|Current season, competition or edition:|
Super League XXVII
|No. of teams||12|
|Country|| England |
| St Helens |
|Most titles|| St Helens |
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||Challenge Cup|
|International cup(s)||World Club Challenge|
The Super League (officially known as the Betfred Super League due to sponsorship from Betfred and legally known as Super League Europe),is the top-level of the British rugby league system. At present the league consists of twelve teams, of which ten are from Northern England, reflecting the sport's geographic heartland within the UK, and two from southern France.
The Super League began in 1996, replacing the existing First Division and, significantly, switching from a traditional winter season to a summer season.
Each team plays 27 games between February and September: 11 home games, 11 away games, Magic Weekend and an additional 4 'loop fixtures' decided by league positions. The top six then enter the play-off series leading to the Grand Final which determines the champions. The bottom team is relegated to the Championship.
In a recent tradition, the Super League champions play the National Rugby League champions from Australasia in the World Club Challenge at the start of the following season.
During the 1950s, British rugby league experienced a boom in popularity. However the twenty years that followed saw attendances and popularity decline. A ‘Super League’ was first suggested as far back as the 1970s as a way to address the decline. By the early 1990s the sport was still struggling with dwindling attendances, poor facilities and was dominated by one club Wigan who were the only full time professional team.
By 1992 then Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, Maurice Lindsay brought up a serious idea for a Super League. He wanted the new league to break the stereotype of rugby league being a sport only played in Northern England and had a vision for clubs to play out of new facilities under a set of minimum standards in an unpublished document he called ‘Framing the Future’.
Lindsay’s Super League was given a boost during the mid 90s Australian Super League war. A Rupert Murdoch backed Super League in Australia was trying to gain broadcasting supremacy over the Australian Rugby League. In an attempt to gain the upper hand, Murdoch, whose broadcasting company bSkyb already had the rights to the First Division, approached the RFL.
A £77 million offerand an £87 million payment aided the decision. It was agreed a 14 team Super League would take place in 1996, switching the sport from winter to summer and making every team full time.
As part of the agreement, Super League would be a European competition to break free from its Northern stereotype. Rugby league held a traditional heartland in the South of France and so Toulouse Olympique were invited. A second club from the French leagues was also planned to be invited but the French government refused their backing unless there was a team from Paris, thus Paris Saint Germain were founded as the second French club playing under the same name and colours as the football club.
As well as two French clubs being involved, several merges between English clubs were put forward:
The proposal to merge neighbouring clubs, many who were local rivals and had been part of communities for a hundred year proved unpopular. On Good Friday 1995 it was announced Toulouse had pulled out and Widnes had their own place alongside Warrington, this as well as anti merger campaigns and debates in parliament effectively killing any change of mergers happening.
The first major change before the Super League happened in the 1994-95 season. It was decided the teams finishing in the top ten of the First Division would be in the Super League. Teams finishing 11-15 would be relegated to the Second Division while the bottom team would be relegated to the new Third Division. In the current Second Division the top 7 teams would remain while the rest would make up the Third Division.
Controversy occurred at the end of 1994-95 when Keighley won the Second Division but were denied promotion due to fourth placed London Broncos being fast tracked to the First Division as Lindsay wanted Super League to have a more national coverage. This resulted in a legal challenge from Keighley and Widnes who were both denied a place in Super League.
The 1995-96 season would be the last to be played in winter and fittingly was the sports centenary year. The season was kept short, starting in August and finishing in January while the 1995 World Cup taking place in October.
Super League finally kicked off in 1996 with the 12 founding teams being:
Along with the new league, new rules were introduced. Squad numbers were adopted, a video referee was at every televised game and the salary cap was introduced to stop clubs overspending and to allow for a more level playing field. Super League was also more Americanised with clubs adopting nicknames and the league seasons copying the NFL Super Bowl by being known as a Roman numeral rather than year (e.g. Super League 1996 was known as Super League I).
The first game was on 29 March which saw PSG beat Sheffield 30-24 in front of 17,873 people at Charlety Stadium. The inaugural Super League title was won by St Helens, breaking Wigans stronghold for the first time since 1989 while Workington were relegated.
St Helens we’re unable to defend their title as Super Leagues second season was won by the Bradford Bulls with London Broncos justifying the decision to be fast tracked into Super League by finishing second. Oldham we’re relegated and PSG, who had finished 11th for the second consecutive time were dissolved after it was discovered some of their overseas players had tourist visas to avoid paying French tax.
Due to Oldham being relegated and PSG folding, two teams, Hull Sharks and Huddersfield Giants, were promoted. It was also announced ahead of the 1998 season that there would be no relegation as the league planned to expand to 14 teams from 1999.
The other major change was that a playoff would decide the Champions. This was not new to rugby league as a playoff system had been in use for most of the sports existence although one hadn’t been used since 1973. Confusingly a playoff did take place at the end of the season but was separate from the official league season and thus didn’t count towards anything. Old Trafford the venue for the old Premiership Playoff Final would be used to host the new Grand Final in which the top five Super League teams would contest.
The first Grand Final took place at Old Trafford in front of a sellout crowd of 40,000 who watched Wigan defeat Leeds 12-8, their first league title since the old First Division.
Ahead of the expansion to 14 clubs Wakefield Trinity were promoted from the Second Division and a new club, Gateshead Thunder were awarded a place in Super League in 1999, which was won by St Helens who beat Bradford in the Grand Final.
Gateshead had a successful debut season on the field finishing tow points off the playoffs however off the field the club was suffering financial difficulties. By the end of the season Gateshead announced they would merge with Hull Sharks who were to revert to being known as Hull FC. Gateshead weren’t the only club struggling, Sheffield announced they could no longer continue and merged with Huddersfield and would be known as Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants. Due to these two clubs resigning from the league it was agreed Super League would revert to 12 teams after just one season.
Relegation was reintroduced in 2001 with one team going down each year. The only major change to the league was in 2002 when the playoffs were expanded to six teams. The League Leaders Shield was introduced in 2003 to reward the team who finished top at the end of the regular season.
