|Number of teams||20|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Ligue 1|
|Relegation to||Championnat National|
|Domestic cup(s)||Coupe de France|
|League cup(s)||Coupe de la Ligue|
|International cup(s)||Europa League (via cups)|
|Current champions|| Metz (4th title)|
|Most championships|| Le Havre |
(5 titles each)
|TV partners||beIN Sports & Canal+|
Ligue 2 (French pronunciation: [liɡ dø] , League 2), also known as Domino's Ligue 2 due to sponsorship by Domino's Pizza, is a French professional football league. The league serves as the second division of French football and is one of two divisions making up the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), the other being Ligue 1, the country's top football division. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with both Ligue 1 and the third division Championnat National. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 games each totalling 380 games in the season. Most games are played on Fridays and Mondays, with a few games played during weekday and weekend evenings. Play is regularly suspended the last weekend before Christmas for two weeks before returning in the second week of January.
Ligue 2 was founded a year after the creation of the first division in 1933 under the name Division 2 and has served as the second division of French football ever since. The name lasted until 2002 before switching to its current name. Since the league is a part of the LFP, it allows clubs who are on the brink of professionalism to become so. However, if a club suffers relegation to the Championnat National, its professional status can be revoked temporarily until they return to Ligue 2.
The second division of French football was established in 1933, one year after the creation of the all-professional first division. The inaugural season of the competition consisted of the six clubs who were relegated following the 1932–33 National season, as well as many of the clubs who opposed the creation of the first division the previous season. Clubs such as Strasbourg, RC Roubaix, and Amiens SC all played in the second division's debut season despite having prior grievances with the subjective criteria needed to become professional and play in the first division. The first year of the second division consisted of twenty-three clubs and were divided into two groups (Nord and Sud). Fourteen of the clubs were inserted into the Nord section, while the remaining nine were placed in Sud. Following the season, the winner of each group faced each other to determine which club would earn promotion. On 20 May 1934, the winner of the Nord group, Red Star Saint-Ouen, faced Olympique Alès, the winner of the Sud group. Red Star were crowned the league's inaugural champions following a 3–2 victory. Despite losing, Alès was also promoted to the first division and they were followed by Strasbourg and Mulhouse, who each won a pool championship, after the first division agreed to expand its teams to 16.
|1933–34||Red Star Saint-Ouen|
|1938–39||Red Star Saint-Ouen|
Due to several clubs merging, folding, or losing their professional status, the federation turned the second division into a 16-team league and adopted the single-table method for the 1934–35 season. Due to the unpredictable nature of French football clubs, the following season, the league increased to 19 clubs and, two years later, increased its allotment to 25 teams with the clubs being divided into four groups. Because of World War II, football was suspended by the French government and the Ligue de Football Professionnel. Following the end of the war, the second division developed stability. Due to the increase in amateur clubs, the league intertwined professional and amateur clubs and allowed the latter to become professional if they met certain benchmarks. In 2002, the league changed its name from Division 2 to Ligue 2.
In November 2014, the presidents of Caen and Nîmes were amongst several arrested on suspicion of match fixing. The arrests followed a 1–1 draw between Caen and Nîmes in May 2014, a result very beneficial for each club.
There are 20 clubs in Ligue 2. During the course of a season, usually from August to May, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 38 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion and promoted to Ligue 1. If points are equal, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. If still equal, teams are deemed to occupy the same position. If there is a tie for the championship or for relegation, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank. The second and third-place finisher are also promoted to the first division, while the three lowest placed teams are relegated to the Championnat National and the top three teams from National are promoted in their place. While a decision was originally made that during the season 2015-2016 only the best two teams would be promoted to Ligue 1 and the last two teams would be relegated to the National,that decision was later overturned by an appeal to the Conseil d'État and the French Football Federation.
