List of rugby league competitions

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The following is a list of rugby league competitions that are still currently in existence. This includes both international tournaments played by national Test teams and also domestic club and provincial competitions. Throughout the list bold indicates the league is a professional or semi-professional competition.

International tournaments[edit]

Global[edit]

Competition Teams
Rugby League World Cup United Nations All Nations
Rugby League Four Nations  England,  Australia,  New Zealand, Guest
World Club Challenge Winner of Australia/New Zealand NRL vs winner of England/France/Wales Super League

Continental[edit]

Competition Teams
Rugby League European Championship European Union Europe
Rugby League European Championship B
Rugby League European Championship C
Rugby League European Championship D
Oceania Cup Oceania
Americas Rugby League Championship North America
South American Rugby League Championship ‹See Tfd›South America South America
MEA Championship African Union Africa and Arab League The Middle East

Regional[edit]

Competition Teams
Balkans Cup The Balkans
Mediterranean Cup Mediterranean Countries
Nordic Cup The Nordic Countries
Pacific Rugby League International Pacific Island Nations
Caribbean Carnival Cup The Caribbean

Challenge Matches[edit]

Competition Teams
Anzac Test  Australia vs  New Zealand
The Ashes  England vs  Australia
Colonial Cup  United States vs  Canada
Griffin Cup  Netherlands vs  Germany
Hayne/Mannah Cup  Lebanon vs  Fiji
(On-off match)
Peter Leitch QSM Challenge  New Zealand vs Any Pacific Island Nations
State of Origin series  New South Wales vs  Queensland
War of the Roses  Lancashire vs  Yorkshire

Domestic Leagues[edit]

Europe[edit]

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Bosnia & Herzegovina Championship 1 2012 1

 Czech Republic

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
CZRLA First Division 7 2011 1
CZRLA Second Division 4 2011 2

 Denmark

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Danish Rugby League Championship 2 2013 1

 Europe

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Balkan Super League 1 2018 1

 France

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Elite One Championship 10 1931 1
Elite Two Championship 10 1982 2
National Division 1 14 1976 3
National Division 2 22 1978 4

United Kingdom Great Britain[a]

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
England/France Super League[b] 12 1996 1
England/France RFL Championship[c] 14 2003 2
England/Wales RFL League 1 11 2003 3
England/Wales National Conference League Various[d] 1986 4
England/Wales Conference League South 12 2012
Scotland Scottish National League 5 1997
England Various Regional Leagues[e] Various Various 5

 Ireland

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Irish Elite League 4 2001 1

 Italy

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Italia Rugby Football League 3 2010 1

 Netherlands

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Dutch Rugby League Competition 5 2014 1

 Norway

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Norge National Championship 5 2010 1

 Russia

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Russian Championship 9 1991 1

 Serbia

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Serbian Championship 8 2002 1

 Spain

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Campeonato Nacional de Liga 6 2014 1
Catalan Rugby League Championship 9 2009 2

 Sweden

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Sweden Super League 3 2011 1

 Ukraine

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Ukraine Super League 7 2012 1

Australia and Pacific[edit]

The NRL Grand Final trophy

 Australia

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Australia/New Zealand National Rugby League[f] 17 1998 1
New South Wales New South Wales Cup 14 1908 2
Queensland Queensland Cup[g] 14 1996
New South Wales Presidents Cup 42 2020 3
Queensland Brisbane A-Grade Rugby League 11 2001
Western Australia Western Australia Rugby League 17 1948
Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Rugby League 17 2001
Northern Territory Northern Territory Rugby league 6 1951
South Australia NRL SA Premiership 5 1952
Australian Capital Territory Canberra Rugby League 9 1982
NSWRL/CRL Competitions 400+ 1908 4
Queensland Rugby League Competitions 200+ 1908

 Cook Islands

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Cook Islands League 7 1994 1

 Fiji

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Fiji National Rugby League 14 2010 1

 New Zealand

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
NZRL National Competition 7 2010 1

 Papua New Guinea

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Papua New Guinea National Rugby League 12 1990 1

 Tonga

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Tongan National Rugby League 12 1988 1

Africa[edit]

 South Africa

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Rhino Cup 4 2011 1
Protea Cup 10 2013 2
Western Province Rugby League 5 2012 3
Jan Prinsloo Cup ? 2019

