2010–11 Coupe de France
The 2010–11 Coupe de France was the 94th season of France's most prestigious cup competition. The competition was organized by the French Football Federation (FFF) and was open to all clubs in French football, as well as clubs from the overseas departments and territories (Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Réunion). The final was contested on 14 May 2011 at the Stade de France. The defending champions were Paris Saint-Germain, who defeated Monaco 1–0 in the final of the 2009–10 edition. The winner of the competition will qualify for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League and will be inserted into the Playoff round.
The competition officially began on 11 August 2010 with the start of the first round beginning play in the Alsace region (most regions began play the following weekend), however, qualification matches for the tournament had been in commencement since January 2010 with overseas regions and collectivities such as New Caledonia having its national cup competition served as a qualifying tournament for the Coupe de France. On 2 March 2011, the last amateur club in the competition, Chambéry, who are currently playing in the Championnat de France amateur 2, the fifth level of French football, were eliminated after losing 3–0 to Ligue 2 club Angers in the quarterfinals. Chambéry's stint in the competition was notable due in part to the club being the first amateur club in Coupe de France history to defeat three Ligue 1 clubs. On 15 April, Chambéry were awarded the Petit Poucet Plaque, an award given to the best performing amateur club in the Coupe de France.
On 14 May 2011, first division club Lille defeated the defending champions Paris Saint-Germain 1–0 in the 2011 Coupe de France Final courtesy of a late second half goal from Ludovic Obraniak to win the Coupe de France title. The title is the club's first domestically since winning the Coupe de France in over 56 years ago.
On 14 March 2010, the FFF announced the calendar for the 94th edition Coupe de France.
|Round||First match date||Fixtures||Clubs||Notes|
|First Round||11 August 2010|
|Second Round||28 August 2010|
|Third Round||18 September 2010||Clubs participating in CFA 2 gain entry.|
|Fourth Round||2 October 2010||Clubs participating in the CFA gain entry.|
|Fifth Round||16 October 2010||Clubs participating in the Championnat National gain entry.|
|Sixth Round||30 October 2010||153||346 → 193|
|Seventh Round||20 November 2010||86||193 → 107||Clubs participating in Ligue 2 gain entry.|
|Eighth Round||11 December 2010||43||107 → 64|
|Round of 64||8 January 2011||32||64 → 32||Clubs participating in Ligue 1 gain entry.|
|Round of 32||22 January 2011||16||32 → 16|
|Round of 16||1 February 2011||8||16 → 8|
|Quarter-finals||1 March 2011||4||8 → 4|
|Semi-finals||19 April 2011||2||4 → 2|
|Final||14 May 2011||1||2 → 1||Coupe de France Final at the Stade de France.|
Record number of clubs 
On 4 November 2010, the French Football Federation announced that, for the third consecutive season, over 7,000 clubs will have participated in the competition following its conclusion. A record 7,449 clubs applied for entrance to the 2010–11 edition, bypassing the previous record, 7,317 clubs, which was set last year.
New Caledonia's participant 
The 2010 edition of the New Caledonia Cup, which served as a qualifying tournament for the Coupe de France began play in January 2010. The competition was resolved in August with Magenta defeating Gaïtcha 2–1 in the final. However, due to winning the league and cup double in New Caledonia, Magenta were forced by the Fédération Calédonienne de Football to cede its participation in the Coupe de France to Gaïtcha due to the former club's involvement in the 2010–11 OFC Champions League. Magenta responded to the decision by appealing to the federation's Appeal Board. Despite this, the Coupe de France Commission still included Gaïtcha in its draw and, on 3 November, the club was drawn with Championnat de France amateur club USL Dunkerque. Five days later, Magenta's appeal was heard and the federation ruled in favor of the club allowing Magenta re-entry into the tournament. Gaïtcha, whom Magenta replaced, expressed its disappointment and also announced its intent to appeal the ruling.
