UEFA’s executive committee has approved some minor changes to the European Championship and Nations League qualifiers, which aim to ensure more decisive matches in these two competitions after 2024.
In the League of Nations, the national teams will also meet in the promotion matches. Due to the extra matches, second and third place in the Nations League groups will be given extra weight.
Up until now, first place in a group in an individual league resulted in promotion to a higher league, while last place meant relegation to a lower tier of the competition. According to the new rules, matches between the second-placed teams and the third-placed teams from the higher league will take place for promotion or survival.
As third in the League B group in last year’s competition, Slovenia directly secured their stay in League B according to the existing system, but according to the new format, with this ranking, they would have to beat one of the second-placed teams from League C to stay.
At the same time, the number of matches will not increase, as the national teams will therefore play fewer friendly matches in March.
A larger number of smaller groups are introduced in the EP qualifiers. In the future, the national teams will play in 12 groups of 4 or 5 teams. This year’s qualifications will be held in 10 groups of 5 or 6 national teams.
In the new format, the 12 highest-ranked national teams and the six best second-ranked national teams will directly qualify for the European Championship. The remaining second-placed teams and some of the best national teams from the League of Nations will play in the additional qualifications.
The executive committee also determined that the match for this year’s European Cup will be played in Piraeus instead of Kazan, Russia. The duel between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League will take place on August 16.