NEW RUGBY FOOTBALL LEAGUE STRUCTURE EXPLAINED AS LONDON SKOLARS AIM FOR THE PLAY-OFFS

3rd June 2019

There is a new look to the Rugby Football League (RFL) structure this season, with fewer teams competing in the third tier, as well as a new promotion and relegation format. League 1 contains just 11 clubs, while the Championship has been expanded to 14 teams. Super League remains with 12 clubs.

After playing each team home and away over the course of the season, if Skolars finish in 1st place in League One, they will be automatically promoted to the Championship. Should they finish anywhere between 2nd and 6th in the table, they will qualify for a five-team play off format to decide who will earn the second promotion place. As it has been the case previously, there is no relegation from Betfred League 1.

The full Betfred League 1 play-off structure is outlined below.

Round 1

Elimination final: GAME A: 5th vs 6th

Qualifying final: GAME B: 3rd vs 4th

Round 2

1st semi final: GAME C: Loser of QF vs Winner of EF

2nd semi final: GAME D: 2nd vs Winner of QF

Round 3

Preliminary final: Loser of SF2 vs Winner of SF1

League 1 play off final: 

Winner of 2nd semi final vs Winner of Preliminary final

 

The Betfred Championship will see 14 teams play each other home and away as well as an extra game at Summer Bash. The top five teams will compete in a postseason play off with the eventual winners claiming the sole place in the Super League for the following season. The bottom two Championship sides will be relegated to League 1.

A full breakdown of the Betfred Championship play off structure is below.

Round 1

Elimination final: 4th vs 5th

Qualifying final: 2nd vs 3rd

Round 2

1st semi final: Loser of QF vs Winner of EF

2nd semi final: 1st vs Winner of Q

Round 3

Preliminary final: Loser of SF2 vs Winner of SF1

Championship play off final: Winner of 2nd semi final vs Winner of Preliminary final

Super League will consist of each team playing 29 regular season games, plus an extra match at Magic Weekend. Each team will play 14 home and away games with the top five teams entering a play off structure to determine which of them will compete in the Betfred Super League Grand Final. The bottom team will be relegated to the Betfred Championship.

The Super League play off structure is outlined below.

Round 1

Elimination final: 4th vs 5th

Qualifying final: 2nd vs 3rd

Round 2

1st semi final: Loser of QF vs Winner of EF

2nd semi final: 1st vs Winner of QF

Round 3

Preliminary final: Loser of SF2 vs Winner of SF1

Grand Final: Winner of 2nd semi final v Winner of Preliminary final


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