In 2005 it was announced a franchise was to be awarded to a French club, with Toulouse, Villeneuve and Catalans Dragons all applying. In the end Catalans, who were only founded in 2000 after a merger between two Perpignan based clubs, were chosen. Their debut season would be in 2006 and they would be exempt from relegation for the first three years. Their inclusion in Super League meant two clubs would be relegated in 2005. Bottom team Leigh we’re relegated with 11th placed Widnes.
By the mid 2000s Super League hadn’t exactly become what people hoped it would. Standards on the field had improved and attendances increased but many clubs still played out of crumbling stadiums and most of the sport was still played in the North of England. There was also the emergence of the ‘Big Four’ (Bradford, Leeds, Wigan & St Helens) who were dominating the league during its first 10 seasons.
In May 2005 to try and combat the issues facing Super League, the RFL announced licences were announced as the new determinant of the Super League competition's participants from 2009 with relegation scrapped, two new teams would expand the league to 14. The licences were awarded after consideration of more factors than simply the on-the-field performance of a club.After 2007 automatic promotion and relegation was suspended for Super League with new teams to be admitted on a licence basis with the term of the licence to start in 2009.
The RFL stated that clubs applying to compete in Super League would be assessed by criteria in four areas (stadium facilities, finance and business performance, commercial and marketing and playing strength, including junior production and development) with the final evaluations and decisions being taken by the RFL board of directors.
Successful applicants were licensed for three years of Super League competition andthree-yearly reviews of Super League membership took place to ensure ambitious clubs lower down the leagues can still be successful.
Points attained by each club's application are translated into licence grades A, B or C. Clubs who achieved an A or B Licence would be automatically awarded a place in the Super League, while those who achieved a C Licence underwent further scrutiny before the RFL decided who made the final cut.
First licensing period
In June 2008, the RFL confirmed that the Super League would be expanded from 12 teams to 14 in 2009 with the playoffs also expanding to 8 teams,and on 22 July 2008 the RFL confirmed the teams awarded licences. The teams announced were the 12 existing Super League teams along with National League 1 teams, Celtic Crusaders and Salford. Celtic Crusaders becoming the first Welsh team to play in Super League and the only team to be awarded a licence who had never played in the Super League previously.
Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Leigh and Widnes all failed to attain a licence. Leigh and Widnes, especially, were disappointed with their exclusions with Leigh's chairman being extremely critical of the RFL.
By the end of the 2008 season, Salford and Celtic Crusaders finished 13th and 14th respectively and the Grand Final was won by the League Leaders, Leeds Rhinos for a fourth time. The following season Crusaders made the playoffs but were knocked out in the first round. League Leaders Wigan won the Grand Final.
By 2011 the Crusaders were suffering financial difficulties and entered administration and were deducted four points. Salford on the other hand despite never making the playoffs in the three years since they were promoted were in a much better financial position.
During this period the league was being dominated by Leeds and St Helens with Leeds winning 3 titles and St Helens appearing in every Grand Final.
Second licensing period
For the 2012–14 seasons Championship sides Batley, Barrow, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax and Widnes all met the on-field criteria needed to submit an application,but despite this only Barrow, Halifax and Widnes decided to submit an application. On 31 March 2011 Widnes were awarded a Super League licence; Barrow, did not meet the criteria and were refused a licence; and Halifax's application was to be further considered alongside the other Super League clubs.
The Rugby Football League's final decision was announced on 26 July 2011, Widnes would be joining thirteen existing Super League teams with Crusaders having withdrawn their application and Halifax being refused a license.Crusaders CEO Rod Findlay stated that the club's finances were not in a good enough condition to justify their place in Super League. Halifax chairman Mark Steele was critical of the decision to award Wakefield a licence over themselves, saying "If you compare Belle Vue with the Shay, it's no contest; if you compare playing records, it's no contest; and if you compare the financial position, we have kept our head above water and they haven't." Wakefield had been favourites to lose their licence before Crusaders' withdrawal.
After two licensing periods the system started to fall out of favour. Some highlighted the failure of clubs such as Wakefield and Castleford to build new stadiums but were twice awarded licenses over Championship clubs who many thought would be better suited to Super League. There was also unrest in the Championship with clubs feeling their success on the pitch should be rewarded.
At the 2013 Annual General Meeting in Bradford, the Super League clubs agreed to reduce the number of clubs to 12 from 2015, and also for a return of Promotion and Relegation with a 12 club Championship.
A radical new league structure was proposed. The 12 Super League and 12 Championship clubs would play each other home and away over 22 rounds, plus a Magic Weekend for both divisions, making a 23-game regular season. Following the conclusion of their regular league seasons, the 24 clubs then competed in a play-off series where they split into 3 leagues of 8 based upon league position:
Funding for clubs was tiered in both leagues to prevent relegation-related financial difficulties.
In preparation for the new structure, two clubs would be relegated from Super League in 2014 to reduce the league to 12. By the end of the season London Broncos and four time Champions Bradford Bulls were relegated to the Championship.
In June 2015 8 of the 12 Super League clubs voted to allow a Marquee Player that could exceed a clubs salary cap as long as they can afford their wages. The marquee player rule came into force for the 2016 Super League season.
The first Super 8s season was won by the Leeds Rhinos, with all four Super League clubs surviving the Qualifiers. The following year Hull KR were relegated when they lost to Salford in the Million Pound Game with Leigh being promoted.
2017 saw Castleford finish top of the league for the first time in their history although they eventually lost the Grand Final to Leeds who claimed their 8th title.
By 2018 there were question marks over how successful the Super 8s were. Attendances after the split dropped and there was more interest in relegation than there was in the Super League 8s and playoffs.
On 14 September 2018, an EGM was called to discuss the future of the sport. The Super League clubs were unhappy with the way the RFL was running the sport and wanted more control over future TV deals and sponsorship money. A vote went Super Leagues way and they subsequently split from the RFL while also voting in favour of scrapping the Super 8s in favour of a more traditional league structure with a one up one down system for promotion and relegation.
As a result of the split the Super League appointed former Everton CEO Robert Elstone as Chief Executive. Elstone brought in new branding and new rules such as the shot clock to stop time wasting and golden point extra time in favour of draws.
