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Super League Play-offs
Super League play-offs
Founded1998
Region England
 France
Number of teams6
Television broadcastersSky Sports
BBC
2020

Since 1998, a play-off system has been used to determine the Super League champions. The format has changed over the years, starting with a play-off involving first five, then six teams, eight, four and currently back to six. The play-off series culminates in the Super League Grand Final. Use of a play-off system to decide the Championship brought back a rugby league tradition that had previously fallen out of use. The Super League Premiership, which had previously taken place between the highest placed teams in the competition, was discontinued after the introduction of the Super League play-off series. This was because its purpose had been to take the place of the previous Championship-deciding play-off system.

Current Play-Off System

2002-2008, 2020: Top Six

From Super League VII in 2002 until Super League XIII in 2008, a play-off series involving the top six teams was used to determine the winners the Super League champions. Excluding the Grand Final, all matches were staged at the home ground of the team that finished higher in the final league table.

A similar system was used by the Australian National Soccer League and the A-League to decide its champions. From Week Two onwards, the Top Six play-offs system reflects exactly the Page playoff system.

The Top Six Super League Play-Off Structure:

Week One

  • Elimination Semi-final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi-final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Semi final 1: 1st vs Highest ranked winner of ESFA
  • Semi Final 2: 2nd vs Highest ranked winner of ESFB


Week Three

  • Grand Final: Winners of Semi Final 1 vs Winners of Semi Final 2


Elimination play-offs Semi-finals Grand final
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Grand Final

Stadium Location Country Highest attendance Average attendance
Old Trafford Trafford, Greater Manchester England 73,581 63,352

Previous Play-Off Systems

2002-2008: Top Six

From Super League VII in 2002 until Super League XIII in 2008, a play-off series involving the top six teams was used to determine the winners the Super League champions. Excluding the Grand Final, all matches were staged at the home ground of the team that finished higher in the final league table.

A similar system was used by the Australian National Soccer League and the A-League to decide its champions. From Week Two onwards, the Top Six play-offs system reflects exactly the Page playoff system.

The Top Six Super League Play-Off Structure:

Week One

  • Elimination Semi-final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi-final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Qualification Match: 1st vs 2nd
  • Elimination Final: Winners of Elimination Semi-final A vs Winners of Elimination Semi-final B

Week Three

  • Final Qualifier: Losers of Qualification Match vs Winners of Elimination Final

Week Four

  • Grand Final: Winners of Qualification Match vs Winners of Final Qualifier

2009-2014: Top Eight

For the Super League XIV season in 2009, a top eight play-off system was introduced to replace the previous top six system.[1] This change coincided with an expansion of the competition from twelve to fourteen teams following the introduction of Super League licensing. The format was introduced following consultation and discussion with all 14 member clubs in Super League. The series lasted four weeks, culminating in the Grand Final[1] at Old Trafford during October.

  • Week 1
Four matches took place on Week One, effectively in two pools: the Qualifying Play-Offs and the Elimination Play-Offs.
  • Week 1: Qualifying Play-Offs
These matches involved the teams who finish in the top four.
They were:
  • 1st v 4th
  • 2nd v 3rd
The winners of these two games progressed directly to Week 3. The highest ranked winning club earned Club Call, whereby they chose their opponents in Week 3.
The losers of these two matches received another chance in Week 2 when they were at home to the winners of the Week 1 Elimination Play-Offs.
  • Week 1: Elimination Play-Offs
These matches involved the teams who finish from fourth through eighth.
They were:
  • 5th v 8th
  • 6th v 7th
The winners of both matches progressed to Week 2; losers were eliminated.
  • Week 2: Preliminary Semi-Finals
There were two matches in Week 2; the winner of each match progressed to Week 3 and the loser was eliminated.
  • The first Preliminary Semi-Final featured the highest ranked Qualifying Play-Off loser (from Week 1) v the lowest ranked Elimination Play-Off Winner (also from Week 1).
  • The second Preliminary Semi-Final featured the lowest ranked Qualifying Play-Off loser (from Week 1) v the highest ranked Elimination Play-Off Winner (also from Week 1).
  • Week 3
Week 3 also featured two matches; the winner of each match progresses to the Grand Final and the loser is eliminated.
  • Week 3: Club Call
Club Call took place following the second weekend of the play-offs and was hosted by the highest ranked winning club from Week 1.
The host club selected whom they would play in Week 3, and could only select from the winners of the two Preliminary Semi-finals (Week 2) - they could not choose the other Qualifying Play-offs winner.
The highest ranked club from the Qualifying Play-offs (Week one) were required to choose their opponents - they could not cede the responsibility to the other Qualifying Play-offs winner.
The team with Club Call and the other Qualifying Play-off winners from Week 1 were guaranteed home advantage in Week 3. For example, if the teams that ended the regular season in 1st and 2nd place lost their opening play-off matches, they could still find themselves playing away to the 3rd or 4th placed teams in Week 3.
  • Week 3: Qualifying Semi-Finals
  • The first Qualifying Semi-Final featured the highest ranked Qualifying Play-Off winner (from Week 1) v the team selected through Club Call.
  • The second Qualifying Semi-Final featured the lowest ranked Qualifying Play-Off winner (from Week 1) v the team not selected through Club Call.
  • Week 4: Grand Final
The two winning teams from week 3 contested the Grand Final to determine the First Utility Super League champions.

