2020–21 Championnat National

The 2020–21 Championnat National season is the 28th season since the establishment of the Championnat National, and the 22nd in its current format, which serves as the third division of the French football league system.[1]

Championnat National
Season2020–21
Dates21 August 2020 – 14 May 2021
ChampionsSC Bastia
PromotedSC Bastia
Quevilly-Rouen
RelegatedSC Lyon
Matches played306
Goals scored684 (2.24 per match)
Top goalscorer21 goals
Andrew Jung, Quevilly-Rouen
Biggest home winOrléans 6–1 Annecy
Round 8, 5 October 2020
Biggest away winBourg-Péronnas 0–4 Red Star
Rearranged round 4, 10 November 2020
Highest scoringCholet 5–4 Stade Briochin
Round 9, 9 October 2020
Longest winning run5 (Quevilly-Rouen
SC Bastia
Villefranche)
Longest unbeaten run11 (SC Bastia
Villefranche)
Longest winless run13 (Bastia-Borgo)
Longest losing run4 (Annecy
Créteil
Stade Briochin)

Team changesEdit

Team changes from the 2019–20 Championnat National were confirmed by the FFF on 17 July 2020.[1]

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Venue Capacity
Annecy Annecy Parc des Sports[a] 15,660
Avranches Avranches Stade René Fenouillère 2,000
SC Bastia Bastia Stade Armand Cesari 16,048
Bastia-Borgo Borgo Stade Paul-Antoniotti 1,300
Boulogne Boulogne-sur-Mer Stade de la Libération[b] 15,204
Bourg-Péronnas Bourg-en-Bresse Stade Marcel-Verchère 11,400
Cholet Cholet Stade Pierre Blouen 9,000
Concarneau Concarneau Stade Guy Piriou 6,500
Créteil Créteil Stade Dominique Duvauchelle 12,150
Laval Laval Stade Francis Le Basser 18,607
Le Mans Le Mans MMArena 25,000
SC Lyon Lyon Stade de Balmont[c] 5,438
Orléans Orléans Stade de la Source 7,000
Quevilly-Rouen Le Petit-Quevilly Stade Robert Diochon 12,018
Red Star Paris (Saint-Ouen) Stade Bauer 10,000
Stade Briochin Saint-Brieuc Fred-Aubert Stadium 10,600
Sète Sète Stade Louis Michel 8,500
Villefranche Villefranche-sur-Saône Stade Armand-Chouffet 3,200
  1. ^ Parc des Sports is unavailable until 31 October 2020 due to structural concerns. Annecy will play their first two home games at Stade des Grangettes in Rumilly.[2][3]
  2. ^ Boulogne will play their first home game at Stade de l'Epopée in Calais due to a new pitch being prepared at Stade de la Libération.[4]
  3. ^ Sporting Club Lyon played their first home game at Stade Jacques Joly in Saint-Priest, due to work taking place on the pitch at Stade de Balmont.[5]

Number of teams by regionsEdit

Teams Region Team(s)
4   Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Annecy, Bourg-Péronnas, SC Lyon and Villefranche
3   Pays de la Loire Cholet, Laval and Le Mans
2   Brittany Concarneau and Stade Briochin
  Corsica Bastia and Bastia-Borgo
  Île-de-France Créteil and Red Star
  Normandy Avranches and Quevilly-Rouen
1   Centre-Val de Loire Orléans
  Hauts-de-France Boulogne
  Occitanie Sète

Impact of COVID-19 on the seasonEdit

The start of the season was impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The game-week two match between Bourg-Péronnas and Annecy was postponed due to the visiting team having confirmed cases of COVID-19.[6] Game-week three matches between Annecy and Villefranche, and Quevilly-Rouen and Bourg-Péronnas were both postponed due to COVID-19 cases at Annecy and Bourg-Péronnas,[7] as was the match between Bourg-Péronnas and Red Star in game-week four, due to Bourg-Péronnas players still isolating.[8] The game-week four match between Concarneau and Cholet was postponed an hour before kick-off due to positive tests for the Concarneau trainer and captain.[9] There was a follow-on postponement for Concarneau's match with Annecy in game-week 5, Annecy's third postponement of the season.[10]

The game-week four and five matches for Orléans, against Avranches and Stade Briochin, were both postponed when Orléans were given an eight-day suspension from official matches due to positive COVID-19 cases.[11] The cases at Orléans also prompted the late postponement of the game-week 4 match between Bastia-Borgo and Boulogne, in accordance with local Corsican rules, due to Bastia-Borgo having played Orléans the previous Thursday.[12]

Positive cases at Sète caused the postponement of their game-week 5 match at Quevilly-Rouen,[13] and their game-week 6 match against Red Star,[14] whilst a local decree in Haute-Corse caused the postponement of their game-week 7 tie at SC Bastia.[15]

