There has been a complete lack of information coming from the RFL and the clubs about this and most fans that I speak with seem to think it merely creates more questions than answers.
Last night Ralph Rimmer and Blake Solly were answering questions at a meeting with supporters with their responses listed on Twitter and from what we can read it seems certain that from the start of 2015 season we will be in to this new system of 2 x 12; 3 x 8.
First of all to get to that stage the 2014 season will be the one that decides which teams play in which league, the names of which have not been sorted but are getting called SL1 and SL2.
At the end of the 2014 season two clubs will be relegated out of SL1 in to SL2 to get SL1 down to 12 teams. To get our current league down to 12 from 14 we also have to lose 2 teams plus another 2 to make way for the 2 being relegated from SL1. There is some talk of Toulouse being admitted to SL2 and if that happens then that means another team will have to be lost from our league making a grand total of 4 or 5 current Championship clubs dropping down to Championship 1. So, to ensure survival in this league under its new name we have to finish no lower than 9th (if Toulouse are to be admitted) or 10th (with no Toulouse).
It doesn't take an Einstein to work it out that many clubs in our league will be looking to strengthen their squads in order to finish in that top 9 or 10 and I can foresee some pushing themselves to the limit to survive.
For all this upheaval there has to be some benefits one would think but the main benefits seem to be all for the SL1's 12 teams plus the top four in SL2 and mainly financial. The 12 SL1 teams will be receiving £1.3 million each. The top four SL2 clubs will receive £650k; £600k; £550k and £500k in order of finishing positions. The 5th club will get £200k and then others down to 12th get a lesser amount depending on position, so a team finishing about 9th would get somewhere in the region of £175k. Clubs in Championship 1 will receive around £75k each.
In the 2015 season after each team in both leagues has played the other 11 teams home and away plus a Magic Weekend for both leagues, a total of 23 matches, the two leagues split in to 3 groups of 8 teams. The top 8 in SL1 play each other once and add the points to their points from the 23 matches. The highest finishing clubs getting the 4 home games in the 7 games. After all these matches the top four then go on to play for the Grand Final places.
The bottom four in SL1 and the top 4 from SL2 will play each other just once with the SL2 teams having the 4 home matches and at the end of these 7 games the top four of these clubs will be in SL 1 the following season.
The remaining 8 clubs from SL2 will also play each other once and the bottom club from these 7 matches will be relegated. These matches are added to the points from the first 23 matches and the finishing positions in these 7 matches will decide the amount of money the club will receive. It doesn't seem to have been decided which clubs get the 4 home games and which get 4 away games!!!
The minimum criteria for entry in to SL2 seems to be "would a broadcaster be able to televise a live match at your ground?".
EDIT: It appears that the 7 match results are added to the 23 matches in the third group of 8.
Edited by Keith T, 31 July 2013 - 06:01 PM.