The French governing body, LFP, have announced a mini-revolution in French football this evening with a series of sweeping changes.
First off, the LFP have announced the dates for the next 2 French transfer windows:
Summer Window: Saturday 9th June to Friday 31st August
January Window: Tuesday 1st January to Thursday 31st January
The interesting take-away in this regard is that French football has decided not to follow the Premier League and others in closing the summer window before the season begins.
In addition, a new schedule for Ligue 1 matches from 2020/21 onwards has been announced:
Friday @ 21:00 – 1 match
Saturday @ 17:00 – 1 match
Saturday @ 21:00 – 1 match
Sunday @ 13:00 – 1 match
Sunday @ 15:00 – 4 matches
Sunday @ 17:00 – 1 match
Sunday @ 21:00 – 1 match
The aim of this move is to increase attendances with a series of Sunday afternoon games, in an announcement that has largely been welcomed by French football fans.
Finally, following a series of goal-line technology mishaps, the LFP has cancelled its contract with GoalControl, and have announced this evening the signing of a contract with Hawk-Eye until the end of the 2021/22 campaign. Hawk-Eye will be used to implement VAR and as a goal-line technology outlet in Ligue 1 from the beginning of next season.