2018–19 UEFA Nations League

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2018–19 UEFA Nations League
Tournament details
DatesLeague phase:
6 September – 20 November 2018
Nations League Finals:
5–9 June 2019
Teams55
Tournament statistics
Matches played92
Goals scored213 (2.32 per match)
Attendance1,609,233 (17,492 per match)
Top scorer(s)Belgium Romelu Lukaku
Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović
(4 goals each)
All statistics correct as of 16 October 2018.

The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League is the inaugural season of the UEFA Nations League, an international association football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.[1] The competition, which is being held from September to November 2018 (league phase) and June 2019 (Nations League Finals), will also seed teams for the qualification process of UEFA Euro 2020, and will award berths in the play-offs which will decide four of the twenty-four final tournament slots.

Format[edit]

The format and schedule of the UEFA Nations League was formally approved by the UEFA Executive Committee on 4 December 2014.[2][3] According to the approved format,[1][4][5] the 55 UEFA national teams will be divided into four divisions (called "leagues"):[4] 12 teams in League A, 12 teams in League B, 15 teams in League C, and 16 teams in League D.[4] For the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, teams are divided according to their UEFA national team coefficients after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers (play-off results are not included), with the highest-ranked teams playing in League A, etc.[6]

Each league is divided into four groups of three or four teams, so each team plays four or six matches within their group (using the home-and-away round-robin format), on double matchdays in September, October and November 2018.

In the top division, League A, teams compete to become the UEFA Nations League champions. The four group winners of League A qualify for the Nations League Finals in June 2019, which is played in a knockout format, consisting of the semi-finals, third place play-off, and final. The semi-final pairings, along with the administrative home teams for the third place play-off and final, are determined by means of a draw on 3 December 2018.[7] The host country will be selected among the four qualified teams on 3 December 2018 by the UEFA Executive Committee,[8] with the winners of the final crowned as the Nations League champions.

Teams also compete for promotion and relegation to a higher or lower league. In each league, the four group winners (except League A) are promoted, while the last-placed teams of each group (except League D) are relegated; however, in League C, due to different sized groups, the three fourth-placed teams and the lowest-ranking third-placed team are relegated.

Tiebreakers for group ranking[edit]

If two or more teams in the same group are equal on points on completion of the league phase, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied:[6]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference in matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played among the teams in question;
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played among the teams in question;
  5. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings.[note 1] If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 10 apply;
  6. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Higher number of wins in all group matches;
  10. Higher number of away wins in all group matches;
  11. Disciplinary points in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  12. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.[note 2]

To determine the worst third-placed team in League C, the results against the teams in fourth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied:

  1. Higher number of points;
  2. Superior goal difference;
  3. Higher number of goals scored;
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home;
  5. Higher number of wins;
  6. Higher number of wins away from home;
  7. Disciplinary points in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  8. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.[note 2]

Criteria for league ranking[edit]

Individual league rankings are established according to the following criteria:[6]

  1. Position in the group;
  2. Higher number of points;
  3. Superior goal difference;
  4. Higher number of goals scored;
  5. Higher number of goals scored away from home;
  6. Higher number of wins;
  7. Higher number of wins away from home;
  8. Disciplinary points in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  9. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.[note 2]

In order to rank teams in leagues composed of different sized groups, the following procedure applies:[6]

  1. The results against fourth-placed teams are not taken into account for the purposes of comparing teams placed first, second and third in their respective groups.
  2. All results are taken into account for the purposes of comparing teams placed fourth in their respective groups.

The ranking of the top 4 teams in League A are determined by their finish in the Nations League Finals:[6]

  1. The winner is ranked 1st;
  2. The runner-up is ranked 2nd;
  3. The third-placed team is ranked 3rd;
  4. The fourth-placed team is ranked 4th.

Criteria for overall ranking[edit]

For the purposes of the European Championship qualifying group stage draw and the European qualifying play-offs, overall UEFA Nations League rankings are established as follows:[6]

  1. The 12 League A teams are ranked 1st to 12th according to their league rankings.
  2. The 12 League B teams are ranked 13th to 24th according to their league rankings.
  3. The 15 League C teams are ranked 25th to 39th according to their league rankings.
  4. The 16 League D teams are ranked 40th to 55th according to their league rankings.

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying[edit]

The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League will be linked with UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, providing teams another chance to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020.

