The French Football Federation (FFF) has announced the cancellation of the second edition of the tournament in France due to withdrawals from Norway and Iceland. The French women’s team will play two friendly matches instead.
The second edition of the Tournoi de France will not take place. Initially scheduled for February 17 to 23 in Sedan and Metz, the friendly competition was canceled by the French Football Federation (FFF) on Thursday. A decision taken after the withdrawals of Norway and Iceland, two of the four participating selections.
“Under these conditions, the FFF has decided to cancel this 2nd edition”, indicates a press release published on Thursday. To compensate for this deprogramming, two matches against Switzerland, the fourth team in this competition, were scheduled for Saturday 20 and Tuesday 23 February at the Stade Saint-Symphorien in Metz (9:10 p.m.). The two matches will be broadcast live on W9, specifies the FFF.
“We are hopeful of playing three matches since the Federation is doing everything possible to find, even at the last minute, a third team to replace Norway, Deacon commented at a press conference Tuesday morning. Even if we only have to play two matches in the worst case, I think we will play. ” She will have to deal with this scenario facing a unique adversary.
First matches in 2021 for the Blue
These will be the first meetings of the Blue in 2021 two months after their qualification for the 2022 European Championship won last November after their success against Austria. This rally took place in a very tense atmosphere after the public criticism of captain Amandine Henry against the coach.
The group had burst the abscess during a meeting at the end of the gathering, to which Deacon did not wish to return. “The meeting was done, she explained. I stick to it staying internally but everyone is free to do what they want. It was important to do it, it was done. . I am looking to the future and this enlarged group which will play the tournament in France. This internship should mark a new objective for this French team. “
“Today, we must look ahead and stop looking behind and come back to things, she continued. We must be very humble, we are privileged today. The situation is serious and we do not I don’t need to envenom and revisit things from the past. I want to move forward and I am hopeful that my players will hear this message and want to move on. We owe it to the jersey to be honored blue, to the federation and to our country. “