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ᑕ❶ᑐ Ligue 1: an extraordinary 2022/2023 season?

Why is the 2022/2023 French Championship exercise so attractive?

Two months after the tenth coronation of Paris Saint Germain in France championshipthe League 1 resumes its rights on Friday, August 5, 2022. The calendar of this season is unprecedented. Indeed, the 2022 World Cup being played from November 21 to December 18 is upsetting the agenda of the competition. Moreover, the increase to 18 clubs in first division from the next edition involves four relegations after the 2022/2023 financial year. The competitiveness from France championship is increasingly raised. If the PSG has dominated the debates since its takeover by QSIthe overall level of League 1 grows stronger each season and offers a delicious battle for the european squares. What are the changes brought to Ligue 1 calendar? Why the fight for maintenance will she be on everyone’s mind from the first day? What teams pretend to a place in European Cup the next season? Discover the different challenges of this news country.

An additional relegation at the end of the season

On December 9, the Professional Football League adopted the transition to 18 clubs in the first division. The experience has already been tested between 1997 and 2002. During this period, 5 clubs won the title of champion of France; RC Lens, Girondins de Bordeaux, AS Monaco, FC Nantes and Olympique Lyonnais. In European competitions, French teams had reached the semi-finals of continental cups three times. The reduction in the number of matches made it possible to regain competitiveness and the suspense for the title of champion of France was there.

To go from 20 to 18 clubs, the LFP has decided to abandon the end-of-season play-offs for the 18e of Ligue 1 and to bring the number of relegations to 4. Only two Ligue 2 clubs will join the elite of French football at the end of the season. The last relegated teams, Girondins de Bordeaux, FC Metz and AS Saint-Étienne will have a lot to do to regain the first division. The newcomers, AJ Auxerre, AC Ajaccio and Toulouse FC will have to fight to avoid being among the four clubs which will descend to Ligue 2 in June 2023.

A World Cup at the 15e Ligue 1 day

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is scheduled before the Christmas holidays, a first in the history of football. All national competitions will therefore be suspended for one month. During a traditional World Cup, the senior players of the teams participating in the competition, sure of being selected, slow down at the end of the season in order to avoid injury. This year, the start of the season is likely to be sluggish. Indeed, between the physical preparation for the summer break and a winter World Cup, effort management will be at the center of all intentions. The various championships will be in a way a preparation for the world, with the consequence of an altered level of play.

Usually, after each team is eliminated, or after having lifted the most beautiful of trophies, the players go to rest on vacation before preparing for the following season. When it resumes in December, the impact of the World Cup will have a huge moral and physical impact. The coaches will have to remobilize the players, because the 16e Ligue 1 day will be played only 10 days after the World Cup final. In addition, the entry into the running of the first division clubs in the thirty-second finals of the Coupe de France is scheduled for January 8, 2023. The players will have to quickly digest their performances in the World Cup to get back on the path of competitions. national.

A French Boxing Day

Bringing 38 Ligue 1 days and the various French Cup rounds into the calendar for the 2022/2023 season is not easy. To overcome this, Ligue 1 will experiment with Boxing Day. Traditionally played in the English championship since 1860, it is originally the feast of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr. This day of football delights fans and fills stadiums across the Channel during the Boxing Day holiday. In France, the 16e day of the French Championship will be played on Wednesday December 28 while the 17e day will take place on the first day of the year 2023.

Football in France does not have the same notoriety as in England. The first match of this Boxing Day will be played in the middle of the week during the holidays of the French who find themselves with their families for the end of year celebrations. The affluence of the stadiums will not be as important as in the British. Moreover, this organization has already been criticized by the players’ union UNFP, which is reluctant to introduce this tradition in France. The LFP has adopted this practice to adapt to the particular calendar of the coming season. This format is not meant to be installed over time.

An exhilarating race to Europe

The French Championship, due to its rank in the UEFA ranking and the coefficient of the national championships, issues 5 European Cup entry tickets. These same data also give a place to the winner of the Coupe de France. The first two teams in the ranking are directly qualified for the Champions League (PSG, OM), the third goes to 3e qualifying round and will have to go through the play-offs to appear in the groups of the cup with big ears. The fourth and the winner of the Coupe de France (reciprocally Stade Rennais and FC Nantes) are qualified for the Europa League. Finally, the fifth in Ligue 1 (OGC Nice) will participate in the Europa League Conference.

Several teams are absent from the European Cup campaigns, in particular Olympique Lyonnais and LOSC Lille, used to defending the colors of France on the European scene. Authors of a very good season, RC Lens and RC Strasbourg can join the battle for European places this year. Half of Ligue 1 teams are therefore concerned by the issue of accession to continental cups. 10 teams for 6 places, the matches in direct confrontations will have a particular flavor.

Here’s what awaits Ligue 1 players and coaches this season. With 5 tickets to win to access the European cups next season and 4 relegations to avoid for the other half of the clubs in the French Championship, the 2022/2023 edition promises suspense at all levels.

Jerome DUCHEMIN

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