The Ligue 1 season starts this Friday night with the match between OL and Ajaccio (9 pm). The calendar is greatly affected by the World Cup in Qatar, four descents, new numbers, places in Europe… Here is everything you need to know before the big launch of this 2022-2023 vintage , which promises to be special in many ways.
After two and a half months of waiting, French football lovers have finally found their Ligue 1. This Friday night, the championship opens with a poster between Olympique Lyonnais and AC Ajaccio at the Groupama Stadium (9 pm). Here’s everything you need to know before diving into this season that promises to be very special, especially from a regulatory point of view.
This is undoubtedly the greatest originality of this era. To record a transition to 18 clubs, Ligue 1 will experience four reductions at the end of this 2022-2023 exercise. The 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th in the standings will be directly relegated to the lower level, with no possibility of being drafted in the play-offs, while only the first two in Ligue 2 will be -promote. What can be expected fierce encounters between not so good students, who must fight to the end to maintain their place in the elite at the end of this season at all risks.
As for the fight for a European Cup qualification, there is no change this season. As in previous years, the first two of the standings qualify directly for the Champions League and the third must go through the third preliminary round then a play-off to validate their C1 ticket, like AS Monaco this year. . The fourth place qualifies directly for the group stage of the Europa League and the fifth for the play-off for access to the group stage of the Europa Conference League. However, the cards will be redistributed for the following exercise: at the end of the 2023-2024 season, the third in Ligue 1 will qualify directly for the Champions League if France remains the 5th European country in UEFA rankings at the end of the 2022-2023 season.
A suitable schedule
An extended championship and a crazy calendar. The World Cup in Qatar in the middle of the season obliges, Ligue 1 must adapt to stop 38 days despite a break of one and a half months to allow the best countries on the planet to compete in Persian Gulf. Ligue 1 is uniquely played for ten months, until June 3, with a ceasefire to let internationals leave after the 15th day, the weekend of November 11 to 13. After of the World Cup, Ligue 1 will continue in the middle of the week, on December 27 and 28, with particular PSG-Strasbourg and OM-Toulouse for a French Boxing Day, ten days after the final of the World Cup.
- 5 August: 1st day
- November 13: break before the World Cup, in the evening of the 15th day
- December 27th: continuation of the championship with French Boxing Day
- June 3: 38th day
The schedule of matches
After months of chaos, between the Téléfoot soap opera and the war between Canal + and the LFP, the broadcast of matches will finally experience continuity. The schedule of matches remains the same as last season, with 10 matches spread over three days between the two broadcasters, Canal+ and Prime Video.
A typical Ligue 1 day on television:
- Friday 9:00 pm: 1 game on Prime Video
- Saturday 5:00 pm: 1 game on Prime Video
- Saturday 9:00 pm: 1 game on Canal+
- Sunday at 1:00 pm: 1 game on Prime Video
- Sunday at 3:00 pm.: 4 games on Prime Video
- Sunday at 5:05 pm: 1 game on Canal+
- Sunday 8:45 pm: 1 game on Prime Video
VAR, changes, numbers…
Slight changes to the elite rules this season. The only new rule, somewhat symbolic: the possibility of players to wear a number from 1 to 99, while the limit was previously set at 30. Some have already officially taken advantage of this new regulation to wear a new number, like Mamadou Sakho (75) or Wahbi Khazri (99). It should also be noted that the players of Ligue 1 will play with a new ball this season, because the championship entered a new partnership with Kipsta, replacing the equipment manufacturer Uhlsport.
Naturally, the referee’s video assistance has been changed for this season, as well as the possibility to make five changes per match and to have an additional substitute in case of a concussion.