French Division one will have 11 teams in 2020

Last year, the highest French League, Division 1, expanded to twelve clubs for the first time in its existence. As one team dropped in the offseason and no other teams could be found to fill the void, Division 1 will contain eleven teams in 2020.

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After a first season in which the Rouen Huskies, the Templiers de Sénart, Cougars de Montigny and the Montpellier Barracudas were much stronger than the rest and about six clubs (Paris University Club, Metz Cometz, Nice Cavigal, Stade Toulousain, Clermont-Ferrand and Valenciennes Vipers) struggled to stay in Division 1, the Valenciennes Vipers lost their staff and was in financial trouble. As a result, the club requested to be sent down to Division 2.

As a result, the A group of Division 1 will contain five teams: Rouen Huskies, Paris University Club, Cougars de Montigny, Savigny-sur-Orge Lions, and Stade Toulousain.

Group B of Division 1 will contain six teams: Templiers de Sénart, Montpellier Barracudas, La Rochelle Boucaniers, Clermont-Ferrand, Metz Cometz, and Nice Cavigal.
In Group B, the teams will play twenty games each during the regular season. In Group A, the teams will play fourteen games and each week, a club will have a weekend off.

The playoff format will be quite a bit different this year. Based on their records, it was clear that Rouen and Sénart would meet in the Championship Series. Quite boring when you know this weeks in advance. To spice things up, the top four teams of each league will advance to a quarter-final playoff series in which the top finishers of each league will face the fourth-place finishers of the other league and the second-place finishers will face the third-place finishers of the other league. Each series will be a best-of-five format. The winners of these series will advance to the semi-finals in which the winner of the series between B1 and A4 will face the winner of the series between A2 and B3. The winner of the series between A1 and B4 will face the winner of the series between B2 and B3. The winner of each of these best-of-five series will advance to the best-of-five Championship Series.

The French Competition will start on April 12. In that first weekend, Stade Toulousain will have a bye.

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