The third edition of the UEFA Nations League is underway, with the league phase running from June-September 2022. The finals are scheduled for June 2024, after the relegation play-outs in March 2024.
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Indeed, the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League promises to be a mix of fun and excitement, as has been throughout since the tournament began in 2018 after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup.
How It Works
Here is a look at how you can expect the 2022/23 edition of the UEFA Nations League to play out
1. The League Phase
There are four leagues; A, B, C, and D. Leagues A, B, and C, all have 16 teams, and these have been drawn into four groups of four teams for this phase of the international tournament. League D, on the other hand, has seven teams. The seven teams have been split into two groups, with one group having four teams and the other group three.
In the league phase, the teams will play all the opponents in their group during both home and away matches.
2. Promotions and Relegations
The group winners from League A will advance to the knockout finals. On the other hand, the group winners of Leagues B, C, and D will be promoted for the 2024/25 edition of the UEFA Nations League.
Teams that finish in fourth place in the groups for leagues A and B will be effectively relegated. Teams that will finish in the same position in the groups in League C will qualify for the play-outs. The two teams that will be defeated in those ties will drop to League D.
3. The Finals
The winners of the first edition of the UEFA Nations League in 2019 were Portugal, who won by scoring one goal against the Netherlands. After beating Spain, 2-1 in an exciting final, France carried home the trophy in 2021 during the second edition finals and are the defending champions.
For this edition, the semifinals are expected to be held on June 14, and 15, 2023. The finals, on the other hand, will be held on June 18.
In principle, one of the League A group winners taking part in the finals, will be appointed hosts for the finals. Several countries, namely Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, and Wales, have expressed interest and applied to be hosts for the finals.UEFA will communicate the decision in January 2023.
Meet the Players
The UEFA Nations League brings together the senior men’s national teams of the UEFA’s member associations. The competition structure is such that the strongest teams are in League A and the weakest in League D. For the 2022/23 edition, here are the teams in each group and league.
Group A1: Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France
Group A2: Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal
Group A3: England, Germany, Hungary, Italy
Group A4: Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Wales
Group B1: Armenia, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Ukraine
Group B2: Albania, Iceland, Israel, Russia
Group B3: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Montenegro, Romania
Group B4: Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden
It has been confirmed that Russia will not be taking part in the league phase under group 2 of League B. As such, it will automatically be ranked fourth place in this group. This comes after UEFA suspended Russia following its recent hostile invasion of Ukraine.
Group C1: Faroe Islands, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Turkey
Group C2: Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Northern Ireland
Group C3: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Slovakia
Group C4: Bulgaria, Georgia, Gibraltar, North Macedonia
Group D1: Andorra, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Moldova
Group D2: Estonia, Malta, San Marino
Standings: Fixtures and Results
A few weeks into the kick-off, and there has been some real exciting action with teams playing against each other. See the Nations League Standings for more details on fixtures and results.
While the games are ongoing, the big question remains “who will qualify for the Nations League Finals?” And by all means, why not put your money where your mouth is on this subject. You cannot afford to bet based on intuition and which team you like best. There is much to consider, including extended stats for the league and each team. You will also need to look at the team performance from the last round.
A win for the Best Team
The stakes are indeed high with the UEFA Nations League. For the first edition, the winners, Portugal, took home €10.5 M, and it is reported the second edition winners took home €14 M. As with previous editions, every team eligible to qualify for the finals is doing their best, knowing what awaits them in prize money.