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The huge puzzle of the Coupe de France

As amateur football has been at a standstill for 3 weeks, the rest of the Coupe de France will be completely turned upside down.

Once is not customary, the new year will not begin with the French Cup. The FFF has officially postponed the organization of the 8th round and the 32nd finals of its national competition, while the clubs of League 2 were to enter the running on December 12 and 13 and the clubs of League 1 January 2-3, 2021.

Indeed, the 5th round of the Coupe de France was not yet completed during the reconfinement at the end of October. While waiting for the resumption of amateur football at the beginning of 2021, the federation is thus working with the regional leagues for the reprogramming of the 6th round and of the 7th round in January. Moreover, the FFF giving priority to the Coupe de France, the amateur championships could adopt systems of playoffs and playdowns at the end of the season.

The hellish calendar of Europeans

As for professional clubs, they will therefore not play in the Coupe de France on the weekends of January 2 and 3 and January 16 and 17. This could change the calendars of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. The LFP should probably advance league days in order to release dates later. This is essential, since the teams still qualified for the European Cup will play twice a week during the months of February and March.

In short, we will have to find available dates in order to schedule 5 laps as well as the final of this Coupe de France. It is currently scheduled for April 24, in Saint-Denis, but the FFF, in agreement with the LFP, will probably have the opportunity to reschedule this meeting in May. It will then be necessary to find the ideal date, while the international pre-Euro window begins on May 31 …

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