Championship and League 1 to introduce golden point extra-time in 2020

Golden point extra-time will be available in all Championship and League 1 fixtures in 2020 – but with different rules.

When a game is level at the sounding of the final hooter, each team will take one point for earning a draw. A third competition point will then be made available to the first team to score in two five-minute periods of extra-time.

The golden point will be available for the first time in the Championship on the weekend of January 31-February 2.

The full fixture list has been announced for Championship and League 1.


Dewsbury host Leigh in the opening game of the Championship on the Friday. York start the season with a trip to Toulouse’s Stade Ernest Wallon on the Saturday.

The remaining five matches in the opening round are scheduled for Sunday, February 2. Oldham will take on Widnes and Whitehaven will face Swinton.

London begin life back in the Championship with an away match against Bradford, while Featherstone will travel to Batley. 1895 Cup winners Sheffield will launch the campaign by facing Halifax away.

The majority of the second round of the Easter programme in the Championship has been put back from the traditional Easter Monday date at the request of the clubs, so the players will have more time to recover from the Good Friday programme.

The Summer Bash will take place in Blackpool on the weekend of May 30-31.

To view the 2020 Championship fixture list in full, click here.

League 1

League 1 kicks-off two weeks after the Championship on the weekend of February 15-16. On the Saturday, Newcastle host West Wales.

Two weeks later, North Wales Crusaders will be the opposition for London Skolars’ first home game of the season, which will be played at Allianz Stadium as a double-header with the Super League fixture between Toronto and St Helens.

Newcastle welcome Doncaster to Kingston Park in the Friday fixture ahead of the return of Super League’s Magic Weekend to St James’ Park.

Doncaster will also be involved in London Skolars’ Friday Night Lights fixture on the eve of the 2020 Challenge Cup final at the New River Stadium on July 17.

The League 1 club will play a single game over the Easter weekend, including a first Cumbrian clash of the season between Barrow and Workington, which is scheduled for Good Friday.

To view the League 1 2020 fixture list in full, click here.

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