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LFP president foresees the rapid creation of a Ligue 3 as part of French football’s overhaul

As reported by Ouest France, LFP president Vincent Labrune has suggested that the creation of the third tier of French professional football is imminent.

In recent weeks both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 have agreed to reduce their number of teams from 18 to 20 as part of a variety of changes to French league football. Ligue 1 will drop to 18 teams for the 2023/24 campaign while the second tier will follow a year later despite the vast majority of Ligue 2 players being against the idea. This remoulding of the pyramid “creates the conditions for the rapid creation of a professional Ligue 3, which we support” said Labrune.

Currently, France’s third tier, National 1, is technically not fully professional and its list of teams can change rapidly due to financial issues with sides dropping down the divisions. A fully professional third tier would have the aim of creating more stability for clubs.

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