After a successful 2019 season Elstone success was short lived due to the 2020 season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom . The season was temporarily suspended during the national lockdown in which after Toronto Wolfpack did not return to complete the season. There were calls made from Super League clubs for the two executive bodies – Super League and the RFL – to re-amalgamate following the financial difficulties from the pandemic.
As of 14 December 2020, it was decided by unanimous vote that the Leigh Centurions would take the 12th spot in the 26th Super League season, replacing the Toronto Wolfpack who withdrew from the league as a result of financial difficulties caused by the pandemic. This came after the RFL cancelled the Championship 2020 season in response to the pandemic.
In February 2021 Elstone announced he was to resign as Chief Executive of Super League, citing failures to bring outside investment to the league and the effects of the pandemic. Huddersfield's chairman Ken Davy was appointed as temporary Chief Executive until the end of the season. Subsequently the new Sky Sports TV deal for the Super League and lower divisions was cut from £40 million to £25 million per year for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.This again had RFL and Super League officials calling for a realignment of the two governing bodies.
On March 22 2022 at a Special General Meeting it was announced the RFL and Super League were to officially realign after a majority of clubs voted in favour. A new company separate from the RFL was also set up to take care of the commercial side of the sport.
On the 10 May 2022 the RFL announced it had signed a 12 year deal with sports marketing company IMG to maximise the sports growth.
12 teams compete in the Super League. They play each other twice on a home-and-away basis, interrupted by the Magic Weekend round in May. The 12 clubs also play 6 loop fixtures to bring the number of games in a season to 27. The team finishing bottom after 27 rounds collects the Wooden Spoon, and is relegated, while the team finishing first is awarded the League Leaders Shield. The top 6 teams at the end of the season enter the playoffs.
Super League adopted Golden point during regular season for the first time in 2019, bringing it in line with the NRL which had been using the system since 2003.
In an attempt to expand out of the traditional rugby league "heartlands", and promote the game to a wider audience, the RFL has staged games in large stadiums in places without an existing rugby league presence. The "Magic Weekend" concept, which involves staging an entire round of Super League matches over a weekend in a single stadium, was first staged in Cardiff in 2007. Dubbed "Millennium Magic", and played in the Millennium Stadium, it proved popular with spectators and the concept was held in Cardiff again in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, the event was held in Edinburgh at the Scottish national rugby union stadium, Murrayfield, giving rise to the name changing to "Murrayfield Magic". Generally held during the May Day bank holiday weekend, 2011 saw the Magic Weekend return to Cardiff, and was this time held during the weekend 12–13 February 2011 and served as the season's opening week. From 2014 to 2018, the event was held at St James' Park in Newcastle. In 2019, the event was held at Anfield in Liverpool, before returning to Newcastle for the 2020 season.
The play-offs have had various formats. St. Helens are the only team to take part in every play-off series since the inaugural series in 1998.
For 2021 Super League XXVI will use the same six team format used in 2020;comprising three rounds. In round one, the elimination finals, the teams finishing 3rd to 6th play each other with the winners progressing to round two. Round two, the semi-finals, sees the teams finishing 1st and 2nd playing the winners of the two elimination finals. The two winners of the semi-finals meet in the Grand Final.
The Grand Final is the championship-deciding game and showpiece event of the Super League season. It is held annually at Old Trafford, with the exception of 2020 when it was hosted at KCOM Stadium in Hull in front of no supporters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Challenge Cup is a separate cup competition, involving clubs from Super League and all levels of rugby league in Britain. It has been held annually since 1896 and has been expanded to teams in Canada, Serbia, Ireland, Russia, France, Scotland and Wales can take part. The cup runs throughout the season, and the final is usually played on the August bank holiday at Wembley Stadium. Before Super League began in 1996, the final used to take place at Wembley Stadium at the end of April or the start of May, usually 2 weeks after the regular season ended.
|Super League clubs|
|Castleford Tigers a||1926||Castleford, West Yorkshire||Wheldon Road||11,775||0 (N/A)|
|Catalans Dragons||2000||Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales||Gilbert Brutus Stadium||13,000||0 (N/A)|
|Huddersfield Giants c||1864||Huddersfield, West Yorkshire||Kirklees Stadium||24,500||7 (1962)|
|Hull FC c||1865||Hull, East Yorkshire||Hull City Stadium||25,400||6 (1983)|
|Hull Kingston Rovers||1882||Hull, East Yorkshire||Craven Park||12,225||5 (1985)|
|Leeds Rhinos abc||1870||Leeds, West Yorkshire||Headingley Stadium||19,700||11 (2017)|
|Leigh Centurions c||1878||Leigh, Greater Manchester||Leigh Sports Village||12,005||2 (1982)|
|Salford Red Devils||1873||Salford, Greater Manchester||Salford City Stadium||12,000||6 (1976)|
|St Helens abc||1873||St Helens, Merseyside||Totally Wicked Stadium||18,000||17 (2022)|
|Wakefield Trinity c||1873||Wakefield, West Yorkshire||Belle Vue||9,333||2 (1968)|
|Warrington Wolves abc||1876||Warrington, Cheshire||Halliwell Jones Stadium||15,200||3 (1955)|
|Wigan Warriors abc||1872||Wigan, Greater Manchester||DW Stadium||25,133||22 (2018)|
|Former Super League clubs|
|First season in|
|Last season in|
|Last top |
|Celtic Crusaders §||3||2009||2011||N/A|
|Paris Saint-Germain §||2||1996||1997||N/A|
|Gateshead Thunder §||1||1999||1999||N/A|
|Paris Saint Germain||12|
|1998: No relegation|
|1999||No relegation||N/A|| Gateshead Thunder merged with Hull Sharks to form Hull FC|
Sheffield Eagles and Huddersfield Giants merged to form Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants
|2000: No relegation|
|2002||Salford City Reds||11|
|2005|| Widnes Vikings ||13|
|2007||Salford City Reds||13|
|2008–2010: No relegation due to licensing system|
|2012-2013: No relegation due to licensing system|
|2014|| London Broncos ||2|
|2016||Hull Kingston Rovers||14|
|Current Super League team|
|24||Toronto||1||Withdrew after 7 rounds|
|2001||Wakefield Trinity||2||Salary Cap Breach|
|2003||Halifax||2||Salary Cap Breach|
|Hull F.C.||2||Salary Cap Breach|
|St. Helens||2||Salary Cap Breach|
|2006||Bradford Bulls||2||Salary Cap Breach|
|Wigan Warriors||2||Salary Cap Breach|
|2007||Bradford Bulls||2||Salary Cap Breach|
|Wigan Warriors||4||Salary Cap Breach|
|2013||Salford Red Devils||2||Fielding Extra Man|
|2016||Salford Red Devils||6||Salary Cap Breach|
In 2014 and 2015 Super League clubs were unhappy with the Dual registration system and wanted to form an under-23 reserve leagues between the under-19s and first teams. Wigan, Warrington and St Helens were the first teams to propose the return of the reserve league where players could move from the under 19s and play with professional players before playing in the first team. A reserve league was set up in 2016 with a mixture of Super League, Championship and League 1 teams.
