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UEFA to discuss changes to qualifiers and Nations League

Published:24/01/2023 - 15:05h

Updated:24/01/2023 - 15:05h

The UEFA Executive Committee will hold new meetings based on the modifications to the 2026 World Cup qualifiers and the League of Nations format. The Eurocopa will not undergo changes for the moment

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With the end to promote some reforms to the European calendar of the football to level of selections, the Executive Committee of the UEFA will gather in the next hours in Nyon to put on the table a series of modifications that could suffer the process of classification for the Glass of the World, that from 2026 will be contested by 48 selections, with 16 squares for selections of Europe, as well as in the case of the League of the Nations.

In the case of the eliminatory mundialistas course to Canada-Mexico-United States 2026, could have some substantial changes in the format with the end to do it more attractive and competitive, avoiding like this the meetings 'of formality' between some selections. The European tournament forces to the selections 'top' to be regular in his liguillas, but without a lot of parity when confronting to the ones of lower coefficient situated in the last bass drums.

One of the options that has won more follower inside the body rector of the balompié continental is the one to match to the selections in 12 groups of four or five selections, awarding a direct square to the teams that finish like leaders, rewarding once again the regularity during this phase, whereas the four remaining squares will be defined by means of playoffs between the second as it occurred in the process course to Qatar 2022.

Likewise, the fact to have groups of fewer selections will reduce significantly the quantity of parties, that could be nine or ten, depending on if it treats of a liguilla of four or five selections, for the commitments to gone and turn. With this, there would be a greater show unlike the format implemented until the last World-wide, in which usually the last crashes were a formality with the practically classified leaders.

The new Nations League

In the case of the young tournament, that saw the light in 2018, also there will be some modifications. In this format, the teams that have finalised like leaders in the phase of groups will not advance directly to the 'final four', but they will contest an eliminatory crossing with the seconds in his liguillas to define to the four selections that will be dirimiendo the title. Regarding the Eurocopa, there is not any change in the diary.

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