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Season


Participation:

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44 teams participate in the competition:

- all 20 Ligue 1 teams;

- all 20 Ligue 2 teams;

- 4 professional National teams.


The 14 Ligue 1 teams not participating in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League enter the competition directly at the 16th Finals.

The 6 Ligue 1 teams participating in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League enter the competition directly at the 8th Finals.



Knockout stage:

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1st Round:

24 teams are drawn into 12 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.


2nd Round:

12 teams from the 1st Round are drawn into 6 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.


16th Finals:

6 teams from the 2nd Round and the 14 teams that enter the competition at this stage are drawn into 10 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.


8th Finals:

10 teams from the 16th Finals and the 6 teams that enter the competition at this stage are drawn into 8 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.


Quarter-finals:

8 teams are drawn into 4 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.


Semi-finals:

4 teams are drawn into 2 pairs.

Winners are decided over one leg, penalties if score is level after regular time.

Hosting is determined by the draw.


Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming Coupe de la Ligue winner.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The match is played at a neutral venue.


Qualification for UEFA competitions:

winner: UEFA Europa League qualifiers

If the Coupe de la Ligue winner qualifies for the UEFA Champions League, then no team from the Coupe de la Ligue qualifies.

The best placed Ligue 1 team, not otherwise qualified for the UEFA Europa League, earns the spot instead.