FC Versailles 78
|Full name||Football Club de Versailles 78|
|Ground||Stade de Montbauron,|
|League||National 3 Group L|
|2017–18||National 3 Group L, 4th|
Football Club de Versailles 78 is a French semi-professional association football club based in the commune of Versailles, Île-de-France. The club was formed in 1989 as the result of a merger between Racing Club Versailles and Companion Sports Versailles.
Their home stadium is the Stade de Montbauron, which has a capacity of 6,208 people.
FC Versailles was formed in 1989 as the result of a merger between Racing Club Versailles and Companion Sports Versailles. The new club took Racing Club Versailles' place in Division 3 and were placed in the North section. FC Versailles' first season was not successful as they finished 14th, amassing 24 points from 30 matches, and were relegated from the division. Competing in Division 4, they achieved two successive eighth-placed finishes before a sixth-placed finish in the 1992–93 season. In the summer of 1993, Versailles were one of the clubs accepted into the newly formed National 3. They ended the season with 40 points, finishing as runners-up behind Le Mans Réserve.
Versailles struggled in the National 2 and were relegated after one season after finishing 17th in the table. The team returned to the National 3 and achieved a couple of mid-table positions in the following two seasons. Versailles qualified for the Championnat de France amateur 2 Group B in the 1997–98 campaign and finished 13th in their inaugural season. The following year, Versailles were moved to Group H and the side finished 15th out of 16 teams in the division, thereby suffering relegation to the Division d'Honneur Paris Île-de-France. Versailles remained in the same division for the next six seasons, achieving a highest finish of third place in the 2000–01 campaign. In the 2004–05 season the team again suffered relegation after finishing bottom of the division with 46 points from 26 matches. Versailles have played in the DSR Paris Île-de-France since the 2005–06 season. In the 2009–10 campaign, Versailles reached the Ninth Round of the Coupe de France before losing to AS Beauvais Oise. Versailles caused an upset by defeating Ligue 2 club Dijon FCO in the Eighth Round.
After the season 2009/2010, FC Versailles 78 is promoted to the "Division d'honneur".
As of February 2010, FC Versailles has a total of 750 registered players in a total of 26 senior and junior teams. As of the 2009–10 season, the first team plays in the Division Supériore Régionale Paris Île-de-France Group A. Other senior teams play in local leagues around the Paris region. The club is renowned for having successful youth teams, and it has been named as an official training centre for the French Football Federation (FFF) since 2007. Players who have previously played for Versailles include Thierry Henry, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jérôme Rothen and Aurelien Collin.
FC Versailles' main stadium is the Stade de Montbauron in Versailles. The stadium has a capacity of 6,208 spectators. The ground is typical of many continental European stadia with limited roofing and an athletics track around the perimeter of the playing field. At two sides of the ground there are stands with seating while the rest of the stadium has terracing for standing spectators. There is also an annexed pitch with an artificial playing surface which is used predominantly for reserve matches and the football academy.
- Division 4 (1):
- Finalist: 1986.
- Champions of group F: 1986.
- National 3 (0)
- Runners-up of group B: 1994.
- Coupe de France (0)
- Best finish: 1/16, 1948.
- Division d'Honneur (2)
- Champions: 1985, 2017
- Division Supérieure Régionale (1)
- Champions of group A: 2010.
- Division d'Honneur Régionale (0):
- Runners-up of group A: 2009.
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- "Presentation du Club" [Club Presentation] (in French). FC Versailles. Archived from the original on 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
- "Ils ont joués au FCV78" [They have played for FCV78] (in French). FC Versailles. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
- "Photos du Stade Montbauron" [Photographs of the Stade Montbauron] (in French). Stades Spectateurs. Retrieved 2010-02-22.