How does regional football work?
To wrap up, this departmental level is the foundation of French football. It's here where most of our country's players, along with their supporters, regularly embody the world of association football.
Let's go a level up and move on to the regional stage.
Three championships are in play here, previously known as DH, PH and PHR. Now, they are just called R1, R2 and R3. Once again, the organization of championships varies by region. There are several groups of a dozen teams that make up each level: the higher the level, the fewer groups there are. This way, other than Grand Est and Nouvelle-Aquitaine, there are never more than two groups in R1. Play at the regional level is intense and technical, so much so that, for numerous footballers, it has become close to the Holy Grail: reaching the national level.