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Women’s Nations League to start next year as UEFA pledge to invest more

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A Women’s Nations League will begin next year, UEFA have announced.

The competition, which will be linked to European Championship and World Cup qualifying, will begin in autumn 2023, European football’s governing body has announced.

As with the men’s Nations League, countries will be divided into leagues based on their ranking, with promotion and relegation between leagues. UEFA have confirmed that there will be three tiers with teams playing in groups of three or four within these tiers.

“After a historic UEFA Women’s EURO, now is the time to further develop women’s national team football. We have built an open, competitive and continuous system in which every match will count, a true reflection of the European sporting model.

“I am convinced that this format will help all European national associations and keep alive the dream of qualifying for a major international tournament.”

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has confirmed that a Women’s Nations League will start next year (PA)

The new formats were officially ratified by UEFA’s ruling executive committee on Wednesday.

The men’s Nations League was first played in 2018, with the idea that it would provide more meaningful and competitive matches to replace international friendlies.