Italy, Poland, Portugal express interest in hosting Nations League Finals

Italy, Poland and Portugal have expressed interest in hosting the UEFA Nations League Finals.

The trophy will be presented for the first time on 9 June 2019 - but where?
The trophy will be presented for the first time on 9 June 2019 - but where? ©UEFA via Getty Images

Italy, Poland and Portugal have expressed interest in hosting the inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals in June 2019.

At the deadline for member associations to confirm their interest in bidding for the four-team event, the Italian Football Association (FIGC), Polish Football Federation (PZPN) and Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) had put their names forward. They will now be provided with the bid requirements and have until 31 August to submit their dossiers.

The finals will in principle be hosted by one of the group winners from League A. As Italy, Poland and Portugal form Group A3, and providing that all three associations submit bids which meet UEFA's requirements, the winner of that section is in line to be appointed to be the host by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018.

Watch the draw
Watch the draw

The finals will be a four-team event involving the winners of the League A groups. The semi-finals will be played on 5 and 6 June 2019, with the third-place match and final, crowning the first ever UEFA Nations League winner, on 9 June.

The finals will be held in two stadiums with a net seating capacity of at least 30,000, ideally located in the same host city or approximately 150km apart. The venues will be confirmed with the submission of the bid dossiers.

LEAGUE A GROUPS

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Four group winners compete to win the UEFA Nations League in June 2019
  • Four sides that finish bottom of groups relegated to League B for 2020/21 edition
  • Top four-ranked League A teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 enter play-offs in March 2020, with one EURO finals place on offer
Meet the UEFA Nations League trophy
Meet the UEFA Nations League trophy

Calendar
Matchday 1: 6–8 September 2018
Matchday 2: 9–11 September 2018
Matchday 3: 11–13 October 2018
Matchday 4: 14–16 October 2018
Matchday 5: 15–17 November 2018
Matchday 6: 18–20 November 2018
Finals draw: tbc
Finals: 5–9 June 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw: 22 November 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs: 26–31 March 2020

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