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2022/23 UEFA Nations League: All you need to know

Draw and match dates, who's playing who, and how it works.

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The third edition of the UEFA Nations League kicked off in June 2022, and the finals are scheduled for June 2023.

As was the case with the 2020/21 edition, the 2022/23 competition consisted of three leagues of 16 teams each and a fourth of seven, the make-up decided by promotions and relegations from that second running.

Who qualified for the finals?

The Netherlands and Croatia were first to secure the top spots in their League A groups. Italy then joined them a day later, with Spain claiming the last remaining berth.

How will the 2023 Nations League finals work?

Croatia, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will contest the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League finals. Matches will take place in Rotterdam and Enschede, with semi-finals on 14 and 15 June. The final and third-place play-off scheduled for 18 June. The draw to determine the semi-final pairings will take place in January 2023 in Nyon, with the exact date and time to be confirmed in due course.

Previous Nations League finals

2019: Portugal 1-0 Netherlands (Porto)
2021: France 2-1 Spain (Milan)

How did the 2022/23 Nations League work?

Leagues A, B and C all have 16 teams, which were drawn into four groups of four for the league phase on 16 December. The remaining seven teams, in League D, were split into two groups, one of four and the other of three. In each case, teams play all their group opponents home and away in June and September 2022. Four of the six matchdays were held in June due to the winter scheduling of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The four group winners in League A advance to the knockout finals in June 2023. The group winners in the other three leagues will all be promoted for the 2024/25 edition.

The teams finishing fourth in the groups in Leagues A and B will be relegated. The teams finishing fourth in the League C groups will enter the play-outs in March 2024, with the two teams defeated in those ties moving to League D.

Highlights: Belgium 1-4 Netherlands

Who has each team played in the 2022/23 Nations League?

League A

Group A1: France, Denmark, Croatia, Austria
Group A2: Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Czechia
Group A3: Italy, Germany, England, Hungary
Group A4: Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Wales

League B

Group B1: Ukraine, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Armenia
Group B2: Iceland, Russia*, Israel, Albania
Group B3: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Romania, Montenegro
Group B4: Sweden, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia

League C

Group C1: Türkiye, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Faroe Islands
Group C2: Northern Ireland, Greece, Kosovo, Cyprus
Group C3: Slovakia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan
Group C4: Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Georgia, Gibraltar

League D

Group D1: Liechtenstein, Moldova, Andorra, Latvia
Group D2: Malta, Estonia, San Marino 

Highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Portugal

What are the dates for the 2022/23 Nations League?

Matchdays 1 & 2: 1–8 June 2022
Matchdays 3 & 4: 9–14 June 2022
Matchdays 5 & 6: 22–27 September 2022
Semi-finals: 14 & 15 June 2023
Final & third-place match: 18 June 2023
Play-outs: 21–23 & 24–26 March 2024

2020/21: Promotions and relegations

How does UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying fit into this?

Three of the 24 places at UEFA EURO 2024 will be determined by play-off spots via the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League, as per the regulations.

Twelve teams will be selected based on their performance in the 2022/23 Nations League – nominally the group winners of Leagues A, B and C, but if they have already qualified, they will be replaced by the next best-ranked team in their league. If there are not enough non-qualified teams in the same league, then it filters down to the next league, finishing with League D.

*Russia did not participate in Group 2 of League B and were automatically ranked fourth in this group.