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UEFA Nations League: Croatia remains in elite group after format change

LJUBLJANA, 24 September 2019 – Croatia will remain in the elite group of the UEFA Nations League for next season after European football’s governing body confirmed a format change for the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League.

Croatia finished bottom of their UEFA Nations League Group A last season which featured England and Spain and was set to drop to League B but an expansion from 12 to 16 teams in League A means Croatia will remain with the best nations in Europe. 

“The UEFA Nations League will have a new league structure comprising 16 teams in Leagues A, B and C and 7 teams in League D, as of the 2020/21 edition. The teams are allocated to leagues based on the overall ranking following the 2018/19 inaugural UEFA Nations League. This change to the format follows a consultation process which involved all of UEFA’s 55 national associations and reflects upon their desire to further minimise the number of friendly matches,” UEFA said. 

League A teams:

1 Portugal
2 Netherlands
3 England
4 Switzerland
5 Belgium
6 France
7 Spain
8 Italy
9 Bosnia-Herzegovina
10 Ukraine
11 Denmark
12 Sweden
13 Croatia
14 Poland
15 Germany
16 Iceland

The concept of the Finals of the UEFA Nations League remains untouched, with the four group winners of League A playing each other to determine the UEFA Nations League winners.

The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League draw will take place in Amsterdam on 3 March 2020 with group matches taking place in September, October and November 2020. 

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