UEFA confirms Euro 2024 24-team format plus expanded Nations League

UEFA has confirmed that Euro 2024 will stay a 24-team match, however introduced an expanded Nations League competitors.

The governing physique had thought of a European Championship with 32 groups however mentioned on Wednesday that “no change” had been proposed for the match in Germany.

UEFA mentioned a brand new format, nonetheless, could be applied after Euro 2024.

It was additionally confirmed that the Nations League match can be expanded after September 2024.

That competitors will characteristic a brand new knock-out spherical that can be performed in March, with UEFA aiming to “create continuity” between the group part ending in November and the semi-final and last phases in June.

The League A bunch winners and runners-up will participate in a two-legged home-and-away quarter-finals, with the winners qualifying for the ultimate 4.

Teams that end third in League A and the runners-up of League B will play a promotion/relegation play-off. This would be the identical format for the crew that completed third in League B and the runners-up of League C.

In different adjustments, the European qualifiers for the European Championship and World Cup can be extra consolidated, with groups being drawn in 12 teams of 4 and 5 groups.

Teams drawn in teams of 5 will kick off the qualifiers in March, or in June if they’re nonetheless competing within the UEFA Nations League quarter-finals or are concerned in promotion/relegation matches. Teams drawn in teams of 4 will begin their campaigns in September.

UEFA says that “the growth of the UEFA Nations League into the International Match Calendar window of March will solely concern a particular variety of groups and the remaining groups will already be out there to start out the European Qualifiers.”

An announcement added: “A brand new significant knock-out UEFA Nations League spherical mixed with a extra compact format of European Qualifiers leads to extra compelling ties with none enhance within the general variety of matches.”

It has additionally been confirmed that the 2023 UEFA Super Cup has modified its vacation spot to Athens, Greece. It will happen on Wednesday, August 16.

The sport had initially been resulting from be performed in Kazan, Russia, however as a result of nation’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, there was no working group arrange by UEFA to debate their return to the European fold, neither is it taking part in a single.

Russia’s nationwide groups and golf equipment have been banned from UEFA and FIFA competitions for the reason that finish of final February as a result of battle.

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Russian soccer groups to stay banned from UEFA competitors

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