The championship will be held across four locations. Parma, Viadana and Calvisano will all host pool matches, with the latter two hosting semi-finals for each bracket (teams 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12). Cremona will host the final, and two of the remaining positional play-offs with Calvisano hosting the others.
The points awarded in the Pool Stage are as follows:
4 points for a win
2 points for a draw
1 bonus scoring point for scoring 4 or more tries
1 bonus losing point for losing by 7 or less points
0 points for a loss above 7 points
If at completion of the Pool Stage two or more teams are level on points the following tiebreakers are applied:
The winner of the Match in which the two tied Teams have played each other;
The Team which has the best difference between points scored for and points scored against in all its Pool Matches;
The Team which has the best difference between tries scored for and tries scored against in all its Pool Matches;
The Team which has scored most points in all its Pool Matches;
The Team which has scored most tries in all its Pool Matches; and
If none of the above produce a result, then it will be resolved with a toss of a coin.
Pld = matches played, W = matches won, D = draws, L = losses, PF = match points for, PA = match points against, PD = Points difference between match points for and match points against, TF = tries for, TA = tries against, BP = bonus points, Pts = pool points