European football’s governing body Uefa on Thursday announced it will introduce a new competition for the continent’s footballing nations.
The Uefa ‘‘League of Nations’‘ is to begin in September 2018 and will consist of four divisions.
The divisions will be sub-divided into four smaller pools and will feature promotion and relegation.
At the congress Uefa chief Michel Platini told members: “Developing football in Europe requires a vision. This is the reason why we studied, with you, the possibility of launching a new competition, the Nations League — a competition that will fulfil your wishes, meet your expectations because we have listened to your aspirations and your grievances during the meetings we had together.”
The pool matches will be played between September and November 2018 and will replace most international friendlies.
The ‘final four’ phase (the four pool winners from the top division) of the competition will be played the following summer.
The competition will also provide four qualifying spots for Euro 2020.
The finer details of the format have yet to be finalised but the divisions will feature the 54 national teams placed in accordance to their coefficient ranking.