When is the UEFA Nations League draw? Start time, how to watch, pots and who England could face

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After the botched draw for the Champions League last 16 on Monday, UEFA will be hoping for a smoother procedure when the draw for the Nations League takes place.

France were crowned champions of the second instalment of Nations League when Kylian Mbappe scored the winner as they beat Spain at the San Siro in October.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Uefa Nations League draw...

When is it?

The Nations League draw takes place on Thursday, December 16 at 5pm GMT.

The draw takes place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon.

How to follow?

UEFA will be showing the draw live on their official website and YouTube channel.

How does the draw work?

There are 55 teams split into four leagues, with 16 teams in Leagues A, B and C and seven in League D.

Teams are sorted into four pots (two for League D), with all of these places determined by the Uefa National-Team Coefficient Rankings.

Each team will play four group games. The four group winners from League A (the top division) will play in the finals.

The teams who win each group in the lower three divisions win promotion, with most of the teams who finish bottom getting relegated.


League A

Pot 1: France, Spain, Italy, Belgium

Pot 2: Portugal, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany

Pot 3: England, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia

Pot 4: Wales, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary

League B

Pot 1: Ukraine, Sweden, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland

Pot 2: Finland, Norway, Scotland, Russia

Pot 3: Israel, Romania, Serbia, Republic of Ireland

Pot 4: Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania, Armenia

League C

Pot 1: Turkey, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland

Pot 2: Greece, Belarus, Luxembourg, North Macedonia

Pot 3: Lithuania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo

Pot 4: Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, tbc, tbc*

League D

Pot 1: Liechtenstein, Malta, tbc, tbc*

Pot 2: Latvia, San Marino, Andorrao

*Kazakhstan play Moldova and Cyprus play Estonia in March 2022 play-offs. The winners will be in League C and the losers in League D.

Who could England face?

England will end up in a group with France, Spain, Italy or Belgium from, and Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark or Germany, and Wales, Austria, Czech Republic or Hungary.

When are the matches played?

Matchdays 1 and 2: 2–8 June 2022

Matchdays 3 and 4: 8–14 June 2022

Matchdays 5 and 6: 22–27 September 2022

Semi-finals: June 14 and 15 2023

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