Football in France

Major international sporting events: the art of the sports meet

Over the next four years, France will host a number of major international competitions, foremost among which are Euro 2016, the World Handball Championship 2017 and golf's Ryder Cup 2018. France is one of the most attractive places to host sports meets and share sporting values, in a range of disciplines and right across the country. The Government is making every effort to ensure that these global events are sporting, environmental, social, cultural and economic success stories.
France is set to host no fewer than 12 world championships and 13 European championships between 2015 and 2018. Indeed, EuroBasket 2015 will be followed by the highlight of the football calendar – Euro 2016 – with other major events to include the handball and ice hockey world championships in 2017 and golf's Ryder Cup in 2018.

France will also host the Women's football World Cup in 2019, not to mention the various events, such as the French Open tennis tournament and the Tour de France, that it hosts on a regular basis. The focus of this sporting ambition now turns to Paris's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Hosting major international sporting events (MISE) is a priority for the Government:
  • they provide a showcase for our expertise;
  • they are major avenues for promoting social cohesion among French citizens;
  • they increase the appeal and employment levels of France's regions.
The Government would therefore like to make MISE mainstream events which reach all parts of the country and bring the French people together. They will reflect France's ability to amaze and its impact on other countries thanks to its world-renowned engineering and creativity.

Making EURO 2016 a success

Euro 2016 host cities

As a major international sporting event for our country (and the third-largest sporting event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup), Euro 2016 was certainly a big deal. All Government departments worked to ensure that the event were a success.

Security measures:


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Four key priorities:

The Government set itself the following four key priorities for organising the event:
  • ensuring a very high standard of organisation;
  • making Euro 2016 an event for the people, one that everyone everywhere can enjoy;
  • building on Euro 2016 to boost France's growth and appeal;
  • promoting sporting values through the medium of Euro 2016.
In order to meet these priorities, the interministerial action plan on football for 'Euro 2016' (PIAF) outlined a roadmap for the Government as a whole. France had to live up to its reputation for transport, safety and security, eco-management and public information. However, the success of this event depended primarily on the ability to share it with the population as a whole, beyond the ten host sites, notably by focusing actions on people that have least contact with sport and in areas that do not directly host any form of competition or any teams.

Euro 2016 was a celebratory event that also provided an opportunity to showcase the educational aspect of playing sport and the values of solidarity and fighting discrimination. With this in mind, the event involved young people in particular, notably by means of civic service missions.
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'Tous Prêts!' ('All Aboard!') for Euro 2016 and tickets to make sure no-one is left out
So that initiatives designed to promote Euro 2016 adopt a sustainable, educational and civic approach involving as many people as possible in conveying the values of enjoyment, respect, commitment, tolerance and solidarity, the Government developed the 'Tous Prêts!' programme in conjunction with the French Football Federation.

More than 1,100 promotional initiatives meeting the criteria of the programme obtained the 'Tous Prêts!' label. This programme was deployed across all départements, in both mainland France and the overseas territories.

The best initiatives were also rewarded with free tickets to attend matches. The Government purchased 20,000 tickets for this purpose.

Boosting France's growth and appeal

€35 billion
That's the annual turnover of the MISE market
Hosting MISE provides a valuable opportunity to boost economic activity and create jobs. Today, the skill and expertise of French companies are renowned throughout all segments of the sports industry, from sporting equipment and facilities to infrastructure management, not to mention events organisation and even architecture, construction and civil engineering, energy, transport, security and the digital economy, among others. The global MISE market is worth nearly €50 billion annually. With a turnover of €35 billion a year, the French sports market provides nearly 60,000 jobs, not including playing sport.
In order to support this market dynamic and the French bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, a sector-specific strategic committee has been set up to develop the assets of French companies in the sports industry.
A competitive domain, even in fiscal terms
In order to encourage the hosting of MISE, the Government plans to introduce a system that will entitle the organising committees of the following six major competitions to certain tax exemptions:
  • 2015 men's European Basketball Championship;
  • 2016 men's European Football Championship;
  • 2017 men's World Handball Championship;
  • 2017 men's World Ice Hockey Championship;
  • 2018 Ryder Cup and Ryder Cup Junior;
  • 2019 Women's FIFA World Cup.
Only events that have an 'extraordinary economic impact' are eligible for this system.

The 2024 Olympic Games

The Government is fully committed to Paris's bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced by the sporting community.

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 The Summer Olympic Games kicked off on 5 August 2016 in Rio with the official opening ceremony. Almost 10,500 Olympic athletes harking from 205 countries competed, with 395 athletes making up the French delegation – the largest in the history of the modern Olympic Games. Rio 2016 was an important step in Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, and France was attending to showcase this ambition through a sustainable heritage programme involving the whole of national territory and public policy across-the-board. Read the Press conference by President Hollande, (excerpts) (Rio de Janeiro, 05/08/2016).

The International Olympic Committee will announce the city selected to host the 2024 games at the 130th Session of the IOC in 2017.