Uefa Nations League: England in top tier but Wales miss out

The League of Nations: Ukraine starts in division B

The League of Nations: Ukraine starts in division B

England will be in League A; Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are in League B; while Scotland are in League C.

Uefa say that the new worldwide league "creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and..."

There is also an opportunity to earn qualification to Euro 2020, as the top four-ranked League B teams who do not qualify will enter play-offs in March 2020 with one finals place on offer.

Division A: Germany, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia and the Netherlands.

UEFA claim the main advantage of the new system is that it creates "more meaningful and competitive matches for teams" than the current trend of filling global dates with friendlies.

The four-division format means that one of Europe's 16 lowest-ranked teams is guaranteed to qualify for the Euros.

Each league will then be split again into smaller groups of three or four teams who will play each other - with four teams promoted and four teams relegated in each cycle (every two years).

Four group winners from division "A" in June 2019 will determine the victor of the first draw of the League of Nations.

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The Republic of Ireland are in League B along with Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey.

Each of the four tiers will contain four groups of three or four teams, with these decided in a draw in January 2018.

Organisers will use the UEFA ranking system to determine the make-up of four leagues (A, B, C and D) from the 55 teams involved.

Teams will be drawn into four groups of four.

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

The national teams of Ukraine and Russian Federation will be divided into different groups. The four group winners will be promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.

Honestly, Pies had completely forgotten about the imminent implementation of the UEFA Nations League, which is basically UEFA's attempt to address the dwindling appetite for the surfeit of meaningless friendlies that now clog up the global calendar.

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