The women's national team of Ukraine has learned the opponents in the League of Nations-2023/2024
On May 2, the national women's team of Ukraine learned the names of their opponents in the group tournament of League B, the first ever draw of the League of Nations.
The draw for the group stage of the new tournament, the Women's League of Nations, took place in Nyon, Switzerland. The Women's League of Nations is similar in format to the Men's League. 51 teams are divided into three leagues (two with 16 teams, one with 19 teams) based on positions in rating of UEFA women's national teams, compiled after the completion of the group stage of the European qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
According to the results of the draw, the women's national team of Ukraine will play in group B3, where they will compete with the teams of Poland, Serbia and Greece.
Based on the results of the group stage, four participants of the final stage will be determined, which will simultaneously be the stage of selection for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. At the same time, the participants of the contact matches for promotion/relegation in the class before the qualification for Euro-2025 will be determined.
Women's League of Nations 2023/2024 draw results
Group A1: England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland.
Group A2: France, Norway, Austria, Portugal.
Group A3: Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Wales.
Group A4: Sweden, Spain, Italy, Switzerland.
Group B1: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Albania.
Group B2: Finland, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia.
Group B3: Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Greece.
Group B4: Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus.
Group C1: Malta, Moldova, Latvia, Andorra.
Group C2: Turkey, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Georgia.
Group C3: Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Cyprus, Faroe Islands.
Group C4: Israel, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Armenia.
Group C5: North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria.
How was the draw?
The teams in each league were divided into four baskets according to the UEFA women's national team rankings. One team from each basket got into each group.
League A: four groups of four teams.
Pot 1: England, Germany, France, Sweden.
Pot 2: Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark.
Pot 3: Italy, Belgium, Austria, Iceland.
Pot 4: Switzerland, Wales, Portugal, Scotland.
Due to restrictions related to climatic conditions, the national teams of Sweden, Norway and Iceland could not enter the same group.
League B: four groups of four teams.
Pot 1: Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Finland.
Pot 2: Serbia, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, Romania.
Pot 3: Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Hungary.
Pot 4: Greece, Croatia, Belarus, Albania.
According to the decisions of the UEFA Executive Committee, Ukraine and Belarus could not be in the same group.
League C: four groups of four teams and one group of three teams.
Pot 1: Malta, Israel, Azerbaijan, Turkey, North Macedonia.
Pot 2: Kosovo, Montenegro, Luxembourg, Estonia, Moldova.
Pot 3: Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Bulgaria, Cyprus.
Pot 4: Faroe Islands, Georgia, Armenia, Andorra.
According to the decisions of the UEFA Executive Committee, Azerbaijan and Armenia could not enter the same group. Due to restrictions related to climatic conditions, one group could not get more than two teams from the list: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Faroe Islands.
To minimize the transport burden on the teams, Kazakhstan could enter the group with only one of the following national teams: Andorra, Faroe Islands, Malta.
How will the group matches be played?
All group stage matches will follow the usual home and away format against each opponent in the group. Three points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss.
Who will play in the final stage?
The four group winners of League A advance to the final tournament.
Who is leaving? Who will play in the head-to-head matches?
The top two teams in each group remain in League A for the 2025 Women's UEFA European Qualifiers.
The four third-placed teams play head-to-head matches against the second-placed national teams in League B groups. The winner of each tie will play in League A for European qualification; the losing teams will play in League B.
Fourth-placed teams are relegated to League B.
The four group winners advance to League A.
The four second-placed teams play in tie-breaks against the third-placed national teams in League A. The winners will play in League A; the losing teams will play in League B.
The three best third-placed teams play head-to-head matches against the three best second-placed teams in League C. The winners play in League B within the European qualifiers; the losing teams will play in League C.
The lowest-ranked third-placed team and the four fourth-placed teams advance to League C.
The five group winners advance to League B.
The three best second-placed teams play head-to-head matches with the three best third-placed teams in League B. The winners play in League B within the European qualifiers; the losing teams will play in League C.
Other teams remain in League C.
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How will the final stage of the League of Nations take place?
The four winners of League A groups advance to the final stage, which will be held in a one-match playoff system. Participants will play semi-final matches, a final and a match for third place. The draw will determine the semi-final pairings and hosts in all matches. The winner of the final will be the winner of the UEFA Nations League trophy.
Who is going to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris?
The UEFA Nations League finalists advance to the women's Olympic football tournament together with France (host of the 2024 Games). If France plays in the final of the League of Nations, its ticket will go to the bronze medalist of the tournament.
If a ticket to the 2024 Games goes to an association that is not approved by FIFA as a participant in the women's Olympic football tournament, its place will go to the next best team that did not make it to the final tournament.
Class promotion/relegation matches
Pairs are formed by drawing lots, matches are played at home and away. The teams that took the third places in their groups are considered seeded and the return matches are held at home.
UEFA Women's Nations League 2023/2024 calendar
Rounds 1-2: September 20-26, 2023.
Rounds 3-4: October 25-31, 2023.
Rounds 5-6: November 29 - December 5, 2023.
Final stage: February 21-28, 2024.
Match matches: February 21-28, 2024.
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