Super League play-offs

Last updated
Super League play-offs
Founded1998
RegionFlag of England.svg  England
Flag of France.svg  France
Number of teams6
Television broadcasters Sky Sports
BBC
Soccerball current event.svg 2021

Since 1998, a play-off system has been used to determine the Super League champions. The format has changed over the years, starting with a play-off involving first five, then six teams, eight, four and currently back to six. The play-off series culminates in the Super League Grand Final. Use of a play-off system to decide the Championship brought back a rugby league tradition that had previously fallen out of use. The Super League Premiership, which had previously taken place between the highest placed teams in the competition, was discontinued after the introduction of the Super League play-off series. This was because its purpose had been to take the place of the previous Championship-deciding play-off system.

Contents

Current Play-Off System

2002-2008, 2020: Top Six

From Super League VII in 2002 until Super League XIII in 2008, a play-off series involving the top six teams was used to determine the winners the Super League champions. Excluding the Grand Final, all matches were staged at the home ground of the team that finished higher in the final league table.

A similar system was used by the Australian National Soccer League and the A-League to decide its champions. From Week Two onwards, the Top Six play-offs system reflects exactly the Page playoff system.

The Top Six Super League Play-Off Structure:

Week One

  • Elimination Semi-final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi-final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Semi final 1: 1st vs Highest ranked winner of ESFA
  • Semi Final 2: 2nd vs Highest ranked winner of ESFB


Week Three

  • Grand Final: Winners of Semi Final 1 vs Winners of Semi Final 2


Elimination play-offsSemi-finalsGrand final
1  
3   
6   
 
2  
4   
5  

Grand Final

StadiumLocationCountryHighest attendanceAverage attendance
Old Trafford Trafford, Greater ManchesterEngland73,58163,352

Previous Play-Off Systems

2002-2008: Top Six

From Super League VII in 2002 until Super League XIII in 2008, a play-off series involving the top six teams was used to determine the winners the Super League champions. Excluding the Grand Final, all matches were staged at the home ground of the team that finished higher in the final league table.

A similar system was used by the Australian National Soccer League and the A-League to decide its champions. From Week Two onwards, the Top Six play-offs system reflects exactly the Page playoff system.

The Top Six Super League Play-Off Structure:

Week One

  • Elimination Semi-final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi-final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Qualification Match: 1st vs 2nd
  • Elimination Final: Winners of Elimination Semi-final A vs Winners of Elimination Semi-final B

Week Three

  • Final Qualifier: Losers of Qualification Match vs Winners of Elimination Final

Week Four

  • Grand Final: Winners of Qualification Match vs Winners of Final Qualifier

2009-2014: Top Eight

For the Super League XIV season in 2009, a top eight play-off system was introduced to replace the previous top six system. [1] This change coincided with an expansion of the competition from twelve to fourteen teams following the introduction of Super League licensing. The format was introduced following consultation and discussion with all 14 member clubs in Super League. The series lasted four weeks, culminating in the Grand Final [1] at Old Trafford during October.

Four matches took place on Week One, effectively in two pools: the Qualifying Play-Offs and the Elimination Play-Offs.
  • Week 1: Qualifying Play-Offs
These matches involved the teams who finish in the top four.
They were:
  • 1st v 4th
  • 2nd v 3rd
The winners of these two games progressed directly to Week 3. The highest ranked winning club earned Club Call, whereby they chose their opponents in Week 3.
The losers of these two matches received another chance in Week 2 when they were at home to the winners of the Week 1 Elimination Play-Offs.
  • Week 1: Elimination Play-Offs
These matches involved the teams who finish from fourth through eighth.
They were:
  • 5th v 8th
  • 6th v 7th
The winners of both matches progressed to Week 2; losers were eliminated.
There were two matches in Week 2; the winner of each match progressed to Week 3 and the loser was eliminated.
  • The first Preliminary Semi-Final featured the highest ranked Qualifying Play-Off loser (from Week 1) v the lowest ranked Elimination Play-Off Winner (also from Week 1).
  • The second Preliminary Semi-Final featured the lowest ranked Qualifying Play-Off loser (from Week 1) v the highest ranked Elimination Play-Off Winner (also from Week 1).
Week 3 also featured two matches; the winner of each match progresses to the Grand Final and the loser is eliminated.
  • Week 3: Club Call
Club Call took place following the second weekend of the play-offs and was hosted by the highest ranked winning club from Week 1.
The host club selected whom they would play in Week 3, and could only select from the winners of the two Preliminary Semi-finals (Week 2) – they could not choose the other Qualifying Play-offs winner.
The highest ranked club from the Qualifying Play-offs (Week one) were required to choose their opponents – they could not cede the responsibility to the other Qualifying Play-offs winner.
The team with Club Call and the other Qualifying Play-off winners from Week 1 were guaranteed home advantage in Week 3. For example, if the teams that ended the regular season in 1st and 2nd place lost their opening play-off matches, they could still find themselves playing away to the 3rd or 4th placed teams in Week 3.
  • Week 3: Qualifying Semi-Finals
  • The first Qualifying Semi-Final featured the highest ranked Qualifying Play-Off winner (from Week 1) v the team selected through Club Call.
  • The second Qualifying Semi-Final featured the lowest ranked Qualifying Play-Off winner (from Week 1) v the team not selected through Club Call.
The two winning teams from week 3 contested the Grand Final to determine the First Utility Super League champions.
Super League 8 team play-off bracket
 Qualifying / Elimination play-offsPreliminary semi-finalsQualifying semi-finals Super League Grand Final
                     
