France to host the second Tournoi de France next month

France's Amandine Henry (R) vies with Netherlands' Jackie Groenen during the 2020 "Tournoi de France" women's football tournament match between France and the Netherlands at the Hainaut Stadium in Valenciennes, northern France, on March 10, 2020. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP via Getty Images)

French Football Federation (FFF) announced today that they will organise the second edition of the Tournoi de France.

The tournament will run from the 17th to the 23rd of February. Corinne Diacre’s players will face Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

Last year, the inaugural tournament was played in Calais and Valenciennes in the north of France. The 2021 edition will go east and the games will take place in Sedan, at the Stade Louis-Dugauguez, and in Metz, at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.

The French National Team remained unbeaten in this competition in 2020, defeating Brazil and Canada 1-0 and drawing 3-3 against Netherlands.

Challenges ahead

This year, les Bleues will face three European sides, namely Switzerland (19th in the FIFA ranking), Iceland (16th) and Norway (11th), who were quarter finalists in the last World Cup in 2019.

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France, Iceland and Norway have all already qualified for the next European championship. Switzerland’s participation is still not secured at the moment. 

On the Swiss FA website, Swiss manager Nils Nielsen said: “We need more competitive games against big nations. This kind of experience are precious to help us to grow as a team”.

No spectators allowed

Nielsen’s girls will open the tournament against Norway on February the 17th at 7pm. France will first face Iceland at 9:10pm. The second game will be played on the 20th of February at the same time as the first leg.

The final game will take place on February the 23rd. Every match will be broadcast on W9 in France.

With seven points last season, France won the first edition of the Tournoi de France. Will they be able to defend their title on their own ground?

If they want to do so, they will need to succeed without their supporters. Due to the current health situation, the games will be played behind closed doors.

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