The main qualifying process will now begin in March 2019 instead of immediately in September 2018 following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and will end in November 2019. The format will remain largely the same, although only 20 of the 24 spots for the finals tournament will be decided from the main qualifying process, leaving four spots still to be decided. The 55 teams will be drawn into 10 groups after the completion of the UEFA Nations League (five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams, with the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants guaranteed to be drawn into groups of five teams), with the top two teams in each group qualifying.[2][3] The draw seeding will be based on the overall rankings of the Nations League.[6] The qualifiers will be played on double matchdays in March, June, September, October and November 2019.[4]

Following the qualifying group stage, the qualifying play-offs will take place in March 2020. Unlike previous editions, the participants of the play-offs will not be decided based on results from the qualifying group stage. Instead, 16 teams will be selected based on their performance in the Nations League. These teams will be divided into four paths, each containing four teams, with one team from each path qualifying for the final tournament. Each league will have its own play-off path if at least four teams are available. The Nations League group winners will automatically qualify for the play-off path of their league. If a group winner has already qualified through the conventional qualifying group stage, they will be replaced by the next best-ranked team in the same league. However, if there are not enough teams in the same league, then the spot will go to the next best team in the overall ranking. However, group winners cannot face teams from a higher league.[9]

Each play-off path will feature two single-leg semi-finals, and one single-leg final. The best-ranked team will host the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team will host the third-ranked team. The host of the final will be decided by a draw, with semi-final winner 1 or 2 hosting the final. The four play-off path winners will join the 20 teams which have already qualified for UEFA Euro 2020.[2][3]

Schedule[edit]

Below is the schedule of the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.[6]

Stage Round Dates
League phase Matchday 1 6–8 September 2018
Matchday 2 9–11 September 2018
Matchday 3 11–13 October 2018
Matchday 4 14–16 October 2018
Matchday 5 15–17 November 2018
Matchday 6 18–20 November 2018
Finals Semi-finals 5–6 June 2019
Third place play-off 9 June 2019
Final

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 24 January 2018 following the draw.[10][11]

Seeding[edit]

Map showing the leagues each national team participates in.
  League A
  League B
  League C
  League D

All 55 UEFA national teams are eligible to compete in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League. The 55 members at the time would be divided into the four "Leagues" (12 teams in League A, 12 teams in League B, 15 teams in League C, and 16 teams in League D) according to their UEFA national team coefficients after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers (not including the play-offs), with the highest-ranked teams playing in League A, etc.[4][12][13] The seeding pots for the draw were announced on 7 December 2017.[14]

League A
Pot Team Coeff Rank
1  Germany 40,747 1
 Portugal 38,655 2
 Belgium 38,123 3
 Spain 37,311 4
2  France 36,617 5
 England 36,231 6
  Switzerland 34,986 7
 Italy 34,426 8
3  Poland 32,982 9
 Iceland 31,155 10
 Croatia 31,139 11
 Netherlands 29,866 12
League B
Pot Team Coeff Rank
1  Austria 29,418 13
 Wales 29,269 14
 Russia 29,258 15
 Slovakia 28,555 16
2  Sweden 28,487 17
 Ukraine 28,286 18
 Republic of Ireland 28,249 19
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 28,200 20
3  Northern Ireland 27,127 21
 Denmark 27,052 22
 Czech Republic 27,028 23
 Turkey 26,538 24
League C
Pot Team Coeff Rank
1  Hungary 26,486 25
 Romania 26,057 26
 Scotland 25,662 27
 Slovenia 25,148 28
2  Greece 24,931 29
 Serbia 24,847 30
 Albania 24,430 31
 Norway 24,208 32
3  Montenegro 23,912 33
 Israel 22,792 34
 Bulgaria 22,091 35
 Finland 20,501 36
4  Cyprus 19,491 37
 Estonia 19,441 38
 Lithuania 18,101 39
League D
Pot Team Coeff Rank
1  Azerbaijan 17,761 40
 Macedonia 17,071 41
 Belarus 16,868 42
 Georgia 16,523 43
2  Armenia 15,846 44
 Latvia 15,821 45
 Faroe Islands 15,490 46
 Luxembourg 14,231 47
3  Kazakhstan 13,431 48
 Moldova 13,130 49
 Liechtenstein 10,950 50
 Malta 10,870 51
4  Andorra 10,240 52
 Kosovo 9,950 53
 San Marino 8,190 54
 Gibraltar 7,550 55

The draw for the league phase took place at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland on 24 January 2018, 12:00 CET.[15][16][17][18][19]

