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The market for amateur football clubs - France

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1.1 Definition and scope of study

The amateur soccer clubs market includes all French soccer players who are not classified as professionals (i.e. all French soccer players excluding Ligue 1 and Ligue 2). In France, soccer is managed and administered by the French Football Federation and the Amateur Football League (part of the FFF).

The market for amateur soccer clubs thus encompasses the amateur licensees of the soccer federation, the clubs' governing bodies, the equipment manufacturers, the clubs' structures and so on. Although soccer, France's favorite sport with 2.18 million licensees in 2021, has seen a decline in interest in recent years, the number of amateur footballers has risen steadily.interest in recent years, the discipline has been given a major boost by two events: the 2018 Men's World Cup, and the organization in Paris of the 2019 Women's World Cup (220,352 registered players).

French amateur soccer is thus seeing a big increase in the number of female licensees, both in terms of players but also managers and regional or local management committees.

There are many equipment manufacturers in France who dress amateur soccer, including Puma, Adidas and Nike, as well as lesser-known names such as Macron, Eldera and Elima.

1.2 The national market for amateur soccer clubs

The French sports market

In ****, the French sports market was worth ** billion euros, representing *.*% of GDP(***).

Economic weight of sport France, ****, in Source: ****

The soccer market

For the ****-**** season, soccer remains the sport with the most licensees, with over *.** million, ahead of tennis (***)[***]

For the ****-**** season, the French Football ...


2.1 Who are soccer fans in France?

Generally speaking, soccer is one of the most popular sports in France. In fact, **% of French people say they are interested in the sport, **% follow it and **% have a good image of it. According to an Ipsos survey, it is especially among families that football has a good image (***).

French interest ...

2.2 FFF licensees

The FFF (***) is France's no. * federation in terms of the number of members, with **% of total licenses in the Olympic single-sport federations. In comparison, the tennis federation accounts for **.*% of French members, and horse-riding for *.*%.

Sports licenses (***) France, ****, in Source: ****

The number of FFF licensees has been rising almost continuously since ...

2.3 The rise of women's soccer

Women's soccer, and in particular amateur women's soccer, has been growing rapidly in recent years, both in terms of interest among the population and the number of female licensees.

According to a study carried out by Odoxa in December ****, **% of French people have already watched a women's soccer match, whereas in ...


3.1 Institutional players in French amateur soccer

The French Football Federation

In ****, the FFF will have **,*** amateur clubs and ** professional clubs (***), *** employees and ***,*** volunteers. At the end of the ****-**** financial year, its sales exceeded *** million euros, the majority of which came from partnerships and TV fees [***].

Breakdown of FFF sales France, ****-**** Source: ****

Source: ****

The Amateur Football ...

3.2 Financing amateur soccer clubs

Amateur soccer is heavily dependent on the FFF for its funding, and on the subsidies that this central body grants to amateur clubs. 

The FFF's funding of amateur clubs is based on a number of levers:

An annual budget allocated by the Fonds d'Aide au Football Amateur (***). According to the FFF, ...


4.1 Geographical distribution of clubs and members

Soccer in France is very much linked to the geography of the country, and some regions stand out in terms of club numbers. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region boasts the largest number of clubs, with *,*** , followed by the Grand Est (***).

Number of soccer clubs by region France, ****, in number of clubs Source: ...

4.2 The cost to clubs and soccer fans

FFF license prices

The price of soccer licenses is set by each region. There is an imposed federal share, but it remains minimal: * euro for U*-U** categories, *.* euros for U**-U** categories, *.* euros for U** to senior/veteran categories. The Ligue de Bretagne has the lowest prices for almost all ...

4.3 Diversified soccer

The term "diversified soccer" refers to all soccer variants. According to the latest FFF report, this officially includes futsal, beach soccer, company soccer and leisure soccer. Cécifoot and wheelchair soccer are also included. In ****, the FFF counted **,*** licenses nationwide.

Cécifoot : an official discipline since ****, cécifoot is now recognized ...


5.1 Transfer rules in amateur soccer

Transfers in amateur soccer are governed by the FFF's General Regulations. [***]

Transfers may concern all age categories from U** upwards.

The same player can change club up to * times in the course of a season. The soccer year is divided into * periods, each with its own transfer rules:

Normal period (***): players ...

5.2 The sports code and regulations

The reference text in this field is the Sports Code, published between **** (***), regulating * aspects of sporting life:

Organization of physical and sporting activities Sports players Methods of practising sport, safety and hygiene of sports facilities Financing of sport and provisions applicable to overseas territories

The regulations have undergone significant changes for ...


6.1 Player segmentation

National, National * and National * league equipment supplier rankings France, ****-****, in *Joma, Kipsta, Le Coq Sportif, Skita, Errea, hummel, Eldera, Erima, Ô Sports, Acerbis, Craft, Lotto, Luanvi, New Balance, SportsCo. Passion Source: ****

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