Dual registration refers to an arrangement between clubs whereby a player continues to be registered to his current Super League club and is also registered to play for a club in the Championship. The system is aimed at young Super League players who are thought to be not quite ready to make the step up to 'week in, week out' Super League first team duties but for whom first team match experience is likely to be beneficial for their development.
In 2017 the following teams will run in each of the Senior Academy divisions:Super League Academy – U19s:
For the first two Super League seasons, Champions were decided by a round robin system. The league format changed in 1998 with a play-off series used to determine the Super League champions for the first since 1972–73.
|Season||Champions||Score||Runners-up||League Leaders' Shield|
|St. Helens a||N/A||Wigan Warriors||N/Aa|
|Bradford Bulls a||London Broncos|
|Wigan Warriors||10–4||Leeds Rhinos||Wigan Warriors|
|St. Helens||8–6||Bradford Bulls||Bradford Bulls|
|St. Helens||29–16||Wigan Warriors||Wigan Warriors|
|Bradford Bulls||37–6||Wigan Warriors||Bradford Bulls|
|St. Helens||19–18||Bradford Bulls||St. Helens|
|Bradford Bulls||25–12||Wigan Warriors||Bradford Bulls|
|Leeds Rhinos||16–8||Bradford Bulls||Leeds Rhinos|
|Bradford Bulls||15–6||Leeds Rhinos||St. Helens|
|St. Helens||26–4||Hull||St. Helens|
|Leeds Rhinos||33–6||St. Helens||St. Helens|
|Leeds Rhinos||24–16||St. Helens||St. Helens|
|Leeds Rhinos||18–10||St. Helens||Leeds Rhinos|
|Wigan Warriors||22–10||St. Helens||Wigan Warriors|
|Leeds Rhinos||32–16||St. Helens||Warrington Wolves|
|Leeds Rhinos||26–18||Warrington Wolves||Wigan Warriors|
|Wigan Warriors||30–16||Warrington Wolves||Huddersfield Giants|
|St. Helens||14–6||Wigan Warriors||St. Helens|
|Leeds Rhinos||22–20||Wigan Warriors||Leeds Rhinos|
|Wigan Warriors||12–6||Warrington Wolves||Warrington Wolves|
|Leeds Rhinos||24–6||Castleford Tigers||Castleford Tigers|
|Wigan Warriors||12–4||Warrington Wolves||St. Helens|
|St. Helens||23–6||Salford Red Devils||St. Helens|
|St. Helens||8–4||Wigan Warriors||Wigan Warriors|
|St. Helens||12–10||Catalans Dragons||Catalans Dragons|
|St. Helens||24–12||Leeds Rhinos||St Helens|
|1||St. Helens||10||5||1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022|
|2||Leeds Rhinos||8||3||2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017|
|3||Wigan Warriors||5||6||1998, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018|
|4||Bradford Bulls||4||3||1997, 2001, 2003, 2005|
|Salford Red Devils||0||1||N/A|
In rugby league, the term 'the Double' refers to the achievement of a club that wins both the top division and the Challenge Cup in the same season. To date, this has been achieved by ten different clubs in total, six of which occasions have been during the Super League era.
|1||Wigan Warriors||7||1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, |
1993–94, 1994–95, 2013
|2||St. Helens||4||1965–66, 1996, 2006, 2021|
|3||Huddersfield Giants||2||1912–13, 1914–15|
|6||Hunslet F.C. §||1||1907–08|
The Treble refers to the team who wins all three domestic honours on offer during the season; Grand Final, League Leaders' Shield and Challenge Cup. To date seven teams have won the treble, only Bradford Bulls, St. Helens and Leeds Rhinos have won the treble in the Super League era.
|1||3||1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95|
The Quadruple refers to winning the Super League, League Leaders' Shield, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge in one season.
The League Leaders' Shield is awarded to the team finishing the regular season top of Super League; this is also known as a minor premiership. The League Leader's Shield was introduced only in 2003, previously no prize was awarded to the team finishing top following the introduction of the Grand Final.
|1||St. Helens||9||2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2022|
|2||Wigan Warriors||5||1998, 2000, 2010, 2012,|
|3||Bradford Bulls||3||1999, 2001, 2003|
|4||Leeds Rhinos||3||2004, 2009, 2015|
|5||Warrington Wolves||2||2011, 2016|
The winner of the Grand Final is given the Super League Trophy as Super League Champions. This is considered more prestigious than the minor premiership. Each year, the year of a champion team's triumph, team name and team Rugby league football captain are engraved.
The record for most Super League titles won is held by St Helens with nine titles. Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield currently holds the record for captaining the most Super League title winning sides after captaining Leeds to their first 7 grand final successes. St. Helens contested the final 6 years in a row (from 2006 until 2011) during which time they succeeded only once in lifting the trophy against Hull F.C. in 2006; after which they suffered consecutive defeats against Leeds in 2007, 2008, 2009, Wigan in 2010 and Leeds once again in 2011. However, St. Helens made a victorious return in 2014, defeating rivals, Wigan 14–6 and have since won a further three grand finals, defeating Salford in 2019, Wigan in 2020 and Catalans Dragons in 2021.
