In the middle of the week, Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) organized a meeting by videoconference with representatives of the various regional leagues. The objective was to discuss the current situation and to foresee different scenarios for the possible resumption of the national, regional and departmental amateur championships.
In the current state, the boss of French football has firmly excluded the hypothesis of a white season, without ascents or descents. But everything will depend on government decisions on the duration of confinement.
The first scenario envisaged would be a resumption of the championships in May. Among amateurs, it would therefore be necessary to find between 8 and 10 dates for the clubs of National 1, National 2 and National 3. Same thing for the regional and departmental championships.
Regional and departmental Cups canceled
To lighten this future calendar and leave empty boxes, the first decision was to cancel all the regional and departmental Cups.
As he had already mentioned, Noël Le Graët thus wishes to continue the season beyond June 30. He mentioned the date of July 15 and will send a letter to UEFA to send him this proposal. Didier Quillot, the director general of the Professional Football League (LFP), which manages Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, shares this option.
However, this would pose some legal problems, particularly in terms of employment contracts and amateur licenses. Most of the contracts for players, coaches, educators and all amateur licenses end on that date.
Many amateur clubs are divided and thus wonder about the feasibility of playing until July, period when the fields are often repaired and where their players go on vacation.
The professional players’ union favors an extension of contracts
But according to the president of the FFF, these obstacles could be removed. The Federation would have the possibility of extending the licenses by computer until July 31. Employers’ clubs will also have to make amendments to the employment contracts of their players and coaches.
With pros, however, it should not be a problem. “We will certainly need to overflow after June 30 so we are in favor of this solution of extending the contracts,” explains Philippe Piat, the vice-president of the UNFP (the players’ union). It is necessary to find common solutions to move forward together. There may be players who will not agree to extend, because they have already signed up with another club, but in our opinion, it should only concern 3 to 4% of them. “