Have your say: Should Super League be cut to 10 teams, be kept the same or expand to 14 teams?

There has been talk recently of Super League being cut down to 10 teams and we want to know what you think of the possibility.  

Gary Carter had an exclusive in The Sun yesterday on the subject, claiming Super League could possibly lose two teams under a controversial two-tier plan.

It is reported that top-flight club bosses are expected to vote on whether to increase Super League to 14 teams or be trimmed down to 10 teams, with a second-tier of 10 below it.

SunSport have reported that all the central funding would go to those 20 clubs though, which indicates that any team outside of that will have to fend for themselves.

Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Wakefield Trinity, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings and Wigan Warriors are the 12 clubs currently competing in Super League.

Also, there is always talk of there being too many games played each year, so wouldn’t 14 teams just put even more pressure on the bodies of players?

But then will four games less in a standard season be damaging for clubs financially?

The debate could go on for hours and hours.

It could be argued that games would be more entertaining if there were less teams and fixtures, but then fans would lose their good value for money. Swings and roundabouts?

There will always be different views between everyone in Rugby League, but one thing that, probably, all of us can agree on is the fact that the future of the sport needs to be confirmed and sharpish.

Do you think the Super League should be cut to 10 teams, kept the same with 12 or expanded to 14 teams? Let us know in the comments below.

25 Comments

    • The simple fact is that we don’t produce or retain enough quality players to have 14 teams – or even 12!
      It should be a 10-team SL, with compulsory high standard junior development in place before a team can even be considered.
      Whether we keep the Super 8s or not is another matter: 10 teams could play each other 3 times to give 27 matches. Or play twice for 18 games with a Super 6 or Super 8 adding 5 or 7 more.

  1. either stay the same or expand to 14 clubs, but scrap the rediculous middles eights, go back to the normal promotion and relegation format of bottom go down, top comes up, and if the the powers that be insist in a mpg, then next to bottom and 2nd to play off over two legs home and away. Simple really

    • I like the idea of 2 super leagues but definitely not of leaving the rest to drift into oblivion. I dont think that would be necessary if decent TV and sponsorship deals were arranged.

  2. I thought the whole idea was to promote super league and increase its popularity .I would have thought that this would be done better by increasing the teams in all areas to give a wider view of the top tear to more people not cutting the teams

  3. I’ve been arguing for 2×10 for years. It would mean a much more competitive top division Alongside an equally exciting second tier. It’s opens the professional clubs up to 20 but without compromising the quality of the top division. I’m assuming less games as well which means higher quality.
    I don’t though like the idea that all funds are cut below the top 2! I would advocate for a geographical conference system below super league1&2 to include France’s elite league, a western conference (Lancashire, Cumbria and Wales), and eastern conference (Yorkshire, Northumbria, midlands and south east). 30 clubs with a play off system leading to an ultimate winner who would be offered the chance of promotion to SL2. But that division would need some funds from somewhere!
    Maybe TV deal with premier sport and live streaming could boost sponsors but wouldn’t replace central funding!

  4. I will put money on it the spineless Rfl will expand to 14 teams turning there backs on fev fax Leigh London etc and fast tracking Toulouse and Toronto if this happens I will walk away in disgust 12 teams same format the poorest team who if not good enough should drop down allowing 1 championship team promotion ONLY ONE based on merit on field

  5. Up to 14 in superleague and promotion & relegation is a must. Spread the money more evenly and stop favouring teams from abroad. Let’s have an even playing field.

  6. Or you could have bottom of super league plays top of championship for In a million pound game type thing winner goes up loser goes down and top 6 play off

  7. Bring back franchising and turn Super League into a 2 tiered competition with 2 up 2 down relegation and promotion, have 12 teams in each league made up by 10 current clubs and 2 expansion clubs, you have say Belfast, Glasgow, Barcelona, Toulouse, promote Barrow into the top tier so there is a club in Cumbria, bring in marketing experts to shower the country with a mass advertising campaign featuring our best players and celebrity fans intermixed with bone crunching action clips, raise the cap to £4m, and have a basement of £1.75m, bring back GB tours, video refs at all games and use them like we did before the rule change, bring defending team making a play for the ball at the play of the ball and bring back that excitement, use only 4 substitutions a game, bring the corner flag back into play and turn the magic weekend into a mini knock out competition with a big cash prize and trophy.

  8. Should be 14 teams with promotion and relegation. Magic weekend to accommodate regular scheduled game, not additional game. Get rid of playoffs and million pound game. Don’t want to see teams play one another several times. League leaders to get a cup and play Challenge cup winners for Grand final.

  9. Expand it to 16 teams (or even 18 teams in the future) with promotion and relegation, and a top 6 play off. Sell superleague rights like the premiership football, but provide some funding for the championship too. There may be some blow out scores and yoyo clubs but not as bad as it used to be…

    Align the season with the NRL, grow the international calendar and set a transfer window.

    Without P&R then the game will never grow

  10. 10
    The days of keeping the game in the dark ages just to allow some clubs to take part need to end
    It’s a professional sport
    Why should those that own and run these clubs be limited to what they spend and more importantly why should players be limited to what they can earn?
    Time to get a grip and move into the 21st century

  11. The competition needs increasing to 14 teams, but the Magic Weekend should be stopped and instead the two semifinals to reach the Grand Final should be played at the same Stadium ie; Newcastle,Coventry, Birmingham etc to continue to promote the game.

    The Million Pound Game should be stopped and instead the Champions of the other two leagues should be promoted and the bottom of Superleague relegated, but with a proper parachute payment and player’s contracts being honoured but based on a reduced salary.

    Then second of each league play second from bottom of each league home and away with the highest average score being either promoted etc.

    And any new teams start in the lowest league and only get promoted on merit

  12. Stay at 12. Exoand to 14 will pit more preasure on players but going to 10 will see two teams drop out but will not have been actually relegated.
    Go back to relegation and promotion…bottom two drop down and top two champ.teams go up.
    Get shut of the stupid middle eights system, should never have been brought in.
    Whatever funding there us should be shared pro rata to all teams.
    Promote the Challenge Cup better….should be as important as the F.A. Cup in soccer and (dare I say) the Superbowl in American Football.
    I’ve never been a fan of the Grand Final as well for various reasons, if you battle through a full season and come top of the pile you are Supereague Champions…end of.

  13. Stay at 12. Expand to 14 will put more pressure on players but going to 10 will see two teams drop out but will not have been actually relegated.
    Go back to relegation and promotion…bottom two drop down and top two champ.teams go up.
    Get shut of the stupid middle eights system, should never have been brought in.
    Whatever funding there us should be shared pro rata to all teams.
    Promote the Challenge Cup better….should be as important as the F.A. Cup in soccer and (dare I say) the Superbowl in American Football.
    I’ve never been a fan of the Grand Final as well for various reasons, if you battle through a full season and come top of the pile you are Supereague Champions…end of.

  14. this needs properly thinking about. Before there are any more changes there should be a compulsory reserve grade and a properly defined pathway to give a route for player development . When we start to produce the players in sufficient numbers then we can talk about creating a truly competitive league structure

  15. Expand to 14 teams. Play each team home and away. Stop the Magic Weekend.
    Reserve grade obligatory for all SL clubs.
    To increase the number of players at clubs introduce a “Club Trained” quota whereby each team must produce a given number from its own club’s youth system for a match day squad.
    Increase the match day squad from 17 to 19. 19 Players announced two days prior to the game, they have trained so why not have them available to play?

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