how the LFP organizes itself to ensure L1 and L2 matches


Football, like the rest of the world, is facing the coronavirus epidemic. While several matches have been postponed or have taken place behind closed doors in Italy, French football is preparing to ensure the matches are held as well as possible.

Consultation between the prefecture, the League and the clubs

For the moment, only Chambly-Le Mans in Ligue 2 has been targeted by a decision by the public authorities. This match will be played behind closed doors in Beauvais, Friday evening, in application of the prefectural decree in progress in the Oise, which prohibits any collective gathering until March 14.

At a meeting at the Sports Ministry on Tuesday morning, a communication and information sharing protocol was established to make “the least bad decisions.” Each decision will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the prefect of the region concerned, in consultation with the LFP and the clubs. The League will take care to provide all the context information for each match (stakes, competition model, etc.) so that the prefect can make his decision with full knowledge of the facts and avoid the application of a precautionary principle without evaluating the real risks and without consultation with local actors.

A duty of exemplarity

The goal of the League is that all matches are played so as not to jeopardize the progress of its competitions and that they are completed on time. In addition, the LFP …

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