All D1 Feminine games to be shown live on tv in 2018/19

The original post in French can be found here on

The Canal Plus group has won the tv rights for the D1 Feminine for three seasons 2018-21*. Until now, Eurosport and France television were showing around a dozen games each. The FFF had decided to speed up the tv broadcasting development by offering the D1 Feminine rights to the channels who could show ALL the games live from this season. Canal + has won the battle and therefore it is a huge step forward for women’s football in term of media exposure.

There will be two main games on every matchday. One on Saturday that will be the leading game on Canal + Sport with the League game snow moved from their traditional Sunday spot to Saturday afternoon. The games will now take place at 2.30 pm.

Then the second main game will be played on Sundays at 3pm on Canal + Sport again. The remaining four games will be broadcast live on Saturdays on Foot + allowing the fans to either follow their favorite team for the whole game or  watch the leading Saturday game but without missing the key moments from the other games via the multiplex system.

Then during the half-time break from the Ligue 1 game ( men’s football) shown live on Canal + at 5pm, there should be a 12 minutes highlight show on the D1 Feminine. As usual with any Canal + football game, journalist and consultants/pundits will be commentating from the sidelines.  The Canal + group is hoping to drum up interest in the women’s game, as this season will lead us to the FIFA WWC that will take place in France in June 19.


Highlights to be shown in multiple Canal + football programs

They have decided to boost the D1 Feminine coverage with many stories and articles to be added to the highlights that will be shown in the main football programs like Jour de Foot on Saturday evenings. On Sundays afternoon, during the half-time show from the Ligue 1 game, shown on Canal +, the highlights from the D1  Feminine Sunday games will be also shown. Then in the evening, the Canal Football Club will also show the highlights from the afternoon game.

Laure Boulleau, the former France and PSG player has just signed up for the Canal Football Club following her retirement from football and therefore will deliver her expertise on the Ligue 1 and D1 Feminine. And finally, the J+1 and Late Football Club will  have players and coaches from women’s football in those shows during the season.

This is major investment for Canal + who have decided to be major actor of the women’s football development in France. IT will be up to the players and coaches to offer and entertaining football. Investments  have already been made to upgrade the facilities at the different clubs as there will be six cameras positioned around the pitches.
Improvements in the stands and publicity boards have also been requested to the clubs as everything needs to be ready in the less than a month when the season starts. As mentioned by the paper Le Parisien, Canal + has paid  6 M€ over 5 years ie 1,2 M€ per season. A huge increase from the previous contract signed in 2011 ( 110 000 €) and 2017 ( 200 000 € )
* five years contract as per the end of the article

The Division 1 Feminine winter transfer window

Until the 31st of January, the French clubs can make some adjustments to their playing staff. Here is a reminder of the FFF regulations.


Players moving from one D1 club to another one

From this season, a new rule allows players who have played for a Division 1 team to play for another D1 team. Nevertheless, this rule only applies to players under pro contract ” contrat federal” who are loaned to other clubs. Article 22 of the regulations of the D1 and D2 championship.

Players movement until the 31st of January

Players can change club outside of the normal transfer window from the 16th of July 17 to the 31st of January 18. Each season the amateur players, can move a maximum of two times. For the players moving outside of the normal transfer window, the new club must obtain the agreement from the player’s previous club, except in special cases. Article 92 from the general regulations from the FFF.


D1 Feminine club can loan up to four players during one season. D1 and D2 clubs can only sign a maximum of three loaned players in the same season. Loan for players under pro contract are set for one season maxium, the agreement can can be extended. The loan can be organised only if the player is over 18 years old.  Article 1.5 from the Statut Federal de la joueuse.


Transfers already disclosed

Olympique Lyonnais

In : Amandine Henry ( Portland Thorns), Morgan Brian ( Chicago Red Stars)

Out : Mylaine Tarrieu ( FCGB- loan), Claire Lavogez (FC Fleury – loan), Andrea Norheim (Pitea FF ), Kenza Dali  ( Lille OSC – loan)


Montpellier HSC

In : Casey Murphy ( Rutgers University)

Out : Lindsey Thomas ( FC Girondins de Bordeaux – loan), Marine Haupais ( FC Fleury)



Out :  Laura Georges ( FC Bayern), Perle Morroni ( FC Barcelona), Shirley Cruz ( Jiangsu Suning )


