The semifinals and finals of the 2021 UEFA Nations League happen in Italy this week, that includes 4 of the highest eight groups on the planet rankings: Belgium, France, Italy and Spain. Italy is the defending Euro 2021 champion, whereas France is the reigning 2018 World Cup champion.
One Nations League semifinal shall be a rematch of an exhilarating Euro 2021 semifinal performed final July (Italy vs. Spain), whereas the opposite will pit two groups that met within the semifinal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup (France vs. Belgium). The winners will face off within the Nations League ultimate on Sunday, Oct. 10, whereas the semifinal losers play for third place on the identical day.
Here’s all the pieces you should know in regards to the competitors, the way it works, the right way to watch it and what’s at stake.
- Nations League finals schedule
- How to look at Nations League
- What occurs if Nations League semis or finals finish in a draw?
- Nations League prize cash
- Why are the Nations League finals performed in Italy?
- How do groups qualify for the Nations League Finals?
- How many substitutes in Nations League?
- Which groups have gained Nations League?
- Are Nations League finalists lacking World Cup qualifiers?
- Nations League Finals rosters
Nations League finals schedule
The UEFA Nations League is a biennial event that was launched in 2018 to exchange friendlies with significant competitors. The inaugural version was held between 2018 and 2019 with Portugal hoisting the trophy for the primary time.
Belgium, France, Italy and Spain reached the finals of the 2021 version by advantage of ending on the prime of their respective teams in League A. After a draw held in December 2020, these are the pairings:
Semifinal #1: Wed., Oct. 6
|Semi #1: Italy vs. Spain||2:45 p.m. ET||Milan||ESPN2, UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV|
Semifinal #2: Thurs., Oct. 7
|Semi #2: Belgium vs. France||2:45 p.m. ET||Turin||ESPN2, UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV|
Third-Place: Sun., Oct. 10
|Losers Semi #1 vs. Semi #2||9 a.m. ET||Turin||ESPNU, UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV|
Final: Sun., Oct. 10
|Winners Semi #1 vs. Semi #2||2:45 p.m. ET||Milan||ESPN, Univision, TUDN||fuboTV|
How to look at Nations League
- Dates: Wed., Oct. 6 – Sun., Oct. 10
- Times: 2:45 p.m. ET (third place match kicks off at 9 a.m. ET)
- TV Channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, UniMas, TUDN
- Streaming: fuboTV (free 7-day trial)
The UEFA Nations League semifinals and finals shall be televised in English and Spanish within the United States by the ESPN and Univision household of networks, respectively. Those channels can be found to stream on fuboTV with a free 7-day trial available to new users.
What occurs if Nations League semis or finals finish in a draw?
According to the official tournament rules, if there isn’t any winner on the finish of the 90 minutes of regulation, a 30-minute further time interval is performed, cut up into two halves of quarter-hour every.
If there may be nonetheless no winner after half-hour of additional time, then the match shall be determined in a penalty-kick shootout.
Nations League prize cash
In addition to the Nations League trophy that’s up for grabs, there’s prize cash that goes to every respective federation relying on end:
- Winner: $12.1 million
- Runner-up: $10.4 million
- third Place: $9.2 million
- 4th Place: $8.1 million
Per UEFA, the above figures embrace the taking part charge and the prize cash for successful their respective UEFA Nations League teams.
Why are the Nations League finals performed in Italy?
Since Italy, Poland and the Netherlands all submitted bids to host the UEFA Nations League finals and all three nations additionally occurred to be competing in Group 1, the UEFA Executive Committee determined that the winner of that group would host the finals.
Italy completed atop Group 1, one level forward of the Netherlands and 5 higher than Poland. As a end result the UEFA government committee in December 2020 formally confirmed Italy because the host of the 2021 event.
How do groups qualify for the Nations League Finals?
