Thonon Black Panthers

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Thonon Black Panthers
Based in Thonon-les-Bains, France
Home stadium Stade Joseph-Moynat (1998–present) 3500 spect.
Head coach Fabien Ducousso Flag of France.svg  France
General manager Benoît Sirouet Flag of France.svg  France
League Ligue Élite de Football Américain
DivisionDivision 1
Division titlesFrance Championship elite division Champions
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The Black Panthers of Thonon is a French American football club based in Thonon-les-Bains (Haute-Savoie) and founded in 1987 by Benoît Sirouet, Nicolas Schpoliansky and Frederic Mériguet.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Thonon-les-Bains Subprefecture and commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Thonon-les-Bains is a town (commune) in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. Thonon is part of a transborder agglomeration known as Grand Genève. The town is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Haute-Savoie Department of France in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Haute-Savoie is a department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France, bordering both Switzerland and Italy. Its prefecture is Annecy. To the north is Lake Geneva and Switzerland; to the south and southeast are the Mont Blanc and Aravis mountain ranges. It holds it name from the Savoy historical region, as does the department of Savoie, located south of Haute-Savoie.


Jérôme Garnier quickly joined the three founding members and became the first President of the Club.

The first Head Coach of the team was called Jolly Bruno (player), former player of Blue Angels of Joinville le Pont.

Now chaired by Benoît Sirouet, the club has led since 2017 by Fabien Ducousso also known as Coach Hippo


The club has four different teams of American football and three flag football.

Flag football version of American football

Flag football is a version of American football where the basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game, but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier ("deflagging") to end a down, and contact is not permitted between players; it will result in a penalty for the team that initiates it.

Ligue Élite de Football Américain

The Ligue Élite de Football Américain or LEFA is the top-level American Football league of France. The league was founded in 1982.




Champion ** (3): 2004, 2011, 2012 [2]

Vice Champion ** (3): 2006, 2007 and 2008


Season by season

1991D2Regular season
1992D2Regular season
1993D2Regular season
1994D2Regular season
1995D2Regular season
1996D2Regular season
1998D11/4 finalist
2001D11/4 finalist
2002D1Regular season
2005D1Regular season
2006D1Regular season
2011D1Regular season

Personalities linked to the club


Notable Players


The Black Panthers of Thonon-les-Bains were the first in France to broadcast all of their regular season games live on the Internet. The BPWEBTV created in 2010 was well-received, and broadened for the 2011 season.

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