Only 58 clubs are registered this season. As a result only one round of preliminary games will be required.
38 teams have qualified directly for the group stage, while 20 clubs will take part in an elimination round.
The elimination round is scheduled for early October with the games decided on aggregate score over two legs. The ten winners will then join the other 38 teams for the group phase.
The 48 teams will be divided into 12 groups of four teams. The competition will follow the same format as last season. 16 teams will qualify for the knockout stage. There is no final four in this competition.
France were allocated four spots this year but only three clubs have accepted to participate: Challes-les-Eaux, Mondeville and Tarbes.
Clermont-Ferrand had qualified for this competition but due to not meeting certain condition by the French Federation have had to decline.