Explaining Ireland's Nations League chances in simplest possible way

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At its heart, the Nations League ensures at least semi-competitive worldwide football that pits teams teams of roughly equivalent ability against each other.

Understanding the UEFA Nations League is a lot like an orange.

UEFA believes all its member federations are getting something they like.

Gomez was one of the players who would have been part of the 23-man roster for the finals in Russian Federation.

The North American football region now has its own version, while UEFA also designed a global version for about 220 teams which FIFA already has plans to adopt.

Low is also expected to make tactical changes, having admitted last week that a focus on dominant possession football was his "biggest mistake" at the World Cup.

The Leagues and groups that constitute the UEFA Nations League.How does it affect Euro 2020 qualification?

Plus, the biennial format should be good for business.

"It is quite confusing - I don't know what you guys think of it?" said Maguire in a pre-match press conference. This will be played off during a window of global fixtures in September, October and November previously used to host worldwide friendly matches.

The qualifiers will remain largely the same but, rather than best third-placed teams advancing to the play-offs, that stage will be contested by the 16 Nations League group winners.

Explaining Ireland's Nations League chances in simplest possible way
Explaining Ireland's Nations League chances in simplest possible way

England will play in the top tier (League A) and have been drawn to play World Cup finalists Croatia, plus Spain, in Group Four.

If that is where Ireland end up, there will be a straight, one-leg semi-final between the four League B sides, followed by a final just days later - those games are scheduled to be played from 26-31 March.

Even if it doesn't appear as a transcendental tournament, the winners of every group will face each other during the next summer.

Portugal will be Italy's second Nations League opponent on Sept 10. One of those four teams will act as the hosts of the event - with a decision on that to be taken in December. That clears their June schedule for the mini-tournament.

Throwing four Euro 2020 places their way earned him their favour before scandal forced him out of the governing body. The overall Nations League victor will pocket around £7 million.

In group 2, Belgium seems the clear favourite against Switzerland and Iceland, two teams that showed during the last tournament their lack of quality in an important competition. Without Robben, Van Persie and Sneijder, they will try to come back again among the elite though facing probably the two best teams in Europe.

The Euro 2020 draw will be in April, just a few weeks before the tournament begins in Rome.

Whether by design or not, by grouping the elite together to draw more eyes to the global game, UEFA have created a competition that has its heart and soul in what happens further down the footballing ladder.

The setup is similar to a domestic league that has four divisions, and there will be relegation and promotion.