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The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)


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#4781 Dave T

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 07:46 AM

Nice to see the RL 'family' alive and kicking.

Aren't all of our clubs important and valuable, whether they are Wigan, Featherstone, London or Coventry.

Im not sure why so many people love to stick the boot into clubs just to win an argument on a forum.

All clubs are important. Apart from Widnes.

#4782 Griff

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:17 AM



But again people can't have it both ways and declare that in the here and now Bradford or London are shot, when in the here and now "well managed" Sheffield are well down the Championship and playing before falling crowds out of a bigger dump than Odsal.

 

 

I take issue with that, Parky.  Odsal is much bigger than Owlerton.


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#4783 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:58 AM

I take issue with that, Parky.  Odsal is much bigger than Owlerton.

I think he might be talking about levels of squalor

 

but you knew that didn't you? :haha:


Edited by l'angelo mysterioso, 24 July 2014 - 08:59 AM.

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#4784 brooza

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 10:13 AM

The top 8 #superleague sides in 2014 will enter the 2015 #challengecup in round 6. The bottom 4 will enter in round 5.


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#4785 brooza

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 10:14 AM

Championship 1 to become "Kingstone Press League One"


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#4786 brooza

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 10:15 AM

2015 marks a new era in the sport of Rugby League and next season promises to be the most exciting in living memory.

The changes to the structure of the competitions will ensure that every minute, of every match, in every competition matters, while the return of promotion and relegation in a format that is financially sustainable should ensure fans of the sport are entertained from February to October, with an exciting season punctuated by a series of world-class events commencing with the World Club Challenge and finishing at Old Trafford with the Super League Grand Final.

 

Why is the competition restructuring taking place?

The fundamental purpose of the new structure is to make Rugby League’s professional competitions more exciting, by restoring promotion and relegation in a sustainable manner. 

 

What will the leagues be called in 2015?

In the regular season, the First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will retain their current names – the only change will be that the third tier competition will become Kingstone Press League 1.

 

How many clubs will be in each competition?

Super League and the Championship will each feature 12 teams and Kingstone Press League 1 will comprise 14 clubs.

 

How will the identity of the clubs in all three competitions be determined?

At the end of the 2014 regular season the bottom two clubs in Super League will be relegated to create a 12-team competition. At the same time, the bottom five clubs in the Championship will be relegated, and the Championship One winners will be promoted to create a 12-team Championship. The five relegated Championship clubs and the eight remaining Championship Once clubs will be joined by new entrants Coventry Bears to create a 14-team League 1.

 

How will the new structure work for League 1?

The 14 League 1 clubs will each play 22 games – 11 home and 11 away, playing each other once and nine teams twice with fixtures scheduled on a geographical basis. At the end of the regular season 1st will play 2nd with the winner promoted to the Championship as champions. The loser of that match will join the teams which finished 3rd, 4th and 5th in a play-offs series as follows: loser of the promotion decider v 5th, and 3rd v 4th. The winners of those semi-finals will contest a play-off final to determine the second promotion place.

In addition, a League One Cup competition will be reintroduced in 2015 consisting of 16 teams – the 14 League 1 clubs plus the 2014 National Conference League Grand Final winners and the 2014 RFL Conference Challenge Cup winners. The competition will be a straight knockout with the early rounds played at the start of the season.  The first round will be an open draw grouped by geography with the straight open draw thereafter. It is proposed that the final will be played at the ‘home team’ venue rather than a neutral venue but this is still to be confirmed.

 

Will Championship and League One clubs still be able to enter into duel registration partnerships with Super League clubs?

A three-way working party with representatives from Super League, Championship and the community game has been formed to look into how best to protect the integrity of the leagues whilst ensuring that there are minimal barriers to stop players having regular competitive playing opportunities.

 

Will bonus points continue to be awarded in both the Championship and League One?

With annual promotion and relegation restored, there is a recognition that all teams need to use the same points scoring system.  The sport currently operates two scoring systems with two points for a win and one for a draw in Super League, and three points, two for a draw and one for losing by 12 points or less in Championship and Championship One. One of these will be adopted across all three competitions from 2015.

A consultation process is currently underway to see which would be the best option: the process will take into account the views of players, coaches, administrators, broadcasters, commercial partners, other stakeholders in the game and, most importantly, the fans.   Leeds Metropolitan University are undertaking a piece of research to obtain the views of fans from both Super League and Championships that will feed into the decision-making process which is expected to come to a conclusion before the end of this year.

 

How will the new structure impact on the Challenge Cup?

The 2015 Challenge Cup will be aligned to the new competition structure with the main change being that the eight clubs contesting the Super League play-offs in 2014 (and Super 8s from 2015 onwards) will enter the Challenge Cup at the sixth round stage.

The 14 League 1 teams will enter at the third round stage, joining the 10 survivors from the 40 clubs invited to participate from the first round (12 ties)

The 12 Championship clubs will then enter in Round 4, joining the 12 third round winners (12 ties).

The bottom four Super League teams enter in Round 5, joining the 12 fourth round winners (eight ties).

The top eight Super League teams enter in Round 6, joining the eight fifth round winners (eight ties)

The sixth round is followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final at Wembley Stadium.

The 2015 Challenge Cup final will be played on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend.


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#4787 MikeW

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:23 AM

All clubs are important. Apart from Widnes.

Dave,

 

You haven't spent the last 20 years running the RFL have you?



#4788 Johnoco

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:26 AM

Well we have what we have now, let's see what happens! Me? I'm off on holiday. ..see you in a fortnight.

#4789 Griff

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:32 AM

I like the idea of "duel registration".

 

Pistols ?  Rapiers ?   Balloons and blunderbusses ? :vinsent:


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#4790 John Drake

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:46 AM

Following today's official announcement of how the new league structures are going to work, here's the all-new never ending league restructure debate thread to discuss it all:

 

http://www.totalrl.c...ess-conference/

 

As a result, I'm locking this thread to avoid duplication.


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