Cities-stadia approved for France soccer teams


FFF confirmed stadiums for matches Image: Le Parc des Princes, Валерий Дед, CC BY 3.0

The Executive Committee of the French Football Federation (FFF) recently held a meeting wherein French Cities which will host the matches of the France A team, the France Women’s team and the Espoirs selection were approved for the 2023-2024 seasons.

‘dayFREURO’ stated that at the end of a consultation held last March, 31 Cities applied to host an international match. Sixteen of the Cities, meeting the various criteria laid down by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), were chosen by the Executive Committee to host the 18 matches.

The French Football Federation (FFF) is the governing body of football in France. It was formed in 1919 and is based in the capital, Paris. The FFF was a founding member of FIFA and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game of football in France, both professional and amateur.

The France A team or the France national football team represents France in men’s international football matches. It is governed by the French Football Federation (FFF), the governing body for football in France. It is a member of UEFA in Europe and FIFA in global competitions.

The France women’s national football team represents France in international women’s football. The team is governed by the French Football Federation (FFF).

The France national under-21 football team, known in France as Les Espoirs, is the national under-21 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation (FFF). The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.

Nyon (Switzerland)-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the transcontinental countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, and Kazakhstan, as well as some Asian countries such as Israel, Cyprus and Armenia. The UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.

‘dayFREURO’ quoted Philippe Diallo, Acting President of the FFF, as stating, “With this new method of allocating stadiums, our three major teams have a clear concept of their home matches for the next season.”

France Team Calendar:

  • September 7th, 2023: France-Republic of Ireland (Qualifying Round for EURO 2024) in Paris (At the 48,583-capacity Le Parc des Princes);
  • October 17th, 2023: France-X (Friendly) in Lille (At the 50,186-capacity Decathlon Arena-Stade Pierre-Mauroy);
  • November 18th, 2023: France-Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory) (Qualifying Round for EURO 2024) in Saint-Denis (Commune in France) (At the 80,000-capacity Stade de France);
  • March 2024: France-X (Amical or barrage) in Lyon (At the 59,186-capacity Groupama Stadium);
  • March 2024: France-X (Amical or barrage) in Marseille (At the 67,000-capacity Orange Vélodrome);
  • June 2024: France-X (Friendly) in Bordeaux (At the 42,115-capacity Matmut Atlantique); and
  • June 2024: France-X (Friendly) in Metz (At the 28,786-capacity Stade Saint-Symphorien).


France Women Team Calendar:

  • September 22nd, 2023: France-Portugal (Nations League) in Valenciennes (commune in France) (At the 25,172-capacity Stade du Hainaut);
  • October 31st, 2023: France-Norway (Nations League) in Reims (At the 21,029-capacity Stade Auguste-Delaune);
  • November 30th, 2023: France-Austria (Nations League) in Rennes (At the 29,778-capacity Roazhon Park);
  • February 2024: France-X (Final 4 or Dam or Friendly) in Montbéliard (town in France) (At the 20,005-capacity Bonal Stadium);
  • April 2024: France-X (Qualifying Round UEFA Women’s EURO 2025) in Metz (Stade Saint-Symphorien); and
  • June 2024: France-X (Qualifying Round UEFA Women’s EURO 2025) in Saint-Étienne (At the 41,965-capacity Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium).


France Espoirs Team Calendar:

  • September 2023: France-X (Friendly) in Nancy (At the 20,087-capacity Stade Marcel Picot);
  • October 2023: France-Cyprus (Qualifying Round EURO 2025) in Grenoble (At the 20,068-capacity Stade des Alpes);
  • November 2023: France-X (Friendly) in Le Havre (At the 25,178-capacity Stade Océane);
  • June 2024: France-X (Friendly) in Châteauroux (At the 17,173-capacity Stade Gaston Petit); and
  • June 2024: France-X (Friendly) in Montbéliard (At the 20,005-capacity Bonal Stadium).

The 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA EURO 2024 or simply EURO 2024, will be the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organized by the UEFA for the men’s national teams of its member-associations. It will be hosted by Germany from June 14th-July 14th.

The 2025 UEFA Women’s Championship will be the 14th edition of the UEFA Women’s Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organized by UEFA for the women’s national teams of Europe. The tournament will be played in Switzerland in mid-2025.

The UEFA Women’s Nations League is an upcoming biennial international women’s football competition contested by the senior women’s national teams of the member-associations of UEFA, the sport’s European governing body. The competition will be played from September 2023 to February 2024.

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