What is the UEFA Nations League?
International football in Europe is going through changes. The UEFA Nations League is a biannual cup competition that is replacing the majority of European friendlies. Everyone complained about friendlies meaning nothing, so UEFA decided to do something about this.
The UEFA Nations League rewards wins and also allows teams to qualify for the Euros through the competition. Please note that there will still be friendlies when a European nation plays a team outside Europe or when teams simply decide to play outside the UEFA Nations League competition. Yes, it's complicated, but we will get used to it. As we always do!
From UEFA: "The UEFA Nations League is a new competition for international teams where every game counts. It will take place every two years. There are 55 international teams. The aim is to ensure that teams are evenly matched. The 55 teams have been divided into four leagues: A, B, C and D. Each league is divided into four groups comprising of three or four teams. Matches will take place home and away in September, October and November of 2018. The final will be played in June of 2019.”
The UEFA website explains the current UEFA Nations League standings.
This should make for more exciting matches. The video below will play on Youtube. It explains the league using graphics, but it's still quite a lot to take in!
There will still be friendlies this week such as the match between France and Iceland friendly on Thursday. We are showing the following UEFA Nations League matches for match day four of the competition.
Thursday, October 11th
Russia v. Sweden 11:45 AM Pub opens at 11:30
Israel v. Scotland 11:45 AM
Friday, October 12th
Croatia v. England 11:45 AM Pub opens at 11:30.
Belgium v. Switzerland 11:45 AM
Saturday, October 13th
Netherlands v. Germany 11:45 AM Pub opens at 8:00 AM.
Poland v. Italy 11:45 AM
Sunday, October 14th
Poland v. Italy 11:45 Pub opens at 8:00 AM.
Monday, October 15th
Spain v. England 11:45 AM Pub opens at 11:30.
Tuesday, October 16th
France v. Germany 11:45 AM Pub opens at 11:30.
Republic of Ireland v. Wales 11:45 AM
Click here to read more information about the UEFA Nations League.
Click here to read the full September, October and November UEFA Nations League Schedule.
We will show the UEFA Nations League Matches at the Toffee Club. Check our schedule for the details.