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Boxing Day, referees, mercatos, descents… Instructions for the Ligue 1 season 2022-2023

Twenty referees will officiate this season in Ligue 1: Benoit Bastien (39 years old, Grand Est), Florent Batta (42 years old, Mediterranean), Hakim Ben El Hadj (44 years old, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), Marc Bollengier (30 years old, Hauts -de-France), Jerome Brisard (36 years old, Pays de la Loire), Ruddy Buquet (45 years old, Hauts-de-France), Bastien Dechepy (36 years old, Grand Est), Willy Delajod (29 years old, Auvergne-Rhône -Alps), Stéphanie Frappart (38 years old, Paris Ile-de-France), Pierre Gaillouste (33 years old, Mediterranean), Antony Gautier (44 years old, Hauts-de-France), Johan Hamel (41 years old, Occitanie), Thomas Leonard (40 years old, Grand Est), François Letexier (33 years old, Brittany), Benoît Millot (40 years old, Paris Ile-de-France), Jérémie Pignard (34 years old, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), Jérémy Stinat (43 years old , New Aquitaine), Clément Turpin (40 years old, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté), Mathieu Vernice (28 years old, Mediterranean), Eric Wattellier (34 years old, Occitanie).

Balloons.
No more Uhlsport: Decathlon, via its Kipsta brand, is the new ball supplier for Ligue 1 until 2027.

European Cups

No change for qualification for the European Cups due to France’s 5th place in the UEFA index: the first two in the championship obtain their ticket directly for the group stage of the Champions League, the third must go through the 3rd preliminary round and the play-offs. The fourth is paid directly into the group stage of the Europa League (as well as the winner of the Coupe de France), while the fifth has access to the play-offs of the group stage of the Europa League Conference.

TV programming

Like last season, Ligue 1 matches are spread over 7 different time slots from Friday to Sunday.
Friday, 9 p.m.: 1 match on Prime Video
Saturday, 5 p.m.: 1 match on Prime Video
Saturday, 9 p.m.: 1 match on Canal+
Sunday, 1 p.m.: 1 match on Prime Video
Sunday, 3 p.m.: 4 matches on Prime Video
Sunday, 5:05 p.m.: 1 match on Canal+
Sunday, 8:45 p.m.: 1 match on Prime Video
Weekdays (D5, D18, D21) will be scheduled on Wednesdays with two multiplexes set at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Boxing Day.
Due to the holding of the World Cup in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, Ligue 1 will resume during the end-of-year celebrations with the 16th and 17th days scheduled for Wednesday December 28 and Sunday January 1.

Video arbitration

If no Auvergnat officiates in the field at this level, William Lavis, from Allier, and Abdelali Chaoui, from Haute-Loire, who respectively represent the Mediterranean and Occitanie leagues, are again part of this college season of video assistant referees.

premium Pascal Gastien, guardian of the temple at Clermont Foot

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descents

Due to the passage from 20 to 18 clubs in Ligue 1 at the end of the season, four clubs will go down to Ligue 2. We have to go back to the 1996-1997 championship to find traces of the last passage from twenty to eighteen clubs in Ligue 1 (Division 1 at the time). The four relegated were then two promoted Caen (17th, 37 pts) and Nancy (18th, 37 pts), Lille (19th, 35 pts), which had finished 17th the previous season, and Nice (20th, 23 pts), which s was consoled by winning the Coupe de France after ending the epic Clermont Foot in the quarter-finals (2-1 after extra time).

Numbers.
With the modification of article 576 of the LFP regulations, validated on June 8, players now have the right to wear numbers ranging from 1 to 99 (and no longer up to 40 as before) with a single obligation , the number 1 can only be attributed to a goalkeeper.

Former Clermont Foot players still in the top flight

21 former Clermontois attend L1 at the start of the season. Here is the list: Avinel, Ndiaye (Ajaccio), Bernardoni, Hountondji, Capelle, Hunou (Angers), Dugimont (Auxerre), Pereira Lage, Honorat (Brest), Abdul Samed (Lens), Zedadka, Bayo (Lille), Laporte , Grbic (Lorient), Da Silva (Lyon), Descamps (Nantes), Da Cunha (Nice), Laborde (Rennes), Ajorque (Strasbourg), Dupé (Toulouse) and Moulin (Troyes).

Rémy Dugimont, former Clermont Foot player – for five seasons – has been playing at AJ Auxerre since August 2018. Photo Marion Boisjot

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