All about the Bundestag of Nice



The FFF Summer Assembly met in Nice on Saturday, 18 June, under the chairmanship of Noël Le Graët. The provisional budget for 2022-2023 and reforms of the national senior men’s and women’s championships were specifically adopted.

2022-2023: A calmer budget horizon

With €266.4 million in revenue (plus €0.8 million in exceptional income) and €267.2 million in expenditure, Philippe Diallo presented in Parliament a balanced forecast budget for 2022-2023. ” After two seasons impacted by a restrictive health context, FFF is in an optimistic mood that its action plan has been developed and the resulting budget has been implemented.FFF vice president said. This post-crisis context allows certain elements to turn green and return to a level of turnover close to that before the health crisis. »
Resources devoted to amateur football will increase from 37% to 40% of income FFF estimates i.e. € 101.1 million, historical amount (see below); those dedicated to elite football will remain steady at 34% (excluding the Coupe de France, which was founded at 6%). ” Thus, the two pillars on which French football is based, namely the development of grassroots football that serves as a breeding ground for sporting performance, and more specifically elite football represented by French teams, consume three-quarters of the resources produced. “, underlined in Philippe Diallo’s provisional accounts report, adding: The spending action plans are strictly in line with the plans included in the Performances 2024 project. »
This temporary budget was approved by the Assembly at a rate of 94.27%.

€2 million fuel voucher for amateur clubs

Amateur football: €101.1 million aid

With €101.1 million planned, federal aid to amateur football will reach a level that will never be reached in the 2022-2023 season. They break down as follows:

  • Assistance to leagues and regions: € 34.5 million
  • National competitions: € 30.8 million
  • Assistance to clubs: € 22.2 million
  • Amateur football activities: €6.7 million
  • French Cup: €5.9 million
  • Development of amateur refereeing: € 1 million

LFA General Assembly

Green light for commercial company LFP

The plan to create a commercial company for LFP, which was approved by the Professional Football League (LFP) General Assembly on April 1, will soon become a reality. The FFF Assembly also authorized this formation by registering it under the agreement and the FFF-LFP financial protocol (for a period of five seasons from 1 July 2022). The main purpose of this company is to market and manage the rights to use sporting events or competitions (especially national, international and digital TV rights, but not sports betting) organized by LFP. Its creation should allow the FFF to integrate an additional €10 million in revenue (Welcome Bonus in infographic above)will be added to the annual 2.5% contribution to the audio-visual rights created by professional football. 10 million of these welcome bonus€5.5 million will go to amateur football.

Photo by Philippe LE BRECH/APL/FFF

National senior championships: towards the new pyramid

The reform of the senior men’s national championships continues. The 2022-2023 season will be the first step and will lead to the establishment of a new pyramid that will be valid for the 2025-2026 season. As part of the Federal Performance 2024 plan, this reform has several goals:

– Identifying an elite by narrowing the pyramid to make the pyramid more consistent at the highest level and strengthen the structuring of clubs playing in national championships;
– Responding to requests from national 3 related clubs and leagues;
– adaptation of the pyramid to Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 reforms (eighteen club changes per championship);
– to strengthen regional football.

The reform, approved by the Assembly, will result in a reduction in the total number of clubs participating in the three senior men’s national championships (National, National 2, National 3). It will go from 250 to 178 in three transition seasons (see below), the reduction for National 2 (64 to 48) and National 3 (168 to 112) will remain unchanged for National (18).

Women’s championship: reform launched

FFF continues its efforts to develop and structure women’s football. The pyramid of senior women’s national championships is also changing. The Bundestag specifically approved the reform proposing the creation of a Women’s Division 3 from the 2023-2024 season. This new French championship will host twenty-four teams divided into two groups of twelve each. Reserve teams of clubs that play in D1 Arkema and have an Approved Training Center will be able to participate. This reform also results in the transition from Division 2 (instead of two groups of twelve) to a single group of twelve teams from 2023-2024. Arkema D1 has not undergone any modifications. The aim of this development is to create an elite beyond D1 Arkema and strengthen the structure of clubs.

2024 performance: progress report

federal action plan 2024 performance It has been the subject of a progress report before the Assembly through six presentations devoted to its main challenges and associated objectives:

  • let everyone play anywhere
  • increase amateur refereeing
  • improve education
  • developing women’s football
  • optimize sports performance
  • commit to greater social and environmental responsibility

FFF managing director Florence Hardouin was pleased with the progress of this federal plan.

other points

► LFP management : If voted on by the House, the LFP’s governance reform will in particular result in a reduction of the Board members to seventeen (instead of twenty-five previously):

  • 9 representatives from LFP member clubs (7 from L1 and 2 from L2)
  • 1 FFF representative
  • head of employers’ representative organization (Foot Unis)
  • 3 independent members (including 1 appointed by FFF)
  • 2 professional player representatives
  • 1 professional trainer representative

Three representatives from other families of football (referees, managers, doctors) will sit as consultants.

► Substitutions : the delegates voted on the probability of making five substitutions in all 11 national football championships. Temporarily introduced by the International Board (IFAB) for professional championships of the major leagues and for national teams during the health crisis, this measure is firmly enshrined in the laws of the game. For national cups, the regulations of each event will determine the stage of the competition at which these five changes will be possible.

► French Cup : from the new season, all clubs participating in a competition organized by their regional league or region (provided that it is part of the free events pyramid) will be able to participate in the French Cup. The specific requirement to compete in a competition with a system of ascents and descents that makes it possible to reach the highest professional level has been removed.

► Federal Club License : football representatives have approved the possibility of suspending the procedure for issuing a Federal Club License to a candidate club that committed acts of a certain gravity (fraud, concealment, misrepresentation, violation of ethics or sports ethics) during the relevant season. has led to one or more disciplinary actions (withdrawal of points, disqualification, etc.) against himself. These new provisions may apply to N2, N3, D1 women’s and D1 futsal clubs.

Fernand Duchaussoy under the spotlight : Fernand Duchaussoy, appointed honorary president of the FFF during the January 27 Executive Committee, received the Federation’s gold medal from Noël Le Graët on Saturday morning (Picture below). Fernand Duchaussoy was president of the FFF from July 2010 to June 2011, after being its vice president from January 2005 to July 2010.

The next Bundestag will be held in Paris on Saturday, November 12, 2022.

Noël Le Graët paid tribute to Fernand Duchaussoy before the Assembly by presenting the Federation’s gold medal (photo by Hugo PFEIFFER / ICON SPORT).