A new format to save the Coupe de France?

    A new format to save the Coupe de France?

    Undermined by the Covid-19 pandemic which prevents, for the moment, the resumption of matches for amateurs, the Coupe de France is threatened. The FFF, in consultation with the LFP, is trying to find solutions allowing it to be completed in a very complicated season.

    An idea has emerged, which must be presented on Thursday to the Federation’s executive committee. It consists of having amateurs play on one side and professionals on the other, before they find themselves in the round of 16.

    The round of 16 at the end of February or the beginning of March?

    In detail, the 20 Ligue 2 clubs would play a round between them, releasing 10 qualified. These survivors, mixed with 20 clubs in L1, would play another round, which would send 15 professional clubs to the round of 16. These matches would undoubtedly be played during the week in the still free slots. The qualified professional sector would then find 17 amateur clubs after, again, a skimming. The round of 16 could be played, if the health crisis allows it, at the end of February or the beginning of March.

    Another hypothesis, which will undoubtedly be mentioned at the Executive Committee, would be to maintain the existing format. But given the current situation, this status quo option is not the most likely.

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