The group stage draw of the new European international competition, the UEFA Nations League has taken place in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday.
The Nations League will in essence replace international friendly games for European teams in the FIFA international calendar.
All national teams in the UEFA region had been assigned to one of four leagues (leagues A through D), in accordance with their continental rankings. Each league is divided into four groups of three, or four teams depending on the league.
The teams in each group will all face each other home and away during the fall of this year. In the summer of 2019, the group winners of League A will face off in semifinals, a third-place match and a final.
Meanwhile, the last placed teams of all groups in leagues A though C will be relegated to the next lowest league for the coming Nations League cycle. The winners of each group in leagues B through D will replace them accordingly.
Another twist to this competition is the fact that EURO 2020 will take place around the continent and all 24 teams will need to earn their spot. 20 will do so through regular qualifying, while the other four will get there though a playoff involving the best Nations League teams that failed to qualify normally.
The groups are as follows:
GROUP 1: Germany, France, Netherlands
GROUP 2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
GROUP 3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
GROUP 4: Spain, England, Croatia
GROUP 1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
GROUP 2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
GROUP 3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
GROUP 4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark
GROUP 1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
GROUP 2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
GROUP 3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
GROUP 4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania
GROUP 1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
GROUP 2: Belarus, Luxemburg, Moldova, San Marino
GROUP 3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
GROUP 4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Lichtenstein, Gibraltar