Wales can look forward to an exciting new era of international football next month when the UEFA Nations League begins, offering another potential route for UEFA EURO 2020 qualification.
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The new competition will change the landscape of international football in Europe, with highly competitive matches of extreme importance being played between September and November.
All 55 UEFA nations will compete across four separate leagues (A-D), which have been decided by the current coefficient ranking system.
Each league will has four groups. There is promotion and relegation between these leagues, and it will work in conjunction with qualification for the finals of UEFA EURO and the FIFA World Cup in order to streamline those particular qualifying competitions.
For example, Wales’ final position upon completion of the Nations League in November will determine their pot for the European Qualifiers group stage draw for UEFA EURO 2020 on 2 December.
The UEFA Nations League will work on a two-year cycle, with the overall competition winner being confirmed every odd year.
The addition of this new international competition will add a competitive edge and excitement, as the small groups of between three and four teams will ensure that each and every game matters. It also provides Wales with another qualification route for UEFA EURO 2020.
There will be an outright UEFA Nations League winner every two years from the four group winners of League A who will compete in the semi-finals and then the final.
The inaugural winner will be decided in 2019. Games will be played on a home and away basis with fixtures taking place between September and November this year.
The group stage of the European Qualifiers for EURO 2020 will then take place between March and November 2019.
The four Group B winners will be promoted to League A, and the four bottom teams will be relegated to League C ahead of the next UEFA Nations League competition in 2020.
Meanwhile, the top four-ranked League B teams that do not qualify for EURO 2020 will enter the play-offs, where one place at the finals will be on offer.
WALES UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES
- 06/09/18 - Republic of Ireland (Home) - Cardiff City Stadium - KO 19:45
- 09/09/18 - Denmark (Away) - Cares Park, Aarhus - KO 17:00
- 16/10/18 - Republic of Ireland (Away) - Aviva Stadium, Dublin - KO 19:45
- 16/11/18 - Denmark (Home) - Cardiff City Stadium - KO 19:45