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CONFIRMED: Super League to have new structure from 2019

Super League’s new proposal has been passed at today’s EGM with a 66% vote majority.

It means an end to the controversial Super 8s format that was introduced in 2015 and a return to a more traditional league structure and play-off system.

From 2019, Super League will revert back to a ‘one-up, one-down’ system and is expected to include a 29-strong fixture list with each team to play a normal home and away fixture list, six loop fixtures and Magic Weekend.

It will also have a five-team play-off system like the early days of Super League putting more emphasis on finishing higher up in the table for the best chance of making it through to the Grand Final.

Championship and League 1 clubs are expected to meet in the coming days with RFL Chief Executive Ralph Rimmer to discuss the structure of their competitions going forward, with the possibility of a 14-team Championship.

Super League CEO Robert Elstone said: “The Super 8s created too much uncertainty and risk for everyone involved in the game and Super League clubs have made it clear they wanted change.

“We feel the new structure will allow for better planning going forward and allow us to focus on making the game a better product. The perception of our sport needs changing, we need to attract a younger, fresher audience.”

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