Tahiti: 2020-21 season to have two more teams in local top-tier league

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The 2019-20 Ligue 1 VINI was officially cancelled and AS Pirae was crowned the league’s champion and booked a spot in 2021 OFC Champions League alongside runners-up AS VĂ©nus while third-placed AS Tiare Tahiti qualified for 2020-21 French Cup’s seventh round.

However the biggest news comes from the bottom of the table. AS Central Sport and AS Jeunes Tahitiens were the ninth and tenth-placed teams respectivelly and they were supposed to be relegated for Ligue 2, but it is not going to happen.

As the local leagues were cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic, the FĂ©dĂ©ration Tahitienne de Football (FTF) decided to abolish relegation this season so both teams are confirmed in the upcoming Ligue 1 VINI’s season.

AS Pirae crowned as Ligue 1 VINI Champions
AS Tiare Tahiti qualifies for French Cup

AS Central (left) and AS Jeunes Tahitiens (right) are saved from releagation

Despite relegation’s abolishment, FTF confirmed that the top two teams from Ligue 2 – AS Excelsior and AS Arue – are promoted to the top-tier of Tahitian football which means that the next season of Ligue 1 VINI will count on twelve teams.

It is probable that the next season will be a bit different from the others. Ligue 1 VINI is usually contested by ten clubs and with each time facing each other four times throughout the championship. Let’s wait and see how it is going to be in 2020-21.


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