French football league system

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The French football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in France and Monaco, and includes one Spanish side. At the top two levels of the system is the Ligue de Football Professionnel, which consists of two professional national divisions, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.[1][2][3] Below that are a number of leagues run by the Fédération Française de Football. At level 3 is the semi-professional Championnat National.[4] Below that is the amateur Championnat de France amateur (level 4), which is divided into four parallel regional divisions, followed by the Championnat de France amateur 2 (level 5), which is divided into eight parallel regional divisions. Underneath that are many more regional leagues and divisions.[5][6] Clubs finishing the season at or near the top of their division may be eligible for promotion to a higher division. Similarly, clubs finishing at or near the bottom of their division may be relegated to a lower division.

Men[edit]

National Leagues[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Ligue 1
20 clubs

2

Ligue 2
20 clubs

3

National
18 clubs

4

CFA groupe A
16 clubs

CFA groupe B
16 clubs

CFA groupe C
16 clubs

CFA groupe D
16 clubs

5

CFA2 groupe A
14 clubs

CFA2 groupe B
14 clubs

CFA2 groupe C
14 clubs

CFA2 groupe D
14 clubs

CFA2 groupe E
14 clubs

CFA2 groupe F
14 clubs

CFA2 groupe G
14 clubs

CFA2 groupe H
14 clubs

6

Alsace Honneur Aquitaine Honneur Atlantique Honneur Auvergne Honneur Lower Normandy Honneur Burgundy Honneur Brittany Honneur Centre Honneur Centre-Ouest Honneur Champagne-Ardenne Honneur Corsica Honneur Franche-Comté Honneur Languedoc-Roussillon Honneur Lorraine Honneur Maine Honneur Provence Honneur Midi-Pyrénées Honneur Nord-Pas-de-Calais Honneur Upper Normandy Honneur Paris Honneur Picardy Honneur Rhône-Alpes Honneur

7

Aquitaine DSR Atlantique DRS Auvergne DHR Lower Normandy DSR Burgundy PH Brittany DSE Centre DHR Centre-Ouest DHR Champagne-Ardenne DHR Corsica PHA Franche-Comté LR2 Languedoc-Roussillon DHR Lorraine DHR Maine DSR Provence DHR Midi-Pyrénées DHR Nord-Pas-de-Calais DHR Upper Normandy DHR Paris DSR Picardy PH Rhône-Alpes HRL

8

Aquitaine DHR Atlantique DRH Auvergne PHR Lower Normandy DHR Burgundy PL Brittany DSR Centre PH Centre-Ouest PH Champagne-Ardenne PL Corsica PHB Franche-Comté LR3 Lorraine PH Maine DRH Midi-Pyrénées PH Nord-Pas-de-Calais PH Upper Normandy PH Paris DHR Picardy PI Rhône-Alpes PHR

9

Aquitaine PH Atlantique PH Lower Normandy PH Brittany DRH Centre PL Centre-Ouest PL Corsica PHC1 Lorraine PHR Maine PH Midi-Pyrénées PL Nord-Pas-de-Calais PHR Paris PH

10

Aquitaine PL Brittany PH Corsica PHC2 Nord-Pas-de-Calais Régionale

11

Championnat de district level 1 (all Departments)

12

Championnat de district level 2 (all Departments)

13

Championnat de district level 3 (all Departments)

14

Championnat de district level 4 (all Departments except district of Finistère-nord)

15

Championnat de district level 5

16

Championnat de district level 6 (only Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Loire-Atlantique, Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme)

Regional Leagues[edit]

