LFB post season with two competitions


LFB play-off poster © Ligue Féminine de BasketBall

The LFB regular season was a 26-match programme involving 14 teams for 2009-2010.

For the teams that finished in the last two positions, the season is over.

Limoges ABC finished in last place and set a new record in the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall as the first to finish the whole season without a victory.

The second club to miss out are the 2008-2009 NF1 champions Armentières who finished in 13th place.

Under the rules of the Ligue Féminine de BasketBall both clubs will be relegated from the division for next season.

However we have to wait for confirmation from the FFBB on their relegation.

Last season Nantes-Rezé were reinstated in the LFB despite finishing last because Reims and UHB-SA were relegated due to financial difficulties.Tarbes Win LFB Challenge Round in 2008 ©

In 2007-2008 season a change was made to the play-off system and only the top 4 teams at the end of the regular season can contest for the title of the French Championship.

In the same season the LFB Challenge Round was born.

Although France does not have the right to present four teams in EuroLeague Women basketball competition any more the reasons for the continuing with this format stills remain valid: The winner of the Challenge Round is assured a place in the EuroCup Women competition.

Tarbes had won the first Challenge Round competition in 2008 and while USO Mondeville won the competition last season.

Neither team is playing in the Challenge Round this season because they have qualified for the championship play-offs this time around.


Cathy Melain, Celine Dumerc, Ana Lelas and Katarina Manic with the LFB trophy © Olivier Martin

Championship Play-offs timetable and media coverage

The Championships Play-offs are based on the best-of-three competition format. The second and third match if necessary will be streamed life on the internet by LFB-TV.



The final series will also be played over three games and will be shown on Sport +, a private television station in France.

The winner of this competition qualifies for the EuroLeague Women 2010-2011.

The programme is as follows:

Game one: Wednesday, 21 April 2010 (20:00 CET/18:00 GMT).

USO Mondeville (4) – Tarbes (1) (Internet stream will be provided by Normandie-tv)
Arras (3) – Bourges Basket (2)

Game two: Saturday, 24 April 2010 (20:00 CET/18:00 GMT) Internet stream will be provided by LFB-TV for both games.

Tarbes (1) – USO Mondeville (4)
Bourges Basket (2) – Arras (3)

Game three: Wednesday, 28 April 2010 if required, hosted by the higher seeds.

The final championship series:
Game one: Saturday, 1 May 2010 (20:45 CET/18:45 GMT)
Game two: Thursday, 6 May 2010 (20:30 CET/18:30 GMT)
Game three: Monday, 10 May 2010 (20:30 CET/18:30 GMT)


Mondeville Win LFB Challenge Round in 2009 © Romain Chaib

Challenge Round

Unlike the Championship Play-offs, the Challenge Round games are based on the aggregate score of the two matches. The team with the higher seeding will play the second game at home.

All games are scheduled to be played at 20:00 CET (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.

LFB-TV will stream only the last game of the competition.

The brackets for this competition are as follows.

Game one: Tuesday, 20 April 2010 (20:00 CET /18:00 GMT)
Toulouse (12) – Nantes-Rezé (5)
Basket Landes (9) – Challes-les-Eaux (8)
COB Calais (10) – Lattes Montpellier (7)
Aix-en-Provence (11) – Villeneuve d’Ascq (6)

Game two: Friday, 23 April 2010 (20:00 CET/18:00 GMT)
Nantes-Rezé (5) – Toulouse (12)
Villeneuve d’Ascq (6) – Aix-en-Provence (11)
Lattes Montpellier (7) – COB Calais (10)
Challes-les-Eaux (8) – Basket Landes (9)

The semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday, 27 April and Friday, 30 April 2010.

The final matches will be played on Tuesday, 4 May and Tuesday, 11 May 2010.

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Mondeville in the top 4 while Armentières finish in the relegation zone.

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picture credits:

Ligue Féminine de Basketball - LFB
Olivier Martin @basquetebol.org
Romain Chaib @basquetebol.org
Date created: 14 April 2010


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