Following their 2020 defeat to St. Helens, Wigan have now broken St Helens' record of losing five Grand Finals, losing a total of six. Hull F.C. (2006), Warrington (2012, 2013, 2016, and 2018), Castleford (2017), Salford (2019), and Catalans (2021) have all appeared in the Grand Final but never won.
The Man of Steel Award is an annual award for the best player of the season in Super League. It has continued from pre-Super League times, with the first such award given in 1977. It was renamed in honour of Steve Prescott in 2014.
The Albert Goldthorpe Medal is an award voted for be members of the press who cast a vote after every game of the regular season. The three players who, in the opinion of the reporter, have been the three 'best and fairest' players in the game will receive three points, two points and one point respectively. To be eligible for a vote, a player must not have been suspended from the competition at any stage during the season.
Each season a "Dream Team" is also named. The best thirteen players in their respective positions are voted for by members of the sports press. The 2022 dream team is as follows:
|1||Jai Field||Wigan Warriors||1|
|2||Bevan French||Wigan Warriors||2|
|3||Shaun Kenny-Dowall||Hull Kingston Rovers||1|
|4||Tim Lafai||Salford Red Devils||1|
|5||Ken Sio||Salford Red Devils||2|
|6||Jack Welsby||St. Helens||2|
|7||Brodie Croft||Salford Red Devils||1|
|8||Alex Walmsley||St. Helens||4|
|9||James Roby||St. Helens||7|
|10||Mikolaj Oledzki||Leeds Rhinos||1|
|12||Liam Farrell||Wigan Warriors||5|
|13||Morgan Knowles||St. Helens||4|
|Nat.||Name||Club||Appointed||Time as head coach|
|Lee Radford||Castleford Tigers||16 September 2021||1 year, 16 days|
|Steve McNamara||Catalans Dragons||19 June 2017||5 years, 105 days|
|Ian Watson||Huddersfield Giants||19 November 2020||1 year, 317 days|
|Tony Smith||Hull F.C.||25 November 2020||22 days|
|Willie Peters||Hull Kingston Rovers||4 September 2022||28 days|
|Rohan Smith||Leeds Rhinos||20 April 2022||165 days|
|Adrian Lam||Leigh Centurions||17 November 2021||319 days|
|Paul Rowley||Salford Red Devils||5 November 2021||331 days|
|Kristian Woolf||St. Helens||13 October 2019||2 years, 354 days|
|Mark Applegarth||Wakefield Trinity||15 September 2022||17 days|
|Daryl Powell||Warrington Wolves||25 September 2021||1 year, 7 days|
|Matty Peet||Wigan Warriors||5 October 2021||362 days|
The Super League has been won by 15 coaches, 10 from Australia, 4 from England and 1 from New Zealand.
|Head Coach||Wins||Winning years|
|1||Brian McDermott||4||2011, 2012, 2015, 2017|
|2||Brian Noble||3||2001, 2003, 2005|
|3||Shaun Wane||3||2013, 2016, 2018|
|4||Kristian Woolf||3||2020, 2021, 2022|
|5||Ian Millward||2||2000, 2002|
|6||Tony Smith||2||2004, 2007|
|7||Brian McClennan||2||2008, 2009|
Statistics correct as of 24 September 2022
|1||Tony Smith|| Huddersfield (2001, 2003)|
Hull KR (2019–2022)
|2||Daryl Powell|| Leeds (2001–2003)|
|3||Brian McDermott|| London (2007–2010)|
|4||Brian Noble|| Bradford (2001–2006)|
|5||Shaun McRae|| St. Helens (1996–1998)|
Salford (2007, 2009–2011)
|6||John Kear|| Sheffield (1997–1999),|
|7||Steve McNamara|| Bradford (2006–2010), |
|8||Richard Agar|| Hull (2006, 2008–2011), |
|9||Ian Millward|| St. Helens (2000–2005)|
|10||Lee Radford|| Hull (2014–2020)|
|11||Shaun Wane||Wigan (2012–2018)||208|
|1||James Roby||2004–present||St. Helens||468|
|3||Andy Lynch||1999–2017||Castleford, Bradford, Hull, Castleford||452|
|4||Paul Wellens||1998–2015||St. Helens||439|
|5||Jamie Peacock||1998–2015||Bradford, Leeds||438|
|6||Leon Pryce||1998–2016||Bradford, St. Helens, Hull, Catalans||432|
|7||Ben Westwood||1999–2019||Wakefield, Warrington||430|
|9||Danny Tickle||2000–2018|| Halifax, Wigan, Hull FC, Widnes, |
Castleford, Leigh, Hull KR
|10||Keith Senior||1996– 2011||Sheffield, Leeds||413|
|11||Lee Gilmour||1997–2014|| Wigan, Bradford, St. Helens, Huddersfield,|
|12||Danny McGuire||2001–2019||Leeds, Hull KR||408|
|13=||Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook||2006–present||London, St. Helens||404|
|15||Lee Briers||1997–2013||St. Helens, Warrington||402|
|16||Jon Wilkin||2003–2018, |
|St. Helens, Toronto||385|
|17||Paul Deacon||1997–2011||Oldham, Bradford, Wigan||384|
|18||Keiron Cunningham||1996–2010||St. Helens||382|
|19||Danny Orr||1997–2012||Castleford, Wigan, London, Castleford||381|
|22||Kevin Brown||2003–2021|| Wigan, Huddersfield, Widnes,|
|23||Jon Clarke||1997–2014||Wigan, London, Warrington, Widnes||360|
|24||Stuart Fielden||1998–2013||Bradford, Wigan, Huddersfield||359|
|26||Mickey Higham||2001–2017||St. Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Leigh||352|
|1||Danny McGuire||2001–2019||Leeds, Hull KR||247|
|2||Ryan Hall||2007–2018 |
|Leeds, Hull KR||226|
|3||Josh Charnley||2010-2016, |
| Hull KR, Wigan, |
|4=||Paul Wellens||1998–2015||St. Helens||199|
|4=||Keith Senior||1996–2011||Sheffield, Leeds||199|
|2||Danny Brough||2005–2006, |
| Hull FC, Wakefield x2,|
|3||Paul Deacon||1997–2011||Oldham, Bradford, Wigan||2,415|
|5||Pat Richards||2006–2013, 2016||Wigan, Catalans||2,280|
11 players have captained teams to win the Super League.
