2020-21 UEFA Nations League C
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2020%E2%80%9321 UEFA Nations League C

2020-21 UEFA Nations League C
Tournament details
DatesLeague phase:
3 September - 18 November 2020
Relegation play-outs:
24-29 March 2022
Teams16
2018-19
2022-23

The 2020-21 UEFA Nations League C is the third division of the 2020-21 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the second season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.[1]

Format

Following a format change from the first season, League C was expanded from 15 to 16 teams.[2] The league will consist of UEFA members ranked from 33-48 in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League overall ranking, to be split into four groups of four. Each team will play six matches within their group, using the home-and-away round-robin format on double matchdays in September, October and November 2020.[3] The winners of each group will be promoted to the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League B, and the fourth-placed team of each group will advance to the relegation play-outs.[4]

As League C has four groups while League D has only two, the two League C teams that are to be relegated will be determined by play-outs in March 2022. Based on the Nations League overall ranking, the best-ranked team will face the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team will face the third-ranked team. Two ties will be played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home (the higher-ranked team will host the second leg). The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs will remain in League C, while the loser will be relegated to League D. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, with extra time played if away goals are also equal. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, with a penalty shoot-out used to decide the winner if no goals are scored during extra time.[4]

Teams

Team changes

The following are the team changes of League C from the 2018-19 season:

Incoming
Promoted from
Nations League D
Group winners: Following format change:
Outgoing
Promoted to
Nations League B
Group winners: Following format change:

The following team changes were initially set to occur in League C, but did not after no teams were relegated due to the format change by UEFA:

Incoming
Initially relegated from
Nations League B
Outgoing
Initially relegated to
Nations League D

Seeding

In the 2020-21 access list, UEFA ranked teams based on the 2018-19 Nations League overall ranking, with a slight modification: teams that were originally relegated in the previous season were ranked immediately below teams promoted prior to the format change.[5][6] The seeding pots for the league phase were confirmed 4 December 2019,[7] and were based on the access list ranking.[4][8]

Pot 1
Team Rank
 Greece 33
 Albania 34
 Montenegro 35
 Georgia 36
Pot 2
Team Rank
 North Macedonia 37
 Kosovo 38
 Belarus 39
 Cyprus 40
Pot 3
Team Rank
 Estonia 41
 Slovenia 42
 Lithuania 43
 Luxembourg 44
Pot 4
Team Rank
 Armenia 45
 Azerbaijan 46
 Kazakhstan 47
 Moldova 48

The draw for the league phase took place at the Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 3 March 2020, 18:00 CET.[9][10][11][12] Each group contains one team from each pot.

Groups

The original fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 3 March 2020 following the draw.[13] On 17 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee adjusted the league phase schedule for October and November 2020 to allow for the completion of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs.[14][15] Following the change, a revised schedule for the October and November 2020 fixtures was released by UEFA on 26 June 2020.[16][17]

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification Montenegro Cyprus Luxembourg Azerbaijan
1  Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B 17 Nov 13 Oct 10 Oct
2  Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Sep 14 Nov 8 Sep
3  Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep 10 Oct 17 Nov
4  Azerbaijan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to relegation play-outs 14 Nov 13 Oct 5 Sep
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers





Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification Georgia (country) North Macedonia Estonia Armenia
1  Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B 8 Sep 18 Nov 15 Nov
2  North Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Oct 15 Nov 5 Sep
3  Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Sep 11 Oct 14 Oct
4  Armenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to relegation play-outs 11 Oct 18 Nov 8 Sep
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers





Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification Greece Kosovo Slovenia Moldova
1  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B 14 Oct 18 Nov 11 Oct
2  Kosovo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Sep 11 Oct 18 Nov
3  Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Sep 15 Nov 6 Sep
4  Moldova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to relegation play-outs 15 Nov 3 Sep 14 Oct
First match(es) will be played on 3 September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers





TBC (neutral country)[note 2]

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification Albania Belarus Lithuania Kazakhstan
1  Albania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B 18 Nov 7 Sep 15 Nov
2  Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Sep 15 Nov 14 Oct
3  Lithuania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Oct 11 Oct 4 Sep
4  Kazakhstan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to relegation play-outs 11 Oct 7 Sep 18 Nov
First match(es) will be played on 4 September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers





Relegation play-outs

The relegation play-outs of League C are scheduled on the same dates as the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs. If one or more of the teams due to participate in the relegation play-outs also qualifies for the World Cup qualifying play-offs, the relegation play-outs will be cancelled and the teams in League C ranked 47th and 48th in the Nations League overall ranking will be automatically relegated.[4]

Times are CET/CEST,[note 3] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Summary

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
4th ranked fourth-placed team 1st ranked fourth-placed team 24-25 Mar '22 28-29 Mar '22
3rd ranked fourth-placed team 2nd ranked fourth-placed team 24-25 Mar '22 28-29 Mar '22

Matches

4th ranked fourth-placed teamv1st ranked fourth-placed team
1st ranked fourth-placed teamv4th ranked fourth-placed team

3rd ranked fourth-placed teamv2nd ranked fourth-placed team
2nd ranked fourth-placed teamv3rd ranked fourth-placed team

Overall ranking

The 16 League C teams will be ranked 33rd to 48th overall in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League according to the following rules:[4]

  • The teams finishing first in the groups will be ranked 33rd to 36th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing second in the groups will be ranked 37th to 40th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing third in the groups will be ranked 41st to 44th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing fourth in the groups will be ranked 45th to 48th according to the results of the league phase.
Rnk Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
33 1st best group 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 2nd best group 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 3rd best group 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 4th best group 1st place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 1st best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 2nd best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 3rd best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 4th best group 2nd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 1st best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 2nd best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 3rd best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 4th best group 3rd place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 1st best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 2nd best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 3rd best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
48 4th best group 4th place 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 3 September 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Ranking criteria

Notes

  1. ^ CEST (UTC+2) for matchdays 1-4 (September and October 2020), CET (UTC+1) for matchdays 5-6 (November 2020).
  2. ^ a b The two matches between Moldova and Kosovo will be played on neutral venues as there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries.[18]
  3. ^ CET (UTC+1) for the first leg matches (24-25 March 2022), and CEST (UTC+2) for the second leg matches (28-29 March 2022).

References

  1. ^ "UEFA Nations League receives associations' green light". UEFA. 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Format change for 2020/21 UEFA Nations League". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "UEFA Nations League: all you need to know". UEFA.com. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Regulations of the UEFA Nations League, 2020/21" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "How the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League will line up". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "UEFA Nations League 2021/21 overall ranking" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "UEFA Executive Committee agenda for Nyon meeting". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Nations League - league phase draw procedure" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "League Phase Draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Game changer: group stage for UEFA Women's Champions League". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Nations League: League Phase draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "44th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Amsterdam". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "2020-21 UEFA Nations League fixture list" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "Nations League group stage in September, October and November". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "UEFA competitions to resume in August". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "Nations League group stage in September, October and November". UEFA.com. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "2020/21 Nations League: All the confirmed fixtures". UEFA.com. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "Meciul Moldova - Kosovo din Liga Na?iunilor se va juca în Italia". Federa?ia Moldoveneasc? de Fotbal. 8 July 2020.

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