Stopped due to the health crisis linked to Covid-19, the 104th edition of the French Cup seemed in great danger in its usual format. To remedy this extraordinary situation, the French Football Federation has made big changes.

The French Football Federation has activated itself to allow the 104th edition of the French Cup to take place! Stopped due to the health crisis linked to Covid-19, this competition seemed very compromised because of the accumulated delay.

Faced with this extraordinary situation, the FFF made a strong decision: the implementation of a simple new format.

Professionals and amateurs alike will meet in the 16th To allow the organization of this competition at the level of calendars, the French authority has quite simply decided to separate the amateur and professional clubs! They will meet again from the round of 16, between late February and early March. Until then, two rounds will be organized for the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 formations.

A first phase between the 20 teams of the second division, then a second including the 20 teams of L1 and the 10 qualified of L2. There will therefore only be 15 professional teams left. And at this stage of the competition, they will find the 17 qualified amateur clubs, who will have had 5 rounds to go. Note a small specificity with the entry into the running from the 32nd finals of overseas representatives among amateurs.

A fight signed Le Graët

On this file, the president of the FFF Noël Le Graët was particularly active. A pessimistic time regarding the holding of this 104th edition, the former boss of Guingamp did everything to find a solution. With this new format, he managed to find a compromise to allow a “correct” schedule in relation to the L1 and L2 teams. It remains to be seen whether this formula will seduce …

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