|1||Kevin Sinfield||7||2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015|
|2||Sean O'Loughlin||4||2010, 2013, 2016, 2018|
|3||James Roby||4||2019, 2020, 2021, 2022|
|4||Chris Joynt||3||1999, 2000, 2002|
|5||Robbie Paul||3||1997, 2001, 2003|
|1996||Paul Newlove||28||St. Helens|
|1997||Nigel Vagana||17||Warrington Wolves|
|1998||Anthony Sullivan||20||St. Helens|
|1999||Toa Kohe-Love||25||Warrington Wolves|
|2000||Sean Long & Tommy Martyn||22||both St. Helens|
|2001||Kris Radlinski||27||Wigan Warriors|
|2002||Dennis Moran||22||London Broncos|
|2003||Dennis Moran||24||London Broncos|
|2004||Lesley Vainikolo||36||Bradford Bulls|
|2005||Mark Calderwood||27||Leeds Rhinos|
|2006||Justin Murphy||25||Catalans Dragons|
|2007||Henry Fa'afili||21||Warrington Wolves|
|2008||Ade Gardner||26||St. Helens|
|2009||Ryan Hall||29||Leeds Rhinos|
|2010||Pat Richards||29||Wigan Warriors|
|2011||Ryan Hall & Sam Tomkins||28||Leeds Rhinos & Wigan Warriors|
|2012||Josh Charnley||31||Wigan Warriors|
|2013||Josh Charnley||33||Wigan Warriors|
|2014||Joel Monaghan||28||Warrington Wolves|
|2015||Jermaine McGillvary||27||Huddersfield Giants|
|2016||Denny Solomona||40||Castleford Tigers|
|2017||Greg Eden||38||Castleford Tigers|
|2018||Ben Barba||28||St. Helens|
|2019||Tommy Makinson||23||St. Helens|
|2020||Ash Handley||14||Leeds Rhinos|
|2021||Ken Sio||18||Salford Red Devils|
|2022||Bevan French||31||Wigan Warriors|
|1996||Bobbie Goulding||257||St. Helens|
|1997||Andy Farrell||243||Wigan Warriors|
|1998||Iestyn Harris||333||Leeds Rhinos|
|1999||Iestyn Harris||325||Leeds Rhinos|
|2000||Sean Long||352||St. Helens|
|2001||Andy Farrell||388||Wigan Warriors|
|2002||Paul Deacon||301||Bradford Bulls|
|2003||Paul Deacon||286||Bradford Bulls|
|2004||Kevin Sinfield||277||Leeds Rhinos|
|2005||Paul Deacon||322||Bradford Bulls|
|2006||Jamie Lyon||316||St. Helens|
|2007||Pat Richards||248||Wigan Warriors|
|2008||Pat Richards||269||Wigan Warriors|
|2009||Pat Richards||252||Wigan Warriors|
|2010||Pat Richards||388||Wigan Warriors|
|2011||Jamie Foster||330||St. Helens|
|2012||Scott Dureau||281||Catalans Dragons|
|2013||Danny Brough||208||Huddersfield Giants|
|2014||Marc Sneyd||224||Castleford Tigers|
|2015||Luke Gale||247||Castleford Tigers|
|2016||Luke Gale||262||Castleford Tigers|
|2017||Luke Gale||317||Castleford Tigers|
|2018||Danny Richardson||296||St. Helens|
|2019||Lachlan Coote||259||St. Helens|
|2020||Lachlan Coote||174||St. Helens|
|2021||James Maloney||245||Catalans Dragons|
|2022||Tommy Makinson||244||St. Helens|
The Super League has had three official logos. The first was used from the inaugural season in 1996 until 2016. The logo had the Super League S with Super above it and League below it. The title sponsors name would appear above the logo until 2014 when title sponsors First Utility used their own personalised logos that appeared on player shirts and in the media. The reigning champions had a ribbon around the logo with champions on it until 2011.
The second official logo was introduced in 2017 as part of a radical rebrand across British rugby league. The design was deliberately similar to new Rugby Football League (RFL) and England team logos, in order to maintain a ubiquity of public message. It had a rectangular backdrop representing the George Hotel in Huddersfield (where rugby league was originally founded), thirteen lines representing thirteen players, a chevron (a traditional design feature on many rugby league shirts) and the S which represented the ball and the Super League. The reigning champions had the right to wear a gold version of the logo on their shirts.
Ahead of the 2020 Super League season, a brand new logo was revealed. This was designed by the same company who had recently redesigned the Premier League logo and was more simplistic than previous iterations.
Super League has been sponsored since its formation, apart from the 2013 season.
The title sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. There have been seven title sponsors since the league's formation:
|1996–1997||Stones Bitter||Stones Super League|
|1998–1999||JJB Sports||JJB Super League|
|2000–2004||Tetley's Bitter||Tetley's Super League|
|2005–2011||Engage Mutual Assurance||Engage Super League|
|2012||Stobart Group||Stobart Super League|
|2013||no sponsor||Super League|
|2014–2016||First Utility||First Utility Super League|
|2017–2023||Betfred||Betfred Super League|
As well as title sponsorship, Super League has a number of official partners and suppliers.For the 2017 season these include Kingstone Press Cider, Dacia, Foxy Bingo, Batchelors and Specsavers.
The official rugby ball supplier is Steeden.
An overseas quota restricting the maximum number of foreign players at each club has existed since the inception of the Super League in 1996.However, overseas players that hold a European Union passport or come under the Kolpak ruling do not count towards the quota. This resulted in the number of non-British players at some clubs greatly exceeding the quota.
In response to concerns over the growing number of foreign players in the league, in 2007, the RFL announced plans to introduce a "homegrown player" rule to encourage clubs to develop their own players.As of 2017, Super League clubs are permitted to register no more than five overseas players. Additionally, squads are also limited to a maximum of seven non-Federation trained players.
A salary cap was first introduced to the Super League in 1998, with clubs being allowed to spend up to 50 percent of their income on player wages. From the 2002 season onwards, the cap became a fixed ceiling of £1.8 million in order to increase parity within the league.
