It would seem that Ligue 1 treats its young elements well. According to the last letter from CIES, Ligue 1 is a championship that smiles on players under the age of 21. The Football Observatory focused on the percentage of minutes played, in the current season or last completed, by those under 21 in 1,292 clubs in 93 first divisions around the world.
New @CIES_Football Weekly Post presents the% of minutes by U21 players in 1,292 teams from 93 top divisions worldwide during current or last completed season: full data ▶ ️ https://t.co/Qfv9Y05QD5 pic.twitter.com/kTJzsEDSsF
– CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) May 4, 2020
Ligue 1 supported by Lille, Nice, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse
In the championships studied, the Slovenian takes the lion’s share with 29% of the playing time played by U21s, then comes the New Zealand and Irish championships. At the level of the five major championships, Ligue 1 hovers at the top with a ratio of 15%, well ahead of the others: Bundesliga (9.8%), Premier League (8.5%), Serie A (7.7%) and Liga (7%). At club level, Lille (32.1%), OGC Nice (30.8%), AS Saint-Étienne (24.6%) and Toulouse (24.3%) are the top four among five major championships.