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Attending a friendly football match at Stade de France is the opportunity to see big teams and extraordinary players play, in a more family-friendly and convivial atmosphere than in major competitive matches. But what is a friendly match? What are the differences between competitive and friendly matches? Why are friendly matches important for competitions?

In this article, we will elaborate on all of these points, but above all, a friendly match often remains an unforgettable spectacle. Did you know? In a friendly match, a coach can make as many substitutions as he wants unlike the maximum of 3 substitutions in a competitive match.

What is a friendly football match?

By convention, non-competitive matches are called friendlies. These matches can be organised between national sides and between clubs. Hitherto nothing special; yet friendlies play an important role; they are a strategic tool for the coach to:

  • work on the motivation of his team and test that of other teams
  • test a player in competition without taking too great a risk
  • showcase a young player who has everything to prove to his team-mates, and his spectators
  • prepare the spectators and fans for the next competitive matches
  • win and climb the FIFA rankings

Friendlies are a different format of more emotional competition, competition in the hearts of fans and spectators: how emotional to see the birth of a great player on the pitch, or see the star who has just joined the team play. Finally, the friendlies earn points in the FIFA rankings.

This is very important when it comes to draws for the play-offs. In this draw, the highest-ranked teams will play against the lowest-ranked teams drawn by lot. Thus, not being well-placed in the FIFA rankings can eliminate you from a competition, by meeting the best-performing team at the outset.

As you will have understood, friendlies are at least as important as competitive matches, and they are more often livelier and more spectacular.

Experience a friendly match at Stade de France

Designed to host major international and national sporting events, Stade de France is regularly the scene of friendly football matches. It is a feast of football, the taste for fine technical skills, football for the love of the game. Friendlies can be an opportunity for teams to test a new attacking or defensive system against a powerful team.

Programme of friendly matches at Stade de France:

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