Nations League 2022/23: When is the draw? Who could England face? When will games be played? | Football News

Following the new Champions League round of 16 draw earlier this week, UEFA is hoping for a smooth procedure when the UEFA Nations League draw takes place on Thursday at 5pm.

A surprise turnaround saw the initial tie in the round of 16 canceled after what UEFA called a “technical error” involving Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United.

With the dust just settling on that embarrassment for the governing body of European football, the focus now shifts to the start of the next Nations League adventure.

France were crowned champions after the culmination of the second competition which took place earlier this year, when they defeated Spain 2-1 at San Siro, and Didier Deschamps’ side will be among those in League A who try to defend the title.

The first six days of the group stage will take place in June and September, serving as a warm-up for the World Cup for the nations that have already booked their seats at the next highlight of next winter in Qatar.

France will try to defend their crown

When does the Nations League draw take place?

The draw for the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League will take place at 17:00 GMT at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

How many teams are involved?

All 55 UEFA-affiliated nations will go to the hat, with the draw dividing the teams into four leagues. Leagues A, B and C will have 16 teams, divided into four groups of four. League D will comprise seven teams, divided into two groups.

How can I follow the draw?

You can follow the UEFA Nations League draw on our dedicated live blog from 4.30pm and watch all the reactions to the draw on Sky Sports News.

Why is this competition important?

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The highlights of the UEFA Nations League final between Spain and France.

As in previous editions, the Nations League 2023/23 competition will play an important role in the next big tournament involving European nations.

For nations finishing at the top of their respective groups, it could not only mean promotion to a higher league, but it could also act as a safety net for the bigger and less performing countries when qualifying for Euro 2024 takes place.

Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Austria and the Czech Republic are involved in the European play-offs as a result of being the top two Nations League group winners outside the top two of their World Cup qualifying rounds.

When does the Nations League start?

The Nations League will begin in June 2022, with qualifiers to determine the composition of League C and D taking place in a playoff round in March.

Who could face England?

France or Spain to become second Nations League trophy holders, after Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal won the inaugural competition in 2019
Portugal won the inaugural competition in 2019

England are in pot 3 prior to the League A draw, which means they could be drawn against Nations League World Champions and holders, France, Nations League first edition winners, Portugal and even the Wales, which are in urn 4.

How did they process the sowing?

The ranking was determined by the results of the teams in the 2020/21 Nations League.

Which countries are they in which league?

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The highlights of the UEFA Nations League semi-final between Belgium and France

League A

Four groups of four nations:

Pot 1: France, Spain, Italy, Belgium.

Pot 2: Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany.

Pot 3: England, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia.

Pot 4: Wales, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary.

League B

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 11: Scottish manager Steve Clarke full time with Andy Robertson (left) during a Nations League match between Scotland and Slovakia at Hampden Park, October 11, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland ( photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Scotland will be in League B under Steve Clarke

Four groups of four nations:

Pot 1: Ukraine, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland.

Pot 2: Finland, Norway, Scotland, Russia.

Pot 3: Israel, Romania, Serbia, Ireland.

Pot 4: Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania and Armenia.

League C

Four groups of four nations:

Pot 1: Turkey, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland.

Pot 2: Greece, Belarus, Luxembourg, North Macedonia.

Pot 3: Lithuania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo.

Pot 4: (2 play-out winners to be confirmed in March 2022), Gibraltar, Faroe Islands.

Relegation play-out

Did you think the 2020/21 edition was over? Think again. In March next year, there will be a relegation play-out to determine which of the following nations will remain in League C and who will be relegated to League D.

League C relegation play-offs are scheduled for the same dates as the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs.

Moldova will face Kazakhstan, while Cyprus will face Estonia. The first leg is on 24 March, the second on 29 March.

League D

Seven teams divided into two groups:

(2 losers in the play-outs), Liechtenstein, Malta, Latvia, San Marino, Andorra

What are the dates of the UEFA Nations League matches?

The captain of France holds the Nations League trophy high
France lifted the Nations League earlier this year

All group matches will take place in June and September 2022. The four group winners of League A will advance to the finals in June 2023.

The group winners of the other three leagues will be promoted for the 2024/25 season. The teams classified fourth in the groups of leagues A and B will be relegated.

Days 1 and 2: June 2-8, 2022

Day 3 and 4: June 8-14, 2022

Days 5 and 6: 22-27 September 2022

Semi-finals: 14 and 15 June 2023

Final match and third place: June 18, 2023

Play-out for Euro 2024: 21-23 and 24-26 March 2024

Watch the Nations League live on Sky Sports

18 November 2020, London, UK: Gareth Southgate manager of England during the UEFA Nations League match at Wembley Stadium, London.  Image date: 18th November 2020. Image credit should be: David Klein / Sportimage (Credit Image: © David Klein / CSM via ZUMA Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
Gareth Southgate will use the competition to prepare for Qatar

The Nations League is back and you can watch all 162 group stage games, plus the semi-finals, third place play-off and final live on Sky Sports.

From England’s quest to improve third place in the inaugural competition to Wales’ first adventure in League A, Scotland’s bid to join first place and the quest for Northern Ireland’s promotion from League C, we will bring you all the twists and turns along the way.

In addition to our live coverage, if you’re out and about, you can follow all those House of Nations games on the Sky Sports website and app, where we’ll have minute-by-minute updates and show you the goals as they come.

We will also have highlights from every match involving the Home Nations and the best of the other Nations League matches available.

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