Football has a long history in France dating back to 1863 when the first football club in France was formed by a group of Englishmen living in Paris. Currently, the French national team, Les Bleus, is one of the most reputable teams in the world. The French Football Federation organises the French league system and its competitions. The highest tier of French football is the Ligue 1. The league is home to some of the best-known teams and players in the world, with clubs such as Olympique Lyonnais, AS Monaco and Olympique de Marseille regularly making an appearance in the UEFA Cup and Champions League.
Perhaps the most well-known football stadium in France is the Stade de France, home to the national teams and host to the finals of the Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Other famous football stadiums in France are the Stade VŽlodrome, Parc des Princes, Stade de la Beaujoire and Stadium de Toulouse.
Football fans can easily reach France by air, train, bus, car and ferry. Paris is home to the country's busiest international airports, but their are also significant air hubs in Nice, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse.
Football spectators travelling around France can take advantage of high-speed trains that operate throughout the country and onwards to other destinations in Europe. France also boasts excellent road connections with its neighbouring countries. All major cities have a wide range of hotels, B&Bs and apartments to choose from.