How South American teams in UEFA Nations League would work

Teams like Brazil and Argentina will compete in the European Nations League after UEFA Vice President Zbigniew Boniek confirmed that South America’s governing body CONMEBOL reached an agreement with its European counterpart to join the competition. biennial.

The League of Nations, which began in Europe in 2018, is currently contested by the 55 member nations of the European governing body, UEFA.

However, the 10 members of CONMEBOL will be part of a recently expanded competition starting in 2024.

Asked about the proposal, Boniek told Meczyki: “In 2024, CONMEBOL will join the League of Nations.

“We do not yet know in what formula, in what form. We signed a memorandum on the cooperation between CONMEBOL and UEFA and, from 2024, these teams will play in the Nations League ”.

Boniek added that six South American teams will join League A of the Nations League, while the other four will join League B.

The games are expected to be played in Europe to reduce travel.

Big plans for Europe and South America

An expanded Nations League appears to be the next step in closer relations between UEFA and CONMEBOL.

The two governing bodies signed a joint agreement last week pledging to “expand their existing cooperation” and develop football “beyond their geographical areas”.

The agreement also includes the opening of a joint office in London, which will be in charge of “coordinating projects of common interest”.

The first example of this is a June 2022 friendly match between Argentina, the 2021 Copa América champion, and Italy, the Euro 2021 champion, the first of three such matches between the respective continental champions.

Do UEFA and CONMEBOL challenge FIFA?

A renewed League of Nations also appears to be in direct conflict with FIFA’s plans to hold a World Cup every two years instead of four.

The Nations League currently fits other major international tournaments, but would clash with a World Cup if it were held every two years.

Both UEFA and CONMEBOL have publicly opposed FIFA’s plans to hold more regular World Cups, and UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin expressed “serious concerns” about the proposals earlier this year.

Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, will hold a world summit on Monday to discuss the future of soccer, including its plans for a biennial World Cup.