For political reasons, Armenia and Azerbaijan (due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict), as well as Russia and Ukraine (due to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine), could not be drawn in the same group. Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of the following teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania. Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could contain a maximum of one of the following pairs: Andorra and Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan, Gibraltar and Kazakhstan, Gibraltar and Azerbaijan.[20]

League A[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation France Netherlands Germany
1  France (X) 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Qualification to Nations League Finals 2–1 2–1
2  Netherlands 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3 16 Nov 3–0
3  Germany (Y) 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1 Relegation to League B 0–0 19 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(X) Cannot be relegated; (Y) Cannot qualify for Nations League Finals.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Belgium Switzerland Iceland
1  Belgium 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6[a] Qualification to Nations League Finals 2–1 15 Nov
2   Switzerland 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 6[a] 18 Nov 6–0
3  Iceland (R) 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0 Relegation to League B 0–3 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Belgium 3, Switzerland 0.

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Portugal Italy Poland
1  Portugal 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 Qualification to Nations League Finals 1–0 20 Nov
2  Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4 17 Nov 1–1
3  Poland (R) 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1 Relegation to League B 2–3 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(R) Relegated.

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Spain England Croatia
1  Spain (X) 3 2 0 1 10 4 +6 6 Qualification to Nations League Finals 2–3 6–0
2  England 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4 1–2 18 Nov
3  Croatia 2 0 1 1 0 6 −6 1 Relegation to League B 15 Nov 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(X) Cannot be relegated.

Finals[edit]

The draw will take place on 3 December 2018, 14:30 CET at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.[7][21]

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
5 June 2019 – TBD
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
9 June 2019 – TBD
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
6 June 2019 – TBD
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Third place play-off
 
 
9 June 2019 – TBD
 
 
Losers Match 1/2
 
 
Losers Match 1/2

Semi-finals[edit]

Winners Group 1/2/3/4Match 1Winners Group 1/2/3/4

Winners Group 1/2/3/4Match 2Winners Group 1/2/3/4

Third place play-off[edit]

Losers Match 1/2Match 3Losers Match 1/2

Final[edit]

Winners Match 1/2Match 4Winners Match 1/2

League B[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Ukraine Czech Republic Slovakia
1  Ukraine (P) 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Promotion to League A 1–0 1–0
2  Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3 1–2 19 Nov
3  Slovakia 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0 Relegation to League C 16 Nov 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(P) Promoted.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Russia Turkey Sweden
1  Russia (X) 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Promotion to League A 2–0 0–0
2  Turkey (Y) 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3 1–2 17 Nov
3  Sweden 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1 Relegation to League C 20 Nov 2–3
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(X) Cannot be relegated; (Y) Cannot be promoted.

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Bosnia and Herzegovina Austria Northern Ireland
1  Bosnia and Herzegovina (X) 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9 Promotion to League A 1–0 2–0
2  Austria 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 15 Nov 1–0
3  Northern Ireland (Y) 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0 Relegation to League C 1–2 18 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(X) Cannot be relegated; (Y) Cannot be promoted.

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Wales Denmark Republic of Ireland
1  Wales (X) 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6 Promotion to League A 16 Nov 4–1
2  Denmark 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4 2–0 19 Nov
3  Republic of Ireland (Y) 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1 Relegation to League C 0–1 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(X) Cannot be relegated; (Y) Cannot be promoted.

League C[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Israel Scotland Albania
1  Israel 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Promotion to League B 2–1 2–0
2  Scotland 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3[a] 20 Nov 2–0
3  Albania 3 1 0 2 1 4 −3 3[a] Possible relegation to League D[b] 1–0 17 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Scotland 3, Albania 0.
  2. ^ The lowest ranked third-placed team of Nations League C will be relegated to League D.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Finland Greece Hungary Estonia
1  Finland (X) 4 4 0 0 5 0 +5 12 Promotion to League B 2–0 1–0 1–0
2  Greece 4 2 0 2 3 4 −1 6 15 Nov 1–0 18 Nov
3  Hungary (Y) 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 4 Possible relegation to League D[a] 18 Nov 2–1 15 Nov
4  Estonia (Y) 4 0 1 3 3 6 −3 1 Relegation to League D 0–1 0–1 3–3
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(X) Cannot be relegated; (Y) Cannot be promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ The lowest ranked third-placed team of Nations League C will be relegated to League D.

