Season 2016-2017 calendar
The LFP has ratified the Ligue 1 calendar for season 2016-17 - check out the key dates!
Six days after Trophée des Champions, which will see Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais face off, Ligue 1 will kick off season 2016-17 with Week 1 matches on Friday August 12, Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14, 2016.
While the exact scheduling of the Week 1 clashes is yet to be determined in conjunction with the broadcasters, the fixtures are as follows:
AS Nancy Lorraine - Olympique Lyonnais
FC Girondins de Bordeaux - AS Saint-Etienne
Montpellier Hérault SC - Angers SCO
OGC Nice - Stade Rennais
Olympique de Marseille - Toulouse FC
SC Bastia - Paris Saint-Germain
Dijon FCO - FC Nantes
AS Monaco - En Avant de Guingamp
Stade Malherbe Caen - FC Lorient
FC Metz - LOSC Lille
Under the guidelines of the new 2016-2020 audiovisual rights cycle, Canal+ will have the first here choices every week. In this context, the big match each weekend will be shown at primetime on Sunday evenings on Canal+ on the following dates:
Week 3: AS Monaco - Paris Saint-Germain: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Week 5: Olympique de Marseille - Olympique Lyonnais: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Week 8: Olympique Lyonnais - AS Saint-Etienne: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Week 10: Paris Saint-Germain - Olympique de Marseille: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Week 14: Olympique Lyonnais - Paris Saint-Germain: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Week 18: AS Monaco - Olympique Lyonnais: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Week 21: Olympique Lyonnais - Olympique de Marseille: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Week 22: Paris Saint-Germain - AS Monaco: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Week 23: AS Saint-Etienne - Olympique Lyonnais: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Week 27: Olympique de Marseille - Paris Saint-Germain: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Week 30: Paris Saint-Germain - Olympique Lyonnais: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Week 34: Olympique Lyonnais - AS Monaco: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Since last season, the calendar's structure has been modernised to best take into account sporting concerns and the wishes of the clubs and the broadcasters as well as organisational and climatic constraints.
Like last season, the calendar will be asymmetrical, with each club having four clusters of successive matches either home or away. In other words, on four occasion during the season, each club will play at home or hit the road two weeks in a row.
The asymmetrical structure maintains balance in sporting terms because each club will play nine or ten matches at home and nine or ten matches away in each half of the season. No club will play more than three away games in any run of five matches. Despite its asymmetry, the calendar will maintain, in most cases, a gap of at least ten matches between the initial and reverse fixtures between two clubs.