Each team plays all others in the division twice during the season, traditionally from August until May. The teams play once at their home ground and once at their opponents', for 38 games which are available at any top online sportsbook.
However, exceptional circumstances can sometimes allow a side to host their home fixtures at a different venue. A win earns a team three points, while a draw earns one point. A loss does not earn any point.
Total points, goal differential, and goals scored rank teams, and punters can wager on these markets at the best online bookmaker sites. The team with the most points at the end of the regular season is proclaimed the champion. The winner is determined by the goal difference and goals scored if the points are tied. When any sides are still tied, they are ranked in a similar position.
A playoff game at a different neutral venue breaks a tie for the league champion, demotion, or participation in European tournaments.
As per the UEFA coefficients, the three best ranking sides qualify for the continent’s showpiece, Champions League. The best two teams head straight to the competition’s group stage. The other side advances to the qualification round. The fourth-placed side advances to the Europa League, while the fifth team usually qualifies for the Europa Conference League.
The remaining Europa League spot is chosen by the Coupe de France, the country's domestic cup competition. The fifth-ranked team in Le Ligue qualifies for the Europa League when both cup winners qualify through their league rank. Thus, in such a scenario, the sixth-ranked team makes it to the Conference League.