Coupe de la Ligue

Coupe de la Ligue
Coupe de la Ligue logo.svg
Founded1994
Number of teams42
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Current championsStrasbourg (4th title)
Most successful club(s)Paris Saint-Germain (8 titles)
Television broadcastersFrance 2, France 3, France 4 (France Télévisions)
Canal +
2019–20 Coupe de la Ligue

The Coupe de la Ligue (French pronunciation: ​[kup də la liɡ]), known outside France as the French League Cup, is a knockout cup competition in French football organized by the Ligue de Football Professionnel.[1] The tournament was established in 1993[2] and, unlike the Coupe de France, is only open to professional clubs in France which play in country's top three football divisions, though only four professional clubs currently play in the Championnat National.[citation needed]

Strasbourg are the current champions, having defeated Guingamp 4–1 on penalties following a 0–0 draw for a fourth title in the 2018–19 competition.

The 2019–20 edition of the tournament will be its last, after the LFP voted to suspend the competition indefinitely to "reduce the season schedule".[3]

Precursors

Competitions similar to the Coupe de la Ligue had been previously held in France.[4] The Coupe Charles Drago was held from 1953 to 1965; it involved teams eliminated from the Coupe de France.[4] The winner of the first Coupe Charles Drago final was decided by a coin-toss when Sochaux and Toulouse tied 3–3 after extra time.[2] Another competition named Coupe de la Ligue existed from 1963 to 1965; this was run alongside the Coupe Charles Drago for two years until they both ceased.[4] In 1982, a Coupe d'Eté (Summer cup) was held before the start of the French league season; the cup was won by Stade Laval.[5] This tournament continued under the name of Coupe de la Ligue, until 1994, before the beginning of the French season.[4]