Leagues Level VI Level VII Level VIII Level IX Level X
Alsace Division Honneur        
Aquitaine Division Honneur Division Supérieure Régionale Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur Promotion Ligue
Atlantique Division Honneur Division Régionale Supérieure Division Régionale Honneur Promotion Honneur  
Auvergne Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur Régionale    
Lower Normandy Division Honneur Division Supérieure Régionale Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur  
Burgundy Honneur Ligue Promotion Honneur Promotion Ligue    
Brittany Division Honneur Division Supérieure Élite Division Supérieure Régionale Division Régionale Honneur Promotion Honneur
Centre Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur Promotion Ligue  
Centre-Ouest Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur Promotion Ligue  
Champagne-Ardenne Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Ligue    
Corsica Division Honneur Promotion Honneur A Promotion Honneur B Promotion Honneur C1 Promotion Honneur C2
Franche-Comté Division Honneur Ligue Régionale 2 Ligue Régionale 3    
Languedoc-Roussillon Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale      
Lorraine Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur Promotion Honneur Régionale  
Maine Division Honneur Division Supérieure Régionale Division Régionale Honneur Promotion Honneur  
Méditerranée Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale      
Midi-Pyrénées Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur Promotion Ligue  
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur Promotion Honneur Régionale Promotion Ligue
Normandy Division Honneur Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur    
Paris Île-de-France Division Honneur Division Supérieure Régionale Division Honneur Régionale Promotion Honneur  
Picardy Division Honneur Promotion Honneur Promotion Interdistricts    
Rhône-Alpes Honneur Ligue Honneur Régional Ligue Promotion Honneur Régional    

Departemental Districts[edit]

League of Alsace

Officially, the League of Alsace does not include departmental districts. The organization of the championships, with a single DH and departmental groups at lower levels wrongly conveys the impression that there is a district of Haut-Rhin and a district of Bas-Rhin (also sometimes called District Nord Alsace and District Sud Alsace). At Level X and below reserves or second teams (II-III-IV-etc. ...) participate in a "B" pyramid. From this they can move into the "A" pyramid if they are promoted into Level IX and above.

Départemental districts Level VII Level VIII Level IX Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV Level XV
Bas-Rhin Excellence Promotion Excellence Promotion Division 1
Excellence B (rés.)
Division 2
Prom. Exc. B (rés.)
Division 3
Promotion B (rés.)
Division 1 B (rés.) Division 2 B (rés.) Division 3 B (rés.)
Haut-Rhin Excellence Promotion Excellence Promotion Division 1
Excellence B (rés.)
Division 2
Prom. Exc. B (rés.)
Division 3
Promotion B (rés.)
Division 1 B (rés.) Division 2 B (rés.)  
League of Aquitaine
Départemental districts Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV Level XV Level XVI
Bordeaux (Gironde) Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2    
Dordogne-Périgord (Dordogne) Division 1 Excellence Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2  
Gironde-Altantique (Gironde) Division 1 Honneur Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2    
Gironde-Est (Gironde) Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2    
Landes Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2 Division 3  
Lot-et-Garonne Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3    
Pyrénées-Atlantiques Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2    
Sauternais-et-Graves (Gironde) Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2    
Atlantic League
Départemental districts Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV Level XV
Loire-Atlantique Division Supérieure Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2 Division 3
Maine-et-Loire Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2 Division 3  
Vendée Division 1 Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Promotion Division 2 Division 3  
League of the Auvergne
Départemental districts Level IX Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV
Allier Élite Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3  
Cantal Élite Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4
Haute-Loire Élite Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3  
Puy-de-Dôme Élite Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4
League of Lower Normandy
Départemental districts Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV Level XV
Calvados Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4    
Manche Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5  
Orne Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4    
League of Burgundy
Départemental districts Level IX Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV
Côte-d'Or Promotion Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3  
Nièvre Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4  
Pays Minier (Saône-et-Loire) Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4  
Pays Saônois (Saône-et-Loire) Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4  
Yonne Promotion Division 1 Division 2 Division 3    
League of Brittany
Départemental districts Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV Level XV Level XVI
Côtes-d'Armor Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Challenge  
Finistère-Nord (Finistère) Division 1 Division 2 Division 3      
Finistère-Sud (Finistère) Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4    
Ille-et-Vilaine Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5  
Morbihan Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5  
League of the Centre
Départemental districts Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV
Cher Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
Eure-et-Loir Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4  
Indre Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
Indre-et-Loire Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
Loiret Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
Loir-et-Cher Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
League of Champagne-Ardenne
Départemental districts Level IX Level X Level XI Level XII
Ardennes Excellence 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division
Aube 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division 3rd Division
Marne 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division 3rd Division
Haute-Marne 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division 3rd Division
League of Corsica

There is no district championship in Corsica.

