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Soccer. FC Versailles 78: what you need to know before the resumption of National 1

The Yvelinois will not play their home matches in their Montbauron stadium in Versailles (Yvelines), but at the Jean-Bouin stadium (Paris). (©Sacha Tisic / 78news)

Only three more weeks to wait to see the FC Versailles 78 tread the lawns of the championship National 1 (N1), the third level of French football. The Yvelinois will start their season friday august 12 by receiving a promoted, the FC Martigues.

For the 2nd day friday august 19they will also move there to a former resident of National 2 (N2), at Puy-en-Velay. A priori an affordable start to the championship for the FCV78.

The Versailles approach a division they have never known. They will play for the first time in their history in a championship semi-professionalwhose rules are changing this year.

Between change of level, galleys of stadium and hazards of transfer window… We tell you everything you need to know about the 2022-2023 season of FC Versailles 78.

  • The N1: six descents against four usually

As a result of the reforms relating to Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the N1 will increase from 2023-2014 to 16 teams, against the usual 18. As a result, six teams are affected by relegation against four normally.

The 18th and good last, the 17th, the 16th, the 15th, the 14th and the 13th will go down to N2 at the end of this season. The first two will go to Ligue 2. No more play-off system which allowed the third to play a return match against the 18th in Ligue 2.

Inevitably, the maintenance will be very difficult to obtain. Versailles will have to finish at least 12th to stay in N1. Typically, it takes around 30-35 points to sustain. With the passage to six relegations, it will most certainly be necessary a few additional units.

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  • The question of the stadium settled

It was one of the big questions of the offseason for Youssef Chibhi’s men, it is now settled. FC Versailles 78 will play its home matches at the Jean-Bouin stadium (16th arrondissement of Paris). An enclosure usually dedicated to rugby and occupied by the Stade Français.

If the Sannois Saint-Gratien stadium was to be the number 1 option, the leaders of FCV78 finally opted for Jean-Bouin, much more accessible from Versailles. This stadium can accommodate 20,000 spectators and is located opposite the Parc des Princes.

As a reminder, due to the lighting, the Montbauron stadium is not up to standard.

Unlike other professional and semi-professional teams which sometimes play five to six preparation matches, FCV78 has decided to play three. FC Versailles 78 lost (3-1) against Paris FC (Ligue 2) on Tuesday 12 July.

This was followed by a match won (2-1) against Red Star 93 (N1) on Saturday July 16th. Next game against Stade Malherbe de Caen (Ligue 2), Saturday July 23 at 5 p.m.

In terms of departures and arrivals, there are many changes. Regarding arrivals, nine players have come to strengthen the Versailles workforce. Waiting maybe for other recruits. These are experienced players, knowing Ligue 2 and National 1 perfectly.

List of arrivals:

Goalkeeper: Sébastien Renot, 32, from Troyes (Ligue 1)

Central defenders: Thibault Jacques, 34, from Bourg-Péronnas (N1) / Pierre Gibaud, 34, from Le Havre (Ligue 2)

Left side: Florian Lapis, 23, from Rodez (Ligue 2)

Right side: Emeric Dudouit, 30, from Dunkirk (Ligue 2)

Midfielders: Jordan Leborgne, 26, from Rodez (Ligue 2) / Grégoire Lefebvre, 28, from Nancy (Ligue 2) / Loïc Damour, 31, from Heart of Midlothian FC (Scottish D1)

Attacker: Romain Armand, 35, from Pau (Ligue 2)

For departures, many executives left the club. Captain Maël Durand de Gevigney joins Nîmes in Ligue 2, Christopher Ibayi has signed up with Rouen (N2) and the former captain, Oussama Berkak, has also left the adventure. A total of 14 players have left since the start of the transfer window.

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