On a Thursday that will be fraught with challenges for French football, the general assembly of the Professional Football League (LFP) should decide on the transition from 20 to 18 clubs in Ligue 1. A subject that continues to divide, and not just a little.
The president of the Professional Football League (LFP), Vincent Labrune, convened a Board of Directors this Thursday, June 3. It will deal with the two hot issues of the moment: audiovisual rights for the 2021-2024 cycle, and the format of the competitions. On this last point, a majority of clubs are in favor of a comprehensive reform of the organization of professional football, and therefore a tightening of the elite. French football is in budget limbo for next season after the fiasco of broadcaster Mediapro this winter. And there is great uncertainty pending the reassignment of TV rights.
Three formulas discussed
Certain obstacles to the achievement of this passage from 20 to 18 clubs, claimed by Canal +, historical broadcaster of the French championship, remain, in particular on the terms of a reduction in the number of clubs from 20 to 18, for the 2022-2023 season. . Several formulas are envisaged: the first could consist of four descents and two ascents, while the second would allow three, with a barrage and a climb.
A third way is possible, with two descents, a climb over two consecutive years and therefore a year of transition to 19 clubs, could also be the subject of discussions and obtain the approval of the majority.
The DNCG favors a move to 18
In the meantime, the differing opinions between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs, but also, and this is problematic, even within the colleges of each division. Some presidents have already announced that they would vote against this reform which they consider hasty. A majority of them remain in favor, however. A simple majority vote is expected to be held at the general assembly scheduled for the afternoon. It remains to find the least bad of the formulas, the most able to satisfy the greatest number. But there will undoubtedly be disappointments. The DNCG, which decided to postpone the hearings of the clubs, announced its support for this reform and this passage to 18 clubs.