FC Girondins de Bordeaux

In : Lindsey Thomas ( Montpellier HSC – loan), Mylaine Tarrieu ( OL -loan), Kathellen Sousa Feitoza (University of Central Florida)


ASJ Soyaux

In : Danielle Tolmais ( US St Malo)

Out : Élodie Nakkach (Dijon ,  Allison Blais (Dijon )


FC Fleury

In : Marine Haupais ( Montpellier HSC), Claire Lavogez ( OL – loan)



In : Laura Condon (University of Northwestern Ohio ), Joanna Viollaz ( Glasgow Rangers)

Out : Lea Massibot, Oceane Closet ( FC Vendenheim)


EA Guingamp

In :  Alison Peniguel (Lamballe FC)

Out : Luce Ndolo Ewele (Grenoble F38)


Olympique De Marseille

In : Sandrine Bretigny


The original article in French can be found here

Division 1 Feminine Matchday 12 results

There was an important game at the top of the table and it might decide who will get in the Champions League next season, depending on what will happen for the OL PSG and MHSC OL games.


Some big results at the top of the table with Montpellier beating PSG, the first time MHSC has beaten a top 2 team in the League since Jean-Louis Saez took over the team. The Swedish mafia ( Jakobsson, Blackstenius) scored for Montpellier.

Juvisy lost ground in midweek, won on Sunday and announced tday that they would start merging with Paris Football Club. Clearly their amateur/ semi-professional model is not competitive against full time professional teams and they had to make a change to survive and try to be competitive again.

There was a lot of hype for Alex Morgan’s debut away to Guingamp and she started the game with Ada Hegerberg being dropped to make way for her. Hegerberg subbed in for Le Sommer at half time and Morgan lasted 73 minutes and was replaced by Lavogez.

Postponed game

St Etienne 2 Juvisy 0


Matchday 12 results

Guingamp 0 OL 3

Montpellier 2 PSG 1

Soyaux 2 Bordeaux 0

Juvisy 3 Albi 0

OM 3 Rodez 1

St Etienne Metz postponed



1 Lyon 30 pts  pl 11

2 Montpellier 30 pts pl 12

3 PSG 26 pts pl 11

4 Juvisy 16 pts 11

5 Guingamp 15 pts pl 11

6 OM 14 pts pl 11

7 St Etienne 13 pts pl 10

8 Soyaux 13 pts pl 11

9 Rodez 12 pts pl 12

10 Bordeaux 9 pts pl 12

11 Albi 7 pts pl 10

12 Metz 1 pt pl 10


The current table is distorted with teams having games in hand all over the place.

Metz are likely to go down unless they start winning games, while the second relegation place is wide open. In theory, no one except the top 3 teams are safe. Of course it will depend on Albi’s results with their two games in hand because if they win those, they could go as high as 7th in the table.

At the top the situation is clear, PSG are in danger of not qualifying for the champions league, a first since QSI took over the women’s team properly and bankrolled the changes.

Lyon can finish the season with 63 pts, Montpellier with 60 pts, PSG with 59 pts maximum, unless they can get something on appeal from the Matchday 1 game lost by penalty. PSG obviously hoping for the game to be replayed and then win it again.


If we consider that the top 3 teams will beat all the team ranked 4th to 12, the crucial remaining head to head games will be played on :

Matchday 15  Montpellier-Lyon 26th of Feb

Matchday 21 Lyon – PSG 14th of May



D1 Feminine matchday 12 preview

After a week-end dedicated to the French Cup, it is back to the usual business with the D1 feminine matchday 12 that could see Alex Morgan make her debut for Olympique Lyonnais while Amandine Henry could make hers for PSG.

First,  there is a postponed game form Matchday 7 to be played on Wednesday between  Saint-Etienne and Juvisy. Then next week-end we will have the full fixture list on Saturday and Sunday.


Here is the upcoming program and the league table :

Table as from today from



Note : PSG have been given a 3-0 defeat to Albi in Matchday 1 and a penalty point as well so there are currently in 3rd place with 26 points as their appeal is not suspensive.

