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French Ligue 1 prize money 2021/2022: teams preview



French Ligue 1 prize money, teams preview ahead of the new season.



The Ligue 1 prize money is one of the biggest in Europe alongside the EPL, Bundesliga, La Liga am Série A, etc.



The French Ligue 1 or simply Ligue 1 is the top-flight professional soccer league in France fed into by the Ligue 2.


The league has produced notable teams that have gone on to challenge for major Trophies at the continental level.



Ahead of the 2021/2022 season, French Ligue 1 prize money promises to be mouth-watering just as its counterparts in other countries.


The Ligue 1 prize money for the 2021/2022 season is not yet known with the current financial crisis surrounding the Television rights holders which have put the league on the brink of loss.


During the 2019/2020 season, winners of the french league were given €60 million euros.


PSG who emerged Champions took the highest while runners up Lyon took €40m million.


Although the Ligue 1 is not as popular just like other leagues, the financial value of the league is not as high as other top European leagues including the Premier League, Série A and Bundesliga.



One of the problems faced by the league was the covid-19 pandemic in 2020 which impacted the financial revenue of league 1 for the 2020/2021 season.


The absence of fans during the 2020/2021 season also affected the revenue of the league as fans were not allowed to attend live matches and we’re only able to watch games on Television.


The league overall prize money for the 2020/2021 season to be shared amongst the rest of the clubs in the division stood at 570 million euros.


In France, the money sharing Formula for Ligue 1 is based on the 50-30-20 rule. Here, 50% share is a general measure.


The other; 30% is based on final league standing while the other 20% is media based on Media TV performance.



What this means for smaller clubs

The prize money for the league season comes as a huge sigh of relief for smaller clubs even though money in France is not as big as those in English football.


However, Ligue 1 money shared based on league standings is still reasonable.


To help clubs continue to operate at the highest standard, there’s been measures to help clubs spend based on what they earn.


The financial strength of the French league surrounds the high class including Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon, Olympique Marseille and AS Monaco.


To help smaller clubs, the financial distribution pool has to be increased just as how it is seen in England and other top European leagues.


Ligue 1 2021/2022 teams and odds

1. Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain is arguably the biggest football club in France and has dominated the French Ligue 1 over the past few seasons.


The 2020/2021 season which was surprisingly lost Lille is one of the rare times the capital city club had lost the title since it began dominating the scene in 2015.


Since 2015, PSG has collected the French Ligue 1 prize money as top team more times which is also behind the club’s continuous chase for top players.


The boost of having one of the highest payrolls in the division and amongst the top 15 in European football.


PSG only lost the 2019/2021 title to Lille.


However, Paris are looking to avoid a repeat of the event even more players have been attracting to the club.


A bid to challenge for the UEFA Champions League whose prize money is one of the biggest when it comes to continental club football hasn’t ended on a bright note.


PSG lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 finals as well as bowing out to Manchester City in the 2021 semifinals.



Although one would say the recent French league TV Rights dilemma might affect the club, this is not, however, the case as it concerns the club in its bid to win European and world titles.



Ahead of the 2021/2022 football season in France, PSG is in the market in search of top players capable of turning things around when the new season commences.


The club has been linked with Wijnaldum, Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, as well as Neymar Jr recent contract, renewal.


There are also talks of Lionel Messi arrival as well as Kylian Mbappe potential exit from the club.


2. Olympique Lyonnais

Lyon has recently lost its touch when it comes to the French Ligue 1.



Although there has been a resurgence, Lyon is still a little bit far from matching the already set standard by Paris Saint-Germain.


Lyon once dominated the French League including winning the title three years in a row between.


3. Lille

Lille is the defending Champions of the French league after I tops during the 2020/2021 season in a surprise fashion.


Lille still has a shot at the league title even though the head coach with some other title-winning squad would have already headed for the exit door.


For the 2020/2021 season, Lille collected the highest French Ligue 1 prize money which was valued at around €60m although the official value is yet to be known.



Ahead of the new season, Lille is expected to come out strong to possibly challenge for the league title it won the previous season amid Paris Saint-Germain dominance.


4. AS Monaco

AS Monaco is another topside to watch out for.


The principality club was the only side to win the title in successive seasons amid PSG dominance in the division.


A rejuvenated side managed by Niko Kovac, AS Monaco, promises something bigger for the Ligue 1 as well as the UEFA Champions League.


Threatened by the low prize money for Ligue 1 participation, Monaco has still managed to finance some of the biggest players in the French division.



5. Olympique Marseille

Olympique Marseille is another side to watch as the new season gets underway.


Marseille used to be a powerhouse but has faced dwindling form over the past few years.


Ligue 1 popularity


The French Ligue 1 is ranked among the top five soccer leagues in Europe and it is also one of the most followed.



Although the French league had been considered as one of the most popular in the world, there had been recent changes that had kept its large audience alive.


The presence of sides like Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco, Olympique Lyonnais had helped attract a bigger audience.


Paris Saint-Germain signing of Kylian Mbappe by who’s currently regarded as one of the best talented players of world football also makes it interest to watch.


PSG who had also brought Neymar Jr to the club further shifted a large chunk of the audience towards the league.



For PSG, new faces including Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Wijnaldum, would fit further light up the scene in France.


How to watch Ligue 1 on TV

Although the league had issues bordering on television rights during the 2020/2021 season, the television coverage for the new season is expected to be resolved.


You can follow the French Ligue 1 on Asian Sports giants beIN Sports and Canal+Sport Channels in french language territories.


The league is one of most followed across the world with an average right around €600million.



Although not as Competition as other leagues, the French league over the past ten seasons has been dominated by Paris Saint-Germain.


Before PSG’s entrance into the scene, Olympique Lyonnais laid siege on the league.



Although PSG also had few years of clear domination in the year past.


The league is currently seen as a stronghold for Paris Saint-Germain with a follow up from AS Monaco, Olympique Lyonnais, Rennes, Olympique Marseille and recently Lille.



Chances the prize money would increase

The chances the Ligue 1 prize money would increase depends on the nature of the Television broadcast rights for the league.


The recent problems bordering the future of the French League is an issue that needs to be fixed.


Without fixing the issues of broadcasters rights, money would not be generated for clubs to share.


The main reason behind the success of the Premier League and the Bundesliga is the high TV rights deal signed with the various broadcast partners across the world.


In the Premier League, for example, the lowest placed team relegated to EFL Championship wins a whopping sum of £80-90 million pounds.


This figure is way better than what is obtainable in the French League and the only way to improve on it is by improving the marketability of the domestic league.



Just as how England had done, their counterparts in France in charge of organization soccer should work hard to ensure publicity is increased.


This is the only way to attract investors that would boost the money club would receive at the end of every season.



About the 2021/2022 Ligue 1 season

The French Ligue 1 is a professional men’s league contested by 20 teams across France and its territories.


The League is ranked among the top five professional soccer leagues in Europe as the best and most competitive.


Teams from France include Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco, Olympique Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais, AS Saint-Étienne are among the most respected on the continent.


The French league is only not receiving the attention just as the other leagues in the top five european soccer leagues.


Unlike the Bundesliga and the Premier League, the league in France isn’t as popular although the recent signing of top players by Paris Saint-Germain had helped improved level of awareness.


The French Ligue 1 prize money is one of the biggest in Europe as winners collects payment every season around €60 million euros.


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