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FRANCE NATIONAL 3

The France National 3 is also known as the Championnat National 3. This is the fifth tier of the French football league system and is one of the main playgrounds for reserve and amateur football clubs in France. To know more information about this league, as well as get France National 3 Predictions for free, don’t miss this post of Betimate and our website!

What is the Championnat National 3?

The Championnat National 3 is referred to as the National 3 or Championnat de France Amateur 2. This is the fifth tier of the French football league system, which is ranked below Ligue 1, Ligue 2, the Championnat National, and the Championnat National 2. It also operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the National 2 and the  Régional 1 (previously as Division d'Honneur), the sixth division of French football. 

The National 3 has been played since 1993. Most clubs come from amateur clubs, and a small number of teams are reserve clubs from the higher- leveled semi-professional league.

 

France National 3 logo

Championnat National 3 logo

How is the format of the France National 3?

In 2017, the FFF reorganized amateur football. The National 3 saw a major restructure. The new competition features 168 participating clubs which are split into 12 parallel groups aligned to the thirteen regions( Corsica is merged with Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to form a group called Méditerranee-Corse). The administration of the league is devolved to regional federations. 

A National 3 season lasts from August to May. Each team plays the others in their respective groups twice, once home and once away, for a total of 26 games. 

Teams’ positions are ranked as follows: 

  • total points gained in games 
  • goal difference between the two clubs
  • overall goal difference
  • goal scored
  • best disciplinary record
  • drawing of lots.

At the end of the season, the winner of each group is promoted to the National 2. At least the three last-ranked teams in each group are relegated to the Regional 1 Division.

 

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Which teams are playing in the Championnat National 3? ( 2021-22)

The 2021–22 Championnat National 3 is the sixth season of the fifth tier in the French football league system. The league is generally contested by 168 clubs divided geographically into 12 groups of 14 teams. Due to Gazélec Ajaccio's administrative relegation, the competition is contested by 169 clubs this season. Amateur clubs ( some are semi-professional teams) and professional clubs' reserve squads are among the teams.

Groups of the France National 3:

National 3 - Group A to F

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Stade Bordelais

La Roche

Vierzon

Furiani-Agliani

Racing Besançon

Colmar

Poitiers

Saumur

Orléans (res)

Cannes

Sochaux (res)

Sarre-Union

Bordeaux (res)

Laval (res)

Chartres (res)

Cannet Rocheville

Gueugnon

Raon-l'Étape

Bayonne

Le Mans (res)

Bourges Foot 18 (res)

Rousset

Jura Dolois

Thaon

Anglet

Vertou

Avoine Chinon

Lucciana

Dijon (res)

RC Strasbourg (res)

Chauvigny

Pouzauges

Châteauroux (res)

Gazélec Ajaccio

Grandvillars

ESTAC Troyes (res)

Libourne

Sablé

Ouest Tourangeau

Nice (res)

Is-Selongey

Nancy (res)

Neuville

Challans

Saran

Athlético Marseille

Besançon Football

Biesheim

Cognac

Poiré-sur-Vie

Montlouis-sur-Loire

Corte

Pontarlier

Prix-lès-Mézières

Niort (res)

Changé

Montargis

Côte Bleue

Saint-Apollinaire

Mulhouse

Châtellerault

Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu

Saint-Jean-le-Blanc

Endoume Marseille

Paron

Épernay

Tartas

Fontenay

Déols

Istres

Morteau-Montlebon

St-Louis Neuweg

Lège Cap Ferret

La Châtaigneraie

Châteauneuf-sur-Loire

AC Ajaccio (res)

Montceau

Illkirch-Graffenstaden

Bressuire

Sautron

Amilly

Saint-Jean Beaulieu

Valdahon-Vercel

Amnéville

     

Mandelieu

   

 

National 3- Group H to M

Group H

Group I

Group J

Group K

Group L

Group M

Alès

Wasquehal

Évreux

Milizac

Racing Club

Thonon Évian

Agde

Maubeuge

Dieppe

Brest (res)

Paris Saint-Germain (res)

Bourgoin-Jallieu

Stade Beaucairois

Lille (res)

Oissel

Pontivy

Blanc-Mesnil

Saint-Étienne (res)

Narbonne

Olympique Marcquois

Alençon

Dinan-Léhon

Brétigny

Ain Sud

Aigues-Mortes

Feignies Aulnoye

Quevilly-Rouen (res)

Rennes (res)

Paris FC (res)

Hauts Lyonnais

Blagnac

Valenciennes (res)

Saint-Lô

Lannion

Linas-Montlhéry

Montluçon

Balma

Amiens SC (res)

Vire

Saint-Colomban Locminé

Aubervilliers

Vaulx-en-Velin

Toulouse (res)

AC Amiens

Le Havre (res)

Fougères

Les Mureaux

Clermont (res)

Rodez (res)

Le Touquet

AG Caen

Stade Briochin (res)

Ivry

Chambéry

Alberes Argelès

Boulogne (res)

Romilly

Stade Pontivyen

Drancy

Aurillac

Muret

Saint-Omer

Dives-Cabourg

TA Rennes

Mantes

Limonest

Castanet

Croix

Avranches (res)

Plouzané

Créteil (res)

Lyon La Duchère (res)

Fabrègues

Vimy

Cherbourg

Guipry Messac

Meaux Academy

Moulins

Nîmes (res)

Chantilly

Bayeux

Trégunc

Les Ulis

Velay

Reference sources

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Championnat_National_3