French amateur football ends the season

The French Football Federation (FFF) decided to end the 2020-2021 season this Wednesday in all non-professional competitions in the country in response to the advance of Covid-19 in the French country in recent weeks.

The measure, which does not affect male professional clubs (up to the third division) or the first female category, means leaving the season blank for amateur teams and establishes that there will be no promotions or relegation this year.

The main affected by the decision are the 168 teams of the French fifth division, called Championnat National 3 and which is made up of twelve groups of fourteen teams, whose season had already been suspended since October, when the second wave of the pandemic.

Other competitions canceled

The regional and departmental divisions as well as the second futsal division, the matches of the U-17 and U-19 teams and the French Cup for women are also completed.

The two competitions pending to resume their calendar are the fourth men’s division, known as the Championnat National 2, and the second women’s division, which have been suspended since March by the Ministry of Sports.

Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 are not affected

Thus, the French federation championships that, for now, will continue to be played are Ligue 1 (first division), Ligue 2 (second division) and Championat Nacional 1 (third division). They all add up to 58 teams. The women’s first division, which has 12 teams, will also follow.

It is the second consecutive season that amateur football cannot finish its competitions since in April 2020 all categories (including Ligue 1) were canceled when the activity was paralyzed a month before due to the first lockdown due to the pandemic.