The UEFA Nations League explained

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       A guide to the newly-founded UEFA Nations League

Fed up with the friendliness of the average global friendly, Uefa has come up with this biennial 55-nation extravaganza that offers not only a shiny new title and trophy but an alternative, if confusing, route via the play-offs to the 2020 European Championship.

Joma company, the official kit supplier of Ukraine's national team presented the three uniforms, as the Yellow-Blues prepared for the new competition at the NSC Olimpiysky stadium in Kyiv.

Group A4: Spain, England and Croatia.

European football governing body have officially revealed the official match ball for the new tournament called the UEFA Nations League.

It features four divisions all split into four groups of various sizes, with England in the top division - League A.

After winning their second World Cup, France will play their first game after Russian Federation 2018 in a match which doesn't come much tougher, as they take on Germany. The top placed teams in league A take part in a playoff - which is the UEFA Nations League final - that will be held in June 2019.

The German outlet also said the current Europa League format of 48 teams will be reduced to just 32, making it a total of 96 clubs playing in the group stages of three club competitions from 2021 onwards, and Pangl said a new competition may already have been decided, but that the EPFL were not consulted.

Type Uefa Nations League into an internet search engine and you will be greeted by a plethora of bewildered voices.

The competition also serves as a qualification step for teams that will participate at Euro 2020.

Serbia, despite having topped Ireland's World Cup qualifying group find themselves in Group C along with Euro 2004 Winners Greece.

Each Nations League - A, B, C and D - is assigned four play-off spots and if a group victor has already qualified for the Euros, the play-off spot will pass to the next best country.

"It won't prevent them from going through tougher times, but it's not necessarily linked to the tag of world champion", he added.

In March 2020, each Nations League tier will have a four-team playoff bracket with the victor advancing to Euro 2020. The top two teams in each of these groups will qualify for Euro 2020 - That will account for 20 teams, 10 group winners and 10 group runners-up.

By no means will Didier Deschamps treat this newly inducted tournament as a non-serious business and would have high hopes of seeing his squad of budding talents lift another piece of silverware in due time.

"The boss tried to explain it to us the best he could the other day".

Why is the Nations League important?

Coach Loew chose to stay on and has pledged to successfully overhaul the team and turn it back onto the road to success, with the Nations League being their new start.

The competition will largely replace worldwide friendly matches now played on the FIFA global Match Calendar.

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