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UEFA Nations League finals: all you need to know

Who is involved? How does it work? When and where is the tournament?

The UEFA Nations League Trophy
The UEFA Nations League Trophy Getty Images

What is it?

The final phase of the second edition of UEFA's newest national-team competition, scheduled for October 2021.

Who is involved?

The Nations League final four
The Nations League final four

The four group winners of the top-ranked League A:

Belgium
France
Italy
Spain

What are the fixtures?*

The finals draw took place on Thursday 3 December:

Semi-finals
Wednesday 6 October: Italy vs Spain (San Siro, Milan)
Thursday 7 October: Belgium vs France (Juventus Stadium, Turin)

Match for third place (Juventus Stadium, 10 October, 15:00 CET)
Loser semi-final 1 vs loser semi-final 2

Final (San Siro, 10 October)
Winner semi-final 1 vs winner semi-final 2

Where are the finals?

Nations League finals host cities
Nations League finals host cities

The four finals games will take place at two of Italy's most famous venues, the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan and Turin's Juventus Stadium.

Three associations with teams in Group A1 declared an interest in hosting the tournament: Italy, Netherlands and Poland. The winner of this group (Italy) was confirmed as finals hosts at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 3 December.

Meet the Nations League finalists


What is the finals format?

  • The semi-final winners advance to the final; defeated teams contest the match for third place.
  • For the semi-finals and final, if scores are level at the end of normal time then there is extra time. If the scores are still level after the additional 30 minutes, it goes to a penalty shoot-out.
  • For the match for third place there is no extra time. If the scores are level after the end of normal time, it goes to a penalty shoot-out.
Look back on the 2019 Nations League finals
Look back on the 2019 Nations League finals

What does the winner get?

First and foremost this fetching 71cm-tall sterling silver trophy.

Is this linked to 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying?

In order to free up space in October 2021, the four UEFA Nations League finalists will be drawn into a five-team group for qualifying (rather than a six-team group).

2022 World Cup qualifying

*Kick-offs are 20:45 CET unless otherwise stated