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All you need to know about the 2024-25 Nations League draw
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Cian Cheesbrough
The Nations League draw takes place tomorrow
The Nations League draw takes place tomorrow

The draw for the Nations League takes place tomorrow as Europe's finest discover their fate for the newly-expanded continental competition in 2024-25.

Following their relegation, England line up in League B for the first time alongside Wales, with promoted Scotland the sole home nation representative in the top division.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the draw in Paris, which starts at 5pm GMT.

What countries are in the 2024-25 Nations League?

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

Erling Haaland will be Norway's key man
Erling Haaland will be Norway's key man

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

*Lithuania and Gibraltar face a relegation play-off next month to see who ends up in Leagues C and D.

England were relegated from League A in the last Nations League
England were relegated from League A in the last Nations League

How does the Nations League draw work?

Leagues A, B and C all have four groups made up of four teams, with one drawn from each seeding pot into each group.

League D, made up of some of Europe's lower-ranked teams, has two groups of three teams each.

There are two restrictions on who can play who, with Kazakhstan only allowed to be drawn against one of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Iceland for excessive travel reasons.

Armenia and Azerbaijan cannot be drawn together in League C for political reasons.

Scotland will compete in the top tier of the Nations League for the first time
Scotland will compete in the top tier of the Nations League for the first time

What is the format of the Nations League?

The top two teams from each group in League A will qualify for a new two-legged quarter-final stage in March 2025, with the four winners reaching the semi-finals in June.

Winners of Leagues B, C and D are promoted to a higher division, with the fourth-placed teams in Leagues A, B and C groups relegated.

Teams who finish third in their groups in League A will face the runners-up in League B in a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off.

Third-placed countries in League B groups go up against League C runners-up. There is also a play-off between the best two fourth-placed teams and the two second-placed sides in League D.

The 2024-25 Nations League also offers another route into the 2026 World Cup. 

The four best group winners who did not reach the North American tournament in the usual way enter into a World Cup play-off against runners-up from the European qualifying groups.

Spain won the 2022-23 Nations League
Spain won the 2022-23 Nations League

When are the Nations League games?

Teams in Leagues A, B and C play two games in September, two in October and two in November.

Matchday 1: September 5-7

Matchday 2: September 8-10

Matchday 3: October 10-12

Matchday 4: October 13-15

Matchday 5: November 14-16

Matchday 6: November 17-19

Knockout round play-offs: March 20-25, 2025

Quarter-finals: March 20-25, 2025

Semi-finals: June 4-5, 2025

Final: June 8, 2025

Who could play who?

England and Wales are unable to face each other with both in Pot 1 of the League B draw, with clashes against Austria and Czech Republic also ruled out.

The duo may face Republic of Ireland in the competition, with the managerless Boys in Green allocated in Pot 3 in League B.

Scotland are up against some of Europe's top teams, with games against Netherlands, Belgium and France the toughest of their potential League A opponents, according to FIFA rankings.


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