Coupe de France

Founded in 1956 and organised by the French Handball Federation, the French Cup is a competition open to all affiliated clubs, from amateur level up to the Lidl Starligue, and is also contested by teams from France’s overseas departments.

FRENCH CUP

With 13 French Cup trophies to date, Montpellier Handball is the most successful club in the competition’s history. Over the years three second division teams have made the final, the last of them to date being Pays d’Aix Université Club Handball in 2007. Having knocked out US Ivry and Tremblay-en-France en route to the final, they went down to a Paris Handball side featuring the likes of Olivier Girault and Cédric Sorhaindo.

PSG RECORD IN FRENCH CUP

4 Titles

Years

-2007 -2014 -2015 -2018

FORMAT

A knockout competition held over several rounds, the French Cup is open to clubs from divisions 1 to 5 of the French handball league system, with clubs competing in the Lidl Starligue only joining in the Round of 32. The final is usually played in May, towards the end of the season, and has been held since 2012 at the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy, Paris. The winners of the French Cup qualify for the following season’s EHF Cup, Europe’s second-most important club competition after the Velux EHF Champions League.

FRENCH CUP STAKES FOR PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN HANDBALL

 Paris Saint-Germain Handball aim to win every competition they enter and the Coupe de France is one of their main objectives. Les Rouge et Bleu have reached the final four times in the last six seasons and won it on three of those occasions, an indication of how much France’s oldest national cup competition means to the club. Nikola Karabatic and his team-mates won the trophy in 2018, beating USAM Nîmes 32-26 in the final, but lost the 2019 showpiece to Montpellier Handball.