Ligue 1 is the most watched soccer league in France. The Ligue 1 season runs from August to May and teams play a 38-game schedule. While Ligue 1 isn’t as globally popular as the Premier League and La Liga, betting on Ligue 1 is still widespread. Matches are most often played on the weekends but there are occasional weekday games. Always check the Ligue 1 schedule to be on your toes.
Understanding the Ligue 1 Schedule
Ligue 1 teams play each other twice throughout the season, home and away. Multiple breaks are taken during the season, since national teams compete in various FIFA-sanctioned events. There is also a two-week winter break from late December to early January.
Point spreads are released about a week or so before a specific match is due to be played. In Ligue 1, the team who finishes the season in first place in the Ligue 1 standings is crowned champion. There are no playoffs, except in separate European or domestic cup competitions.
While weekend games are most common, the Ligue 1 schedule is still subject to change throughout the season. This is especially true for teams progressing in European competitions and in the Coupe de France. A team with a Thursday match in the Europa League or Conference League will often have a Saturday match pushed back to Sunday.
Ligue 1 odds take multiple factors into account and can be affected by matchup history, home vs away, yellow and red card suspensions, injuries, relative rest days, etc. Teams who progress deep into European competition or in the Coupe de France can play many more matches throughout the season than other teams who aren’t as successful, so rotating the squad is important for managers.