Elite One Championship

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Elite One Championship
Founded 2002
Country  France
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 1
Promotion to England League 1 (Via application to RFL)
Relegation to Elite Two Championship
Domestic cup(s) Lord Derby Cup
Current champions Limoux Grizzlies
Most championships Lézignan Sangliers
Website site

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.

Clubs 2016-17[edit]

Elite One Championship
Team Stadium City/Area
Racing Club Albi XIII Stadium Municipal d'Albi Albi, Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées
SO Avignon Stade Saint Ruf Avignon, Vaucluse
AS Carcassonne Stade Albert Domec Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Lézignan Sangliers Stade du Moulin Lézignan-Corbières, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Limoux Grizzlies Stade de l'Aiguille Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Palau XIII Broncos Stade Georges Vaills Palau-del-Vidre, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
Saint-Esteve XIII Catalan Stade Municipal Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
Saint-Gaudens Bears Stade Jules Ribet Saint-Gaudens, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
Toulouse Olympique Broncos Stade des Minimes Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Villeneuve XIII RLLG Stade Max Rousie Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot-et-Garonne


Map of 2016-17 Clubs[edit]


for winners since 1934.

Year Winners Score Runner-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 Lezignan 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 20-12 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 Lezignan Sangliers Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne 8,270


Club Count Years
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
4 Toulouse Olympique 2 2013-14, 2014–15
5 Limoux Grizzlies 2 2015-16, 2016-17
6 Saint-Gaudens Bears 1 2003-04
7 Union Treiziste Catalane 1 2004-05
8 AS Carcassonne 1 2011-12

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