Europe’s national teams are in international friendly action, but will soon be casting an eye towards more competitive assignments with the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League, which kicks off in September.
The new national team competition is set to give more sporting meaning to national team football.
Its launch follows feedback given to UEFA by national associations, coaches, players and supporters, who were increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches do not provide adequate competition for national teams.
As a result, supporters will have the opportunity in future to see their teams play in more competitive matches.
The UEFA Nations League will also provide an important source of revenue to the associations – shown by the details of solidarity and bonus fees that will be paid to the 55 teams taking part.
A total of €76.25 million in solidarity and bonus fees is earmarked for the 55 national associations whose national teams will be setting out in the first edition of the UEFA Nations League, a competition which will enhance the status of the European national team game.
The solidarity fees per team are scaled for each division:
League A: €1.5m
League B: €1m
League C: €750,000
League D: €500,000
Malta, who will be playing in League D2, along with Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands and Kosovo, will therefore receive €500,000.
In addition, the group winners of each league can double this amount as they will be entitled to the following bonus fees:
Winners of League A: €1.5m
Winners of League B: €1m
Winners of League C: €750,000
Winners of League D: €500,000
The four group winners of League A will play for the UEFA Nations League trophy in June 2019. The following solidarity fees for these four teams will be set aside:
3rd placed: €2.5m
4th placed: €1.5m
This means that the maximum amount of solidarity and bonus fees for a team from League A would be €7.5m; €2m for a team from League B; €1.5m in League C; and €1m for a team from League D.