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SBD Global/October 11, 2013/International Football

UEFA Studies 'Radical Overhaul' That Would Include Nations League Tournament

UEFA "is considering a radical overhaul of international football that would see national teams playing a new Nations League competition," according to Gibson & Lyttleton of the London GUARDIAN. The plan would see UEFA "using existing dates for friendlies in the international calendar to launch a new league involving all 54 member nations." UEFA sources said that the idea is designed to "improve the attractiveness of international football from 2018 onwards." The exec committee will examine the idea in more detail before deciding whether to adopt it. The concept "would see all Uefa's members divided into a series of perhaps nine divisions based on their recent results, with promotion and relegation following each round of matches." Norwegian FA President Yngve Hallen, who sits on UEFA's national committee for int'l tournaments, said, "It is true that a series of games is one of the models being discussed" (GUARDIAN, 10/10).
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