Initially, the draw for the group stage of the 3rd edition of the League of Nations was scheduled for December 16 in Nyon in the presence of the various delegations, 55 in number, involved in this event. According to our information, UEFA has finally decided, in view of the particularly degraded health situation in Europe, to organize it by videoconference. Switzerland is no exception to the 5th wave. New measures to fight against the coronavirus epidemic have, moreover, entered into force on Monday in a country where the number of hospitalizations linked to Covid has doubled in the space of two weeks.
Consequently, Didier Deschamps and his staff will follow this draw from a distance. As a reminder, defending France appears in League A along with the top 15 nations (based on the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League access list) including Belgium, Italy and Spain. all three present with the Blues during the last Final Four.
Leagues A, B and C all have 16 teams, which are split into four groups of four. The remaining seven teams in League D are split into two groups, one of four and one of three. In any case, the selections face all their group opponents at home and away in June and September 2022. Four of the six days take place in June 2022 due to the winter calendar of the 2022 World Cup.
The four group winners of League A advance to the knockout finals in June 2023. The group winners of the other three leagues are promoted to the 2024/25 edition. The teams finishing in fourth place in the groups of leagues A and B are relegated. The teams finishing in fourth place in League C groups will compete in the relegation play-offs in March 2024.