Championnat National

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Championnat National
Championnat National.jpg
Founded 1993
Country France
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to Ligue 2
Relegation to Championnat de France Amateur
Domestic cup(s) Coupe de France
Coupe de la Ligue (select clubs)
International cup(s) Europa League (via domestic cups)
Current champions Châteauroux (1st title)
Most championships Clermont Foot, Nîmes
(2 titles each)
Website Official site
2016–17 Championnat National

The Championnat de France National (English: French National Championship), commonly referred to as simply National or Division 3, serves as the third division of the French football league system behind Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Contested by 18 clubs, the Championnat National operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Ligue 2 and the Championnat de France Amateur, the fourth division of French football.

Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 34 games each, totalling 272 games in the season. Most games are played on Fridays and Saturdays, with a few games played during weekday evenings. Play is regularly suspended the last weekend before Christmas for two weeks before returning in the second week of January.

National was founded in 1993 by the French Football Federation and serves as a base league for clubs on the brink of becoming professional or falling to the amateur levels. The league is annually composed of professional, semi-professional, and amateur football clubs. The current champions are LB Châteauroux. The matches in the league attract on average between 2,500 and 6,000 spectators per match.

Competition format[edit]

There are 18 clubs in the Championnat National. During the course of a season, usually from August to May, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 34 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion and promoted to Ligue 2. If points are equal, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. If still equal, teams are deemed to occupy the same position. If there is a tie for the championship or for relegation, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank. The second and third-place finisher are also promoted to the second division, while the four lowest placed teams are relegated to the Championnat de France Amateur and the four winners of the four groups from the Championnat de France amateur are promoted in their place.


Members for 2016–17[edit]

The following 18 clubs will compete in the Championnat National during the 2016–17 season.

in 2015–16
Founded First season of
current spell in
US Avranches 0048th 1897 2014–15
CA Bastia 00413th 1920 2014–15
ASM Belfort 00414th 1947 2015–16
AS Béziers 00410th 2007 2015–16
US Boulogne 0047th 1898 2012–13
FC Chambly 0049th 1989 2014–15
LB Châteauroux 0045th 1883 2015–16
US Concarneau YYYCFA Group D: 1st 1911 2016–17
Consolat Marseille 0104th 1936 2014–15
US Créteil-Lusitanos 010Ligue 2: 19th 1936 2016–17
USL Dunkerque 0046th 1919 2013–14
Évian 004Ligue 2: 18th Dissolved 2016–17
Les Herbiers VF 00415th 1932 2015-16
AS Lyon-Duchère 004CFA Group B: 1st 1964 2016–17
Paris FC 010Ligue 2: 20th 1969 2016–17
Pau FC 004CFA Group C: 1st 1904 2016–17
US Quevilly 004CFA Group A: 1st 1902 2016–17
CS Sedan Ardennes 00412th 1919 2015–16

Championnat National table of honours[edit]

Season Group A Winner Group B Winner Other promoted teams
1993–94 En Avant de Guingamp LB Châteauroux Amiens SC and Perpignan FC
1994–95 FC Lorient SAS Épinal Stade Poitevin and CS Louhans-Cuiseaux
1995-96 Stade Briochin Sporting Toulon Var Association Troyes AC and AS Beauvais Oise
1996–97 ES Wasquehal Nîmes Olympique
Season Champions Runner Up Third place
1997–98 AC Ajaccio CS Sedan Ardennes US Créteil-Lusitanos (not promoted)
1998–99 CS Louhans-Cuiseaux US Créteil-Lusitanos Gazélec Ajaccio (not promoted)
1999-00 AS Beauvais Oise FC Martigues Angers SCO
2000–01 Grenoble Foot 38 Amiens SC FC Istres
2001–02 Clermont Foot Stade de Reims ASOA Valence and Toulouse FC (4 clubs promoted this season)
2002–03 Besançon Racing Club Angers SCO FC Rouen
2003–04 Stade de Reims Stade Brestois 29 Dijon FCO
2004–05 Valenciennes FC ASOA Valence (not promoted due to financial problems) FC Sète 34
2005–06 Chamois Niortais Tours FC FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin
2006–07 Clermont Foot (2) US Boulogne Angers SCO
2007–08 Vannes OC Tours FC Nîmes Olympique
2008–09 FC Istres Stade Lavallois AC Arles
2009–10 Evian Thonon Gaillard Stade de Reims ES Troyes AC
2010–11 SC Bastia Amiens SC En Avant de Guingamp
2011–12 Nîmes Olympique (2) Chamois Niortais Gazélec Ajaccio
2012–13 US Créteil-Lusitanos FC Metz CA Bastia
2013–14 US Orléans US Luzenac Gazélec Ajaccio
2014–15 Red Star F.C. Paris FC FC Bourg-Péronnas
2015–16 Strasbourg Orléans Amiens
2016-17 Châteauroux Quevilly Paris FC (Promotion Play-Off)


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