Women’s Nations League: How do the tables stand and who needs what to qualify?

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England could still reach the Women’s Nations League finals and keep Team GB’s Olympic hopes alive as one round of group matches remain in the inaugural tournament.

The Lionesses kept their chances of winning Group A1 alive with an epic 3-2 victory over the Netherlands on Friday night.

But Wales and Scotland were both relegated to League B after failing to win on the same evening.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland have already secured promotion to League A, while Northern Ireland can still go up via a play-off.

BBC Sport gives you the lowdown on how promotion, relegation and qualification to the finals is shaping up across the tournament.

How does the Women’s Nations League work?

The 2023-24 competition consists of two leagues of 16 teams and a third of 19.

League A – the top division – and League B are split into four groups of four, while League C is made up of four groups of four and one of three.

The winners of each group in League A advance to next year’s finals tournament, where the two finalists will qualify for Paris 2024.

If France, who have already qualified as hosts, are in the final, the winner of the third-placed play-off will reach the Olympics.

The winners of each group in Leagues B and C will be automatically promoted into the division above, with the fourth-placed finishers in Leagues A and B – and the worst-ranked third-placed side in League B – going straight down.

The second-placed sides in League B will meet the third-placed sides in League A in a two-legged promotion and relegation play-off for a spot in the top tier.

The three best-ranked runners-up in League C will also face the remaining three third-placed sides from the second tier in a play-off for a spot in League B.

League A


Team GB will be at next summer’s Olympics if nominated nation England reach the Nations League final, or finish third in the finals tournament if France make the final.

Sarina Wiegman’s side will top Group A1 if they beat Scotland and Belgium avoid defeat to the Netherlands.

England and the Netherlands have a matched head-to-head record, but the Lionesses could overtake the Dutch if both sides win but England’s victory is by three goals more.

The European Champions will drop into the relegation play-offs if they draw with Scotland and Belgium win, or if they lose to Scotland and Belgium draw.

Scotland were relegated after drawing with Belgium on Friday.


France reached the Nations League finals after they beat Austria on 1 December. Austria cannot be relegated automatically but could still drop into the relegation play-offs. Portugal and Norway are both in automatic relegation contention.


Wales were relegated after losing 2-1 to Iceland on Friday. Iceland will be in the relegation play-offs.

Germany only need to match Denmark’s result on Tuesday, when they travel to Wales, to advance to the finals due to their superior head-to-head record.


World champions Spain qualified for the finals despite losing to Italy. That is because Sweden, the only side who could overtake them, lost to Switzerland on the same evening.

Sweden and Italy could both drop into the relegation play-offs. Switzerland are already relegated.

League B

1Republic of Ireland513152Northern Ireland5173Hungary5-454Albania5-101

In Group B1, Republic of Ireland secured promotion to League A with two matches to spare after beating Albania in October.

Northern Ireland would finish second and reach the play-offs for a place in League A if they beat Eileen Gleeson’s Republic on Tuesday.

A draw, combined with a Hungary win over already-relegated Albania, would mean Northern Ireland would drop into the relegation play-offs.


Finland are promoted to League A with Romania relegated to Group C.

Slovakia will guarantee second if they beat Finland at home. Any other result opens the door for Croatia.


Serbia will finish top, ahead of Poland, if they beat the Group B3 leaders on Tuesday.

Ukraine and Greece are battling to avoid automatic relegation and face each other on the same evening. Ukraine won the reverse fixture 1-0.

TeamPGDPTS1Bosnia & Herzegovina5182Czech Republic4273Slovenia5-164Belarus4-22

Group B4 is incredibly as tight. Only Belarus, already relegated, have their fate currently sealed.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic and Slovenia could all still finish as Group B4 winners.

League C


Only Malta and Latvia – who face each other on Tuesday – are still in promotion contention in Group C1. Malta need a point to seal automatic promotion.


Turkey have already been promoted automatically into League B. Georgia are best placed for a promotion play-off spot but face unbeaten Turkey in their final game on Tuesday.

TeamPGDPTS1Azerbaijan56132Montenegro5893Cyprus5-174Faroe Islands5-130

Azerbaijan secured automatic promotion with a match to spare. Cyprus and Montenegro face each other on Tuesday, hoping to secure second place.


Only Israel and Estonia can be promoted from Group C4, with Kazakhstan and Armenia both already eliminated.

TeamPGDPTS1Kosovo48102Bulgaria3-343North Macedonia3-50

And in Group C5, Kosovo have secured automatic promotion and Bulgaria have a possible promotion play-off spot.

How do the finals in the Nations League work?

A draw will decide the semi-final ties between the group winners from League A, as well as the home team in each of the matches.

The matches, which will take place between 21 and 28 February 2024, will be played as single-leg games, with two semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final.


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