2019 UEFA Nations League Finals

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2019 UEFA Nations League Finals
2019 UEFA Nations League Finals.svg
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Dates5–9 June
Teams4
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
2021

The 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals will be the final tournament 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 member associations of UEFA.[1] The tournament will be held by Portugal from 5 to 9 June 2019,[2] and will be contested by the four group winners of Nations League A. The tournament will consist of two semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final to determine the inaugural champions of the UEFA Nations League.

Format[edit]

The UEFA Nations League trophy

The Nations League Finals will take place in June 2019 and be contested by the four group winners of League A. These four teams were drawn into groups of five teams for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group stage, thereby leaving the June 2019 window available for the Nations League Finals.[3] The competition will 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 an open draw. The draw took place on 3 December 2018, 14:30 CET (13:30 local time) at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.[4][5][6][7]

The tournament will take place over five days, with the first semi-final (which will feature the host team) on 5 June and the second semi-final on 6 June, and the third place play-off and final on 9 June.[8] The winners of the final will be crowned as the inaugural champions of the UEFA Nations League.[9]

The Nations League Finals are played in single-leg knockout matches. If the scores are level at the end of normal time, 30 minutes of extra time is played, where each team is allowed to make a fourth substitution.[10] If the scores are still level, the winner is determined by a penalty shoot-out. All matches in the tournament will utilise the goal-line technology system.[11] On 3 December, UEFA confirmed that the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used for the Nations League Finals.[12]

Qualified teams[edit]

The four group winners of League A qualified for the Nations League Finals.[13]

Group Team Date of
qualification
UNL Rankings
November 2018
FIFA Rankings
April 2019
A1  Netherlands 19 November 2018 3 16
A2   Switzerland 18 November 2018 1 8
A3  Portugal (hosts) 17 November 2018 2 7
A4  England 18 November 2018 4 4

Host selection[edit]

Portugal was officially selected as the host country by the UEFA Executive Committee during their meeting on 3 December 2018 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.[14][15] Only League A teams could bid for the Nations League Finals, and only the one of the four participants could be selected as hosts. The Nations League Finals will be held in two stadiums, each with a seating capacity of at least 30,000. Ideally, the stadiums should be located in the same host city or up to approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) apart.[16][17]

On 9 March 2018, UEFA announced that Italy, Poland and Portugal expressed interest in bidding prior to the deadline. The deadline to submit their dossiers was 31 August 2018. As all three associations formed Group A3, the group winner was in line to be appointed as the host, provided that the associations submit bids which meet UEFA's requirements.[18] Poland were relegated from Group A3 on 14 October 2018, leaving Italy and Portugal as potential hosts.[19] On 17 November 2018, Portugal won Group A3 and advanced to the Finals,[20] thereby automatically winning hosting rights, which were confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee on 3 December 2018, the same day as the Finals draw.[2]

Venues[edit]

In their bid dossier, the Portuguese Football Federation proposed Estádio do Dragão in Porto and Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães as the venues.[2]

Porto Guimarães
Estádio do Dragão Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Capacity: 50,033 Capacity: 30,000
Estádio do Dragão Aerial.jpg Estádio de Guimarães.JPG

Squads[edit]

Each national team has to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers, at least ten days before the opening match of the tournament. If a player becomes injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he will be replaced by another player.[11]

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
5 June – Porto
 
 
 Portugal
 
9 June – Porto
 
  Switzerland
 
Winners Match 1
 
6 June – Guimarães
 
Winners Match 2
 
 Netherlands
 
 
 England
 
Third place play-off
 
 
9 June – Guimarães
 
 
Losers Match 1
 
 
Losers Match 2

All times are local, WEST (UTC+1).

Semi-finals[edit]

Portugal vs Switzerland[edit]

Portugal Match 1  Switzerland
Report

Netherlands vs England[edit]

Netherlands Match 2 England
Report

Third place play-off[edit]

Losers Match 1Match 3Losers Match 2
Report

Final[edit]

Winners Match 1Match 4Winners Match 2
Report

Prize money[edit]

The prize money to be distributed was announced in October 2018.[21] In addition to the €2.25 million solidarity fee for participating in the Nations League, the four participants will receive an additional €2.25 million for winning their groups and qualifying for the Nations League Finals.

In addition, the participants will receive payment based on performance:

  • Winners: €6 million
  • Runners-up: €4.5 million
  • Third place: €3.5 million
  • Fourth place: €2.5 million

This means that the maximum amount of solidarity and bonus fees for the UEFA Nations League winners is €10.5 million.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA Nations League receives associations' green light". UEFA.com. 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Portugal set to be Nations League Finals hosts". UEFA.com. 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ "UEFA Nations League format and schedule approved". UEFA.com. 4 December 2014.
  4. ^ "UEFA Nations League Finals: Draw Procedure" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  5. ^ "UEFA Nations League Finals draw". UEFA.com.
  6. ^ "2019 UEFA Nations League Finals draw press kit" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Nations League Finals draw: Portugal v Switzerland, Netherlands v England". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  8. ^ "UEFA Nations League 2018/19 League Phase draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  9. ^ "All you need to know: UEFA Nations League Finals". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Amendments to football's Laws of the Game in various UEFA competitions". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA Nations League 2018/19" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  12. ^ "VAR to be used in UEFA Champions League knockout phase". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  13. ^ "England, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland in Nations League Finals". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Portugal confirmed as Nations League Finals hosts". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  15. ^ "UEFA Executive Committee agenda for Dublin meeting". UEFA.com. 16 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA. 9 December 2016.
  17. ^ "UEFA Nations League regulations approved". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Italy, Poland, Portugal express interest in hosting Nations League Finals". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Italy relegate Poland as Russia near promotion". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Portugal hold Italy to reach Finals, Sweden win". UEFA.com. 17 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Increased UEFA Nations League solidarity and bonus fees". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.

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