French league confirms plan to introduce All-Star match

French Football League head?Didier Quillot has confirmed there are plans for an All-Star game.

The French league is working on plans to introduce an All-Star game next season that would see the best local players taking on the best imports to Ligue 1.

Didier Quillot, the executive general director of the French Football League (LFP), confirmed that the league was looking to organise such a match.

“The principle of a project such as an All-Star Game was adopted,” Quillot was quoted as saying by L’Equipe. “The date, the place and the broadcaster are still to be clarified.”

No date was suggested but French media outlets report that the match would likely be held during the winter break.

The NBA first introduced such a fixture in 1951 and the NHL and MLB later adopted similar mid-season showpieces that feature the best players from opposing conferences or leagues playing against each other.

The LFP later said in a statement that it would explore the idea for an All-Star game along with an attempt to tap into the growing “e-sport,” or video games, market.

The statement read: “The LFP’s administrative council has given the go-ahead to look into launching two innovative projects: the French e-sport Championship and the All-Star game, which would bring Ligue 1’s best players together.

“At a time when e-sports are experiencing a boom in France, the LFP — in conjunction with EA Sports, who make the hugely Success ful FIFA football games — is looking into launching an innovative competition that includes all 20 Ligue 1 clubs.”

The announcement also included additions to the league’s television coverage, in conjunction with broadcasters Canal Plus and beIN Sports.

Quillot said: “The Euro should inspire us in the development of our competitions.

“We need to study the elements that contributed to the Success of Euro 2016, be they the coloured stands in stadia, the production/direction of broadcasts or the refereeing, so that we can improve our product and make jerseys from China it more spectacular and attractive.”

The LFP has also confirmed it will take the Coupe de la Ligue final on the road this season in a bid to capitalise on the Euro 2016 boom.

Several Ligue 1 stadia used in the tournament, including newly-constructed venues in Lyon and Bordeaux, made a positive impression on fans and viewers and could be in with a chance of hosting the final of France’s second cup competition.

The LFP statement added: “With a view to making the final even more of an event, and to further showcase the stadia that shone during the Euros, the LFP’s administrative council has adopted the principle of taking the Coupe de la Ligue final on the road for season 2016-17.

“An initial consultation concerning possible locations yielded the following pre-selection candidates: the Matmut Atlantique (Bordeaux), the Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Lille) and the Parc OL (Lyon). The administrative authentic cheap jerseys council will make a final decision in the autumn.”

The Trophee des Champions, the curtain raiser for the French season, has been hosted abroad since 2009.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

Mark is ESPN’s French football correspondent. He is also a broadcaster with Setanta and Eurosport. Twitter: @authentic jerseys cheap

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