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French League To Introduce All-Star Game

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French league confirms plan to introduce All-Star match

Paris, France – The LFP, French league football’s governing body, on Wednesday unveiled its plans to introduce an All-Star game next season that would see the best local players taking on the best imports to Ligue 1. In addition, they unveiled a series of new measures aimed at growing the popularity of the top two divisions after a successful tournament in which the host nation reached the final.

Didier Quillot, the executive general director of the French Football League (LFP), confirmed that the league was looking to organize 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 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 successful 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 also 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 colored stands in stadiums, the production/direction of broadcasts or the refereeing, so that we can improve our product and make it more spectacular and attractive.”