With 54 participating nations, 14 groups, 10 promotion spots, 10 relegation traps, and a prestigious trophy at stake, the latest edition of the UEFA Nations League should provide many compelling twists across the many matchdays between 2022 through 2024.
The 2022-23 Nations League is the third edition of a tournament which saw Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal (2019) and Kylian Mbappe’s France (2021) claim the first two.
All the member nations of the European confederation (UEFA) are sorted across four divisions, Leagues A-D, with the best teams in League A and the lowest-ranked nations in League D.
Teams that win their group in League A advance to compete for the Nations League title. The nations that win their group in League B, League C and League D move up a division to the next highest tier.
In a similar fashion, the bottom teams in League A and League B are relegated to a lower tier, while the last-placed teams in League C participate in a relegation playoff since only two of the four basement teams in League C get relegated to League D.
The entire 2022-23 UEFA Nations League group stage will conclude by Sept. 2022. The semifinals and final involving the four group winners in League A will take place in 2023. The League C relegation playoff is scheduled for March 2024.
Fox and fuboTV have teamed up to provide English-language coverage in the USA.
Every UEFA Nations League match will be available to stream on fuboTV, including the select matches televised on Fox channels (FS1, FS2 and Fox Soccer Plus). A total of 60 matches in the competition will be carried exclusively by fuboTV, including all four England matches in the June 2022 window.
Univision streaming platform ViX will also carry every match in Spanish.
The 2022-23 UEFA Nations League will be available in the USA via a dual partnership between Fox Sports and fuboTV for English-language coverage. Spanish-language coverage will be found on Univision streaming platform ViX.
Fans streaming fuboTV’s exclusive matches can monitor other scores and player/match stats on the same screen with fubo’s FanView live stats feature. Additionally, fans on Apple TV can watch up to four UEFA Nations League matches simultaneously (or up to two matches if also using FanView) thanks to fuboTV’s MultiView feature.
Play-by-play announcer John Strong and analyst Stu Holden are Fox Sports’ lead announce team for the competition, with JP Dellacamera and former U.S. national team stars Aly Wagner and Cobi Jones also covering matches.
In-studio Fox shows will feature hosts Rob Stone and Rodolfo Landeros, with ex-USMNT players Alexi Lalas and Maurice Edu joined by Holden and Wagner, and former England defender Warren Barton. LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo and LA Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan, both former USMNT players, will make their Fox Sports studio analyst debuts during the competition.
The UEFA Nations League was launched in 2018 to replace the numerous friendlies that usually occupied the dates between the World Cup and Euros. Each Nations League competition runs across two years, providing plenty of meaningful competition as teams vie for the trophy, promotion or to avoid relegation.
The entire 55-nation contingent of UEFA countries is split into four “Leagues” (A-D). The teams that made up each League for the inaugural competition in 2018-19 were determined by FIFA World Rankings at the time, with promotion and relegation over the first two editions resulting in movement across divisions.
League A, League B and League C are each split into four groups of four teams. In League A, the four group winners advance to the semifinals (and final) of the competition, while in League B and League C, the group winners are promoted to the next highest tier.
In League A and League B, the last-place teams are automatically relegated, while in League C the four bottom sides participate in a relegation playoff, with the two playoff losers facing the drop to the lowest tier, League D.
League D features seven countries split into two uneven groups (one of four teams and one of three teams). The two League D group winners are promoted to League C, replaced by the relegation playoff losers.
Portugal won the inaugural Nations League in 2019, topping the Netherlands 1-0 on a goal by Goncalo Guedes. France won the most recent 2020-21 edition, defeating Spain 2-1 in the October, 2021 final on an 80th minute Kylian Mbappe goal.
The UEFA Nations League is not to be confused with its sister competition in North America, the CONCACAF Nations League. The CONCACAF version of the competition features North American teams and was created for similar reasons (to replace friendlies) and with a similar format (Leagues with promotion and relegation). The USA won the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League.
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