League of Franche-Comté
Départemental districts Level IX Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV
Doubs-Sud/Haut-Doubs Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5  
Belfort-Montbéliard Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4    
Jura Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4    
Haute-Saône Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5  
League of Guyana
League of Languedoc-Roussillon
Départemental districts Level VIII Level IX Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII
Aude Promotion Honneur 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division 3rd Division  
Gard-Lozère Promotion Honneur A Promotion Honneur B 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division Promotion 2nd Division
Hérault Promotion Honneur A Promotion Honneur B 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division  
Pyrénées-Orientales Promotion Honneur 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division    
League of Lorraine
League of Maine
League of the Mediterranean
League of Midi-Pyrénées
League of Nord Pas-de-Calais
Départemental districts Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV Level XV Level XVI Level XVII Level XVIII
Artois (Pas-de-Calais) Excellence Promotion Excellence First Division Promotion First Second Division Promotion Second Third Division  
Côte d'Opale (Pas-de-Calais) Excellence 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division Promotion 2nd Division 3rd Division 4th Division  
Escaut (Nord) Excellence Promotion Excellence 1st Division Promotion 1st Division 2nd Division Promotion 2nd Division 3rd Division 4th Division
Flandre (Nord) Excellence District Promotion Excellence Promotion District 1st Division District 2nd Division District 3rd Division District    
Maritime Nord (Nord) Excellence First Division Second Division Third Division Fourth Division      
League of Normandy
League of Paris Île-de-France

The arrondissements of Paris are divided into the three suburban districts. The District of Hauts-de-Seine includes 6th, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th, the District of Seine-Saint-Denis has the 9th, 10th, 11th, 18th, 19th, 20th and the District of Val-de-Marne includes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 12th and 13th.

Départemental districts Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV Level XV Level XVI Level XVII
Essonne Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5    
Hauts-de-Seine Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5    
Seine-et-Marne Nord (Seine-et-Marne) Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4      
Seine-et-Marne Sud (Seine-et-Marne) Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4      
Seine-Saint-Denis Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4      
Val d'Oise Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4      
Val-de-Marne Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4      
Yvelines Excellence Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5 Division 6 Division 7
League of Picardy
League of Réunion
League of Rhône-Alpes
Départemental districts Level IX Level X Level XI Level XII Level XIII Level XIV
Ain Excellence Promotion d'Excellence 1ere Division 2eme Division 3eme Division 4emeDivision
Drôme-Ardèche Excellence Promotion d'Excellence 1ere Division 2eme Division 3eme Division 4emeDivision
Isère Excellence Promotion d'Excellence 1ere Division 2eme Division 3eme Division 4emeDivision
Loire Excellence Promotion d'Excellence 1ere Division 2eme Division 3eme Division 4emeDivision
Rhône Excellence Promotion d'Excellence 1ere Division 2eme Division 3eme Division 4emeDivision
Savoie Excellence Promotion d'Excellence 1ere Division 2eme Division 3eme Division  
Haute-Savoie et Pays Gex Excellence Promotion d'Excellence 1ere Division 2eme Division 3eme Division 4emeDivision

Women[edit]

National leagues[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Division 1 Féminine
12 clubs

2

Division 2 Féminine
Groupe A (12 clubs)

Division 2 Féminine
Groupe B (12 clubs)

Division 2 Féminine
Groupe C (12 clubs)

3

Division 3 Féminine
Groupe A (10 clubs)

Division 3 Féminine
Groupe B (10 clubs)

Division 3 Féminine
Groupe C (10 clubs)

Division 3 Féminine
Groupe D (10 clubs)

4

Alsace Honneur Aquitaine Honneur Atlantique Honneur Auvergne Honneur Lower Normandy Honneur Burgundy Honneur Brittany Honneur Centre Honneur Centre-Ouest Honneur Champagne-Ardenne Honneur Corsica Honneur Franche-Comté Honneur Languedoc-Roussillon Honneur Lorraine Honneur Maine Honneur Provence Honneur Midi-Pyrénées Honneur Nord-Pas-de-Calais Honneur Upper Normandy Honneur Paris Honneur Picardy Honneur Rhône-Alpes Honneur

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LFP, Ligue 1, L1, Ligue 2, L2 et Coupe de le Ligue." (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ligue 1" (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ligue 2" (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Championnat National" (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Championnat de France amateur" (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Championnat de France amateur 2" (in French). French Football Federation. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 

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