 QPO1:   
1    
4     PSF1:   
           
EPO1:           QSF1:  
5            
8             GF:  
       
 EPO2:    QSF2:       
6           
7     PSF2:         
        
QPO2:          
2     
3     
  
Key:     Losing team progressing   Winning team progressing   Winning team's progression chosen

Week 1. Qualifying/Elimination play-offs: Fixtures decided by regular reason finishing positions. Higher ranked teams play lower ranked teams. Higher ranked teams receive home ground advantage.
Week 2. Preliminary semi-finals: Fixtures decided by regular season finishing positions. Higher ranked teams play lower ranked teams. Higher ranked teams receive home ground advantage.
Week 3. Qualifying semi-finals: Winners of Qualifying play-offs play winners of Qualifying semi-finals. Fixtures decided by Club Call. Winners of Qualifying play-offs receive home ground advantage.

FAQ's:

No. The highest ranked winning club from Week 1 will have Club Call, whereby they choose their opponents in Week 3. Only a team that ended the regular season in 1st, 2nd or 3rd can win Club Call.
No. The two highest rank teams after Week 1 (the team with Club Call and the other Qualifying Play-off winners) are guaranteed home advantage in Week 3. For example, should the teams that ended the regular season in 1st and 2nd place lose their opening play-off match, they could still find themselves playing away to the 3rd or 4th placed teams in Week 3.
The highest ranked club from the Qualifying Play-offs (Week 1) must choose their opponents – they cannot relinquish the responsibility to the other Qualifying Play-offs winner. In addition, they can only select from the winners of the two Preliminary Semi-finals (Week 2) – they cannot choose the other Qualifying Play-offs winner.

2015-2018: Top Four

The top four play-off system was the most simple since their introduction in 1998. The top four teams qualify, the League Leaders play at home to 4th, 2nd then play at home to 3rd with the winners of both semi finals advancing to the Grand Final.

Semifinals Finals
      
1 1st
4 4th
Winner of Semi Final 1
Winner of Semi Final 2
2 2nd
3 3rd

Play-off apps

Only St. Helens have competed in every play-off series since 1998.

NameAppsFive Team Format
1998-2001, 2019 onward
Six Team Format
2002-2008
Eight Team Format
2009-2014
Four Team Format
2015-2018
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 221998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 20192002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 20082009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20142015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 191998, 1999, 2000, 20012002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 20082009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20142015, 2017
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 191998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 20192002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 20082009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20142015, 2016, 2018
4 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 1220012002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 20072010, 2011, 20122016, 2017
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 1220192003, 2005, 2006, 20082010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20142016, 2018
6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 111998, 1999, 2000, 20012002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
7 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 820072009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20142015
7 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 81999, 2000, 201920022009, 20142017, 2018
9 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 620082009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
10 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 42009, 2010, 2011, 2013
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 320042009, 2012
12 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 22003, 2005
12 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 220192006
14 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 11998
14 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders 12010
14 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 12014

Bold- Won the Grand Final

Play-off results

NameBest ResultAppsYears
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Champions82004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Champions61999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2019
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Champions51998, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018
4 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Champions32001, 2003, 2005
5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Grand Finalist42012, 2013, 2016, 2018
6 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Grand Finalist12006
6 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Grand Finalist12017
6 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Grand Finalist12019
9 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Qualifying Semi Final / Semi Final22009, 2014
9 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Qualifying Semi Final / Semi Final22010, 2015
11 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Semi-Final Eliminator11998
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Semi-Final Eliminator12004
13 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Preliminary Semi-Final22009, 2010
14 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos Elimination Play-off22003, 2005
15 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders Elimination Play-off12010
15 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings Elimination Play-off12014

See also

Related Research Articles

The playoffs, play-offs, postseason and/or finals of a sports league are a competition played after the regular season by the top competitors to determine the league champion or a similar accolade. Depending on the league, the playoffs may be either a single game, a series of games, or a tournament, and may use a single-elimination system or one of several other different playoff formats. Playoff, in regard to international fixtures, is to qualify or progress to the next round of a competition or tournament.

Single-elimination tournament Style of tournament

A single-elimination, knockout, or sudden death tournament is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament. Each winner will play another in the next round, until the final match-up, whose winner becomes the tournament champion. Each match-up may be a single match or several, for example two-legged ties in European football or best-of series in American pro sports. Defeated competitors may play no further part after losing, or may participate in "consolation" or "classification" matches against other losers to determine the lower final rankings; for example, a third place playoff between losing semi-finalists. In a shootout poker tournament, there are more than two players competing at each table, and sometimes more than one progressing to the next round. Some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a single-elimination final stage, often called playoffs.

