In order to counteract what many view as meaningless international friendlies, UEFA have established the Nations League, which will be played off between teams of similar standards.
Starting next year, there will be four leagues, with each country placed in a division rated on their level. This is a separate competition to the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The leagues today have been announced, with Ireland in League 2, alongside Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey.
Teams will be split into four groups of three, and will play the other group teams twice each. The four group winners are promoted to League A, while those who finish bottom will be relegated to League C. The draw for the groups will be in January 2018.
Following the group stages, the finals of this tournament will take place in June 2019 for the four top teams in League A.
There is also an opportunity to earn qualification to Euro 2020, as the top four-ranked League B teams who do not qualify will enter play-offs in March 2020 with one finals place on offer.
The finer details of the Nations League can be found over on UEFA’s website.