|Ajaccio||Ajaccio||Stade François Coty||10,446|
|Auxerre||Auxerre||Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps||21,379|
|Caen||Caen||Stade Michel d'Ornano||21,215|
|Chambly||Chambly||Stade Pierre Brisson||10,178|
|Châteauroux||Châteauroux||Stade Gaston Petit||17,173|
|Clermont Foot||Clermont-Ferrand||Stade Gabriel Montpied||11,980|
|Grenoble||Grenoble||Stade des Alpes||20,068|
|Guingamp||Guingamp||Stade de Roudourou||18,378|
|Le Havre||Le Havre||Stade Océane||25,178|
|Le Mans||Le Mans||MMArena||25,064|
|Lorient||Lorient||Stade du Moustoir||18,890|
|Nancy||Tomblaine||Stade Marcel Picot||20,087|
|Niort||Niort||Stade René Gaillard||10,886|
|Orléans||Orléans||Stade de la Source||7,000|
|Paris FC||Paris (13th arrondissement)||Stade Charléty||20,000|
|Sochaux||Montbéliard||Stade Auguste Bonal||20,005|
|Troyes||Troyes||Stade de l'Aube||21,684|
|Valenciennes||Valenciennes||Stade du Hainaut||25,172|
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|54 goals||Jean Nicolas||FC Rouen|
|30 goals||Jean Nicolas||FC Rouen|
|45 goals||Jean Nicolas||FC Rouen|
|30 goals||Viktor Spechtl||RC Lens|
|29 goals||Hugo Lammana||CA Paris|
|39 goals||Harold Newell & Planques||US Boulogne & Toulouse FC (1937)|
|27 goals||Campiglia||SCO Angers|
|45 goals||Jozef "Pépé" Humpal||FC Sochaux|
|28 goals||Henri Arnaudeau||Girondins de Bordeaux|
|41 goals||Camille Libar||Girondins de Bordeaux|
|27 goals||Edmund Haan||Nîmes Olympique|
|23 goals||Thadée Cisowski||FC Metz|
|34 goals||Egon Jonsson||Stade Français football|
|27 goals||Bror Mellberg||Toulouse FC (1937)|
|36 goals||Jean Courteaux||RC Paris|
|40 goals||Petrus Van Rhijn||Valenciennes Football Club|
|32 goals||Petrus Van Rhijn||Valenciennes Football Club|
|27 goals||Fernand Devlaeminck||Lille OSC|
|29 goals||Egon Jonsson||FC Nancy|
|31 goals||Petrus Van Rhijn||Stade Français football|
|29 goals||Corbel||FC Rouen|
|28 goals||Casimir Kozakiewicz||RC Strasbourg|
|21 goals||Serge Masnaghetti||Valenciennes Football Club|
|24 goals||Ernesto Gianella||AS Béziers (football)|
|21 goals||Abderrahmane Soukhane||Le Havre AC|
|22 goals||Anton Groschulski||Red Star Saint-Ouen|
|30 goals||Pierre Ferrazzi||Grenoble Foot 38|
|23 goals||Etienne Sansonetti||SC Bastia|
|26 goals||Jacques Bonnet||Avignon Football 84|
|55 goals||Gérard Grizetti||AS Angoulême|
|21 goals||Robert Blanc||FC Nancy|
|Nord: Yves Triantafyllos |
Centre: Robert Blanc
Sud: Emmanuel Koum
| US Boulogne |
Limoges Foot 87
|Gr. A: Pierre Pleimelding |
Gr. B: Yegba Maya Joseph
Gr. C: Marc Molitor
| Troyes AC |
Valenciennes Football Club
|Gr. A: Eugeniusz Faber |
Gr. B: Gérard Tonnel
| RC Lens |
|Gr. A: Erwin Wilczek |
Gr. B: Nestor Combin
| Valenciennes Football Club |
Red Star Saint-Ouen