The McIntyre System, or systems as there have been five of them, is a playoff system that gives an advantage to teams or competitors qualifying higher. The systems were developed by Ken McIntyre, an Australian lawyer, historian and English lecturer, for the Victorian Football League in 1931.

After a top five play-off system was used, a play-off structure involving the top six teams was used to determine the winners of the Super League competition in British rugby league from 2002 through to 2008.

A play-off structure involving the top five teams was used to determine the winners of the Super League competition in British rugby league from 1998 until 2001. A top six play-off system was then introduced. Apart from the Grand Final all matches are staged at the home ground of the team placed higher in the final league table.

The McIntyre Final Eight System was devised by Ken McIntyre in addition to the McIntyre Four, Five and Six systems. It is a playoff system of the top 8 finishers in a competition to determine which two teams will play in the grand final. The teams play each other over three weeks, with two teams eliminated each week. Teams who finish in a higher position in the competition are given an easier route to the grand final.

The National Premier Leagues NSW are semi-professional soccer competitions in New South Wales, Australia. The competition is conducted by Football NSW, the organising body in New South Wales. The league is a subdivision of the second tier National Premier Leagues (NPL), which sits below the national A-League. Prior to becoming a subdivision of the NPL in 2013, the league was previously known as the NSW Premier League.

The 2005 National Rugby League season consisted of 25 weekly regular season rounds starting in March, followed by four weeks of play-offs that culminated in a grand final on 2 October.

There are a number of formats used in various levels of competition in sports and games to determine an overall champion. Some of the most common are the single elimination, the best-of- series, the total points series more commonly known as on aggregate, and the round-robin tournament.

The AFL final eight system is an eight-team championship playoff tournament developed and adopted by the Australian Football League in the 2000 season. The eight teams, which are ranked or seeded in advance of the tournament, participate in a four-week tournament, with two teams eliminated in each of the first three weeks. The grand final is played in the fourth week between the two remaining teams, with the winning team awarded the premiership.

The Page playoff system is a playoff format used primarily in softball and curling at the championship level, the Pakistan Super League, and the Indian Premier League cricket tournament. Teams are seeded using a round-robin tournament and the top four play a mix of a single-elimination and double-elimination tournament to determine the winner. It is identical to a four-team McIntyre System playoff, first used by the WANFL, SANFL and VFL in Australia in 1931, originally called the Page–McIntyre system, after the VFL delegate, the Richmond Football Club's Secretary, Percy "Pip" Page, who had advocated its use.

The National Premier Leagues NSW 2 is an Australian semi-professional association football league comprising teams from New South Wales. The league sits at Level 2 on the New South Wales league system, behind the National Premier Leagues NSW,. The competition is administered by Football NSW, the governing body of the sport in the southern region of the state. Prior to 2013, the league was formerly known as the NSW Super League.

Super League XIV

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 2010 NSW Premier League season was the 10th season of the revamped NSW Premier League. This season also marked the addition of a new team, in the Rockdale City Suns Football Club from the Super League.

This is a list of the 2012 Super League season results. Super League is the top-flight rugby league competition in the United Kingdom and France. The 2012 season started on 4 February and ends on 6 October with the 2012 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. The Magic Weekend was scheduled over the weekend of 26 and 27 May and was played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester for the first time, having previously been played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

The NRL finals system is the finals series that is currently being used by the National Rugby League competitions of Australia and New Zealand since 2012. The NRL finals system replaced the McIntyre System which was used from 1999 to 2011.

This is a list of the 2013 RFL Championship season results. The Championship is the second-tier rugby league competition in the United Kingdom. The 2013 season started on 31 January and ends on 29 September with the Grand Final at Leigh Sports Village in Leigh, Greater Manchester, which replaces the previous venue of the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington. 2013 is the first season to consist of a 14-team division, with the league expanding from 10 teams following the promotion of the top 4 teams from the 2012 Championship 1 season, Barrow Raiders, Doncaster, Whitehaven and Workington Town.

The Argus finals systems were a set of related systems of end-of-season championship playoff tournament used commonly in Australian rules football competitions in the early part of the 20th century. The systems generally comprised a simple four-team tournament, followed by the right of the top ranked team from the home-and-away season to challenge for the premiership. The systems were named after the Melbourne newspaper The Argus, which developed and supported their use.

2018 Suncorp Super Netball season Sports season

The 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season was the second season of the premier netball league in Australia. The season began on 28 April and concluded with the Grand Final on 26 August 2018. The start of the season was delayed to late April due to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which was held earlier that month on the Gold Coast. The fixtures for the season were released on 11 October 2017.

The 2021 National Rugby League finals series is a tournament staged to determine the winner of the 2021 Telstra Premiership season. The series is being played over four weekends in September and October, culminating in the 2021 NRL Grand Final on 3 October 2021. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales the grand final will be played outside of Sydney for the first time in competition history, at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

References

  1. 1 2 "New top eight play-off format for engage Super League". Super League. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-19.