Meeting this Wednesday in Switzerland, the UEFA Executive Committee validated the new formulas for its competitions for men’s national teams.
Change at UEFA. In this case, the European body unveils a number of decisions on Wednesday. They concern in particular the format of the League of Nations and the conduct of the qualifiers for the Euro and the World Cup. Modifications which will come into force after the next European championship, in 2024. Moreover, no change in sight for this Euro planned in Germany, with still 24 teams on the starting line, but UEFA indicates in passing that the 2023 European Super Cup will take place in Athens (Greece), not in Kazan (Russia), for obvious reasons. It will be August 16.
Regarding the League of Nations, the Executive Committee, meeting this Wednesday in Switzerland, decided to add a salvo of cleaver matches, with quarter-finals which will see the first and second of the groups compete in home and away matches. The winners will meet for a final four, as is already the case now. “Promotion and relegation play-off home and away matches will be played between the third group of League A and the second group of League B as well as between the third group of League B and the second group of the C-League“, we add, specifying that these matches will take place in March, in a slot usually reserved for friendly matches.
The new formula promises to further strengthen European national team competitions and make them even more exciting.
As for the qualifications for the Euro and the World Cup, the groups of six are over. Hoping to make the competitionless predictable and more dynamic“, UEFA will bet on pools of four or five teams. “The group winners will qualify directly for the Euros or the World Cup, alongside the best runners-up, while the remaining runners-up will take part in play-offs alongside teams from the Nations League in view of qualification. for the euro», explains the European confederation.
“The introduction of the Nations League was a success, as it replaced friendlies with more competitive matchess, believes President Ceferin, making the article for these new formulas in the competitions for the men’s selections. Today, the introduction of the new knockout round will give teams more opportunities to progress without increasing the number of matches in the International Calendar. The issue of European qualifying predictability has also been addressed and resolved, and the new format gives all teams an equal chance of qualifying for major tournaments. The new formula promises to further strengthen European national team competitions and make them even more exciting.“UEFA insists that the fact that there won’t be any more matches in the end, just”more exciting matches“.