Thursday, March 27, 2014
UEFA To Launch New ‘Nations League’ European Tournament In 2018, Set To Replace Most International Friendlies
In a bid to replace some of the slew of pointless international friendlies that currently clutter the footballing calendar with something a little more meaningful, UEFA have hatched a plan to launch a new “League of Nations” tournament for European international sides.
The tournament would act as a third major competition for European countries after the World Cup and European Championship, with UEFA expected to official green-light their proposal later today.
“League of Nations” games will be played in odd-numbered years on dates already reserved for international friendlies, with the whole shebang starting in earnest after the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup.
As BBC Sport note, there are no precise details available pertaining to the format of the tournament, though it’s thought that there will be ”up to four divisions” complete with a promotion and relegation system, plus a ‘final four’ mini play-off tournament in the summer.