General Information

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Ligue 1, formerly known as Division 1, is the prime championship for association football clubs in France, situated at the top of the French football league system. Every year, between August and May, it offers an unbelievable experience of 380 games for football fans worldwide. Most of the matches take place on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekdays as well. The Ligue 1 has a promotion and relegation system with the second most popular football contest in the country – Ligue 2. The French top league is also ranked 5th in Europe, behind the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A. French Ligue 1 predictions might not be prevalent on this blog, but we’re after quality, not quantity.


The contest was created on 11 September 1932 under the name National, being re-named into Division 1 one year later. The competition originally consisted of twenty teams, which were divided into two groups, with the bottom three teams of each group being relegated into Division 2. The winners of the two groups were to face each other in a final match, the first taking place on 14 May 1933 between Olympique Lillois and Cannes, with Lillois winning the title for the first time. Afterward, the league decided not to promote any clubs from the second division. The total number of participants changed to 16 in the 1934–35 season and remained until the 1938–39 season. The championship was named Ligue 1 in 2002. Its current champions are Montpellier, who won their first title in the 2011–12 season. There’s no better place to utilize our France Ligue 1 tips than the best betting software for multiple bookmakers, VIP-IBC which offers a unique platform and the best odds most of the time.


The Ligue 1 is a 20-team contest, with teams playing a certain other team twice (home and away) for a total of 38 games during a season. The clubs receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points in case of a loss. The ranking factors are, respectively: total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. The team with most points at the end of the season wins the champions title. If teams have the same number of points, the goal difference and then goals scored criteria are used to determine the winner. If the tie remains unsettled, teams would occupy the same position.

In case there is a tie for the championship, relegation or qualification to other competitions, the matter would be resolved by a play-off match at a neutral stadium. The Ligue 1 bottom three football clubs are relegated to Ligue 2, while the Ligue 2 top three teams are promoted in their place. France Ligue 1 betting is a great challenge, but thanks to our Ligue 1 preview coverage, it should be beneficial for you!


Orange was the official sponsor of Ligue 1 2010-2011, also known as Ligue 1 Orange. Other sponsors included big brand names such as Adidas, Nike, Puma, and Lotto.

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