The Championnat de France amateur 2, commonly referred to as simply CFA 2 and formerly known as National 3, is a football league competition. The league serves as the fifth division of the French football league system behind Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Championnat National, and the Championnat de France amateur. Contested by 128 clubs, the Championnat de France amateur 2 operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Championnat de France amateur and the regional leagues of the Division d'Honneur, the sixth division of French football. Seasons run from August to May, with teams in eight groups playing 34 games each totalling 2720 games in the season. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings. Play is regularly suspended the last weekend before Christmas for two weeks before returning in the second week of January.
The Championnat France de amateur 2 was founded in 1993 as National 3 and lasted for five years before being converted to the current format used today. Most clubs that participate in the league are amateur clubs, hence the league name, but a small amount of clubs are semi-professional. The matches in the league attract on average between 200 and 400 spectators per match. However, this average is dragged down by the minuscule turnouts for the pros' home reserve matches. The current champions are the reserves of Metz who accumulated 107 points in Groupe C to earn promotion to the fourth division. The winners of the other seven groups were Calais, Aubervilliers, Monts d'Or Azergues, the reserves of Monaco, Béziers, Le Poiré-sur-Vie, and the reserves of Lorient, respectively. All seven clubs, alongside the champions and the four-best runner-up clubs, earned promotion to the Championnat de France amateur.
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