Elite One Championship

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Elite One Championship
Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002)
Country France
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Promotion toEngland League 1 (Via application to RFL)
Relegation toElite Two Championship
Domestic cup(s)Lord Derby Cup
Current championsSaint-Esteve Catalan (2019)
Most championshipsAS Carcassonne (11)

The Elite One Championship (French: Le Championnat de France Elite) is the top level rugby league competition in France. The season runs from September to April; the clubs play each other home and away then they enter into a play-off series culminating with a Grand Final.


The French Rugby League Championship began in 1934, the first one being the only one where it was won by the team finishing top of the table on points and not by a play-off series. The Elite One Championship was founded in 2002 after the French Rugby League Championship was split into two divisions; the format stayed the same with teams playing each other home and away, before a play-off series would determine the Champions. The club finishing bottom would not be automatically relegated, it would be dependent on whether the club finishing top of Elite Two Championship either wanted to be promoted or their facilities were up to standard.

Teams for 2019–20 Season[edit]

Elite One Championship
Team Stadium Location
Albi Tigers Stadium Mazicou Albi, Tarn
SO Avignon Parc des Sports (Avignon) Avignon, Vaucluse
AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec Carcassonne, Aude
FC Lézignan Stade du Moulin Lézignan-Corbières, Aude
Limoux Grizzlies Stade de l'Aiguille Limoux, Aude
Palau Broncos Stade Georges Vaills Palau-del-Vidre, Pyrénées-Orientales
Saint-Estève Catalan Stade Municipal Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales
Saint-Gaudens Bears Stade Jules Ribet Saint-Gaudens, Haute-Garonne
Toulouse Olympique Broncos Stade des Minimes Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
Villenueve Stade Max Rousie Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot-et-Garonne

Map of Teams for 2019/20 Season[edit]


Champions 1934–present.

Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
2002 Villeneuve Leopards 17–0 Union Treiziste Catalane Béziers 8,000
2002–03 Villeneuve Leopards 34–18 Saint-Gaudens Bears Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 8,000
2003–04 Saint-Gaudens Bears 14–10 Union Treiziste Catalane Perpignan 7,500
2004–05 Union Treiziste Catalane 66–16 Toulouse Olympique Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 5,000
2005–06 Pia XIII 21–18 Toulouse Olympique Toulouse 5,462
2006–07 Pia XIII 20–16 Lézignan Sangliers Colomiers 7,882
2007–08 Lézignan Sangliers 26–16 Pia XIII Béziers 9,550
2008–09 Lézignan Sangliers 40–32 Limoux Grizzlies Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne 11,874
2009–10 Lézignan Sangliers 33–22 Pia XIII Altrad Stadium, Montpellier 6,612
2010–11 Lézignan Sangliers 17–12 Limoux Grizzlies Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 11,874
2011–12 AS Carcassonne 26–20 Pia XIII Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 8,980
2012–13 Pia XIII 33–26 Saint-Esteve XIII Catalan Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan 6,732
2013–14 Toulouse Olympique 38–12 Lézignan Sangliers Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan 7,235
2014–15 Toulouse Olympique 2012 AS Carcassonne Stade Michel-Bendichou, Colomiers 5,800
2015–16 Limoux Grizzlies 26–24 AS Carcassonne Stade Municipal d'Albi, Albi 5,420
2016–17 Limoux Grizzlies 24–22 Lézignan Sangliers Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 8,270
2017–18 SO Avignon 34–28 Limoux Grizzlies Stade Municipal d'Albi, Albi 5,000
2018–19 Saint-Esteve XIII Catalan 32–24 AS Carcassonne Stade Municipal d'Albi, Albi 1,500


# Club No. Year(s)
1 Lézignan Sangliers 4 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
2 Pia XIII 3 2005–06, 2006–07, 2012–13
3 Villeneuve Leopards 2 2002, 2002–03
Toulouse Olympique 2013–14, 2014–15
Limoux Grizzlies 2015–16, 2016–17
6 SO Avignon 1 2017–18
Saint-Gaudens Bears 2003–04
Union Treiziste Catalane 2004–05
AS Carcassonne 2011–12
Saint-Esteve XIII Catalan 2018-19

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