Tourcoing and Viry-Châtillon ruling 
The seventh round match between Tourcoing and Viry-Châtillon was abandoned after 30 minutes following an altercation between two opposing players, which resulted in a brawl breaking out and dozens of spectators invading the field of play. The brawl led to a player losing consciousness and an assistant referee suffering a back injury after being hit with debris. The incident required police and firefighter intervention and, despite handing out four red cards as a result of the altercation, the referee called the match off after repeated failed attempts to restore calm.
On 3 December, the French Football Federation ruled that, due to the incidents that occurred in the match, both clubs would be disbarred from this year's competition, effective immediately. Both clubs will also be ineligible to appear in next year's competition, as well. ES Wasquehal, who were due to face either club in the eight round will be shifted directly to the Round of 32 due to the ruling.
Regional qualifying rounds 
All of the teams that enter the competition, but are not members of Ligue 1 or Ligue 2, have to compete in the regional qualifying rounds. The regional qualifying rounds determine the number of regional clubs that will earn spots in the 7th round and normally lasts six rounds.
Seventh Round 
The draw for the seventh round of Coupe de France was held on 3 November 2010 at the headquarters of the Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français (CNOSF) and was conducted by current US Quevilly manager Régis Brouard, Réginald Becque, a former football player who captained Calais to the 2000 Coupe de France Final, and former French internationals Lionel Charbonnier and Xavier Gravelaine. The overseas regional draw was conducted the previous day on 2 November by former international Laurent Robert and the president of the Coupe de France Commission Jean Djorkaeff. The matches were played on 19–21 November.
Overseas region 
Eighth Round 
The draw for the eight round of the Coupe de France was held on 24 November 2010 at the headquarters of the French Football Federation and was conducted by current FFF president Fernando Duchaussoy. He was assisted by Laurent Huin and Mustapha Seksaoua, who each serve as president of amateur French clubs Semmoz Vieugy and AF Fayet, respectively. Both clubs are currently battling for the Petit Poucet Plaque, which is given to the best performing amateur club in the competition. The overseas draw was held the previous day and was conducted by the chairman of the Coupe de France Commission Jean Djorkaeff. The matches were played on 11–12 December.
The Créteil–Laval and L'Entente SSG–Metz matches were postponed due to inclement weather. The matches were played on 17–18 December. On 15 December, the L'Entente SSG–Metz match site was reversed to the Stade Saint-Symphorien in Metz after FFF officials discovered that the original site's pitch at the Stade Michel Hidalgo in Sannois was frozen and unlikely to be defrosted in time for the match.
Overseas region 
Round of 64 
The draw for the Round of 64 of the Coupe de France was held on 13 December 2010 at l'Hôtel de Région in Bordeaux in the Aquitaine region. The draw was conducted by former women's international and current Montpellier striker Hoda Lattaf, 2004 Summer Paralympics gold medalist Joel Jeannot, and former French internationals and Bordeaux players Patrick Battiston and Marius Trésor. The matches were played on 8–9 January.
On 7 January, the federation confirmed that the Vaulx-en-Velin–Jura Sud would not be played on its scheduled date of 8 January and, would instead, be played on 15 January. The reason for the cancellation was due to the installation of temporary stands to increase spectators, which is a violation of the rules of the Coupe de France. The process of removing the stands would not be done in time for the scheduled match date.
|Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Final|
|Paris SG||3||Paris SG (a.e.t)||2|
|Le Mans||1||Paris SG||0|
|Clermont||1||Stade Reims (a.e.t)||4|
|Stade Reims||3||Stade Reims||2|
Round of 32 
The draw for the Round of 32 of the Coupe de France was held on 9 January 2011 at the headquarters of Eurosport. The draw was conducted by former French international Olivier Dacourt and Laury Thilleman, the current Miss France. The matches will be played on 21–23 January.
