A Comprehensive Guide to the 2024-25 UEFA Nations League: Draw, Participating Teams, and Start Date

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The draw for the 2024-45 UEFA Nations League takes place in Paris on Thursday, February 8. The draw is set to commence at 5pm.

 Steve Clarke’s Scottish side are the highest ranked home nation, positioned nicely in League A for the first time in the teams history.

Both England and Wales find themselves in League B after Gareth Southgate’s men suffered relegation from their UEFA Nations League group in 2023.

Every European team will feature in the 2024-25 Nations League with the exemption of Russia as they were suspended. 

Scotland will play in League A for the very first time

Spain were the last team to lift the UEFA Nations League trophy, beating Italy 2-1 in the final

Spain were the last team to lift the UEFA Nations League trophy, beating Italy 2-1 in the final

 

When is it? 

The draw for the 2024-25 Nations League will take place on Thursday, February 8 at 5pm.

With the tournament set to begin in September 2024.

Every team in Leagues A, B and C will play six group games in total in 2024. 

The six games will be spread out across three months, with two games games set to be played in September, two in October and the remaining two games will be rolled out in November.

The majority of teams will go on to play more games in March 2025, before the final top four teams will play in the Nations League Finals in June 2025. 

 

Teams involved  

League A

Pot 1: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Netherlands

Pot 2: Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Hungary

Pot 3: Switzerland, Germany, Poland, France

Pot 4: Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Scotland

League B

Pot 1: Austria, Czech Republic, England, Wales

Pot 2: Finland, Ukraine, Iceland, Norway

Pot 3: Slovenia, Republic of Ireland, Albania, Montenegro

Pot 4: Georgia, Greece, Turkey, Kazakhstan

League C

Pot 1: Romania, Sweden, Armenia, Luxembourg

Pot 2: Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands

Pot 3: North Macedonia, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Cyprus

Pot 4: Belarus, Lithuania/Gibraltar*, Estonia, Latvia

League D

Pot 1: Lithuania/Gibraltar*, Moldova

Pot 2: Malta, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein

* Gibraltar and Lithuania will face off against each other, effectively in a relegation play-off to see who ends up in Leagues C and D, in March 2024.

England failed to win any of their 2022 Nations League games and were relegated to League B following a 3-3 draw with Germany

England failed to win any of their 2022 Nations League games and were relegated to League B following a 3-3 draw with Germany

 

How does the draw work?

League A, B and C will feature four teams in each group, with one team from each seed/pot being placed into each group.

The teams will play each other twice, once at home and once away.

League two is slightly different, as they only have two groups featuring three teams.

 For the draw, there are only two restrictions on what teams can play who. 

Kazakhstan can only be drawn in a group containing no more than one of the following teams due to travel reasons. These teams are England, Wales, Republic of Ireland or Iceland.

Armenia and Azerbaijan aren’t able to be drawn against one another in League C for political reasons. 

You can watch the draw live on UEFA’s official website here. 

 

How does the tournament work

Each team will play six games in their respective group, once all the group games have been played, the top two teams from each group in League A will play a two legged quarter-final in March 2025.

The winners of each quarter-final will advance to the final four tournament in June 2025.

In League B, C and D, the winners of each group will be promoted to the higher division. The teams that finish bottom in each group in League B, C and D will be relegated to the lower division.

Two-legged promotion/relegation play-offs will be played in March involving the teams across League A, B, C and D.

The teams who finished third in their groups in League A will face the runners-up of League B. Whilst the teams who finished third in Group B will play the League C runners-up.

The two best fourth placed teams in League C will go up against the two runners-up in League D in a play-off.

Wales will be hoping they can gain League A promotion

Wales will be hoping they can gain League A promotion

 

How to watch

Fans in the UK will be able to watch Nation League games live on Channel 4 and Viaplay Sports.

 In the United States, the games will be shown live on Fox and streamed on fubo.

 

UEFA Nations League fixture dates 

Matchday 1: September 5-7, 2024

Matchday 2: September 8-10, 2024

Matchday 3: October 10-12, 2024

Matchday 4: October 13-15, 2024

Matchday 5: November 14-16, 2024

Matchday 6: November 17-19, 2024

Semi-finals: June 4-5, 2025

Final: Sunday, June 8, 2024 

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