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Norway Bulgaria Cyprus Slovenia
1  Norway 4 3 0 1 4 1 +3 9 Promotion to League B 1–0 2–0 1–0
2  Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 5 3 +2 9 1–0 2–1 19 Nov
3  Cyprus 4 1 1 2 4 6 −2 4 Possible relegation to League D[a] 19 Nov 16 Nov 2–1
4  Slovenia (Y) 4 0 1 3 3 6 −3 1 Relegation to League D 16 Nov 1–2 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(Y) Cannot be promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ The lowest ranked third-placed team of Nations League C will be relegated to League D.

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Serbia Montenegro Romania Lithuania
1  Serbia 4 2 2 0 5 2 +3 8 Promotion to League B 17 Nov 2–2 20 Nov
2  Montenegro 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3 7 0–2 20 Nov 2–0
3  Romania 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6 Possible relegation to League D[a] 0–0 0–0 17 Nov
4  Lithuania (Y) 4 0 0 4 2 9 −7 0 Relegation to League D 0–1 1–4 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(Y) Cannot be promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ The lowest ranked third-placed team of Nations League C will be relegated to League D.

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
1 C4  Romania 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
2 C2  Hungary 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
3 C1  Albania 3 1 0 2 1 4 −3 3
4 C3  Cyprus 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 Relegation to League D
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Counting only matches against teams ranked first and second in the group, 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Wins; 6) Away wins; 7) Disciplinary points; 8) UEFA national team coefficient.

League D[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion Georgia (country) Kazakhstan Latvia Andorra
1  Georgia (P) 4 4 0 0 9 0 +9 12 Promotion to League C 19 Nov 1–0 3–0
2  Kazakhstan 4 1 2 1 6 4 +2 5 0–2 15 Nov 4–0
3  Latvia 4 0 2 2 1 5 −4 2 0–3 1–1 0–0
4  Andorra 4 0 2 2 1 8 −7 2 15 Nov 1–1 19 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(P) Promoted.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion Luxembourg Belarus Moldova San Marino
1  Luxembourg 4 3 0 1 10 1 +9 9 Promotion to League C 15 Nov 4–0 3–0
2  Belarus 4 2 2 0 6 0 +6 8 1–0 0–0 5–0
3  Moldova 4 1 2 1 2 4 −2 5 18 Nov 0–0 2–0
4  San Marino (Y) 4 0 0 4 0 13 −13 0 0–3 18 Nov 15 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(Y) Cannot be promoted.

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion Kosovo Azerbaijan Faroe Islands Malta
1  Kosovo 4 2 2 0 6 2 +4 8 Promotion to League C 20 Nov 2–0 3–1
2  Azerbaijan 4 1 3 0 5 2 +3 6 0–0 17 Nov 1–1
3  Faroe Islands 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 4 1–1 0–3 3–1
4  Malta (Y) 4 0 2 2 4 8 −4 2 17 Nov 1–1 20 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2018. Source: UEFA
(Y) Cannot be promoted.

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion Republic of Macedonia Gibraltar Armenia Liechtenstein
1  Macedonia 4 3 0 1 8 5 +3 9 Promotion to League C 19 Nov 2–0 4–1
2  Gibraltar 4 2 0 2 3 5 −2 6[a] 0–2 16 Nov 2–1
3  Armenia 4 2 0 2 6 4 +2 6[a] 4–0 0–1 2–1
4  Liechtenstein 4 1 0 3 5 8 −3 3 16 Nov 2–0 19 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Gibraltar 3, Armenia 0.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 16 October 2018
League A
Rank Player Goals
1 Belgium Romelu Lukaku 4
2 England Marcus Rashford 2
England Raheem Sterling
France Antoine Griezmann
Portugal André Silva
Spain Sergio Ramos
Spain Rodrigo
Spain Saúl
Switzerland Haris Seferović
League B
Rank Player Goals
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko 3
2 Czech Republic Patrik Schick 2
Denmark Christian Eriksen
Russia Denis Cheryshev
Turkey Emre Akbaba
League C
Rank Player Goals
1 Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović 4
2 Finland Teemu Pukki 3
3 Bulgaria Bozhidar Kraev 2
Hungary Ádám Szalai
Montenegro Stefan Mugoša
Norway Stefan Johansen
League D
Rank Player Goals
1 Luxembourg Danel Sinani 3
Republic of Macedonia Ezgjan Alioski
3 15 players 2

Overall ranking[edit]

The overall ranking will be used for seeding in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group stage draw.