The Super League operates under a real-time salary cap system that will calculate a club's salary cap position at the start of and throughout the season:
In 2017, Super League clubs approved proposals to increase the salary cap over the next three seasons, eventually rising to £2.1 million by 2020. Clubs will also be allowed to sign a second marquee player.
Before each Super League fixture, each club must announce the squad of 19 players it will choose from by 2:00 pm on the second day before the match day.
All Super League matches are governed by the laws set out by the RFL; these laws are enforced by match officials. Former Super League and International Referee Steve Ganson is the current Head of Match Officials and Technical Director. Former Hull F.C. player and Huddersfield Head Coach Jon Sharp was the previous Head of Match Officials. Sharp was sacked in July 2015 and took up the role of Head Coach at Featherstone Rovers. He assumed his role at the RFL following Stuart Cummings' departure in March 2013 having previously held the role of Match Officials Coach & Technical Director.
Grand Final Champions Grand Final Runners-up
|Season||Bradford Bulls||Leeds Rhinos||St. Helens||Wigan Warriors|
|Season||Leeds Rhinos||St. Helens||Wigan Warriors||Warrington Wolves|
Since its formation in 1996 only four teams have won the Super League (Bradford Bulls, Leeds Rhinos, St. Helens and Wigan Warriors). Also, only nine teams have taken part in the Grand Final (Hull FC, Castleford Tigers, Warrington Wolves, Salford Red Devils, and Catalans Dragons being the other five). Eight teams have been the league leaders, however only one of these (Huddersfield Giants) in 2013, is a different team to those that have appeared in the grand final, meaning that only nine different teams in total have been involved in the grand final or topped the regular season table, however, 23 teams have taken part in Super League since its inception. The last grand final to feature two sides other than Wigan, Leeds, St Helens or Bradford occurred in 1991 when Hull F.C. defeated Widnes 14–4.This had led to the criticism that Super League is effectively uncompetitive, by perpetuating success in the hands of a small number of wealthy clubs.
In comparison, during the same period, 12 different teams have won the Australasian National Rugby League competition and 15 different teams have appeared in the Grand Final.
Between 2009 and 2014 teams had to apply for a licence to play in Super League, which was partly awarded based on a club's financial viability; this also meant there was no longer automatic promotion from the Championship into Super League. This was highly unpopular with Championship clubs, because there was no way for them to win promotion to the higher level based purely on sporting success. Consequently, the Super League came to be seen as a closed shop for its existing members, with entry based primarily on financial capability.
Attendances in the lower divisions dropped as a result of this system, because it was felt that there was little appeal in these leagues when there was no incentive for the clubs to win the Championship. Additionally, the only time that lower division clubs got the chance to play illustrious Super League opposition was in the early rounds of the Challenge Cup. With no simple route in to the Super League, teams were further unable to compete with top division opposition because there was no way those clubs could attract good quality talent when they could not offer young players the prospect of playing at the highest level.
Most of the teams that have competed in Super League have been in the traditional English rugby league heartlands of the so-called 'M62 Corridor' between Yorkshire and Lancashire. Catalans Dragons are the only team currently playing in Super League who play outside this area. Since their arrival in 2006, The Dragons have enjoyed a sustainable and competitive period in Super League which has seen them become the first non-English team to win the Challenge Cup in 2018, the League Leaders Shield in 2021, and reach the Super League Grand Final, also in 2021.
Expansion of the sport was a key policy of the Rugby Football League when Super League was created, and has consistently been considered important for the future well-being of rugby league. However, with the exception of the Catalans Dragons and the comparative long-term stability of the London Broncos, expansion clubs have not generally proved viable at the highest level. Paris Saint-Germain RL competed from the beginning of the competition but disbanded after just two seasons due to a lack of interest and investment, Gateshead Thunder had poor attendance figures and were merged with Hull after only one year in 1999, despite a strong season that saw them narrowly miss the playoffs, Celtic Crusaders joined Super League in 2009 while in Bridgend, South Wales before moving close to the M62 corridor to Wrexham, North Wales in 2010 and renamed as Crusaders RL. They reached the playoffs in 2010, but struggled on and off the pitch in 2011 before withdrawing their application for a 2012-14 licence at the 11th hour and folding at the end of the season, only lasting 3 seasons in Super League. In addition, Toronto Wolfpack lasted less than a full season in Super League, their financial problems exacerbated by international travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 as they pulled out before the resumption of the 2020 season in August 2020 before being expelled from the competition later that year. Toulouse Olympique gained promotion to Super League for the 2022 season, after a victory over Featherstone Rovers on 10 October 2021 in the Million Pound Game, becoming the third French team to play in Super League and the fourth non-British team to play in the competition, as well as ensuring there would be a French derby in Super League for the first time. Toulouse only stayed in Super League for one season, finishing bottom with just 5 wins all season.
Sky Sports have been the primary broadcast partner of Super League since its inaugural season in 1996. The current deal lasts between 2022 until 2023 and covers 66 matches per season, plus gives Channel 4 the right to broadcast a further 10 (eight regular season plus two play-off games).Sky Sports broadcasts live Super League games in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. Broadcasting slots occur on Thursdays and Fridays at 19:30 (20:00 kick off), and varying times on weekend afternoon, however only two or three are used per week.
|Duration||Broadcasters||Value per year||Games shown per year|
|1996–1999||Sky Sports||~£17 million||?|
|2022–2023|| Sky Sports and|
|~£26 million||66 + 10|
In addition to Sky Sports' live coverage, BBC Sport broadcast a weekly highlights programme called the Super League Show, usually presented by Tanya Arnold. This is broadcast to the North West, Yorkshire, North East & Cumbria, and East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions on BBC One on Monday nights (after 11 pm) and is repeated nationally on BBC Two on Tuesday afternoons. A national repeat was first broadcast overnight during the week since February 2008 when the then BBC Director of Sport, Roger Mosey, commented that this move was in response to the growing popularity and awareness of the sport, and the large number of requests from people who want to watch it elsewhere in the UK. The end of season play-off series is shown nationwide in a highlights package. The Super League Show is also available for streaming or download using the BBC iPlayer in the UK.
|Super League Show||1999–Present||BBC|
Internationally, Super League is shown live by eight broadcasters in eight countries and regions.
|Middle East||Premier Sports (exc. Saudi Arabia)|
|Sport en France|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
|United States||Fox Soccer Plus|
Talksport is an official broadcaster of Super League, broadcasting commentaries and magazine programming on Talksport 2. BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra covers more than 70 Super League games through 5 Live Rugby League each Thursday and Friday night.Each 3 hour programme is presented by Dave Woods with a guest summariser (usually a Super League player or coach) and in addition to live commentary also includes interviews and debate. A 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download each week from the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtxd/episodes/downloads.
