In the world of Rugby league football, the Australasian National Rugby League and the European Super League are the most prominent of the fully professional leagues.
The European Super League, often referred to simply as Super League, is the top-level rugby league football cup for professional rugby in Europe. It is sponsored by Mutual Assurance and its official name is therefore the engage Super Rugby League. The league consists of fourteen teams; thirteen from England and one from France. The matches are played from February to October.
The first European Super League was arranged in 1996 and contained one French club (Paris Saint-Germain) while all the other clubs were English. After the end of the 1997 season the French club departed and the European Super League could more accurately be described as the English Super League. The French returned for the 2006 season in the form of the Catalans Dragons of Perpignan. In the season of 2009, the Super League matches were played in no less than five different countries: England, Scotland, Wales, France and Spain.
The European Super League currently consists of fourteen teams which play each other twice during the season. In addition to home games and away games, there is the Magic Weekend where an entire round of Super League matches are played in prestigious and well-known cities to attract publicity to the sport of rugby league football. The cities selected for Magic Weekend are never the home cities of any of the participating teams.
|Bradford Bulls||Odsal Stadium||27,491||Bradford, West Yorkshire||1907|
|Castleford Tigers||Probiz Coliseum||11,750||Castleford, West Yorkshire||1926|
|Catalans Dragons||Stade Gilbert Brutus||13,000||Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France||1935|
|Huddersfield Giants||Galpharm Stadium||24,500||Huddersfield, West Yorkshire||1864|
|Hull||Kingston Communications Stadium||25,404||Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire||1865|
|Hull Kingston Rovers||“New” Craven Park||10,000||Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire||1882|
|Leeds Rhinos||Headingley Carnegie Stadium||20,500||Leeds, West Yorkshire||1864|
|London Broncos||Twickenham Stoop||14,816||Twickenham, London||1980|
|Salford City Reds||City of Salford Stadium||12,000||Salford, Greater Manchester||1873|
|St Helens||New St Helens Stadium||18,000||St. Helens, Merseyside||1873|
|Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||Belle Vue||9,000||Wakefield, West Yorkshire||1873|
|Warrington Wolves||Halliwell Jones Stadium||13,024||Warrington, Cheshire||1879|
|Widnes Vikings||Stobart Stadium Halton||13,350||Widnes, Cheshire||1875|
|Wigan Warriors||DW Stadium||24,135||Wigan, Greater Manchester||1872|
After 27 rounds played from February to September, play-offs take place to determine which two teams that will play the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford in Manchester. Only the top eight teams after the 27 rounds get to participate in the play-offs.
The team that wins the Super League Grand Final is awarded with the Super League Trophy and crowned Super League Champions. Since the premier Super League in 1996, the dominant clubs have been St Helens, Leeds, Bradford and the Wigan Warriors.