Ireland Could Meet Familiar Foes In UEFA Nations League

Ireland Could Meet Familiar Foes In UEFA Nations League
By Daniel Kelly
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With the group stages of World Cup qualifying coming to a close, UEFA have revealed the teams that will take part in each League in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League.

All the teams has been split into four levels, with one team from each League guaranteed a spot at Euro 2020. The move means that one of Europe's traditional minnows will be guaranteed a spot.

The Republic of Ireland have been drawn in League B alongside Northern Ireland and Wales. Austria, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey complete the 12 teams.

UEFA have confirmed that one of those teams will guarantee a spot in the tournament, with four getting promoted to League A.

Teams will be split into four groups of three. The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition, to be played in 2020.

The top four-ranked League B teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter play-offs in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.


Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia and the Netherlands make up League A.


In a similar format, the four group winners will advance to the semi-finals. Two teams will then play in June 2019 to become the inaugural UEFA Nations League winners.

The draw for the tournament will take place in Switzerland in January, with the games taking place next Autumn between September and November.

Euro 2020 qualification will begin after the group stages of the Nations League concludes and will run throughout 2019, with the play-offs taking place the following Spring.


In a three-team group, Martin O'Neill's side could easily find them in the top tier of the Nations League at the first time of asking.

To full list of Leagues are available on the UEFA website.

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