The Ligue de Football Professionnel
(, Professional Football League
), commonly known as the LFP
, is a French governing body
that runs the major professional football
leagues in France. It was founded in 1944 and serves under the authority of the French Football Federation
. The president of the league is Frédéric Thiriez.
The league is responsible for overseeing, organizing, and managing the top two leagues in France, Ligue 1
and Ligue 2
, and is also responsible for the 44 professional football clubs that contest football in France (20 in Ligue 1, 20 in Ligue 2, and four in the Championnat National
). The league also organizes a yearly cup competition, the Coupe de la Ligue
, that, unlike the Coupe de France
, is limited to professional clubs.
The history of the Ligue de Football Professionnel dates back before World War II when the committee's primary motive was to ensure clubs in France pay players their wages. The chairman of the early predecessor of the league was Emmanuel Gambardella. Another committee, which monitored professional clubs and the status of professional players also existed during this time and was headed by Gabriel Hanot
, who was later responsible for the creation of the European Cup
, now the UEFA Champions League
. During the Vichy regime
in France was abolished, which led to clubs forming unpopular regional amateur leagues. Under the current LFP hierarchy, the years 1939–1945 are non-existent.
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