Madagascar first division will kick off 9th of January 2021, the league also known as Pro League Championnat de football National division or Malagasy Pro will kick off on the 9th January 2021 with a compressed schedule in order to complete the new season on the 30th June 2021, Felele247.com.ng can report.
Also The official match ball for the new season will supply Italian Sports manufacturing company Errea match ball for the league.
Reports also reaching Felele247.com.ng have it that out of 12 clubs that will compete for the league title next season, only 7 clubs met the club licencing requirement guideline by the Confederation of African Football CAF.
The Pro League Championnat de Football National Division 1 (known as Orange Pro League Madagascar for sponsorship reasons) is the premier football league in Madagascar. Prior to 2019, it was known as the Three Horses Beer-sponsored THB Champions League.
The competition is played in a round-robin format between the 24 qualifying clubs from the 22 regional leagues in the country. In the first round, the teams are divided into four groups of six teams, with each team playing the others once, and with the top three clubs of each group advancing to the next round. In the second round, the teams are divided into two groups of six teams, with each team playing the others once, and with the top two clubs of each group advancing to the final round. In the final round, called the Groupe des As, the four teams play each other twice and the winner is crowned as the champion.
In October 2019, the competition evolved to be a more professional league comprising 12 teams.
Each team square off against each other twice (1 home match and 1 away) during the course of the season. The team having the most points at the end of the season becomes Malagasy champions.
From December 2019, the competition became known as Orange Pro League Madagascar due to sponsorship reason.
The 2019/2020 season was cancelled due to the outbreak of covid19.