Nations League confirms division structure as Wales miss out on top flight

UEFA Nations League - Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales will be in 'B' competition

Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland join Wales in League B while Scotland are consigned to League C given their ranking of 27 in Europe.

UEFA say the Nations League "creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football".

Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Spain are the top seeds and can not play each other, with France, England, Switzerland and Italy in pot 2.

The competition will take place over six matchdays - double-headers during the global breaks already on the football calendar in September, October and November 2018.

A promotion and relegation system will be in force between the leagues with the four winners promoted and the four bottom-placed teams relegated before the second edition of the competition begins in September 2020, after the European Championships.

Group games will be followed by semi-finals involving the four group winners and a final to be played in June 2019.

Austria, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey complete the 12 teams.

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

The tournament, which features all 55 Uefa members, will largely replace global friendlies during the qualification period for the European Championship in 2020.

League C: Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania.

Those countries will be divided into four groups of three during a draw in January, in which each nation is likely to be seeded based on their coefficient.

The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League will take place in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.

League D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar.

The national teams of Ukraine and Russian Federation will be divided into different groups. It concludes with the Final Four tournament in the summer of 2019.

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

The Euro 2020 qualification play-offs are set for March 2020 as mentioned above, and Euro 2020 itself, which will be played across the continent, will begin three months later.

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