FAQ's:

  • Can any team have Club Call?
No. The highest ranked winning club from Week 1 will have Club Call, whereby they choose their opponents in Week 3. Only a team that ended the regular season in 1st, 2nd or 3rd can win Club Call.
  • Will the teams who finished 1st or 2nd at the end of the regular season be guaranteed home advantage in Week 3 should they progress?
No. The two highest rank teams after Week 1 (the team with Club Call and the other Qualifying Play-off winners) are guaranteed home advantage in Week 3. For example, should the teams that ended the regular season in 1st and 2nd place lose their opening play-off match, they could still find themselves playing away to the 3rd or 4th placed teams in Week 3.
  • Does the Club Call team have to choose their opponents or can they relinquish the responsibility to the other Qualifying Play-offs winner?
The highest ranked club from the Qualifying Play-offs (Week 1) must choose their opponents - they cannot relinquish the responsibility to the other Qualifying Play-offs winner. In addition, they can only select from the winners of the two Preliminary Semi-finals (Week 2) - they cannot choose the other Qualifying Play-offs winner.

2015-2018: Top Four

The top four play-off system was the most simple since their introduction in 1998. The top four teams qualify, the League Leaders play at home to 4th, 2nd then play at home to 3rd with the winners of both semi finals advancing to the Grand Final.

Semifinals Finals
      
1 1st
4 4th
Winner of Semi Final 1
Winner of Semi Final 2
2 2nd
3 3rd

Play-off apps

Only St. Helens have competed in every play-off series since 1998.

Name Apps Five Team Format
1998-2001, 2019 onward
Six Team Format
2002-2008
Eight Team Format
2009-2014
Four Team Format
2015-2018
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 22 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2019 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 19 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015, 2017
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 19 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2019 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015, 2016, 2018
4 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 12 2001 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2010, 2011, 2012 2016, 2017
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 12 2019 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2016, 2018
6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 11 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
7 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 8 2007 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015
7 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 8 1999, 2000, 2019 2002 2009, 2014 2017, 2018
9 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 6 2008 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
10 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 4 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 3 2004 2009, 2012
12 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 2 2003, 2005
12 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 2 2019 2006
14 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 1 1998
14 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders 1 2010
14 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 1 2014

Bold- Won the Grand Final

Play-off results

Name Best Result Apps Years
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Champions 8 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Champions 6 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2019
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Champions 5 1998, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018
4 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Champions 3 2001, 2003, 2005
5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Grand Finalist 4 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
6 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Grand Finalist 1 2006
6 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Grand Finalist 1 2017
6 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Grand Finalist 1 2019
9 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Qualifying Semi Final / Semi Final 2 2009, 2014
9 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Qualifying Semi Final / Semi Final 2 2010, 2015
11 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Semi-Final Eliminator 1 1998
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Semi-Final Eliminator 1 2004
13 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Preliminary Semi-Final 2 2009, 2010
14 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos Elimination Play-off 2 2003, 2005
15 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders Elimination Play-off 1 2010
15 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings Elimination Play-off 1 2014

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "New top eight play-off format for engage Super League". Super League. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved .

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