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https://www.rugby-league.com/article/57714/play-off-structures-for-betfred-championship-and-league-

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Top 6 qualify for Championship play-off. Top two get a bye in first of 3 play-off roundsthen meet winners of two games between 3rd-6th clubs in semis. Then a Grand Final.

Need to have played 70% of games to qualify for play-offs (what if teams in top 6 haven't? Do 7th/8th finishers etc get in instead?)

Relegation for bottom two in Championship regardless of games played. Top team in League 1 gets automatic promotion and clubs in 2nd-6th places play off for second promotion spot.

Announcement re the difficulties involving Toulouse and their early-season games to follow in next few days.

Looks like less advantage for top 2 in Championship than in previous seasons. Presumably home advantage in play-offs, including final, will be based on finishing positions.

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Playoffs are meant to be biggest games of year so glad we have a structure that promotes that. 6 in means some great playoff games and your six 'big' teams  (Toulouse, Fev, Broncos, York, Widnes and Bradford) will all think they should be making the playoffs. 

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7 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

Playoffs are meant to be biggest games of year so glad we have a structure that promotes that. 6 in means some great playoff games and your six 'big' teams  (Toulouse, Fev, Broncos, York, Widnes and Bradford) will all think they should be making the playoffs. 

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3 minutes ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

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Oh I'd love to see Fax or Newcastle gatecrash the party.  Reality is of all the teams least prepared off the field to go up it would be Bradford.  But the 6/7,000 Bulls would draw could make up for that. 

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2 minutes ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

I'm assuming at the highest-ranked team, otherwise there's virtually no advantage in finishing first rather than second.

 

I hope not, it should be at a neutral venue. 

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19 hours ago, Chris Taylor said:

Where's the final at?

You think the RFL will have thought that far ahead? They will change this anyway about 2 weeks before the end of the league, then flip a coin for where to paly them if the last few years are anything to go by.

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8 hours ago, dkw said:

You think the RFL will have thought that far ahead? They will change this anyway about 2 weeks before the end of the league, then flip a coin for where to paly them if the last few years are anything to go by.

The final in 2019 was always to be played at the home of the highest ranked finalist

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17 hours ago, DEANO said:

The final in 2019 was always to be played at the home of the highest ranked finalist

I'm thinking more of that time they made my team Workington play Swinton which they decided about 2 weeks before the end of the season, with a coin toss to decide venue.

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13 hours ago, DEANO said:

The final in 2019 was always to be played at the home of the highest ranked finalist

Simple reason in my opinion being that it was expected Toronto v Toulouse would be the finalists, can you imagine the attendance at a neutral venue in  England, it would have been not to long after Catalan got to Wembley and the ensuing dissapointing attendance that would not have been wanted repeating.

Previously Championship finals had been at neutral venues as is the SLGF which is the correct way, the top 2 get the advantage of an easier passage to the final that is their reward for finishing higher up the ladder, finals should always be at neutral venues, no discussion needed.

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1 hour ago, Harry Stottle said:

Simple reason in my opinion being that it was expected Toronto v Toulouse would be the finalists, can you imagine the attendance at a neutral venue in  England, it would have been not to long after Catalan got to Wembley and the ensuing dissapointing attendance that would not have been wanted repeating.

Previously Championship finals had been at neutral venues as is the SLGF which is the correct way, the top 2 get the advantage of an easier passage to the final that is their reward for finishing higher up the ladder, finals should always be at neutral venues, no discussion needed.

Correct. I was merely pointing out that the rules were in place at the start of the season 

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15 hours ago, DEANO said:

The final in 2019 was always to be played at the home of the highest ranked finalist

It has been that way for a few seasons.

I can't find the details,but I think a final, held at Widnes,drew a poor attendance.

I don't think the RFL can afford to rent a neutral venue,anymore.

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6 hours ago, Angelic Cynic said:

It has been that way for a few seasons.

I can't find the details,but I think a final, held at Widnes,drew a poor attendance.

I don't think the RFL can afford to rent a neutral venue,anymore.

I can remember two at Widnes, Castleford v Whitehaven and Huddersfield v Leigh and the ground was pretty full for both of them if my memory is correct.

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7 hours ago, Angelic Cynic said:

It has been that way for a few seasons.

I can't find the details,but I think a final, held at Widnes,drew a poor attendance.

I don't think the RFL can afford to rent a neutral venue,anymore.

The last 'final' at a neutral venue was I believe the 2015 Championship Shield Final between Fev and London, held at Widnes with an attendance of around 4000. Swinton and Keighley also played for the 2nd promotion spot to the Championship.

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14 hours ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

The last 'final' at a neutral venue was I believe the 2015 Championship Shield Final between Fev and London, held at Widnes with an attendance of around 4000. Swinton and Keighley also played for the 2nd promotion spot to the Championship.

The year before 2014 was Fev v Leigh at Headingley 9,164, no disrespect but what else would you expect the next year with London being involved?

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14 hours ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

The last 'final' at a neutral venue was I believe the 2015 Championship Shield Final between Fev and London, held at Widnes with an attendance of around 4000. Swinton and Keighley also played for the 2nd promotion spot to the Championship.

Championship Sheild isn't a fair comparison though is it

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23 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

The year before 2014 was Fev v Leigh at Headingley 9,164, no disrespect but what else would you expect the next year with London being involved?

The attendances for Grand Finals wasn’t that bad. 20k at Cas v Widnes in 2008 (if Wikipedia is correct) is phenomenal, really. The attendances took a bit of a hit around the Licensing era but that could be partly down to Sheffield, who aren’t the most well supported side, getting to three on the trot and one of them being against another relatively small club in Batley. 

Excluding those three years Sheffield got to the final, the attendance never dropped below 7,000 and there was 5 attendances of 10k+, with another three of 9k+. 

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1 hour ago, Hela Wigmen said:

The attendances for Grand Finals wasn’t that bad. 20k at Cas v Widnes in 2008 (if Wikipedia is correct) is phenomenal, really. The attendances took a bit of a hit around the Licensing era but that could be partly down to Sheffield, who aren’t the most well supported side, getting to three on the trot and one of them being against another relatively small club in Batley. 

Excluding those three years Sheffield got to the final, the attendance never dropped below 7,000 and there was 5 attendances of 10k+, with another three of 9k+. 

The 2008 Finals Day was a triple header with Cas, Widnes, Fev and Oldham as the 4 'pro' clubs involved. Fev Lions were also playing, but their opponents escape my ageing memory.

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