2018–19 UEFA Nations League A

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2018–19 UEFA Nations League A
Tournament details
Dates League phase:
6 September – 20 November 2018
Nations League Finals:
5–9 June 2019
Teams 12
Relegated  Iceland
 Poland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 47 (2.94 per match)
Attendance 669,564 (41,848 per match)
Top scorer(s) Belgium Romelu Lukaku (4 goals)
All statistics correct as of 16 October 2018.

The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A is the top division of the 2018–19 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the inaugural season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.[1] League A will culminate with the Nations League Finals in June 2019 to crown the inaugural champions of the UEFA Nations League.

Format[edit]

League A consists of the top 12 ranked UEFA members, split into four groups of three. The winners of each group will advance to the UEFA Nations League Finals, and the third-placed team of each group will be relegated to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B.[2]

The Nations League Finals will take place in June 2019 and be played in a knockout format, consisting of the semi-finals, third place play-off, and final. The semi-final pairings, along with the administrative home teams for the third place play-off and final, are determined by means of a draw on 3 December 2018.[3] The host country will be selected among the four qualified teams on 3 December 2018 by the UEFA Executive Committee,[4] with the winners of the final crowned as the inaugural champions of the UEFA Nations League.

The four group winners will be drawn into groups of five teams for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying competition (in order to accommodate for the Nations League Finals). In addition, League A will be allocated one of the four remaining UEFA Euro 2020 places. Four teams from League A which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals will compete in the play-offs, to be played in March 2020. The play-off berths will be first allocated to the group winners, and if any of the group winners have already qualified for the European Championship finals, then to the next best ranked team of the league, etc. If there are fewer than four teams in League A which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals, the play-off berths will be allocated to the next best ranked team of the following league, etc. The play-offs will consist of two "one-off" semi-finals (best-ranked team vs. fourth best-ranked team and second best-ranked team vs. third best-ranked team, played at home of higher-ranked teams) and one "one-off" final between the two semi-final winners (venue drawn in advance between semi-final 1 and 2).[5][6]

Seeding[edit]

Teams were allocated to League A according to their UEFA national team coefficients after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group stage on 11 October 2017. Teams were split into three pots of four teams, ordered based on their UEFA national team coefficient.[7][8] The seeding pots for the draw were announced on 7 December 2017.[9]

Pot 1
Team Coeff Rank
 Germany 40,747 1
 Portugal 38,655 2
 Belgium 38,123 3
 Spain 37,311 4
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
 France 36,617 5
 England 36,231 6
  Switzerland 34,986 7
 Italy 34,426 8
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
 Poland 32,982 9
 Iceland 31,155 10
 Croatia 31,139 11
 Netherlands 29,866 12

The group draw took place at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland on 24 January 2018, 12:00 CET.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Groups[edit]

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 24 January 2018 following the draw.[16][17]

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation France Netherlands Germany
1  France (X) 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Qualification to Nations League Finals 2–1 2–1
2  Netherlands 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3 16 Nov 3–0
3  Germany (Y) 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1 Relegation to League B 0–0 19 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Cannot be relegated; (Y) Cannot qualify for Nations League Finals.
Germany 0–0 France
Report
Attendance: 67,485[18]

France 2–1 Netherlands
Report

Netherlands 3–0 Germany
Report

France 2–1 Germany
Report

Netherlands v France
Report

Germany v Netherlands
Report

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Belgium Switzerland Iceland
1  Belgium 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6[a] Qualification to Nations League Finals 2–1 15 Nov
2   Switzerland 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 6[a] 18 Nov 6–0
3  Iceland (R) 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0 Relegation to League B 0–3 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Belgium 3, Switzerland 0.
Switzerland  6–0 Iceland
Report
Attendance: 14,912[22]

Iceland 0–3 Belgium
Report

Belgium 2–1  Switzerland
Report

Iceland 1–2  Switzerland
Report

Belgium v Iceland
Report

Switzerland  v Belgium
Report

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Portugal Italy Poland
1  Portugal 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 Qualification to Nations League Finals 1–0 20 Nov
2  Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4 17 Nov 1–1
3  Poland (R) 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1 Relegation to League B 2–3 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(R) Relegated.
Italy 1–1 Poland
Report

Portugal 1–0 Italy
Report
Attendance: 52,635[27]

Poland 2–3 Portugal
Report

Poland 0–1 Italy
Report

Italy v Portugal
Report

Portugal v Poland
Report

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Spain England Croatia
1  Spain (X) 3 2 0 1 10 4 +6 6 Qualification to Nations League Finals 2–3 6–0
2  England 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4 1–2 18 Nov
3  Croatia 2 0 1 1 0 6 −6 1 Relegation to League B 15 Nov 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Cannot be relegated.
England 1–2 Spain
Report

Spain 6–0 Croatia
Report

Croatia 0–0 England
Report

Spain 2–3 England
Report

Croatia v Spain
Report

England v Croatia
Report

Nations League Finals[edit]

The draw will take place on 3 December 2018 at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.[3]

Times are CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA.

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
5 June 2019 – TBD
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
9 June 2019 – TBD
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
6 June 2019 – TBD
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Third place play-off
 
 
9 June 2019 – TBD
 
 
Losers Match 1/2
 
 
Losers Match 1/2

Semi-finals[edit]

Winners Group 1/2/3/4Match 1Winners Group 1/2/3/4

Winners Group 1/2/3/4Match 2Winners Group 1/2/3/4

Third place play-off[edit]

Losers Match 1/2Match 3Losers Match 1/2

Final[edit]

Winners Match 1/2Match 4Winners Match 1/2

Goalscorers[edit]

There have been 47 goals scored in 16 matches, for an average of 2.94 goals per match.

4 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Overall ranking[edit]

The 12 League A teams will be ranked 1st to 12th overall in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League according to the following rules:[2]

  • The teams finishing first in the groups will be ranked 1st to 4th according to the results of the Nations League Finals.
  • The teams finishing second in the groups will be ranked 5th to 8th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing third in the groups will be ranked 9th to 12th according to the results of the league phase.
Rnk Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
TBD A1  France 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
TBD A4  Spain 3 2 0 1 10 4 +6 6
TBD A2  Belgium 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6
TBD A3  Portugal 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
5 A2   Switzerland 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 6
6 A4  England 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
7 A3  Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
8 A1  Netherlands 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
9 A3  Poland 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
10 A1  Germany 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
11 A4  Croatia 2 0 1 1 0 6 −6 1
12 A2  Iceland 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Ranking criteria

Prize money[edit]

The prize money to be distributed was announced in March 2018.[34] Each team in League A will receive a solidarity fee of €1.5 million. In addition, the four group winners will receive double this amount with a €1.5M bonus fee.

The four group winners of League A, which will participate in the Nations League Finals, will also receive the following fees based on performance:

  • Winners: €4.5M
  • Runners-up: €3.5M
  • Third place: €2.5M
  • Fourth place: €1.5M

This means that the maximum amount of solidarity and bonus fees for a team from League A is €7.5M.

Qualifying play-offs[edit]

The four best teams in League A according to the overall ranking that have not qualified for UEFA Euro 2020 through the qualifying group stage will compete in the play-offs, with the winners qualifying for the final tournament. If there are fewer than four teams in League A that have not qualified, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall ranking.

Teams guaranteed at least play-offs
(may still qualify directly)
Team Type
Group winners
Group winners
Group winners
Group winners

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches in November 2018, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ The Croatia v England match was played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Croatia for racist behaviour in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying home match against Italy.[32]

References[edit]

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