Ireland placed in second tier for inaugural UEFA Nations League

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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.

The competition will run alongside qualification for Euro 2020 and is an attempt by Uefa to revive worldwide football by providing teams with more competitive fixtures against teams of a similar standard.

Where do Ireland find themselves?

Martin O'Neill's side's 1-0 win in Cardiff on Monday night has cost Wales a position in League A.

The top team in each group will be promoted and the bottom team relegated for the next Nations League competition which takes place in 2021.

The overall Nations League rankings will also be used to decide the seedings for Euro 2020 qualifying.

Like League A, League B will also comprise 12 teams split into four groups of three.

The draw of the League of Nations on 24 January 2018 in Lausanne.

League A: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Holland.

National sides across Europe will compete in the new league format that will culminate in a Final Four showpiece event in 2019 for the title of Nations League champion. One host country will be appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from among the finalist teams. The next 12 teams will be in League B, the next 15 in League C and the remaining 16 in League D.

The third pot consists of Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria and Finland, while the final pot has just three sides - Cyprus, Estonia and Lithuania.

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

Division D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Kosovo, Andorra, San Marino and Gibraltar. The four group winners will be promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.

The finer details of the Nations League can be found over on UEFA's website.

Uefa has confirmed the line-up of each of the four leagues that make up the inaugural Nations League, the European competition created to replace most worldwide friendlies.

- This article was originally published at 11.20am.

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