Iran 1505
28
Japan
1498
29
Tunisia
1495
29
Romania
1495
31
Slovakia
1493
32
Turkey
1490
33
Serbia
1485
34
Northern Ireland
1483
35
Nigeria
1481
36
Republic of Ireland
1480
37
Russia
1474
38
Algeria
1469
39
Korea Republic
1466
40
Iceland
1460
41
Paraguay
1458
42
Morocco
1457
43
Czech Republic
1454
44
Australia
1450
45
Norway
1441
45
Jamaica
1441
47
Costa Rica
1436
48
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1435
49
Egypt
1433
50
Hungary
1429
51
Ghana
1426
52
Cameroon
1409
53
Scotland
1406
54
Congo DR
1399
55
Finland
1395
56
Côte d'Ivoire
1392
57
Qatar
1391
58
Greece
1388
59
Mali
1386
60
Burkina Faso
1378
61
Bulgaria
1371
61
Montenegro
1371
63
Honduras
1368
63
Ecuador
1368
65
Slovenia
1367
65
Albania
1367
67
United Arab Emirates
1353
68
North Macedonia
1344
69
Canada
1339
69
Saudi Arabia
1339
69
China PR
1339
72
South Africa
1337
73
El Salvador
1336
74
Iraq
1327
75
Bolivia
1324
76
Curacao
1323
77
Cape Verde Islands
1319
78
Guinea
1317
79
Uganda
1311
80
Panama
1310
81
Zambia
1299
82
Benin
1293
83
Syria
1292
84
Oman
1289
85
Uzbekistan
1287
86
Belarus
1286
87
Gabon
1285
88
Haiti
1281
89
Israel
1278
90
Georgia
1274
91
Lebanon
1266
92
Congo
1265
93
Cyprus
1263
94
Kyrgyz Republic
1252
95
Madagascar
1249
96
Luxembourg
1248
97
Vietnam
1245
98
Jordan
1236
99
Armenia
1226
99
Palestine
1226

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