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New UEFA competition could offer Euro 2020 places
New UEFA competition to replace national friendlies could offer direct Euro 2020 places
By GRAHAM DUNBAR
Associated Press
2014-03-26 11:42 PM

GENEVA (AP) -- UEFA is preparing a Nations League to replace most international friendlies, and wants to offer qualifying places for the European Championship.

UEFA's 54 member federations will be asked on Thursday to approve the project which could kick off after the 2018 World Cup.

Two officials with knowledge of the Nations League say the format should give some direct entries to UEFA's Euro 2020.

They were not authorized to comment ahead of a scheduled presentation on Thursday.

UEFA President Michel Platini wants to give more meaning to friendlies amid the rise in popularity of lucrative European club football.

The Nations League would guarantee fixtures between top-ranked countries and allow promotion and relegation between divisions of national teams.

UEFA members were told the top tier could be decided by a four-team tournament, played in mid-2019.

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