The draw of the UEFA Nations League began precisely at 12:00 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Croatia national football team was grouped in the third tier of the elite group ‘A’, and we found out today who they will play in the new competition!
At noon today in Lausanne, the draw of the premiere edition of the Nations League, a new UEFA football competition that will replace friendly matches but will also have a competitive character. In addition to fighting for rich cash prizes, through the Nations League, four teams will also compete for a place in Euro 2020, reports Gol.hr on January 24, 2018.
UEFA’s Nations League is divided into four leagues, and each league then divided into four groups of three or four teams. There are 55 teams participating in the competition in total, which have been divided into leagues depending on the UEFA coefficient. League A will include the best European teams, while League D will include the lowest ranked.
The first edition of the league will be played from September 2018 to June 2019. Matches in each group will be played in September, October and November this year, while the ‘League A Final Four’ will be played in June by a semi-finals principle. Each A, B and C league will play four matches in six rounds in the fall of 2018. In League D, since there are four teams in each group, each team will play six games. Play-off matches, where we will see four additional participants for the European Championship in 2020, will be played in March 2020.
In each league (A-D), the winners of the group will be promoted to a higher ranking of the competition, while the four worst teams in the league will fall to a lower rank. The four winners in league A will play the final or the ’Final Four’.
Croatia is in the pool of ‘League A’, the elite group of the competition which includes Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, and the Netherlands.
So, who did Croatia draw?
Croatia will play in the Nations League against England and Spain!
The competition begins in September after the World Cup. Stay tuned for more details!