The Montpellier v PSG game is therefore crucial in the title/champions League place race, with both teams having brought reinforcements during the winter transfer window : Lawrence and Henry for PSG, Cayman and Blackstenius for MHSC


Wed 11 Jan

St Etienne v Juvisy

Sat 14 Jan

Guingamp v Lyon ( live on Eurosport player & best moment goals on Eurosport 2 ) ko 2.30 pm

Montpellier v PSG   ( live on Eurosport 2 ) ko 2.30pm

Sun 15  Jan

Soyaux v Bordeaux

St-Etienne v Metz

Juvisy v Albi

Marseille v Rodez







A PSG admin error gives Albi the win in Matchday 1 game

During the opening game of the 2016/17 season PSG v Albi, Sarah Palacin played while she was not named on the team sheet, as another player’s name was registered.  The verdict from the disciplinary commission was given today and sees PSG penalised with a defeat by penalty and Albi get the win.

It was either the game to be replayed or a defeat by penalty, as PSG had now been waiting for more than two months for the decision about the game that was played on Matchday 1. It ended  PSG comfortably winning by four goals to nil.

An administrative error happened with Sarah Palacin who was not named on the team sheet came on as a sub. In her place Hawa Cissokho’s name was put on the teamsheet, while she was not there as a substitute on the bench.

As a reminder, the Division 1 feminine is using the electronic team sheet for the third season.  In order to fill up the matchday teamsheet, the teams no longer write-up the player’s name,  licence registration number,  date of birth etc, they simply click on the players names on the matchday tablet.  It is probably because of  a lack of concentration or attention that Cissokho ended up instead of Palacin on the teamsheet.

The facts

On the team sheet, it was mentioned that there was a “technical problem” in the post game observations area. In that box, it was written that for PSG number 9 had replaced on the 46th minute number 20. That point had to be cleared and an enquiry had been opened in order to gather all the needed information to take a decision.

The Federal commission had to examine that case before returning judgement on the final scoreline. It could  have been a complex case scenario.  Both captains had signed the team sheet before the game and therefore agreed on the team’s line-up. In that case, it was decided that Palacin coming on as a sub was a player participating in a game where was not registered for on the teamsheet.

Defeat by penalty

As one player had taken part in the game, while she had not been registered on the team sheet prior to the game, her team was in breach of the Reglements Generaux  regulations from the FFF related to playing in a game.

The commission therefore considered that :

It was not possible that the player taking part in the game, while not registered on the team sheet, even if it was due to the club’s carelessness, would bear no sporting consequence

Validating the result from a game won with an irregularity, due to  the lack of knowledge from the club on the regulations was obviously not agreeable

The fact that the referees did not realise, before the game, that there was a player not listed on the team sheet that could enter the game and play, does not exonerate the team from its entire responsibility in the fact that there was an irregularity during the game.

This is due to the fact that the captains have an obligation to check, with the potential help from the club executives, the players list and squad numbers from their team.

The referees should not bear that responsibility, as they do not have the capacity and the means to manage it especially as it could lead to an abuse of the system.

The commission put the decision in deliberate and communicated it to the club today by giving the game lost by penalty to PSG and Albi to get the win.  PSG loses the three points from the victory as well as an extra point as a punishment ( for the error). Albi gets the 3 points for the win and the scoreline goes by 3-0.

Appeal from PSG ?

Top of the table  before that decision, PSG should probably appeal the decision. With that punishment, they dropped to the third place with 26 points, behind Lyon and Montpellier with 27 points. The club has 10 days to appeal, once it has been officially notified of the punishment.


This is the translation from the following footofeminin article

Update :  PSG has already said they would appeal


Amandine Henry in PSG training camp before officially signing up in January

Her move to PSG had been rumoured for a while now, the France WNT midfielder will play a few months for PSG before going back to the USA.

The PSG team are going towards Montpellier this morning, where in there will have a pre-season training camp in the South of France ( Hérault department number 34).  A new player has been added to the squad that is currently at the top of the League.

Amandine Henry will officially sign up in early January  will make use of the four days camp to prepare for her three months stint (until March)  with PSG Feminines.

In Division 1 Feminine, she has played for Hénin-Beaumont, CNFE at Clairefontaine and Olympique Lyonnais.  PSG will be her fourth club in the French top division. This is a good time to get back into the groove as 2017 will be an important year where France will take part in the 2017 Euros in the Netherlands.

As she has been operated for an athletic pubalgia in early November, Amandine Henry needs to get back into her rhythm and the three months PSG offer is the right one for her. She recently declared that she needed some competitive football before going back to the NWSL. She did her rehab in Qatar, and straight after her time at PSG, will go back to the Portland Thorns and play in the National Women’s Soccer League .

This is the translation from the article on the website that you can find here