All you need to know: 2021 UEFA Nations League finals
posted on 05-10-2021 by Gurusoccer
When and where is the tournament? Who is involved? How does it work? What is the format of the finals?
What is it?
The final phase of the second edition of UEFA's newest national-team competition is taking place between 6 and 10 October 2021 in Milan and Turin, Italy.
Who is involved?
The Nations League final four involves the four group winners of the top-ranked League A: Belgium, France, Italy and Spain
Where are the finals?
The four finals games will take place at two of Italy's most famous venues, the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan and Turin's Juventus Stadium. Three associations with teams in Group A1 declared an interest in hosting the tournament: Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland. The winners of this group (Italy) were confirmed as finals hosts at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 3 December 2020.
What are the fixtures?
Wednesday 6 October: Italy vs Spain (San Siro, Milan, 20:45 CET)
Thursday 7 October: Belgium vs France (Juventus Stadium, Turin, 20:45 CET)
Match for third place
Sunday 10 October: Loser semi-final 1 vs Loser semi-final 2 (Juventus Stadium, Turin, 15:00 CET).
Sunday 10 October: Winner semi-final 1 vs Winner semi-final 2 (San Siro, Milan, 20:45 CET).
What is the format of the finals?
The semi-final winners advance to the final; defeated teams contest the match for third place. For the semi-finals and final, if scores are level at the end of normal time, extra time is played. If the scores are still level after the additional 30 minutes, the game goes to a penalty shoot-out. For the match for third place, there is no extra time. If the scores are level after the end of normal time, the game goes to a penalty shoot-out. Look back on the 2019 Nations League finals
What does the winner get?
First and foremost, this fetching 71cm-tall sterling silver trophy.
Is this linked to 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying?
In order to free up space in October 2021, the four UEFA Nations League finalists were drawn into five-team groups for qualifying (rather than six-team groups).