The UEFA Nations League was brought into existence in 2018. The planning started way back in 2013, but it actually took five years for it to come to fruition. Once the 2018 World Cup was over and done with, the Nations League started in the following September, once the domestic club season had begun in Europe. So, what exactly is the Nations League?
What is it?
The Nations League is a number of things. The first is that it is a replacement for the International friendlies that normally take place during the football season. This means that there are fewer meaningless internationals during the season, which often feel like a burden to players and fans alike, and more matches that actually mean something. What do the Nations League matches mean though?
Well, the second thing that the Nations League is, is what it says. A league. A number of leagues are created with promotion and relegation in place. Then the top four teams from the top seeded leagues play a round robin knockout tournament to decide the champions. It makes international football competitive in between the big tournaments.
Finally, it allows additional teams to qualify for Euro 2020. This means that teams will have an extra chance to qualify, so if you placed a wager at one of the PA Sportsbooks you will have double the opportunities for your wager to come in. This gives the teams an extra incentive to take the Nations League seriously and makes it a more interesting concept.