Planning a Football Trip to 2020–21 UEFA Nations League? This post has details of the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League with details of the fixtures, tickets and groups to plan your football trip.
The competition will be held from September to November 2020 (league phase), June 2021 (Nations League Finals) and March 2022 (relegation play-outs). The defending champions are Portugal.
The 55 UEFA national teams will be divided into four leagues, with Leagues A, B and C featuring 16 teams each, divided into four groups of four teams. League D will feature 7 teams divided into two groups, with one containing four teams and the other containing three. The teams are allocated to leagues based on the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League overall ranking. Each team will now play six matches within their group, except for one group in League D which will play four, using the home-and-away round-robin format on double matchdays in September, October and November 2020. This format ensures that for almost all groups, teams in the same group play their last matches at the same time. It also increases the number of total league phase matches from 138 to 162, and minimises the number of friendly matches.
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 2021, 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.
Teams also compete for promotion and relegation to a higher or lower league. In Leagues B, C and D, the group winners are promoted, while the last-placed teams of each group in Leagues A and B are relegated. As League C has four groups while League D has only two, the two League C teams which are to be relegated will be determined by play-outs in March 2022.
The Nations League will be partially linked with European qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with the format confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee during their meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on 4 December 2019. The ten group winners after the first round (group stage) will qualify directly for the World Cup. Then, the ten group runners-up, along with best two Nations League group winners based on the Nations League overall ranking which have not yet directly qualified or reached the play-offs, will advance to a 12-team second round (play-offs) to be conducted in two single-match knockout rounds, from which an additional three teams will also qualify.
Below is the schedule of the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League.
|League phase||Matchday 1||3–5 September 2020|
|Matchday 2||6–8 September 2020|
|Matchday 3||8–10 October 2020|
|Matchday 4||11–13 October 2020|
|Matchday 5||12–14 November 2020|
|Matchday 6||15–17 November 2020|
|Finals||Semi-finals||2–3 June 2021|
|Third place play-off||6 June 2021|
|Relegation play-outs||First leg||24–25 March 2022|
|Second leg||28–29 March 2022|
The relegation play-outs of League C are scheduled on the same dates as the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs. If one or more of the teams due to participate in the relegation play-outs also qualifies for the World Cup qualifying play-offs, the relegation play-outs will be cancelled and the teams in League C ranked 47th and 48th in the Nations League overall ranking will be automatically relegated.
The draw for the league phase will take place on 3 March 2020, 18:00 CET, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. While the draw typically has restrictions for prohibited clashes, winter venues and excessive travel, no conditions will apply to the draw given the allocation of the teams to both leagues and pots.