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French iGaming regulator expands catalogue of approved betting markets

French iGaming regulator L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) has approved a request by licensed operators to offer odds on a range of new football competitions.

The regulator has added a number of new tournaments to its list of approved competitions for betting, with the new markets available to players from July 1st.

The first competition, the International Champions Cup, is a US-based tournament in which a range of leading European football clubs compete. This year’s edition kicks off on July 20th and runs until August 12th, with 18 teams participating.

French players will also be able to bet on the CONCACAF Champions League, the main continental competition for US, Central American and Caribbean teams, as well as on Paraguay and Ecuador's top football leagues.

ARJEL has also approved betting on matches in the men's edition of the Belgian Cup, from the round of 16 stage, as well as on the men's Scottish League Cup, from the second round.

The new betting markets have the approval of ARJEL, the French Football Federation and the country's Ministry of Sport.

Alongside the launch of the new markets on July 1st, ARJEL will also ban betting on a number of low-level competitions across a number sports. These include France's men's second division and women's third division basketball competitions and domestic golf tournaments.

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