When UEFA, European football's governing body, announced on Thursday the unanimous approval for the creation of a new major international tournament starting in 2018, the few details provided gave plenty of reasons to be skeptical.
For example, the bulk of the tournament seemed to be dispersed through the busy European club schedule, calling into question the practicality of even more competitive matches for players at clubs in the highest tiers. What's more, the vague methodology seemed to point toward a new type of format that would promote lesser nations reaching later rounds.
However, UEFA's latest statement on the Nations League, as they call it, has already begun to iron out some of the finer points and set the stage for a new system that should have fans of the international game salivating.
So what are the big differences between this method and the current qualification process? Where will it succeed and where might it falter?
Let's break down this new system.