Championnat National
Championnat National
Country France
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1993
Number of teams 18
Promotion to Ligue 2
Relegation to Championnat de France amateur
Levels on pyramid 3
Domestic cup(s) Coupe de France
Coupe de la Ligue (select clubs)
UEFA cup(s) Europa League (via domestic cups)
Current champions Créteil (2012–13)
Website Official website
Football current event.png 2013–14 Championnat National

The Championnat de France National, 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 20 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 38 games each totalling 380 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 Créteil. The matches in the league attract on average between 2,500 and 6,000 spectators per match.

Competition format

There are 20 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 38 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 2013–14

The following 18 clubs will compete in the Championnat National during the 2013–14 season.

in 2012–13
Founded First season of
current spell in
Amiens 0049th 1901 2012–13
Boulogne 00413th 1898 2012–13
Bourg-Péronnas 00415th 1942 2012-13
Carquefou 0046th 1942 2012–13
Colmar YYY11th 1920 2010–11
Colomiers YYYCFA Group C: 1st 1932 2013–14
Dunkerque 004CFA Group A: 1st 1919 2013–14
Fréjus 0044th 2009 2009–10
Gazélec Ajaccio 004Ligue 2: 20th 1910 2013–14
Vendée Poiré-sur-Vie 0047th 1954 2011–12
Luzenac 01012th 1936 2009–10
Orléans 0108th 1920 2010–11
Paris 01017th 1969 2006-07
Red Star 00414th 1897 2011–12
Strasbourg 010CFA Group B: 1st 1906 2013–14
Uzès Pont du Gard 01016th 2005 2012-13
Vannes 01010th 1998 2011–12
Vendée Luçon 010CFA Group D: 1st 1924 2013–14


Championnat National (1993–94, 1996–97)

Champions (since 1997–98)

Season Winner Runner-up
1997–98 AC Ajaccio Sedan
1998–99 Louhans-Cuiseaux Créteil
1999-00 Beauvais Martigues
2000–01 Grenoble Amiens
2001–02 Clermont Reims
2002–03 Besançon Angers
2003–04 Reims Brest
2004–05 Valenciennes Valence
2005–06 Niort Tours
2006–07 Clermont Boulogne
2007–08 Vannes Tours
2008–09 Istres Laval
2009–10 Evian Reims
2010–11 Bastia Amiens
2011–12 Nîmes Niort
2012–13 Créteil Metz

External links

Championnat National 2020-21

Annecy · Avranches · Bastia · Bastia-Borgo · Boulogne · Bourg-en-Bresse · Cholet · Concarneau · Créteil · Laval · Le Mans · Lyon · Orléans · Quevilly-Rouen · Red Star · Saint-Brieuc · Sète · Villefranche

Championnat National seasons

2016–17 · 2017–18 · 2018–19 · 2019–20 · 2020–21 · 2021–22 ·

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