Nations League: Republic of Ireland in group with Northern Ireland and Walkes

UEFA Nations League - Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales will be in 'B' competition

Wales's World Cup misery was compounded on Wednesday after Uefa revealed they had been pipped by Holland to a place in the top division of its new Nations League.

The top division is 12 teams strong and will be split into four groups of three, with the winners playing the Nations League finals in June 2019 to decide an overall victor.

It will also provide Ireland with a second chance to qualify for Euro 2020, if needed, with the four highest-ranked non-qualifying League B teams entering play-offs for one finals place in March 2020.

Joining England in the top division are France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia and the Netherlands.

The competition will take place over six matchdays - double-headers during the global breaks already on the football calendar in September, October and November 2018.

All the teams has been split into four levels, with one team from each League guaranteed a spot at Euro 2020.

Teams in League A will be split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. There will be a normal qualifying competition, with two teams going through from each group.

Today it was announced which teams will feature in the four leagues.

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Austria, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey complete the 12 teams.

The other 43 European nations will be spread across three other Leagues B, C and D - the group winners will be promoted to replace the nations finishing bottom of Leagues A, B and C for the next Nations League which begins in September 2020. The winners of each group will be promoted to league above and the losers will be relegated.

The winners of the four groups in League A will qualify for the Final Four competition.

League C: Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania.

There are four tiers and nations have been placed with teams of similar ability.

All 55 Uefa nations have been assigned to a league, with 12 teams each in League A and B, 15 in C and 16 in D.

The qualification for Euro 2020 will now now run from March to November 2019, with Dublin hosting the Group draw on 2 December 2018.

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