What is the Uefa Nations League? How it works, groups and fixtures

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The four teams who win their respective League A groups (the bit England are involved in) will qualify for the knockout finals in June 2019 - semi-finals, final and third-place play-off - to decide the Nations League victor.

But whether the Nations League should be linked to Euro qualifying, and if so in what way, are quibbles for further down the line.

World Cup winners France, Germany and the Netherlands occupy one group while there will be a repeat of 2018 World Cup qualifying as Wales, Denmark and Republic of Ireland all face each other in the "second" tier.

Worldwide football fans can relax a bit about being so confused about the complicated format of the new UEFA Nations League, as England star Harry Maguire has admitted that even the Three Lions squad are struggling to get to grips with how the newly launched competition works.

The victor can only come from League A and will be determined by a mini-tournament played in June, with semifinals, a game for third place and a final. The teams are divided into four leagues (A-D) which in turn are split up into four groups of either three or four.

Instead of starting directly following the World Cup as it had in previous years, qualifying for Euro 2020 will now begin in March 2019 and run until November 2019.

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New Scotland captain Andy Robertson is set to lead his country in their friendly against Belgium on Friday September 7 before the Nations League opener at home to Albania three days later. Qualifying matches will be held after the League Phase of the Nations League is completed.

Meanwhile, the teams who finish bottom of their groups in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated to the league below for the next cycle, as will the lowest-ranked third place team in League C.

The losers of those one-leg semi-finals will play in a one-leg third-place match, while the semi-finals winners will contest the final to become UEFA Nations League champions.

How will it affect worldwide friendlies? Italy, Poland and Portugal - the three teams which make up group A3 - have all submitted bids, so it is expected that whoever wins that group will host the finals.

Appointed full-time national team boss in July following Julen Lopetegui's controversial pre-World Cup dismissal, Luis Enrique is priced at 17/10 (2.70) to get off to a winning start here.

UEFA's competition gets more confusing for teams who don't qualify for the Euros in 2020 because there is a route to the competition for those whose traditional qualifying campaign goes array.

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In short, yes. But the UEFA Nations League doesn't do "in short". This is dubbed the Final Four showpiece and consists of two semi-finals, a third-place play-off and the final to determine the victor of the first ever Uefa Nations League.

The top two teams from 10 groups will automatically qualify for the finals.

If a group victor has already qualified for Euro 2020, their spot is given to the next best-ranked team in their group.

That particular qualification process will take place throughout the entire calendar year of 2019 where the top two in each group will gain automatic qualification.

The conditions on which teams are ranked is as follows: position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

Split, once again, into four groups in separate play-off paths - determined by their leagues - the four teams will take part in single-legged semi-finals and then a final to decide who will be joining the initial 20 teams at Euro 2020.

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