The 55 nations that make up UEFA are divided into 4 totally different leagues primarily based on a UEFA rating system referred to as an “Access List”. The finest groups are in League A and the lowest-ranked sides are in League D. Teams are promoted and relegated throughout the totally different leagues:
UEFA nations in Nations League:
- League A: 16 nations, 4 teams
- League B: 16 nations, 4 teams
- League C: 16 nations, 4 teams
- League D: 7 nations, 2 teams
Nations League format: Within every “league”, the nations are cut up up into four-team teams (aside from a lone three-team group in League D). Each crew performs the others within the group as soon as at dwelling and as soon as away.
What’s at stake: The first-place finishers in League A advance to the Nations League finals and battle for the trophy and prize cash, whereas the nations that prime the teams in Leagues B, C and D win promotion to the tier above. The last-place group finishers in Leagues A and B are relegated one tier down, with the underside groups in Group C assembly in a playoff to find out the 2 relegated groups to League D.
Italy (Group 1), Belgium (Group 2), France (Group 3) and Spain (Group 4) made it to the 2021 finals by advantage of ending on the prime of their respective teams in League A.
How many substitutes in Nations League?
Each crew concerned within the semifinals and finals is permitted a most of 5 substitutes, with a sixth substitute permitted per crew if the match goes into further time.
Teams can cease play a most of 3 times to make subs with an extra stoppage allowed in further time. Subs made at halftime, on the finish of regulation or at halftime of the additional time interval is not going to depend towards the permitted stoppages.
Which groups have gained Nations League?
The crew that wins the 2021 Nations League will succeed Portugal, which gained the inaugural version in 2019 on dwelling soil by beating the Netherlands within the ultimate on a lone aim by Goncalo Guedes.
That event featured an identical format, however the ultimate 4 groups had been all totally different: England, Netherlands, Switzerland and hosts Portugal.
2019 Nations League Semis & Finals
Portugal 3, Switzerland 1
Netherlands 3, England 1 (a.e.t.)
England 0, Switzerland 0 (6-5 on PKs)
Portugal 1, Netherlands 0
Are Nations League finalists lacking World Cup qualifiers?
There’s a motive that Italy, Belgium, Spain and France had been drawn into five-team teams in UEFA World Cup Qualifying. That ensured they might have a complete of eight group-stage matches in comparison with the ten matches performed within the different teams that includes six competing nations.
So whereas different nations throughout Europe shall be busy with World Cup qualifiers throughout this October 2021 worldwide window, these 4 nations don’t have scheduled World Cup qualifying matches. All their qualifiers match into the opposite out there home windows.
Nations League Finals rosters
Each crew has summoned a 23-man roster for the UEFA Nations League finals. Club groups comply with every identify in parentheses.
Goalkeepers (3): Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge)
Defenders (6): Toby Alderweireld (Al-Duhail), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Foket (Stade de Reims), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)
Midfielders (7): Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards (7): Michy Batshuayi (Besiktas), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Dodi Lukebakio (VfL Wolfsburg), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Goalkeepers (3): Benoit Costil (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
Defenders (9): Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Jules Kounde (Sevilla), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United)
Midfielders (5): Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco), Jordan Veretout (AS Roma)
Forwards (6): Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Goalkeepers (3): Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Genoa)
Defenders (8): Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Davide Calabria (AC Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter Milan), Emerson Palmieri (Lyon)
Midfielders (7): Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Bryan Cristante (AS Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma), Marco Verratti (PSG)
Forwards (5): Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Moise Kean (Juventus), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)
Goalkeepers (3): David de Gea (Manchester United), Robert Sanchez (Brighton), Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao)
Defenders (8): Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Eric García (Barcelona), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Inigo Martínez (Athletic Bilbao), Pedro Porro (Sporting CP), Sergio Reguilon (Tottenham), Pau Torres (Villarreal)
Midfielders (9): Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Gavi (Barcelona), Bryan Gil (Tottenham), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rodri (Manchester City), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
Forwards (3): Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Pablo Sarabia (Sporting CP), Ferran Torres (Manchester City)