Minnesota, Ivory Coast and France ‘in running’ for Trophée des Champions

PSG celebrates victory at 2019 Trophee des Champions against Rennes in Shenzhen (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The French Professional Football League (LFP) is considering the US and Ivory Coast as possible hosts of this year’s Trophée des Champions, the annual match between the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France winners.

Minneapolis in Minnesota, Abidjan in Ivory Coast, or the hosting of the match in France are under consideration by the LFP, reports L’Équipe.

The match has not been staged in France since Bordeaux played host in 2008.

Since then, the fixture has been hosted by Canada (in 2009 and 2015), Tunisia (2010), Morocco (2011 and 2017), the US (2012), Gabon (2013), China (2014, 2018 and 2019) and Austria (2016). The 2012 match was played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

The 2018 and 2019 editions were both held in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Ahead of the 2019-20 season, the LFP organised a four-team tournament at Audi Field in Washington DC, the home of Major League Soccer team DC United, and plans to return ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

A decision on the 2020 Trophée des Champions  hosting is expected in the spring.