- Super League (Europe)
Infobox rugby league cup
current_season=Super League XIII
teams=12 (14 in 2009)
website= [http://www.superleague.co.uk/ superleague.co.uk]
Super League is a full-time professional
rugby leagueclub competition operating in the northern hemisphere. As a result of sponsorship from engage Mutual Assurance the competition is currently officially known as the engage Super League.
Super League (Europe) (SLE) began in March 1996 and saw the English season switch from winter to summer for the first time in over 100 years. Most of the teams are based in Great Britain, though initially the league was intended to be European, and indeed French club Paris Saint Germain contested the first ever Super League match. Following their departure in 1997, the league was solely English until
Catalans Dragonswere admitted for the 2006 season. In 2009, the Celtic Crusaders, from Wales, will enter the competition.
During the league's regular season, each team plays 27 games over 27 rounds from February to September. At the end of the regular season, the top six teams in Super League play in the playoffs, which culminates with the Grand Final.
Each year the competition winners play a game against the premiers of the Australasian
National Rugby Leaguecompetition in the World Club Challenge.
The map below indicates the locations of teams currently competing in Super League.
Trophies and Awards
League Leader's Shieldis a trophy awarded to the team finishing the season top of Super League which is also known as a minor premiership. League Leader's Shield was introduced only in 2003, previously no prize was awarded to the team finishing top.
The winner of the
Grand Finalis given the engage Super League Trophy. This is considered more prestigious than a minor premiership since this team becomes the Super League Champions.
Man of Steel Awardis an annual award for the best player of the season in Super League. It has continued from pre-Super League times, with the first such award given in 1977.
Each season a
Super League Dream Teamis also named. The best thirteen players in their respective positions are voted for by members of the sports press.
Sky has the rights to show live Super League games in the UK; two live matches are broadcast each week - one on Friday Night at 7:30pm and another at 6pm on Saturdays. Regular commentators are Eddie Hemmings and
Mike Stephensonwith summarisers including Phil Clarke, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Live Super League broadcasts regularly rank amongst the top 10 most watched programmes in a week on Sky Sports with in excess of 250,000 viewers.cite web | url=http://www.trilinesports.co.uk/sleague.php | title=Triline Sports | publisher=Triline Sports | author= | date= | accessdate=2007-06-18] . Highlights are shown on Boots N' Allwhich is shown on Sky Sports and is rebroadcast on the Internet. BBC Sportown the rights to broadcast a highlights package called the Super League Showbut choose to only broadcast this to the North West, Yorkshire & North Midlands, North East & Cumbria, and East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions. It can also be viewed over the internet or downloaded using BBC iPlayerin the UK. End of season play-offs are shown across the whole country in a highlights package. However, coverage will be extended from the 17th of February 2008 in the form of a repeat of the show on Sunday nights which will be available across all parts of the country. BBC Director of Sport Richard Moseley said that this move was in response to the growing popularity and awareness of the sport, and the large number of requests from people who want to want to watch it elsewhere in the UK. Sport+in France show every Catalans Dragons home match Live and also Live or Delayed Coverage of Catalans away matches that have been shown in the UK Live on Sky.
Internationally Super League is shown Live on Showtime Sports (Middle East), Sky Sport (New Zealand) and Setanta Sports (USA and Canada) show Super League matches Live or delayed each week whilst FOX Sports Australia show the previous weekends UK televised Matches on Thursday Nights.
ESPN360has worldwide broadband rights; coverage began with the 2007 Grand Final.
Super League is covered heavily by BBC Local Radio.
* BBC Radio Manchester cover Wigan, Warrington and St Helens.
* BBC Radio Humberside cover Hull KR and Hull FC.
BBC Radio Leedscover Bradford, Leeds, Castleford, Wakefield and Huddersfield.
* BBC Radio Merseyside (AM/DAB only) cover St Helens and Warrington.
* BBC London 94.9 cover Harlequins via online streaming.
Also some commercial stations offer Super League commentary.
* BCB 106.6 (Bradford Community Broadcasting) cover Bradford Bulls Home & Away.
Radio Airecover Leeds Rhinos.
* KCFM Hull cover Hull KR and Hull FC.
* Radio Worm (Warrington Online Radio Media) covers every Warrington Home Match (Online Only).
* Radio Marseillette covers every Catalans Dragons Home Match (In French).
* Radio France Bleu Roussillon covers every Catalans Dragons Away Match (In French).
All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations online streaming.
Teams that have played in the Super League
* Halifax Blue Sox
* Harlequins RL (formerly London Broncos)
* Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants
Hull SharksWho merged with Gateshead Thunder to save their place in Super League
* Hull KR
* Oldham Bears
* Paris Saint Germain flagicon|France
Salford City Reds
* St Helens
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Super League Records
Super League war
British rugby league system
Rugby League Challenge Cup
World Club Challenge
Rugby League National Leagues
List of sports attendance figures
Super League Dream Team
*"Super League - the first ten years", Phil Caplan and Jonathan R. Doidge, ISBN 0-7524-3698-8
* [http://www.superleague.co.uk/ superleague.co.uk]
* [http://www.therfl.co.uk/SL/ RFL Super League coverage]
* [http://home.skysports.com/livescores/rugbyleague/ Scores from Sky Sports]
* [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/rugby_league/ The Sun | Super League news, results, fixtures, tables]
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