|Gr. A: Georges Tripp |
Gr. B: Jean Martinez
| Stade Laval |
|Gr. A: Bozidar Antic |
Gr. B: Marc Berdoll
| SM Caen |
|Gr. A: Delio Onnis |
Gr. B: Albert Gemmrich
| AS Monaco |
|Gr. A: Giudicelli|
Gr. B: Jean-Claude Garnier
Gr. B: Pierre-Antoine Dossevi
| Olympique Alès |
|Gr. A: Antoine Trivino |
Gr. B: Patrice Martet
| FC Gueugnon |
|Gr. A: Alain Polaniok |
Gr. A: Bernard Ferrigno
Gr. B: Jacky Vergnes
Gr. B: Robert Pintenat
| Stade de Reims |
|Gr. A: Robert Pintenat |
Gr. B: Marcel Campagnac
| Toulouse FC |
Sporting Club Abbeville
|Gr. A: Marc Pascal |
Gr. B: Zarko Olaveric
Gr. B: Isiaka Ouattara
| Olympique de Marseille |
Le Havre AC
|Gr. A: Wlodzimierz Lubanski |
Gr. B: Christian Dalger
| Valenciennes Football Club |
Sporting Toulon Var
|Gr. A: Mario Relmy |
Gr. B: Omar Da Fonseca
| Limoges Foot 87 |
|Gr. A: John Eriksen |
Gr. B: Jorge Dominguez
| FC Mulhouse |
|Gr. A: Jean-Marc Valadier |
Gr. B: Eugene N'Goy Kabongo
| Montpellier HSC |
|Gr. A: Zvonko Kurbos |
Gr. B: Gaspard N'Gouete
| FC Mulhouse |
|Gr. A: Jean-Pierre Orts |
Gr. A: Stéphane Paille
Gr. B: Patrice Martet
| Olympique Lyonnais |
|Gr. A: Roberto Cabanas |
Gr. B: Robby Langers
| Stade Brestois |
|Gr. A: Didier Monczuk |
Gr. B: Jean-Pierre Orts
| RC Strasbourg |
|Gr. A: Didier Monczuk |
Gr. B: Christophe Lagrange
| RC Strasbourg |
|Gr. A: Jean-Pierre Orts |
Gr. B: Didier Monczuk
| FC Rouen |
|Gr. A: Franck Priou |
Gr. B: Jean-Pierre Orts
| AS Cannes |
|27 goals||Yannick Le Saux||Stade Briochin|
|31 goals||Tony Cascarino||Olympique Marseille|
|30 goals||Tony Cascarino||Olympique Marseille|
|23 goals||Samuel Michel||FC Sochaux|
|20 goals||Reginald Ray||Le Mans Union Club 72|
|20 goals||Hamed Diallo||Stade Laval|
|17 goals||Amara Traoré||FC Gueugnon|
|21 goals||Francileudo Santos||FC Sochaux|
|18 goals||Hamed Diallo||Amiens SC|
|20 goals||Cédric Fauré||Toulouse FC|
|17 goals||David Suarez||Amiens SC|
|24 goals||Bakari Koné||FC Lorient|
|16 goals||Jean-Michel Lesage & Steve Savidan||Le Havre AC & Valenciennes Football Club|
|18 goals||Jean-Michel Lesage & Kandia Traore||Le Havre AC & Le Havre AC|
|28 goals||Guillaume Hoarau||Le Havre AC|
|18 goals||Grégory Thil||US Boulogne|
|21 goals||Olivier Giroud||Tours FC|
|23 goals||Sebastián Ribas||Dijon FCO|
|15 goals||Cédric Fauré||Reims|
|23 goals||Mustapha Yatabaré||EA Guingamp|
|23 goals||Andy Delort & Mathieu Duhamel||Tours FC & SM Caen|
|18 goals||Mickaël Le Bihan||Le Havre AC|
|21 goals||Famara Diedhiou||Clermont Foot|
|23 goals||Adama Niane||ESTAC Troyes|
|24 goals||Umut Bozok||Nîmes|
|beIN Sports||2012–13 → 2015–16|
|Eurosport||2010–11 → 2011–12|
|Eurosport & Numericable||2008–09 → 2009–10|
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