Laval's trip to SC Bastia in game-week 9 was postponed due to the squad isolating after a positive diagnosis.[16] Further positive tests caused the cancellation of Laval's game-week 10 match against Boulogne.[17] The match between SC Lyon and Cholet in the same round was postponed due to positive cases at Cholet.[18]

Game-week 11 saw the postponements of Annecy v SC Lyon, Quevilly-Rouen v Stade Briochin and Villefranche v Sète were postponed due to Covid cases.[19][20][21]

Four matches rearranged for the catch-up week of 28 to 30 October; Quevilly-Rouen v Bourg-Péronnas, Sète v Red Star, Annecy v Villefranche and SC Lyon v Cholet, were postponed for a second time due to Covid cases.[22][23][24]

Game-week 12 ties between Cholet and Annecy, SC Lyon and Quevilly-Rouen, and Orléans and Boulogne were postponed.[25][26][27] Game-week 13 ties between Boulogne and Avranches, and between Le Mans and Orléans were postponed.[28][29]

All of the postponed matches were caught up by 15 December 2020.[30]

In February 2021, Red Star had two matches postponed due to Covid cases.[31]

In March 2021, the games between Laval and Bastia, and Concarneau and Boulogne, scheduled for 13 March, were both postponed due to Covid cases in the Laval and Boulogne squads.[32][33] Boulogne's next scheduled match, against Laval, was also postponed.[34] Positive cases at Créteil caused the postponement of their matches with Boulogne (27 March) and Le Mans (2 April).[35][36] The rescheduled date for Créteil's match with Le Mans, 14 April, was also postponed, along with their match against Villefranche, scheduled for 17 April, as the outbreak continued.[37][38]

In April, the game between Orléans and Le Mans, scheduled for 9 April, was postponed due to Covid cases in the Orléans squad.[39] On 21 April, Orléans announced further postponements due to Covid cases: the game against Le Mans, which had been rearranged for 21 April, and the game against Villefranche, which was scheduled for 24 April.[40] The game between Cholet and Bastia, scheduled for 23 April, was postponed on 22 April.[41]

League tableEdit

Due to the 2020–21 Championnat National 2 season being declared void, the normal relegation rules do not fully apply, as there will be no balancing promotion from that division. However, the regulations of the Championnat National state that the team classified in last position is relegated without possibility of repechage.[42] On 13 July 2021 the FFF Comex (executive committee) confirmed the relegation of SC Lyon.[43]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or Relegation
1 SC Bastia (C, P) 34 19 9 6 57 28 +29 66 Promotion to Ligue 2
2 Quevilly-Rouen (P) 34 16 10 8 48 31 +17 58
3 Villefranche (Q) 34 15 10 9 40 29 +11 55 Qualification to promotion play-offs
4 Le Mans 34 13 13 8 46 36 +10 52
5 Concarneau 34 11 15 8 38 32 +6 48
6 Orléans 34 12 11 11 49 41 +8 47
7 Red Star 34 11 14 9 39 33 +6 47
8 Cholet 34 11 10 13 36 48 −12 43
9 Bourg-Péronnas 34 10 13 11 29 33 −4 43
10 Stade Briochin 34 10 13 11 32 33 −1 43
11 Sète 34 10 13 11 31 32 −1 43
12 Laval 34 10 12 12 33 32 +1 42
13 Avranches 34 11 8 15 36 42 −6 41
14 Annecy 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5 40
15 Boulogne 34 7 17 10 29 38 −9 38
16 Bastia-Borgo 34 7 14 13 37 49 −12 35
17 Créteil 34 8 11 15 29 48 −19 35
18 SC Lyon (R) 34 5 16 13 33 52 −19 31 Relegation to 2021–22 Championnat National 2
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) head-to-head results; 2) head-to-head goal difference; 3) goal difference; 4) goals scored; 5) fair play points
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated

Promotion play-offsEdit

A promotion play-off will be held at the end of the season between the 18th-placed team of the 2020–21 Ligue 2 and the 3rd-placed team of the 2020–21 Championnat National. This will be played over two legs on 19 and 22 May.[44]

Villefranche3–1Niort
Blanc   54'
Dauchy   84'
Garita   90+3'
Report   45+2'
Stade Armand Chouffet, Villefranche-sur-Saône
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bartolomeu Varela Teles

Niort2–0Villefranche
Lebeau   78'
Kemen   81'
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nicolas Rainville

Niort won 3–3 on away goals

Top scorersEdit

As of games played on 15 May 2021.[45]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Andrew Jung Quevilly-Rouen 21
2   Wilson Isidor Bastia-Borgo 15
3   Ottman Dadoune Quevilly-Rouen 13
  Gaëtan Perrin Orléans
5   Thomas Robinet Laval 12
  Sébastian Da Silva SC Bastia
  Billal Brahimi Le Mans
  Antony Robic SC Bastia
9   Carnegy Antoine Orléans 11
10   Geoffray Durbant Bastia-Borgo 10
  Romain Spano Annecy

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