Ahead of the Round of 32 matches, several issues involving stadiums were introduced. On 10 January, SO Chambéry officials sought another waiver from the French Football Federation (FFF) to host the team's match against Brest at the club's facility, the Stade Jacques Level. Fours day later, the federation gave the club's its approval to play the match at the stadium. On 11 January, it was confirmed that the Wasquehal–Lille match would be played at the Stade Lille-Metropole. The stadium is currently occupied by Lille, but from 1995–2005, Wasquehal played in the stadium. On 17 January, the mayor of the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, Alain Giordano, confirmed that the Vaulx-en-Velin–Rennes match would be played at the Stade de Balmont in nearby Lyon.
The location of the Agen–Paris Saint-German match became the subject of debate for almost an entire week. On 12 January, PSG officials sought to move the match up from 20:45 CET to 18:00 in the afternoon to allow the club enough recovery time for its next match and to also limit possible incidents involving the clubs' supporters. However, the match broadcaster, Eurosport, rejected this proposal citing the prompt rescheduling could lead to issues. After the prefecture of the Lot-et-Garonne commune, where the match would be played, ruled that the match should be played in daylight for safety reasons, the channel requested that the Wasquehal–Lille match be moved to the Agen–PSG timeslot. On 15 January, the federation confirmed that the Agen–PSG match would be played at 17:00. After getting its first request, PSG officials began questioning the safety and security of Agen's stadium and requested that the match site be moved to either the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux or the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. Agen officials balked at the idea stating the club's stadium had met all the guidelines and requirements of the federation. On 14 January, the federation approved Agen's stadium to host the club's match against Paris Saint-Germain. PSG officially appealed the decision soon after and the site of the match was determined on 19 January. The federation ruled in favor of Agen.
Round of 16 
The draw for the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France was held on 23 January 2011 at the headquarters of Eurosport. The draw was conducted by former French men's international Franck Leboeuf, current women's international Laure Boulleau, and 2003 World Champion biathlete Sandrine Bailly. The matches were played on 1–2 February.
On 24 January, Drancy officials confirmed that the team's home match against Nice would be played at the Stade Marville de La Courneuve in Seine-Saint-Denis due to its current home stadium not meeting the guidelines of the French Football Federation.
The draw for the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France was held on 6 February 2011 as part of the television broadcast of Stade 2. The draw was conducted by former tennis player Amélie Mauresmo and Claude Onesta, the coach of the France national handball team, who are the current reigning European Champions, Olympic Champions. as well as double-defending World Champions having successfully defended their title in January 2011. The matches were played on 1–2 March. On the date of the draw, the French Football Federation announced that Chambéry would be playing its quarterfinal match against Angers at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
|1 March||Stade Reims||2 – 3 (a.e.t)||Nice||Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims|
|20:30 CET||Amalfitano 32'
Mouloungui 48', 113'
Referee: Stéphane Bré (Brittany)
|2 March||Chambéry||0–3||Angers||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|17:00 CET||Report||Saivet 44'
Referee: Philippe Kalt (Alsace)
|2 March||Paris SG||2 – 0 (a.e.t)||Le Mans||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|19:00 CET||Bahebeck 108'
Referee: Wilfried Bien (Rhône-Alpes)
|2 March||Lille||0 – 0 (a.e.t)
|Lorient||Stade Lille-Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq|
|20:45 CET||Report||Attendance: 13,163
Referee: Saïd Ennjimi (Centre-Ouest)
The draw for the semi-finals of the Coupe de France was held on 6 March 2011 as part of the television broadcast of Stade 2. The draw was conducted by film director Régis Wargnier. The matches will be played on 19–20 April.
|19 April||Nice||0–2||Lille||Stade du Ray, Nice|
|20:30 CEST||Report||Hazard 44'
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (Méditerranée)
|20 April||Angers||1–3||Paris SG||Stade Jean Bouin, Angers|
|20:45 CEST||Renouard 57'||Report||Bodmer 22'
Referee: Bruno Coué (Basse-Normandie)
|Paris SG||0 – 1||Lille||Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Clément Turpin (Bourgogne)
See also 
- 2010–11 Ligue 1
- 2010–11 Ligue 2
- 2010–11 Championnat National
- 2010–11 Championnat de France amateur
- 2010–11 Championnat de France amateur 2
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