LFB Challenge Round is back for a second year

LFB play-off poster © Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

The LFB Challenge Round is the LFB post season play-off for clubs that finish between 5th and 12th place.

The games will be played on a home and away basis and be decided by aggregate score.

You can read about What is the LFB Challenge Round all about? from the introduction from the 2007-2008 Challenge Round preview.

Last season Tarbes finished in 10th place during the regular season but went on to win the play-off series and as a result qualified for the EuroCup Women.

2008-2009 Regular Season Standing

PositionClub Points Played Won Lost ScoredConceded
1 Bourges 51 26 251 1785 1285
2 Tarbes 5026 24 2 1811 1495
3Villeneuve d'Ascq 44 26 18 8 18301690
4 Lattes Montpellier 40 26 1412 1833 1710
5 Union Hainaut 3926 13 13 1685 1700
6Aix-en-Provence 39 26 13 13 16301660
7 Calais 39 26 1313 1767 1816
8 Challes-les-Eaux 3926 13 13 1679 1707
9Arras 38 26 12 14 17251830
10 Reims 36 26 1016 1749 1852
11 Mondeville 3626 10 16 1718 1850
12Basket Landes 35 26 9 17 16401711
13 Stade Clermontois 32 26 620 1843 2080
14 Nantes Rezé 2826 2 24 1498 1807

Four teams tied for fifth place at the end of the regular season with identical win/loss records and their final positions were determined by their performance against each other.

 UHB 2008-2009 © Ligue Féminine de BasketBallUnion Hainaut basket finished on top of this table and claimed 5th position.

Aix-en-Provence were awarded sixth place by the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall due their better aggregate score victory against COB Calais while Challes with just one victory in this group dropped to 8th place.

The 2009 Challenge Round format and schedule

Each round of games will be based on the aggregate score of the two games. The team that finished higher in the table will play the second game at home.

All games are scheduled to be played at 20:00 (18:00 GMT).

It is possible for the teams to be tied at the end of the first game as overtime will not be played.

However if the two teams are still tied at the end of regulation time in the second game then overtime has to be played.

The quarter-final matches are played on the 21st and 24th April 2009. The semi-finals will be played on the 28th April and 1st May 2009.

The final series will be played on 5th May and 8th May 2009.

Only the second game of the final has been scheduled to be streamed live on LFB TV.

The LFB Challenge Round bracket 2009 is as follows:

Basket Landes (12) – Union Hainaut (5)

SJS Reims (10) – COB Calais (7)

Asptt Arras (9) – Challes-les-Eaux (8)

USO Mondeville (11) – Aix-en-Provence(6)

Tarbes won the 2008 Challenge Round

LFB Basketball News from round 26 as Bourges Basket win regular season

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Picture credits:
Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

Date created: 21 April 2009

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