|Super League XXV|
|Duration||29 rounds (original)|
22 rounds (revised)
20 rounds (final total played)
|Teams||12 reduced to 11|
Hull FC Vs Hull KR
(7 February 2020)
|Lowest attendance||3,350 |
Salford Red Devils Vs Huddersfield Giants (14 February 2020)
(Excludes games behind closed doors)
|Champions|| St Helens |
8th Super League title
15th English title
|League Leaders Shield||Wigan Warriors|
|Biggest home win|
|Biggest away win||Wakefield Trinity 0–58 Catalans Dragons (15 August 2020)|
|Man of Steel||Paul McShane|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Lachlan Coote (152)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Ash Handley (15)|
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.
The league was suspended on 16 March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a resumption to a revised format started again on 2 August. Among the changes were the cancellation of the annual Magic Weekend, which was scheduled to be played at St James' Park, Newcastle over the weekend of 23–24 May, initially postponed on 21 April before being cancelled completely.When the season resumed, a revised date for the Grand Final was officially confirmed for 28 November. The final was scheduled to be held at Old Trafford, Manchester, but the venue became unavailable in October due to host club Manchester United's Champions League fixtures. On 22 October, it was announced that the Grand Final would now be played at Hull F.C.'s KCOM Stadium, and the date changed to an evening kick off of 8:00pm on Friday 27 November.
On 16 March 2020, the RFL announced that all rugby league games had been suspended initially, until at least April, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.However, on 24 March, Super League clubs held a Board meeting via conference call, attended in part by senior officials of the Rugby Football League, for further discussion of how to respond to the current public health crisis. It was agreed that until further notice, all rugby league fixtures will be suspended indefinitely.
On 21 April, the RFL announced that the Magic Weekend fixtures scheduled to take place at St James' Park had been postponed due to the current lockdown situation.
On 26 June 2020, it was announced that the competition will resume on Sunday 2 August 2020, with two games outstanding from rounds 2–7 to be played at a single venue.
The results of matches played before the suspension will count towards the league table and 15 rounds are planned post-resumption. At the end of the season the top four teams will compete in two semi-finals with the winners meeting in the Super League Grand Final. This has a provisional date at the end of November 2020.
The revised fixture list was published on 16 July, with the opening fixtures played on 2 August and then the all six round 8 games to be played at Headingley, Leeds on 8 and 9 August.On the same day, Toronto announced that all the club's games for the remainder of the season would be played in England.
On 22 June, it was announced that The RFL and Sky Sports had reached agreement over clubs' 2020 TV revenues, which recognises the huge disruption to this season's fixture calendar, and the significant impact it has had on broadcasting schedules. The agreement is subject to the sport resuming when government and public health advice allows.
On 1 April 2020, Toronto Wolfpack issued a statement regarding their first three fixtures scheduled to be played at Lamport Stadium in Canada. Due to the suspension of rugby league, and the coronavirus pandemic events, the decision to confirm these postponements had been taken, following regular consultation with the Wolfpack, and given the specific issues around international travel to and from Canada.
On 20 July, the club announced that they would be taking no further part in the restarted season, citing the "financial challenges" the club would be facing, including loss of gate money, medical testing and the hire of grounds in England, but that the club hoped that they would be competing in Super League in 2021.The RFL and Super League issued a statement in response to the announcement, which said that both bodies were "very disappointed" by Toronto's decision, and that discussions about Toronto's future involvement in Super League would have to be held.
It was later announced that Toronto's results were to be expunged, although individual player's records would not be affected, however any Man of Steel points earned in the matches against Toronto would be erased.
On 3 August 2020, The RFL issued a further statement regarding Toronto, stating that they had terminated their contract for the remainder of 2020 season.
Although matches recommenced in August and the number of games was reduced from 29 to 22, a number of games were postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff of the clubs. In response the RFL took the decision on 9 September to change the way league positions were determined. For the first time since the 1944–45 wartime emergency season league position was determined by win percentage (number of wins divided by number of games played) rather than by competition points, acknowledging that some clubs were unlikely to fulfil all their fixtures. The change was introduced immediately. The top four clubs would still qualify for the play-offs but must have played at least 15 games in order to participate in the play-offs.During a meeting of Super League clubs at the beginning of November, Hull Kingston Rovers announced that due to the number of their squad affected by COVID-19 the club could not fulfil its remaining fixtures. The clubs therefore agreed to end the regular season after round 20 and extend the play-offs to include the top six clubs (rather than just the top four) as of 6 November. The clubs and the RFL also agreed to remove the requirement that teams had to have played a minimum of 15 matches to qualify for the play-offs.
The season featured eleven of the twelve teams that participated in Super League XXIV. London Broncos were relegated after finishing bottom of Super League XXIV.They were replaced by the 2019 RFL Championship winners Toronto Wolfpack, who played in Super League for the first time since being founded in 2017. Due to their home ground Lamport Stadium being unavailable during the Canadian winter, Toronto were to play their first ten games in England, after initial plans fell through to play three home games in European cities such as Dublin, Republic of Ireland or Barcelona, Spain.
The traditional two matches played on Good Friday and Easter Monday were to have been reduced to only one over the Easter weekend due to concerns over player welfare.
