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UEFA Nations League 2020-21 Betting Offers

nations league footballBefore the inaugural Nations League in 2018/19 many were wondering why we have another international football tournament interrupting an already packed club schedule.  The reasoning behind the UEFA Nations League however wasn’t to increase the number of games played but rather change the nature of the matches, reducing the number of meaningless international friendlies and replacing them with a more competitive tournament.

I think it is safe to say the first tournament was a general success, with teams of similar levels playing each other in a much more competitive format. The Nations League also demonstrated in the process that it does mean actually something to fans and players alike.

The Nations League returns again in 2020/2021 and will again be split into a league phase, running from September to November 2020, and a finals phase, taking place in June 2021.

As usual if there is a betting offer or free bet around worth its salt we will list it here, for both new and existing customers.  Further down find more details of how the Nations League works (the format has changed a little since 2018/19) along with schedules and trivia.

Nations League New Customer Sign Up Specials

Bonus For New Customers Only, T&C’s Apply, 18+,
New depositing players on only. Promotion from 11/02/2020 until further notice. First deposit min £10. Qualifying bet: min. £10 accumulator bet with at least two selections with min odds of 1/2 (1.50) per selection. Bonus: 50% of the amount of the first bet. Max. bonus £40. Min. 6x wagering with bonus on min odds of 1/2 (1.50) before withdrawal. Deposit method restrictions. Bonus valid for 7 days.
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18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.
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UK customers who register, deposit and bet £30+ (excluding Skrill/Neteller/PayPal) will receive £15 in free bets (3 x £5 - valid 3 days each) and £15 in free spins (50 spins (£0.20 each) for Casino, 40x wagering of winnings & 25 spins (£0.20 each) for Vegas, 50x wagering of winnings, all valid 7 days) within 24 hours of their qualifying bet settling.
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Latest Nations League All Customer Promotions

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Place a £10+ bet on any 4/1+ market (can be an accumulator), get a £5 free bet on top of your winnings if you win, valid 7 days, can claim 1/day
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Acca Freedom lets you play your bet your own way. Either boost the odds of trebles and above to win more, or insure your bet against one bad result from five or more selections to get your money back as a free bet of up to £20. Boost - Select to boost the price of your acca of 3 or more selections, up to £20 (all winnings cash). Insurance - Select to insure your acca of 5 or more selections (each selection 1/5 or bigger) so if just one selection loses, get a refund of your stake as a free bet up to £20.
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Refund for any Soccer game that finishes 0-0 at bet365. Applies to losing pre-match bets on any Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast markets. Bet restrictions & T&Cs apply. New & eligible customers only
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Aplies to pre-match 4+ fold Win-Draw-Win multiples or 4+ fold Same Game Multiple bets on all markets and all sports. Minimum odds per leg of 1/5. Max free bet £10 per customer per day. Free bets credits by 12pm the following day, valid for 7 days & must be used on Football markets. Cashed out bets & bets placed with free bets are excluded. Excludes Enhanced Match Odds
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2020-21 Nations League Schedule & Format

Phase Date Round
League 3-5 September 2020 Round One
League 6-8 September 2020 Round Two
League 8-10 October 2020 Round Three
League 11-13 October 2020 Round Four
League 12-14 November 2020 Round Five
League 15-17 November 2020 Round Six
Finals 2-3 June 2021 Semi-Finals
Finals 6th June 2021 3rd Place Play Off
Finals 6th June 2021 Final

The 55 nations within UEFA are divided into four leagues (A-D) based on their UEFA coefficient ranking.  Following the 2018/19 inaugural tournament changes were made that meant no teams were in fact relegated but group winners were still promoted.

nations league 2020-21 groups

This means for 2020/21 we retain the four leagues but the numbers have changed. Leagues A, B and C now contain 16 teams each and League D contains the final 7 teams.  This increases the overall number of matches from 138 to 168 (how UEFA love to expand competitions!).