League A League B
Rnk Team Pld Pts
TBD  France 3 7
TBD  Spain 3 6
TBD  Belgium 2 6
TBD  Portugal 2 6
5   Switzerland 3 6
6  England 3 4
7  Italy 3 4
8  Netherlands 2 3
9  Poland 3 1
10  Germany 3 1
11  Croatia 2 1
12  Iceland 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018.
Source: UEFA
Rnk Team Pld Pts
13  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 9
14  Ukraine 3 9
15  Russia 3 7
16  Wales 3 6
17  Denmark 2 4
18  Austria 2 3
19  Czech Republic 3 3
20  Turkey 3 3
21  Sweden 2 1
22  Republic of Ireland 3 1
23  Slovakia 2 0
24  Northern Ireland 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018.
Source: UEFA
League C League D
Rnk Team Pld Pts
25  Finland 2 6
26  Israel 3 6
27  Norway 3 6
28  Serbia 3 5
29  Bulgaria 3 6
30  Scotland 2 3
31  Greece 3 3
32  Montenegro 2 1
33  Romania 3 3
34  Hungary 3 3
35  Albania 3 3
36  Cyprus 2 0
37  Slovenia 4 1
38  Estonia 4 1
39  Lithuania 4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018.
Source: UEFA
Rnk Team Pld Pts
40  Georgia 4 12
41  Luxembourg 4 9
42  Macedonia 4 9
43  Kosovo 4 8
44  Belarus 4 8
45  Azerbaijan 4 6
46  Gibraltar 4 6
47  Kazakhstan 4 5
48  Armenia 4 6
49  Moldova 4 5
50  Faroe Islands 4 4
51  Latvia 4 2
52  Liechtenstein 4 3
53  Malta 4 2
54  Andorra 4 2
55  San Marino 4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018.
Source: UEFA

Prize money[edit]

The prize money to be distributed was announced in March 2018, with a total of €76.25 million in solidarity and bonus fees due to be distributed to the 55 participating national teams.[22] However, in October 2018, the solidarity fees and bonus payments for group winners were increased by 50%, while the bonuses for the teams appearing in the Nations League Finals also increased, resulting in a total of €112.875 million in prize money.[23]

The solidarity fees per team are scaled by league:

  • League A: €2.25 million
  • League B: €1.5 million
  • League C: €1.125 million
  • League D: €750,000

In addition, the group winners of each league will receive the following bonus fees:

  • League A group winners: €2.25 million
  • League B group winners: €1.5 million
  • League C group winners: €1.125 million
  • League D group winners: €750,000

The four group winners of League A, which will participate in the Nations League Finals, will also receive the following bonus fees based on performance:

  • Winners: €6 million
  • Runners-up: €4.5 million
  • Third place: €3.5 million
  • Fourth place: €2.5 million

This means that the maximum amount of solidarity and bonus fees is €10.5 million for a team from League A, €3 million for a team from League B, €2.25 million for a team from League C, and €1.5 million for a team from League D.

Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs[edit]

Teams which fail in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group stage may still qualify for the final tournament via the play-offs. Each league in the UEFA Nations League will be allocated one of the four remaining UEFA Euro 2020 places. Four teams from each league which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals will compete in the play-offs of their league, to be played in March 2020. The play-off berths will be first allocated to each group winner, and if any of the group winners have already qualified for the European Championship finals, then to the next best ranked team of the league, etc.

Teams guaranteed at least play-offs
(may still qualify directly)
League Team Type
A Group winners
Group winners
Group winners
Group winners
B  Ukraine Group winners
Group winners
Group winners
Group winners
C Group winners
Group winners
Group winners
Group winners
D  Georgia Group winners
Group winners
Group winners
Group winners

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ When there are two or more teams tied in points, criteria 1 to 4 are applied. After these criteria are applied, they may define the position of some of the teams involved, but not all of them. For example, if there is a three-way tie on points, the application of the first four criteria may only break the tie for one of the teams, leaving the other two teams still tied. In this case, the tiebreaking procedure is resumed, from the beginning, for those teams that are still tied.
  2. ^ a b c If two or more associations have the same reference period coefficient, the following criteria are applied to the most recent half cycle:[6]
    1. Coefficient;
    2. Average goal difference;
    3. Average number of goals scored;
    4. Average number of away goals scored;
    5. Average disciplinary points (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
    6. Drawing of lots.

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