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

Week 1

Qualifying play-offs

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)

Elimination play-offs

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)

Week 2

Preliminary semi-finals

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)

Week 3

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)

Week 4

Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final

Winner Qualifying semi-final 1 v Winner Qualifying semi-final 2

Championship One Play-off Structure

Week 1

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)

Week 2

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)   

Week 3

Final Eliminator - Loser of Qualifying Semi-Final v Winner of Elimination Semi-Final (winner to Grand Final, loser eliminated)

Week 4

Kingstone Press Championship One play-off final: Winner of Qualifying Semi-Final v Winner of Final Eliminator

POS TEAM P W L D PTS
01. Leigh Centurions 21 20 1 0 61
02. Featherstone Rovers 21 15 5 1 51
03. Halifax RLFC 21 13 6 2 49
04. Doncaster RLFC 21 14 6 1 47
05. Dewsbury Rams 21 12 9 0 41
06. Batley Bulldogs 21 10 10 1 38
07. Workington Town 21 9 11 1 38
08. Sheffield Eagles 20 10 10 0 36
09. Keighley Cougars 21 10 11 0 35
10. Whitehaven RLFC 21 10 11 0 34
11. N W Crusaders 21 6 15 0 25
12. Swinton Lions 21 5 16 0 22
13. Rochdale Hornets 20 6 14 0 21
14. Barrow Raiders 21 3 18 0 15
POS TEAM P W L D PTS
01. York City Knights 16 13 3 0 42
02. Oldham RLFC 16 12 3 1 39
03. Hunslet Hawks 15 11 4 0 36
04. Hemel Stags 15 7 7 1 27
05. Gateshead Thunder 16 8 8 0 26
06. University of Glouce 15 7 8 0 26
07. London Skolars 15 4 11 0 18
08. Oxford RLFC 16 5 11 0 16
09. South Wales Scorpion 16 2 14 0 8

Prize-money

Prize-money will be paid to the League Leaders of both Championship and Championship One as follows:

  • Championship:            £25,000
  • Championship One:    £50,000 

Prize-money will be paid to the top eight sides taking part in the Championship play-offs as follows: 

Grand final winners:    £40,000

  • Grand finals runners-up:         £20,000
  • 3rd place after the play-offs:    £12,000
  • 4th place after the play-offs:     £10,000          
  • 5th place after the play-offs:     £6,000
  • 6th place after the play-offs:     £4,000
  • 7th place after the play-offs:     £2,000
  • 8th place after the play-offs:     £1,000 

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