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Overview

It is the main competition for french women's clubs.
It was created by AFRF (Association Française de Rugby Féminin), then FFRF (Fédération Française de Rugby Féminin).
Since 1989 it is an official FFR competition.

The league pyramid

The last reform of the league pyramid was in 2016. Since 2016/17 season the league structure is the following:

Level 1 Top 8
8 teams - 1 to relegation playoff
Level 2 Challenge Armelle Auclair
16 teams divided into 2 groups - 1 to promotion playoff and 2 relegations (one for each group)
Level 3 Fédérale 1 Féminin
27 teams divided into 3 groups - 2 promotions and 3 relegations (one for each group)
Level 4 Fédérale 2 Féminin



Honours Roll

Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2016/17Montpellier Women (6)Lille Metropole VilleneuvoisFinal17-11
2015/16Lille Metropole Villeneuvois (1)Montpellier WomenFinal18-7
2014/15Montpellier Women (5)Lille Metropole VilleneuvoisFinal17-3
2013/14Montpellier Women (4)Bobigny WomenFinal29-19
2012/13Montpellier Women (3)Lille Metropole VilleneuvoisFinal15-12
2011/12Lons Women (1)Montpellier WomenFinal14-10
2010/11Perpignan Women (6)Stade RennaisFinal15-11
2009/10Perpignan Women (5)Montpellier WomenFinal26-5
2008/09Montpellier Women (2)ToulougesFinal19-16
2007/08Toulouges (4)Montpellier WomenFinal18-15
2006/07Montpellier Women (1)Ovalie CaennaiseFinal10-3
2005/06Toulouges (3)Stade RennaisFinal8-3
2004/05Toulouges (2)Ovalie CaennaiseFinal7-3
2003/04Toulouges (1)Ovalie CaennaiseFinal8-6
2002/03Pachys d'Herm (5)Caen WomenFinal23-15
2001/02Caen Women (3)Saint OrensFinal10-3
2000/01Pachys d'Herm (4)Caen WomenFinal20-19
1999/00Caen Women (2)Pachys d'HermFinal12-5
1998/99Caen Women (1)Pachys d'HermFinal25-12
1997/98Pachys d'Herm (3)RomagnatFinal20-11
1996/97Pachys d'Herm (2)Saint OrensFinal30-17
1995/96Chilly Mazarin (2)RomagnatFinal3-0
1994/95Romagnat (2)Pachys d'HermFinal10-6
1993/94Romagnat (1)Saint OrensFinal21-12
1992/93Saint Orens (2)Violettes BressanesFinal13-3
1991/92Pachys d'Herm (1)Saint OrensFinal10-3
1990/91Chilly Mazarin (1)Saint OrensFinal3-0
1989/90Saint Orens (1)Violettes BressanesFinal7-6
1988/89Violettes Bressanes (3)RomagnatFinal19-12
1987/88La Teste Women (4)Violettes BressanesFinal8-0
1986/87La Teste Women (3)Coquelicots de TournusFinal16-4
1985/86La Teste Women (2)Toulouse Femina SportsFinal8-0
1984/85Toulouse Femina Sports (9)Violettes BressanesFinal6-0
1983/84Toulouse Femina Sports (8)Coquelicots de TournusFinal10-0
1982/83La Teste Women (1)Violettes BressanesFinal10-0
1981/82Toulouse Femina Sports (7)Violettes BressanesFinal7-0
1980/81Violettes Bressanes (2)Coquelicots de TournusFinal10-3
1979/80Toulouse Femina Sports (6)Violettes BressanesFinal7-0
1978/79Toulouse Femina Sports (5)Coquelicots de TournusFinal19-0
1977/78Toulouse Femina Sports (4)Auch WomenFinal7-0
1976/77Toulouse Femina Sports (3)Violettes BressanesFinal12-7
1975/76Toulouse Femina Sports (2)Violettes BressanesFinal8-3
1974/75Toulouse Femina Sports (1)Les Dragons Blancs ValenceFinal18-3
1973/74Violettes Bressanes (1)Auch WomenFinal25-10
1972/73Auch Women (1)Tarbes WomenFinal10-8
1971/72ASVEL Women (1)Adour WomenFinal10-8