Super League is also covered extensively by BBC Local Radio:
|BBC Radio Humberside||Hull|
|BBC Radio Leeds||West Yorkshire|
|BBC Radio Manchester||Salford, Wigan and Warrington.|
|BBC Radio Merseyside||St Helens, Warrington and Widnes.|
The competition is also covered on commercial radio stations:
All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming.
ESPN3, formerly ESPN360, has had worldwide broadband rights since 2007 when they broadcast the 2007 Grand Final.
Since 9 April 2009, all of the matches shown on Sky Sports have also been available live online via Livestation everywhere in the world excluding the US, Puerto Rico, UK, Ireland, France, Monaco, Australia and New Zealand.In 2016 Livestation shut down, however these matches are also available online for UK users only through Sky Go and Now TV.
In the United Kingdom, a number of commercial radio stations, along with BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the local BBC radio stations simulcast commentary of Super League games on the internet. Additionally, the 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download each week from the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtxd/episodes/downloads.
The Bradford Bulls are a professional rugby league club in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, playing in the Championship. They have won five Challenge Cups, six league championships and three World Club Challenges. The team jersey is predominantly white with red, amber and black chevrons.
The Widnes Vikings are an English rugby league club in Widnes, Cheshire, which competes in the Betfred Championship. The club plays home matches at the Halton Stadium. Founded as Widnes Football Club, they are one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895. Their historic nickname is "The Chemics" after the main industry in Widnes, but now they use their modern nickname, "The Vikings".
Matthew Cook is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop, second-row and loose forward for the Widnes Vikings in the Betfred Championship.
Engage Super League XI was the official name for the year 2006's Super League season in the sport of rugby league in Europe. Bradford Bulls were looking to retain the title they won in Super League X.
The History of the Bradford Bulls stretches back from their former incarnation as Bradford F.C. in 1863 to 2017.
Engage Super League XII is the official name for the year 2007's Super League season in the sport of rugby league.
The 2009 Super League season is the 14th season of rugby league since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. Fourteen teams competed for the Minor Premiership over 27 rounds after which, the highest finishing teams entered the play-offs to compete for a place in the Grand Final and a chance to win the Super League Trophy. The previous Top six play-offs are extended to eight teams.
The 2012–14 Super League licences were awarded following the second round of licensing for the Super League rugby league competition. Successful applicants were given a three-year licence to compete in Super League, the premier rugby league competition in Europe.
The 2010 Super League season was the 15th season of the European rugby league football competition, Super League. Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds. All clubs also participated in the 2010 Challenge Cup tournament. The season officially kicked off on 5 February with the Crusaders versus the Leeds Rhinos on 29 January at Crusaders' new homeground at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Crusaders halfback Michael Witt scored the first points of the season with a penalty goal and the Rhinos came away with the first competition points, posting a 34 to 6 victory.
The 2011 Super League season was the 16th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds, after which the highest finishing teams entered the play-offs to compete for a place in the Grand Final and a chance to win the championship and the Super League Trophy. Leeds Rhinos claimed their fifth Super League crown, tying the record previously held by St. Helens, whilst the Warrington Wolves lifted the League Leaders' Shield.
The 2012 Super League season was the 17th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds, which was won by the Wigan Warriors. After the regular season, the 8 highest finishing teams entered the play-offs to compete for a place in the Grand Final and a chance to win the championship and the Super League Trophy.
The 2013 Super League season was the 18th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds, after which the highest finishing teams entered the play-offs to compete for a place in the Grand Final and a chance to win the championship and the Super League Trophy.
Morgan Escaré is a French professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for Barrow Raiders, on short-term loan from the Salford Red Devils in the RFL Championship and France at international level.
The 2014 Super League season was the 19th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds, after which the highest finishing teams will enter the play-offs to compete for a place in the Grand Final and a chance to win the championship and the Super League Trophy.
The 2017 Super League season, known as the Betfred Super League XXII for sponsorship reasons, was the 22nd season of the Super League and 123rd season of rugby league in Britain. Twelve teams competed over 23 rounds, including the Magic Weekend, which took place at St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, after which the eight highest entered the Super League play-offs for a place in the Super League Grand Final. The four lowest teams then entered the qualifying play-offs, along with the four highest teams from the Championship, to determine which teams will play again in Super League XXIII.
The 2018 Super League season, known as the Betfred Super League XXIII for sponsor reasons, was the 23rd season of the Super League and 124th season of rugby league in Britain. It was won by Wigan Warriors, who were crowned champions after beating Warrington Wolves 12-4. It was Wigan's 22nd Championship win and a new record for being champions. They are now 9 titles ahead of the next team.
Super League XXIV, known as the Betfred Super League XXIV for sponsorship reasons, was the 2019 iteration of and the 24th season of the Super League and 125th season of rugby league in Great Britain.
Super League XXV, known as the Betfred Super League for sponsorship reasons, was the 25th season of the Super League and 126th season of rugby league in Great Britain. St Helens were the reigning champions going into Super League XXV. At the start of the season, it consisted of twelve professional rugby league teams: ten from England, one from Canada, and one from France. Due to financial pressures related to the season suspension, Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack withdrew from the league in July 2020, and the league continued with just 11 teams.
Super League XXVI, known as the Betfred Super League XXVI for sponsorship reasons, was the 26th season of the Super League and 127th season of rugby league in Great Britain.
Super League XXVII, known as the Betfred Super League XXVII for sponsorship reasons, was the 27th season of the Super League and 128th season of rugby league in Great Britain.