Asia and the Middle East[edit]

 Lebanon

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Lebanon Championship 10 2002 1

 Philippines

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Philippines National Rugby League 4 2013 1

 Thailand

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Thailand Rugby League Premiership 6 2014 1

The Americas[edit]

 Brazil

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
TOP 1 - Brazilian Rugby League 13-a-side Championship 8 2019 1
TOP 2 - Brazilian Rugby League 13-a-side Second Division Championship 4 2019 2

 Canada

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
British Columbia British Columbia Rugby League 6 2012 2
Ontario Ontario Rugby League Competition 3 2010
Alberta Alberta Rugby League Competition 3 2019

 Jamaica

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Jamaica National League 8 2005 1

 United States

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
USA Rugby League (USARL) 9 2011 1
California Rugby League (CRL) 5 2018 2
Midwest Rugby League (MRL) 2 2009 2

Domestic Cups[edit]

The trophy of the World Club Challenge

 Australia/United Kingdom Great Britain

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
World Club Challenge 2 1976 Champions of NRL and Super League

 Australia

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
NRL State Championship 2 2014 Champions of New South Wales Cup and Queensland Cup
The Lord Derby Cup trophy

 France

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
Lord Derby Cup 1934
The Challenge Cup trophy

United Kingdom Great Britain

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
Challenge Cup[h] 80 1896 All Teams
1895 Cup 20 2019 Tiers 2 and 3

 Spain

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
Copa España 6 2013 1

Women's Rugby League[edit]

International tournaments[edit]

International[edit]

Competition Criteria
Women's Rugby League World Cup Global

Continental[edit]

Competition Teams
Women's Rugby League European Championship European Union Europe
Women's Rugby League European Championship B
South American Rugby League Championship ‹See Tfd›South America South America

Domestic Leagues[edit]

 Australia

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
NRL Women's Premiership 6 2018 1
Brisbane and District Women's Rugby League 12 2004 2
Nellie Doherty Cup 2 1999 1
Sydney Metropolitan Women's Rugby League 12 2005 2
Tarsha Gale Nines 12 2016 3
Women's All Stars Match 2 2011 1

United Kingdom Great Britain

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
RFL Women's Super League 12 2017 1
RFL Women's Super League South 7 2021
RFL Women's Championship 2017 2
RFL Women's League 1 2017 3

 Papua New Guinea

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
PNG Womens Rugby League 10 1990 1

Domestic Cups[edit]

United Kingdom Great Britain

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
RFL Women's Challenge Cup All Teams

Wheelchair Rugby League[edit]

International tournaments[edit]

International[edit]

Competition Criteria
Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup Global

Continental[edit]

Competition Criteria
Wheelchair Rugby League European Championship European Union Europe

Domestic Leagues[edit]

United Kingdom Great Britain

Competition Teams Instituted Tier
RFL Wheelchair Super League

Domestic Cups[edit]

United Kingdom Great Britain

Competition Teams Instituted Criteria
RFL Wheelchair Challenge Cup 2016 All Teams

Nines tournaments[edit]

International[edit]

Australia[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Super League and lower division are British competitions ran by the RFL. Despite this foreign teams do compete in these competition. For a list of Non-British clubs that currently compete in these competition see here.
  2. ^ Successor to Rugby Football League Championship First Division instituted in 1895.
  3. ^ Successor to Rugby Football League Championship Second Division instituted in 1902.
  4. ^ 4 divisions: 12 in Premier Division, Division One, and Division Two. 14 in Division Three.
  5. ^ Includes: Yorkshire League, North West League, Cumbria League, Barrow & District League, North East League, Pennine Championship, Hull & District League, Midlands League, South West League, East League, London & South East League, South Premier, North Wales Conference, South Wales Premiership, Scottish Conference League.
  6. ^ The National Rugby League is an Australian competitions ran by the ARL. Despite this a foreign team does compete in this competition – New Zealand's New Zealand Warriors.
  7. ^ The Queensland Cup is an Australian competitions ran by the QRL, a state governing body within the ARL. Despite this a foreign team does compete in this competition – Papua New Guinea's Papua New Guinea Hunters.
  8. ^ The Challenge Cup has also seen teams from Ireland, France, Russia, and Serbia compete in the competition.

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