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The French League will be reduced to 18 clubs starting from the 2023-2024 season

French press reports revealed today, Wednesday, the stability of the French League to reduce the number of teams participating in the tournament to only 18 clubs, starting from the 2023/2024 season.

According to the French newspaper “L’Equipe” today, Wednesday, the member clubs of the League voted on the proposal today, Wednesday, to become 18 clubs.

The top-flight league included 18 clubs in the past, but it increased to 20 clubs in the 2003 season. In the current format of the championship, the last two teams are relegated to the standings, while the 18-ranked team is playing a playoff to avoid relegation.

The League reached a temporary agreement to reduce the number of clubs, so that four clubs will be relegated in the 2022/2023 season, with only two teams from the second division.

A vote was taken to start implementing the new rules, with nine votes in favor of starting the 2022/2023 season, and the same for the following season, before League President Vincent Labron suggested not making this transition until the 2023/2024 season.

The German First Division also includes 18 teams among the major European domestic leagues, as the season witnesses 34 rounds instead of 38 if 20 teams participate.

The Lille team rose to the throne of the French League for the current season 2020-2021, for the fifth time in its history, to break the dominance of Paris Saint-Germain in the title.