The top Women’s league in France will be expanding back to a 14-team division for this year and the future. The previous number for 2017-2018 was set at 12 where the bottom two teams would be relegated.
The addition of the pair will make the road to a championship a bit more difficult. That won’t be the case from team-to-team, as everyone will face the same slate, but depth will become even more important since the new teams will add four matches and two road trips to the schedule.
“The vote was favorable to the majority,” ASPTT Mulhouse president Daniel Braun said online.
Claude Faesch, ASPTT Mulhouse leader who was elected to head the committee added: “The Commission of Help and Control of Professional Clubs and the DNACG have not yet rendered their decisions after examining the budgets and financial guarantees of the candidates for accession.”
As said there, the new teams have not been announced yet. It’s possible that the two teams who were supposed to be relegated just stay in the league to join the two teams up for promotion to get to the 14. It’s also possible the league utilizes a more creative solution. In the Men’s Ligue A, Toulouse and Narbonne were the addition added.
One decade prior, the French Pro A was set at 14 teams, but dropped down to a dozen before the return to the previous format has been made. The 2017-2018 league champion was Beziers VB.