Wales clinched top spot in their Nations League group by beating Finland 3-1 at Cardiff City Stadium.
Goals from Harry Wilson, Daniel James and Kieffer Moore proven enough against the 10-man Finns, who saw Teemu Pukki bulge the net.
And finishing in first place in group four of League B comes with a significant number of benefits.
Wales get a solidarity payment of €1.5m for competing in the competition, as do every other nation in the same league.
They will also bank the same figure for winning the group, which means they will earn €3m as a result of their efforts in the 2020/21 competition.
Winning their group also means they have gained promotion into League A for the next edition of the competition, which also bolsters their hopes of securing a Euro 2024 play-off spot.
Next time around, Wales will come up against Europe’s elite on a regular basis which – when fans return – will give the Red Wall the opportunity to watch their heroes come up against the continent’s best players.
And arguably the greatest benefit is that they are now in a very strong position to claim a 2022 World Cup play-off spot should they need it.
13 of the 32 teams to compete at the next World Cup will be from Europe.
The 10 group winners in the traditional UEFA qualifying system will book their place at the Qatar tournament.
After that, there will be three more spots up for grabs, and that’s where the Nations League comes in.
The 10 best group runners-up from the regular qualifying system will be joined by the best two Nations League group winners, based on their overall Nations League ranking, who did not directly qualify or reach the play-offs.
They will then be split into three separate play-off paths. There will be two single-leg semi-finals and a final in each play-off path, with the victor in each of the three paths earning a spot at the next World Cup.
Wales will be in pot two for the draw, which takes place in Zurich on December 7. The qualifiers themselves take place between March and November next year.
It means that if they finish outside the top two of their World Cup qualifying group, they will almost certainly gain a play-off spot due to their efforts in the 2020/21 Nations League, as long as a handful of current League A sides – such as France, Belgium and Spain – finish in the top two of their World Cup qualifying groups, which you’d expect them to do as top seeds.
And should that scenario pan out as expected, Wales would be just two wins away from qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.