Team appearances

Elite 1 Top 8 since 2000/01 Elite 2 Armelle Auclair since 2001/02
TeamTeam
appearances
First
appearance
Last
appearance
Ovalie Caennaise 17 2000/01 2016/17
Perpignan Women 16 2000/01 2015/16
Lille Metropole Villeneuvois 14 2000/01 2016/17
Blagnac Saint Orens 12 2000/01 2016/17
Montpellier Women 12 2005/06 2016/17
Stade Rennais 12 2005/06 2016/17
Bobigny Women 8 2009/10 2016/17
Gennevilliers Women 8 2000/01 2011/12
Lons Women 7 2007/08 2013/14
Pachys d'Herm 7 2000/01 2007/08
Stade Bordelais Women 6 2000/01 2013/14
Sassenage Isere 5 2008/09 2012/13
Violettes Bressanes 5 2000/01 2004/05
Romagnat Clermont 4 2000/01 2016/17
Béziers Women 3 2000/01 2002/03
AS Bayonne Women 2 2008/09 2009/10
Bruges Blanquefort 2 2004/05 2005/06
La Valette Women 2 2013/14 2014/15
Nanterre Women 2 2006/07 2007/08
Toulouse Women 2 2015/16 2016/17
Chilly Mazarin 1 2010/11 2010/11
Dijon Bourgogne 1 2008/09 2008/09
Limoges Women 1 2000/01 2000/01
Puteaux Women 1 2000/01 2000/01
TeamTeam appearancesFirst
appearance
Last
appearance
Romagnat Clermont 13 2002/03 2015/16
Chilly Mazarin 10 2006/07 2016/17
Stade Bordelais Women 10 2001/02 2016/17
AS Bayonne Women 9 2006/07 2016/17
Sassenage Isere 9 2003/04 2016/17
La Valette Women 8 2007/08 2016/17
Toulouse Women 8 2007/08 2014/15
Limoges Women 7 2001/02 2009/10
Lons Women 7 2001/02 2016/17
Nanterre Women 7 2003/04 2016/17
Gennevilliers Women 6 2006/07 2013/14
Selestat Giessen Women 6 2006/07 2014/15
Blagnac Saint Orens 5 2004/05 2008/09
Dijon Bourgogne 5 2005/06 2010/11
Tarbes Women 5 2012/13 2016/17
Bobigny Women 4 2005/06 2008/09
Lille Metropole Villeneuvois 4 2001/02 2010/11
Lyon OU Women 4 2013/14 2016/17
Pachys d'Herm 4 2006/07 2012/13
Azur 06 Women 3 2001/02 2004/05
Béziers Women 3 2001/02 2006/07
Bruges Blanquefort 3 2001/02 2003/04
Castres Women 3 2014/15 2016/17
Grande Synthe Women 3 2006/07 2008/09
Montpellier Women 3 2002/03 2004/05
Rouen Women 3 2014/15 2016/17
Stade Rennais 3 2002/03 2004/05
Gaillac Women 2 2014/15 2015/16
Grenoble UC Women 2 2015/16 2016/17
La Pallice Women 2 2015/16 2016/17
Nérac Women 2 2014/15 2015/16
Salon La Tour Women 2 2006/07 2007/08
Vitry Women 2 2009/10 2010/11
Jacou Montpellier Nord 1 2009/10 2009/10
Lectoure Women 1 2008/09 2008/09
Leucate Women 1 2006/07 2006/07
MLSGP Women 1 2014/15 2014/15
Paris XV Women 1 2009/10 2009/10
Pays du Gier 1 2007/08 2007/08
Perpignan Women 1 2016/17 2016/17
Stade Français Women 1 2016/17 2016/17
Touraine Women 1 2009/10 2009/10
Villelongue Women 1 2016/17 2016/17
Vincennes Women 1 2008/09 2008/09
Violettes Bressanes 1 2005/06 2005/06

Related trophies

Challenge Armelle Auclair
Women's 2nd Division
Women's Federale à XV


Sources

www.ffr.fr - French rugby union site
www.rugbyfederal.com - Amateur club association site
fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_à_XV_féminin_en_France - Wikipedia pages about french women's rugby
www.ladepeche.fr - La Depeche online edition
rugby-midipyrenees.fr - Site about rugby in the Midi Pyrenées
rugbyaufeminin.com - Site about french women rugby
www.desfillesenovalie.com - Site about french women rugby
www.staderennaisrugby.fr - Stade Rennais official site
ovaliecaennaise.blog4ever.com - Ovalie Caennaise official site
www.lesviolettesbressanes.fr - Violettes Bressanes official site
rugbygirlsinbec.free.fr - Women's Bordeaux EC official site (not updated since team dissolution)
rugby.gennevilliers.free.fr - Women's Gennevilliers official site
www.orca.asso.fr - Ovalie Romagnataise official site
asbayonne.fr - AS Bayonne official site
ogsrugby.free.fr - Grande Sinthe official site
cagouille64.canalblog.com/archives/2006/04/27/1775486.html - Page about Puteaux season in Elite
www.allezunion.com - Forum of Bordeaux supporters
monrugby38.over-blog.com/ - Blog about french rugby
www.itsrugby.fr - Site about rugby results
statistiks.fr - Site about sports results
homepages.nat.fr/~jroca/romagnat.htm - Older Romagnat site (on web.archive)
ktalane-xv-rugby.wifeo.com/index.php - Older Toulouges site (on web.archive)
perso.wanadoo.fr/caen.rugby/femm.html - Older Caen site (on web.archive)
www.chez.com/pachysdherm - Older Pachis d'Herm site (on web.archive)
francerugby.fr/resultat/feminine/re_feminine.htm - Older page about women's rugby (on web.archive)
srrugby.free.fr - Older Stade Rennais site (on web.archive)
www.miss-rugby.com - Older Selestat site (on web.archive)
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org