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Armenia to compete in League D for first-ever UEFA Nations League

12 October, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Joan Malone
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The Republic of Ireland, who beat Wales to get into the World Cup play-off, are also in League B with Northern Ireland.

The top 12 nations, based on the 2017 UEFA National Ranking, are in League A will be drawn into four groups of three and play each other home and away on the worldwide dates in September, October and November next year.

UEFA say the Nations League "creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football".

Elsewhere, League A consists of the 12 top-ranked teams: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia and the Netherlands.

The competition which will effectively replace friendlies will run from September to November 2018.

In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020.

The winners of the four groups in League A will play each other in a one-leg semi-final in June 2019, with the winners going forward to contest the final.

Wales just missed out on League A, edged out by Netherlands, with Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland also in League B with them.

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Today it was announced which teams will feature in the four leagues.

But, for Ireland, the interest will be greater should they fail to reach Euro 2020 through the normal qualifying campaign which will see ten groups of five or six teams with two to qualify automatically. The four group winners will be promoted to League B, with the four bottom sides relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.

Organisers will use the UEFA ranking system to determine the make-up of four leagues (A, B, C and D) from the 55 teams involved.

League C contains Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia and Lithuania.

League D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar.

In a similar format, the four group winners will advance to the semi-finals.

When it was unveiled in January the new Uefa Nations League was touted as the answer to "rejuvenate national team football".

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