The complex format created by UEFA to replace most unloved national team friendlies kicks off in 18 months’ time.
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It offers a second-chance path to major tournaments – the 2020 European Championship for sure and, UEFA intends, the 2022 World Cup – for teams which have not been in a generation, or ever.For teams failing to finish in the top two of a traditional Euro 2020 qualifying group, a subsequent playoff round is based on Nations League standings. It will send at least one of UEFA's lowest-ranked teams to the 24-team tournament.Its most recent tournaments were Euro 2000 and the 1998 World Cup, where it played Scotland, also enduring a two-decade tournament drought.A group stage from September-November 2018; Final Four minitournament in June 2019 for high-ranked teams; playoffs in March 2020 to fill the last four Euro 2020 qualifying places.League A has the 12 top-ranked teams playing in three-team groups.League B is another 12-team tier for teams ranked Nos.Last-place teams are relegated to League C.League C is for 15 teams ranked Nos. League D is for the 16 lowest-ranked teams, and group winners are promoted.Teams set to play in the Final Four are placed in a five-team Euro 2020 qualifying group.
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