FFF is

FFF is

On April 7, 2019, the French Football Federation, born out of the transformation of the Comité Français Interfédéral (CFI), celebrated its 100th anniversary.


The French Football Federation organises, supervises and regulates the practice of grassroots and elite football, its financing and the training of players and coaches throughout the country. The FFF federates the clubs whose mission is the training and practice of football.


A non-profit organisation under the 1901 law, the Federation is recognised as being of public utility. It is characterised by its educational, civic and solidarity commitments. 


Its headquarters are in Paris at 87, boulevard de Grenelle, in the 15th arrondissement.

Key figures

2 millions
1,87 million
400 000
15 000
Amateur clubs.

Our missions

Since 1919, the French Football Federation has been supervising and developing grassroots and elite football, as it is one of the most popular French sports. It has even been at the origin of many innovations that have favoured the worldwide development of football. 

Key dates in pictures

Our values

Our values

Football conveys moral and human values that every member must defend and share. The FFF promotes five of these values: Pleasure, Respect, Commitment, Tolerance and Solidarity. 

The different sites of the FFF

The different academies of the FFF

Frequently asked questions 

  • Who runs the French Football Federation? 

    The President of the FFF and its Executive Committee, comprising 14 members (12 elected, 2 ex officio) who administer and supervise all the activities of the body and French football. Elected for a four-year term by the Federal Assembly, made up of representatives of grassroots and professional football, they drive an action plan in the interest of elite and grassroots football and its development.

  • Who runs professional football? 

    By delegation of the FFF, the “Ligue de Football Professionnel”. The LFP is in charge of managing, under the control of the FFF, the professional clubs and organising, on behalf of the Federation, the League 1, League 2 as well as the Champions Trophy. The FFF is responsible for other national competitions (French Cups, National 1, D1 Arkema...) and national football, as well as developing the practice and supporting grassroots football.  

  • At what age can you start football in France?

    You can start playing from the age of 5 - for children who are then entering the U6 category - and there is no age limit.

  • What are the different types of existing practices? 

    Football can be played at 11, 8 and 5. Age-appropriate approaches, such as children's football, have been developed. There are also technical and regulatory derivations such as futsal, football5 or beach soccer, which are practised at the grassroots and elite level. There are also new practices such as futnet, walking football, fitfoot, golf football...

  • What is a license? 

    A licence - granted by the FFF via the club to which the holder belongs - allows the holder to take part in official competitions and to be insured in case of injury. Do not confuse the membership fee of a club and the price of the licence, which is included in the membership fee.

  • What role can I play? 

    To play, coach, referee, direct, give one's time... To live your passion for football, there are different possibilities. And if none of these roles suit you, you can also go and support your favourite club!