It feels like just yesterday that the 2019/20 season was wrapping up, but we're already looking ahead to the 2020/21 season. In addition to domestic seasons like the Premier League restarting, one tournament getting underway this month is the UEFA Nations League with 55 national teams from across Europe competing.
We've got all of the details on how to live stream UEFA Nations League 2020/21 games online during the upcoming season no matter where you are in the world.
The global pandemic put a pause on the majority of domestic seasons across Europe leading to a delayed end to the campaign. That delay also saw the planned Euro 2020 competition being postponed until next summer. If you were excited to see some international football, the UEFA Nations League has got you covered.
Portugal emerged as winners in the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament in 2018/19 and will be looking to defend their title this season. Other hopefuls include France, England, Germany, Belgium, and Spain.
Read on for full details on how to get a live stream of the UEFA Nations League 2020/21 season no matter where you are in the world with our guide below.
How does the UEFA Nations League 2020/21 competition work?
The UEFA Nations League is a biennial competition that sees UEFA's 55 national teams face off in a group-style competition. Though its format is slifghtly confusing, its purpose is to replace international friendly games in the calendar with more competitive games. It also gives teams a chance to battle it out for some silverware.
The format has been slightly rejigged for the 2020/21 edition of the competition which now sees the 55 UEFA national teams divided into four leagues. Leagues A, B, and C feature 16 teams each, divided into four groups of four teams. League D features seven teams divided into two groups, one containing four teams and the other containing three. The league placings were determined by ranking based on performance in the 2018/19 competition.
Promotion and relegation is possible between all of the leagues, giving all teams something to play for, and the winners of the four League A groups will progress to a knockout stage for the Nations League trophy itself.
FIFA World Cup qualification is also at play with the two best-performing Nations League teams (who do not qualify for the World Cup or play-offs via regular qualification games) going into the 12-team World Cup play-offs in March 2022 alongside 10 runners-up from Europe's 10 World Cup qualifying groups. Three teams from those play-offs will gain entry to the FIFA World Cup.
When does the UEFA Nations League 2020/21 competition start?
Matchday 1 for the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League is on Thursday, September 3, with several nations taking part. Fixtures run through September 8 with teams competing twice. Further group stage games will take place in October and November with the finals set to take place in June 2021. Relegation play-outs will take place in March 2022 to decide league placement ahead of the next iteration of the Nations League competition.
We've got all the info on how to watch this season's UEFA Nations League action in your location below.
Watch the UEFA Nations League 2020/21 online from outside your country
We have details of all the U.S. and UK broadcasters of the UEFA Nations League further down in this guide. If you're looking to watch the action, but find yourself away from home then you'll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as its likely to be geo-blocked.
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How to stream UEFA Nations League 2020/21 matches online in the UK
Sky Sports has extensive coverage of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League coverage in the UK. You can add Sky Sports to your Sky or Virgin Media TV packages, or pick up a Now TV Sky Sports Pass for access to the same channels if you've cut the cord.
How to stream UEFA Nations League 2020/21 matches online in the U.S.
ESPN has broad coverage of the UEFA Nations League 2020/21 and is splitting fixtures across its various channels and ESPN+ service which gives you a few ways to watch the games live online. Select games are also being shown on ABC.
Sling's Orange plan includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 which will give you access to a variety of live games. Hulu with Live TV is another great option with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews. AT&T Now and YouTube TV also feature ESPN and ESPN2 plus some other sports channels that may make them better options depending on the other content you want to watch.
Over-the-top service fuboTV will live stream UEFA Nations League matches that are broadcast in Spanish by TUDN.