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Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Nations League

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Nations League

Wales drop into a 12-strong League B which also includes Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, so all three teams could meet when further group draws are made in January, while Scotland are in Group C.

Chris Coleman's side had been on course to challenge the likes of England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France for the inaugural title in European football's third major global competition but lost out by less than 600 coefficient points.

The winners of the four groups in League A will play each other in a one-leg semi-final in June 2019, with the winners going forward to contest the final.

League A includes the likes of world champions Germany, reigning European Championship winners Portugal, France and England.

Best teams from division "B" will move into the elite League of Nations.

The national teams of Ukraine and Russian Federation will be divided into different groups.

Following the group stages, the finals of this tournament will take place in June 2019 for the four top teams in League A.

League B: Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey.

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League A will consist of the 12 top-ranked teams.

How does the Uefa Nations League work?

The draw of the League of Nations on 24 January 2018 in Lausanne.

"How teams perform in the Nations League will be used to determine which pots they will be placed in for future European qualifiers for the Euros and the World Cup", the Sun said.

The idea behind the new format is that dead rubber friendly ties will be replaced with more exciting and competitive fixtures.

UEFA claim the main advantage of the new system is that it creates "more meaningful and competitive matches for teams" than the current trend of filling worldwide dates with friendlies.

The format of the UEFA Nations League will feature promotion and relegation and sees the 55 European national teams divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings.

If the group victor has already qualified for Euro 2020, the spot goes to the next best team who haven't and UEFA will simply go down through the Leagues until the mini-tournaments are fully stocked, thus affording both big teams who missed the cut (the Netherlands, as a hypothetical example) and no-hoper minnows alike a potential opportunity to claw their way into Euro 2020.