Championship 1 agree promotion criteria for 2012
Monday 13th February 2012
The RFL can confirm that the Co-operative Rugby League Championship One clubs have agreed their position on promotion at the end of the 2012 season.
Following last year's strategic review into the Co-operative Championships, all 10 Championship One clubs today voted in favour of having the top four promoted at the end of the 2012 Co-operative Championship One regular season. This will see the top four teams being promoted into the Championship to form an expanded 14 team division in 2013 meaning that there will be no relegation from the competition in 2012
To determine the Champions of the Co-operative Championship One season, there will be a top six play-off at the end of the campaign with the winners of the Grand Final deemed as champions.
Four new clubs will enter Championship One in 2013. Northampton were announced as one of the four last month and the other three teams will be announced once the due diligence checks are completed.
"It is an exciting time for Rugby League at Co-operative Championships level and the whole sport is looking forward to the new season ahead," said RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer.
"With the positive structural changes to the season from 2013, every club will be working extremely hard to play their part in the most significant change to Rugby League since the switch to summer in 1996.
"Championship One is expected to be very competitive with every team in the division in with a chance of promotion."