A change to the rules saw clubs able to name a squad of 21 players two days prior to match days rather than 19 in previous seasons. However, should a club add a player to the announced squad, they would lose one of their eight interchanges for the match in question (players on dual registration deals with lower league clubs are exempt).
|Previous season League Leaders|
| Castleford Tigers |
|5th||The Mend-A-Hose Jungle||12,000||Castleford, West Yorkshire|
| Catalans Dragons |
|7th||Stade Gilbert Brutus||13,000||Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France|
| Huddersfield Giants |
|10th||John Smith's Stadium||24,121||Huddersfield, West Yorkshire|
| Hull |
|6th||KCOM Stadium||25,400||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
| Hull Kingston Rovers |
|11th||Lightstream Stadium||12,225||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
| Leeds Rhinos |
|8th||Headingley||21,062||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
| Salford Red Devils |
|3rd (Runners up)||AJ Bell Stadium||12,000||Salford, Greater Manchester|
| St. Helens |
|1st (League leaders & champions)||Totally Wicked Stadium||18,000||St. Helens, Merseyside|
| Wakefield Trinity |
|9th||Beaumont Legal Stadium||9,333||Wakefield, West Yorkshire|
| Warrington Wolves |
|4th||Halliwell Jones Stadium||15,200||Warrington, Cheshire|
| Wigan Warriors |
|2nd||DW Stadium||25,133||Wigan, Greater Manchester|
Both golden point extra time and the shot clock, introduced in 2019, were retained for 2020 although the shot clock timings were reduced by 5 seconds each with only 30 seconds available for the forming of scrums and 25 seconds for the taking of a goal line drop out.
As part of the work to restart the season, two major rule changes were made in July 2020 to apply for the rest of the season. Scrums were removed from the game and were replaced by a play-the-ball and an Australian innovation "six again" was adopted which replaces penalties for defensive infringements at rucks with a new set of six for the attacking team.
The first game to go to golden-point was the round 6 game between Wakefield and Hull F.C. on 6 March 2020. Hull won the match 27–26, thanks to a Marc Sneyd drop goal, after the scores were tied at 26-all after 80 minutes.
The second game to go to golden-point was the rearranged round 2 game between Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos on 2 August 2020. Leeds won the match 27–26, thanks to a Luke Gale drop goal, after the scores were tied at 26-all after 80 minutes.
The Third game to go to golden-point was the round 12 game between St Helens and Hull KR on 11 September 2020. St Helens won the match 21–20, thanks to a Theo Fages drop goal, after the scores were tied at 20-20 after 80 minutes.
Round 19 saw the first occasion of a game being forfeited. Salford were due to play Warrington on 30 October but on 28 October Salford announced that the club was unable to complete the fixture due to being unable to raise a team and that they would therefore to forfeit the game. Under the RFL operational rules the game was awarded to Warrington as a 24–0 win.
|1||Wigan Warriors||17||13||0||4||408||278||146.8||76.47||League Leaders Shield/Play-off semi-final 1|
|2||St Helens||17||12||0||5||469||195||240.5||70.59||Play-off semi-final 2|
|3||Warrington Wolves||17||12||0||5||365||204||178.9||70.59||Elimination play-off|
|9||Salford Red Devils||18||8||0||10||354||469||75.50||27.78|
|11||Hull Kingston Rovers||17||3||0||14||290||526||55.1||17.65|
Source: "Betfred Super League Table". BBC Sport. 11 November 2020. Archived from the original on 18 December 2020. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
The play-off format was varied twice during the year. Originally planned to use the same top-five team competition as had been used in 2019, the reactions to the COVID-19 situation meant firstly in September, a change to a top-four straight knock-out system and then in October a subsequent change to a top-six system.
Wigan and St Helens (who finished first and second respectively in the regular season table) had byes to the semi-finals, whilst the four teams who finished third to sixth (Warrington Catalans, Leeds, Hull FC) contested in two elimination finals, with the winner of those two games, Hull playing Wigan, and Catalans playing St Helens.
Despite being defeated in the elimination finals, Warrington and Leeds were retained on standby, should any of the four teams in the semi-finals, be unable to fulfil their fixture. On 17 November they were both officially stood down, when all the COVID tests for the semi-finalists came back negative.The highest ranked losing team from the semi-finals (Catalans), remained on standby to compete in the grand final, if either finalists were unable to do so.
|Elimination play-offs||Semi-finals||Grand final|
|3||Warrington Wolves||14||6||Hull FC||2|
|6||Hull FC||27||1||Wigan Warriors||4|
|4||Catalans Dragons||26||4||Catalans Dragons||2|
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee|
|Elimination final 1|
|Warrington Wolves||14–27||Hull FC||12 November 2020, 19:45||Halliwell Jones Stadium||Liam Moore|
|Elimination final 2|
|Catalans Dragons||26–14||Leeds Rhinos||13 November 2020, 19:45||Halliwell Jones Stadium||Chris Kendall|
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee|
|Wigan Warriors||29–2||Hull FC||19 November 2020, 19:45||DW Stadium||Chris Kendall|
|St Helens||48–2||Catalans Dragons||20 November 2020, 19:45||Totally Wicked Stadium||Liam Moore|
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee|
|Wigan Warriors||4–8||St Helens||27 November 2020, 20:00||KCOM Stadium, Hull||Chris Kendall|
Top 10 try scorers
Top 10 try assists
Top 10 goal scorers
Top 10 points scorers
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