Teams in each league (A-C) are divided into four pots based on ranking order, or two pots for League D.  A team from each pot is then drawn to make four groups of four teams within each league A-C and two groups in league D, one of four teams and one of three.

nations league pitch side banner

During the league phase each team in the group will play each other in a round-robin format home and away on the match weeks in the table above.  Groups 1-4 from Leagues A-C and group 1 from League D all contain 4 teams playing 6 matches each, the remaining group in League D contains 3 teams each and play 4 matches.

The winner of each group in League A will qualify for the Nations League Finals the following June, this is a straight knock out with two semi-finals followed by a third place play off and a final, the winner crowned UEFA Nations League Champions.

The winners of each group in Leagues B, C & D are promoted to the league above, the bottom placed team in groups from Leagues A and B are relegated.

As League D has only 2 groups only 2 teams will be promoted.  Therefore, League C’s bottom 4 placed teams will compete in a ‘play-out’ (a wonderfully unnecessary UEFA term for a play-off) in the year after the finals (24-29th March 2022).  The two losers of this two-legged ‘play-out’ will be relegated to League D.

The tournament will be held every two years, largely replacing international friendlies, the next event will be 2020-21.

Prize Money

Fee Winner Runner-Up Third Fourth
League A  €2.25M  €2.25M  –  –  –
League B  €1.5M  €1.5M  –  –  –
League C  €1.125M  €1.125M  –  –  –
League D  €0.75M  €0.75M  –  –  –
Finals  –  €6.0M  €4.5M  €3.5M  €2.5M

All teams receive a fee for taking part, irrespective of their finishing position.  Each group winner then receives and additional bonus equal to the league fee.  Those that reach the finals will then receive additional money depending on how far they get.

nations league footballs

The maximum a team from League A can win is €10,500,000 (€2.25M fee + €2.25M group winner bonus + €6M final winner), the maximum for a League B team is €3M, League C is €2.25M and League D is €1.5M.

The finalists will receive the following total prize money:

  • Winner: €7.5M
  • Runner Up: €6.5M
  • Third Place: €5.5M
  • Fourth Place: €4.5M

European Championship Qualification

The main qualifying process for Euro 2020 decided 20 out of the 24 spots, you can read about how that works on our European Championships page.  The remaining 4 places made available to the Nations League, one place for each league A-D.

The winner of each group within each league (or if they have already qualified the highest ranked second placed team, and so on, within the league) go into the play-offs for a Euro spot.  The 16 teams are drawn into 4 groups (on the 22nd November 2019) and matches will take place between 26th-31st March 2020.

The winner of each of those 4 groups will gain a Euro 2020 place.  This may be one of the best hopes for home nations to qualify.

World Cup Qualification

qatar world cup 2022 map with football pinThe Nations League in 2020/21 will also be linked with qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.  Unlike the Euro qualification however only 2 spots will be available at the World Cup from the Nations League.

There are 13 European World Cup slots available in total and 10 of these will go to the European World Cup qualification group winners in the ten groups.  The 10 runners-up will then be joined by the best two Nations League teams (that have not already qualified for the world cup or finished world cup group-runner up) in a 12 team play-off competition to decide the remaining 3 spots.

The tournament would see the 12 teams divided into three groups of 4 teams that then play two rounds, semi-final and final, with the winner of each group then going to the World Cup.

League A Groups

Nation Ranking Group
Portugal  1  3
Netherlands  2  1
England  3  2
Switzerland  4  4
Belgium  5  2
France  6  3
Spain  7  4
Italy  8  1
Bosnia and Herzegovina  9  1
Ukraine  10  4
Denmark  11  2
Sweden  12  3
Croatia 13  3
Poland 14  1
Germany 15  4
Iceland 16  2

League B Groups

Nation Ranking Group
Russia 17  3
Austria 18  1
Wales 19  4
Czech Republic 20  2
Scotland 21  2
Norway 22  1
Serbia 23  3
Finland 24  4
Solvakia 25  2
Turkey 26  3
Republic of Ireland 27  4
Northern Ireland 28  1
Bulgaria 29  4
Israel 30  2
Hungary 31  3
Romania 32  1

