Ligue 1's 2020-21 season 'WILL start on August 23'

Ligue 1’s 2020-21 season ‘WILL start on August 23’ after current season was curtailed and PSG were awarded the title… with Ligue 2 starting a day earlier

  • The French government cancelled the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season last month 
  • PSG were declared champions while Amiens and Toulouse were relegated 
  • Yet a start date for the French 2020-21 season has now reportedly been set 
  • However, the LFP are still waiting for UEFA’s plans for European competitions 
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A date of Sunday August 23 has reportedly been set for the start of the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season, after the current season was cancelled by the French government. 

PSG were declared the champions this year after the 2019-20 season was curtailed last month due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak. 

While protocol at the time stated that professional sports in France could not return before September, French outlet RMC Sport believe the August date has been set, with a reformed Ligue 2 starting a day earlier on August 22. 

Kylian Mbappe’s PSG were awarded the Ligue 1 title this season after the league was cancelled

PSG celebrate their 2019 league victory with celebrations for this year’s win on hold 

The new published dates have, according to the report, been agreed in accordance with broadcasters Médiapro, Canal + and beIN Sports. 

This week, French football league clubs voted in favour of expanding Ligue 2 to include 22 teams for the 2020-21 season. 

Though the change still needs to be approved by the French Football Federation (LFP), it would mean the bottom two in the second tier – Orleans and Le Mans – are saved from relegation, while Pau and Dunkerque, the top two in the third division, still come up.

French clubs have voted in favour of Ligue 2 becoming a 22-team division from next season

Promotion and relegation will be maintained between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 on a two-up, two-down basis, and Ligue 1 would remain a 20-team competition. 

In terms of next season, the LFP are holding off on confirming the proposed start date until a calendar is published by UEFA for the completion of European competitions this season.

Lyon are set to miss out on the Champions League next season after an appeal was rejected 

Both the Champions League and the Europa League are in the last-16 stage, and reported plans state that UEFA intends to finish the competitions in August, after domestic leagues have finished their seasons.  

Meanwhile, on Friday, a French judge rejected appeals by Olympique Lyonnais, Amiens and Toulouse over the decision to end the season early amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The LFP’s decision to end the season with 10 games remaining meant that Lyon failed to qualify for Europe through the Ligue 1 standings while Amiens and Toulouse were relegated.  

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