Championships Competition Structure
Championship Season Structure
The Championship regular season consists of 26 rounds.
Each team will play all other Championship teams home and away once.
The club finishing at the top of the Championship at the end of the regular season will receive the League Leaders’ Shield.
The clubs finishing in the top eight positions in the Championship will participate in the play-offs with the winners of the Championship Grand Final crowned champions.
The five clubs finishing 10th to 14th will be relegated to Championship One, due to the restructing of Rugby League in 2015.
Championship One Season Structure
The Championship One regular season consists of 24 rounds, with each club playing 20 regular season fixtures and having four bye rounds during the season.
Each team will play all other Championship One teams home and away once plus 4 additional "loop" fixtures (2 home fixtures and 2 away fixtures).
The clubs finishing 1st to 5th will participate in the end of season Championship One play-offs with the winners of the Championship One play-off final earning promotion to the Championship.
Championship Play-off Structure
1st-placed club v 4th-placed club (winner advances to Week 3, loser home in Week 2)
2nd-placed club v 3rd-placed club (winner advances to Week 3, loser home in Week 2)
5th-placed club v 8th-placed club (winner away in Week 2, loser eliminated)
6th-placed club v 7th-placed club (winner away in Week 2, loser eliminated)
Highest ranked Qualifying play-off losing club (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th) v Lowest-ranked Elimination play-off winning club (5th, 6th, 7th or 8th) (winner away in Week 3, loser eliminated)
Lowest ranked Qualifying play-off losing club (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th) v Highest-ranked Elimination play-off winning club (5th, 6th, 7th or 8th) (winner away in Week 3, loser eliminated)
Qualifying semi-final 1
Highest-ranked Qualifying play-off winning club v Lowest-ranked Preliminary semi-final winning club (Winner to Grand Final, loser eliminated)
Qualifying semi-final 2
Lowest-ranked Qualifying play-off winning club v Highest-ranked Preliminary semi-final winning club (Winner to Grand Final, loser eliminated)
Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final
Winner Qualifying semi-final 1 v Winner Qualifying semi-final 2
Championship One Play-off Structure
Qualifying Play-Off - 2nd place club v 3rd place club (winner to Qualifying Semi-Final, loser at home in Elimination Semi-Final)
Elimination Play-Off - 4th place club v 5th place club (winner advances to play away in Elimination Semi-Final, loser eliminated)
Qualifying Semi-Final - 1st place club v Winner of Qualifying play-off (winner to Grand Final, loser at home in Final Eliminator)
Elimination Semi-Final - Loser of Qualifying Play-Off v Winner of Elimination Play-off (winner away in Final Eliminator, loser eliminated)
Final Eliminator - Loser of Qualifying Semi-Final v Winner of Elimination Semi-Final (winner to Grand Final, loser eliminated)
Kingstone Press Championship One play-off final: Winner of Qualifying Semi-Final v Winner of Final Eliminator
Prize-money will be paid to the top two sides taking part in the Championship play-offs as follows:
Grand final winners: £40,000
- Grand finals runners-up: £20,000
Prize-money will also be paid to the five teams competing in the Championship One play-offs as follows:
- Play-off winners: £20,000
- Play-off runners-up: £7,500
- 3rd place after the play-offs: £3,500
- 4th place after the play-offs: £3,000
- 5th place after the play-offs: £2,500