League C Groups

Nation Ranking Group
Greece 33  3
Albania 34  4
Montenegro 35  1
Georgia 36  2
North Macedonia 37  2
Kosovo 38  3
Belarus 39  4
Cyprus 40  1
Estonia 41  2
Slovenia 42  3
Lithuania 43  4
Luxembourg 44  1
Armenia 45  2
Azerbaijan 46  1
Kazakhstan 47  4
Moldova 48  3

League D Groups

Nation Ranking Group
Gibraltar 49  2
Faroe Islands 50  1
Latvia 51  1
Liechtenstein 52  2
Andorra 53  1
Malta 54  1
San Marino 55  2

2021 Nations League Finals

Date & Time Round Fixture Venue Result
2th June Semi-Final ? v ? TBD
3rd June Semi-Final ? v ? TBD
6th June 3rd Place Play-Off ? v ? TBD
6th June Final ? v ? TBD

Why Do We Need The UEFA Nations League?

UEFAThe Nations League was born out of a desire to rejuvenate National team football away from the World Cup and European Championships.  Consultation on a new Nations League began back in 2011, ironed out over the next three years it was signed off in 2014.

International friendlies have long been a turn off for many supporters and with dwindling match attendances, many now can’t even be bothered to watch the games on the TV either.  Fans of top club teams also get frustrated at how friendlies can break up seasons and injure players, for what they see as a worthless venture.

The idea of replacing many of those friendlies with an actual competition is therefore a move in the right direction. It means the highest ranked teams will play each other more often, which fans want to see, whilst other teams will play nations more closely matched to them in theory creating better competition.

Only teams in the top league can reach the knockout finals and win the actual competition, however the added benefit of additional linked European Championship / World Cup qualification spots also incentivises lower ranked teams to have a go.  It also helps lower ranked teams actually arrange matches, which in the past has proven difficult.

Of course, like most things in football, a lot of the new tournament is focused around money, and how to generate more of it.  In typical UEFA fashion too the structure seems unnecessarily complicated for what should be a simple event.  Still the league has already proved to be better than what we had before.

What Happened In The 2019 Nations League Finals?

Portugal Selected as Host

Italy, Poland and Portugal all expressed an interest in hosting the the finals of the Nations League, the host however was only decided following the group phase of the Nations League owing to the fact it was to be hosted by a finalist nation.

As all three bidding nations came form the same group (A3) it was guaranteed a finalist would host the event.

Portugal won the group and therefore hosted the event in 2019.  There were four matches, two semi-finals, a third place play off and the final itself, all held between the 5th and 9th June.

2019 Nations League Finals

Date & Time Round Fixture Venue Result
5th June 19:45 Semi-Final Portugal v Switzerland Estádio do Dragão 3-1
6th June 19:45 Semi-Final Netherlands v England Estádio D. 3-1 (after ET)
9th June 15:00 3rd Place Play-Off England v Switzerland Estádio D. 0-0 (5-6 Pens)
9th June 19:45 Final Portugal v Netherlands Estádio do Dragão 1-0

Home nation Portugal were favourites to win the first ever throphy, and they did just that, beating Switzerland 3-1 followed by the Netherlands 1-0.  Ronaldo of course scoring a hat-trick in the semi-final.

England came third following defeat by the dutch in the semi-finals and a win against Switzerland on penalties in the third place play-off.

Nations League Finals Stadiums

Estádio do DragãoTwo stadiums were needed for the finals and those selected were:

Estádio do Dragão –  The home of FC Porto, and therefore of course located in the city of Porto on the north east coast.  The stadium has a capacity of over 50,000 and will be used for the final.

Estádio D. Afonso Henriques – Located in Guimarães the stadium, home to Vitória de Guimarães (aka Vitória Sport Clube), is just 40 miles from the Estádio do Dragão.  The 30,000 seater stadium was renovated for Euro 2004 and is named after the first king of Portugal.

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