Italy, Poland or Portugal likely to host UEFA Nations League

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) The first Final Four tournament in the UEFA Nations League will likely be played in Italy, Poland or Portugal.

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UEFA says the three group rivals expressed interest in hosting the four-team final tournament from June 5-9, 2019.

The UEFA executive committee will pick the host in December, when one of the three nations will have qualified.

The Nations League kicks off in September to replace most international friendlies. All 55 UEFA member teams play in one of four tiers through November.

Italy, Poland and Portugal form a three-team group in League A, which features the 12 highest-ranked European teams. The top-tier group winners advance to the Final Four knockout bracket.

UEFA says the Final Four host must provide two 30,000-capacity stadiums, ideally in the same city.