Fédérale 1

Le championnat de France de première division fédérale, a.k.a. Fédérale 1, is a French rugby union club competition, the highest level of amateur rugby. The competition has been organised by the Fédération Française de Rugby since 2000, when it replaced the B2 Group. The championship is contested between 40 teams and named in honor of the famous former FC Lourdes and French International player, Jean Prat.


The format is long-winded and includes many steps. Before the 2015–16 season, the structure was even more complex.

Preliminary phase

A total of 10 teams compete on a double round-robin basis (18 games) in each of the 4 groups. At the end of this phase, the teams are divided as follows:

Second phase

The top six teams of those eligible for promotion advance to a playoff somewhat similar to that used by France's top level, the Top 14. The top two teams receive a bye into the promotion semifinals; the other four teams are seeded based on their table points (3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5) and play a single match at a neutral site for a place in the semifinals. The 4–5 winner is then paired with the top seed, and the 3–6 winner with the second seed; these teams then play two-legged home-and-away semifinals. There is no final match; the two semifinal winners earn promotion to Pro D2.
The 2015–16 season was the first in which the Pro D2 promotion playoffs and the Trophée Jean-Prat playoffs were separated.
A total of 16 teams, four from each group, advance to the championship playoffs, with the ultimate winner receiving the Trophée Jean-Prat. All matches prior to the championship final are two-legged, home-and-away ties; the final is a one-off match held at a neutral site.

2013–14 composition

Club Location Previous season
Pool 1
AC Bobigny Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis Pool stage
US Cognac Cognac, Charente Promoted from Fédérale 2
Stade Dijonnais Longvic, Côte-d'Or Pool stage
Lille MR Lille, Nord Semi-final
RC Massy Massy, Essonne Relegated from Pro D2
Montluçon Rugby Montluçon, Allier Pool stage
USO Nevers Nevers, Nièvre Quarter-final
Rugby Athlétic Club Angérien Saint-Jean-d'Angély, Charente-Maritime Pool stage
SNR Saint-Nazaire Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique Eighth-final
RC Vannes Vannes, Morbihan Pool stage
Pool 2
Pays d'Aix Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône Relegated from Pro D2
US Annecy Annecy, Haute-Savoie Promoted from Fédérale 2
RC Aubenas Aubenas, Ardèche Pool stage
RC Chalon Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire Pool stage
SO Chambéry Chambéry, Savoie Promoted from Fédérale 2
AS Mâcon Mâcon, Saône-et-Loire Eighth-final
US Romans Romans-sur-Isère, Drôme Quarter-final
US La Seyne La Seyne-sur-Mer, Var Eighth-final
ROC La Voulte-Valence Valence, Drôme Promoted from Fédérale 2
CS Vienne Vienne, Isère Pool stage
Pool 3
Stade Hendayais Hendaye, Pyrénées-Atlantiques Promoted from Fédérale 2
Stade Langonnais Langon, Gironde Pool stage
AS Lavaur Lavaur, Tarn Pool stage
Limoges Rugby Limoges, Haute-Vienne Pool stage
CA Lormont Lormont, Gironde Promoted from Fédérale 2
US Montauban Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne Semi-final
CA Périgueux Périgueux, Dordogne Quarter-final
Stade Rodez Rodez, Aveyron Pool stage
Saint-Jean-de-Luz OR Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques Eighth-final
SC Tulle Tulle, Corrèze Promoted from Fédérale 2
Pool 4
Stade Bagnérais Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Hautes-Pyrénées Pool stage
Blagnac SCR Blagnac, Haute-Garonne Pool stage
Avenir Castanéen Rugby Castanet-Tolosan, Haute-Garonne Eighth-final
SA Hagetmautien Hagetmau, Landes Pool stage
CA Lannemezan Lannemezan, Hautes-Pyrénées Pool stage
FC Lourdes Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrénées Pool stage
SA Mauléon Mauléon-Licharre, Pyrénées-Atlantiques Promoted from Fédérale 2
FC Oloron Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Pyrénées-Atlantiques Eighth-final
Tyrosse RCS Saint-Vincent-de-Tyrosse, Landes Quarter-final
Avenir Valencien Valence, Tarn-et-Garonne Eighth-final

Jean-Prat results (2007-08)

The first semi-final two-leg series of the Jean-Prat would see Périgueux face off against tournament favorites Colomiers. The first leg ended in a draw 12-12 with no tries scored and every point on the board put up by penalty kicks. In the second leg, Colomiers still couldn't manage to figure out Périgueux, but managed to eventually defeat them 9-6 to move on to the final.

The second semi-final two-leg series would see Aix-en-Provence against US Bressane (Bourg-en-Bresse). Mathieu Chabaud opened with a drop goal for US Bressane and it took Aix-en-Provence 20 minutes to respond with a try by Mohamed Berrabah. The match continued with several drops and penalties until US Bressane's Tsepo Kokoali scored a try in the 73rd minute. However, Aix-en-Provence sealed the first leg victory with another penalty kick making the final score 22-17.

US Bressane would show their class in the second leg by overcoming the odds and defeating Aix-en-Provence 14-3, allowing them to seal a place in the final based on the aggregate score. This assures promotion to Pro D2 for the 2008–09 season along with Colomiers.

On June 8, the final of the Jean-Prat took place. Colomiers struck early with a try in the fourth minute by Morgan Saout, but US Bressane's Mathieu Chabaud took 3 points back with a penalty kick 11 minutes later. The score at the end of the first half was 5-3 to Colomiers. Early into the second half, Pascal Vignard scored a try for Colomiers and Frédéric Pujo completed the following conversion that distanced the scoreline even more. With the match seemingly all wrapped up with less than 5 minutes to play, US Bressane caved and allowed 3 tries in that short time span. The final score 36-3 to Colomiers, the champions of Fédérale 1 in 2008.

Play-down results (2007-08)

The final between Lourdes and La Seyne was, for the majority, a defensive match and offensive struggle. The match ended with a low score as a result of this with a try by Stéphane Arriat for Lourdes in the 59th minute followed by a missed conversion. Then, in the 73rd minute, Sébastien Decarre scored a penalty kick for La Seyne that made the match final score 5-3, giving Lourdes the title.

Promoted to Rugby Pro D2 (2007-08)

Relegated from Fédérale 1 (2007-08)

Jean-Prat Past Champions

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