Football in France

French football is governed by the French Football Federation and is the most watched sport on television in the country. The country is the one with the best first league competition in Europe. The National team of France is formed in the 1904 year and since then have many achievements in FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship. Best performance of the French National team are 2 titles from FIFA World cup won in 1998 and 2018, one 2nd place and 2 times finished 3rd. The team also won 2 titles from UEFA European Championship in 1984 and 2000 years. France is in 5th place in FIFA all-time tbale.

The football league system in France is built by 2 professional leagues named Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 and with lower division of semi-professional and amateur divisions. Both leagues are containing 20 clubs each.

The French Football Federation also organize each year two football events named Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.

  • Coupe de France is a football tournament with a direct elimination in a single match, where the opponents a drawn randomly for each round. In this tournament can participate each team from professional, semi-professional and amateur leagues.
  • Coupe de la Ligue is also football tournament with a direct elimination but in it can participate only professional clubs from first three divisions in France. The tournament was organized for the first time in 1994 year.
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