EXPLAINER | UEFA Nations League Draw

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EXPLAINER | UEFA Nations League Draw

The draw takes place this evening (March 3rd) at 5pm for the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League draw.
3rd Mar 2020

The Republic of Ireland will play in League B for the second competition in a row, and will be placed in Pot 3.

Ireland is in League B due to their position in the UEFA National Team Coefficient Rankings. Teams 1-16 are in League A, with teams 17-32 in League B. The Boys in Green are currently ranked 28th

All 16 teams in League B will be split into four groups of four, with Ireland playing home and away ties against teams from Pot 1, Pot 2 and Pot 4 between September and November.

Who can Ireland play in the UEFA Nations League?

The team will play one of the below teams from each Pot, in the four team group.

Pot 1: Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic
Pot 2: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Finland
Pot 4: Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary, Romania

From that, the winner will be promoted to League A, for the 2022-23 competition, with the bottom team getting relegated to League C

When will Ireland play their UEFA Nations League matches?

The dates and kick-off times will be confirmed by UEFA after Tuesday evening's draw in Amsterdam, but the matchdays have already been confirmed.

MD1: 3-5 September
MD2: 6-8 September
MD3: 8-10 October
MD4: 11-13 October
MD5: 12-14 November
MD6: 15-17 November

Does the UEFA Nations League count towards qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

As is the case with UEFA EURO 2020, the UEFA Nations League can provide teams with a route to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

European Qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will not begin until next year, with all ten group winners booking their tickets to the Persian Gulf.

The ten group runners-up will be joined by the two-best UEFA Nations League group winners (who have not qualified directly) in the Play-Offs. Those 12 teams will play in two rounds of Play-Off matches, where three teams will earn their place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Where can the UEFA Nations League Draw be watched?

UEFA will broadcast the draw live on their website here.

You can keep up to date on Ireland's draw and reaction from Amsterdam, by following the FAI's social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.