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A cataclysm. The executive committee of June 22 of the French Football Federation (FFF) has removed the extension in the Coupe de France, from the 2020-2021 season. The extension, lasting two times fifteen minutes, serves to decide between two teams tied after 90 minutes in the centenary competition. The final of the 2nd edition in 1918-1919 had already ended in overtime with the success of CA Sports Généraux at the expense of Olympique (3-2).

“From the 1st round to the semi-finals included, in the event of a draw after the end of regulation time, the teams will decide directly by kicking the goal, under the conditions set by the laws of the game “, Indicates the new regulations of the Coupe de France. It is the end of an era for this competition, where there were many twists and turns during these two additional fifteen-minute periods.

“It’s a shame to distort the Coupe de France”

As in last season’s Coupe de la Ligue, an event that will disappear from the calendar in 2020-2021, shots on goal will therefore directly determine the outcome of the matches. Amateur clubs are shared by this huge change in competition which will already see L2 clubs enter the 8th round directly instead of the 7th round this season.

“It’s a shame to distort the Coupe de France, such a legendary competition,” said midfielder Alexandre Salep who had participated in the epic of Noisy-le-Grand (then in R1, 6th national level), sixteenth finalist in 2018 -2019. It’s more exciting to see a game in overtime because there is emotion. Spectators will also be disappointed. Going straight to the penalty shootout after 90 minutes, there will be a feeling of unfinished business. “

“This decision will lighten the pace”

Others are more content with the image of the Colombian coach (R1). “I’m pretty supportive. The resumption of competition after this long period of inactivity will be loaded because we will be in a group of 14 teams instead of 12 this year, explains Abdel Assouane. This decision will therefore lighten the pace while promoting surprises. “

“It is a wise decision to think first of the players’ health, football must be changed,” says Morade Djeddi, president of Espérance Paris XIXe (D1, 9th national level). Pro teams will have to do more shows to pass. A few years ago (Editor’s note: in the 1980s), the French Cup matches took place in a return match from the 16th to the semi-finals. Small teams may be more calculating when playing with a very low defensive block. The big teams are going to put more rhythm because there will be less time to make the difference before the lottery of the shots on goal. “

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