The top-level professional rugby league football club competition, known as the Super League, is currently referred to as the Engage Super League as a result of the sponsorship of Engage Mutual Assurance. Fourteen teams, one team from Wales, twelve from England, and one from France, are featured in the league and will be competing from February to October 2009.
From February to September, each team plays 27 games over 27 rounds during the league’s regular season. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season play in the playoffs, culminating with the Grand Final. In 2009, Super League games will be played in five different countries: Spain, France, Scotland, Wales and England. 888sport.com provides you with the opportunity to place your bets on all games, for each and every country and in several languages.
In May 2005, the Rugby Football League (RFL) announced that Super League licences will be a new requirement of the participants in the Super League competition from 2009, in place of regulation and promotion. After considering several factors besides a club’s on-the-field performance, the licences will be awarded.
The RFL also stated that those clubs that will be competing in 2009 Super League XIV will undergo assessment based on four areas: playing strength, which includes player production and development; finance and business performance; stadium facilities; and commercial and marketing performance. The RFL Board of Directors will give the final decision after evaluations.
In June 2008, it was confirmed by the RFL that the Super League will be expanding in 2009 from 12 teams to 14 teams. The 14 clubs were awarded licences per the announcement that transpired on 22 July 2008.
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