The 2019 Rugby Football League Championship was a rugby league football competition played primarily in England but including teams from Canada and France. It is the second tier of the three tiers of professional rugby league in England, below Super League and above League 1. Following rule changes agreed at the end of the 2018 season, the Super 8's format has been abandoned and the Championship will feature a play-off system leading to promotion to Super League for one club while results during the regular season will lead to relegation to League 1 for two teams.
|Betfred Championship 2019|
|Duration||27 rounds + play-offs|
|Highest attendance||9,974 |
Toronto Wolfpack v Featherstone Rovers (5 October 2019)
|Lowest attendance||337 |
Rochdale Hornets v Toulouse Olympique (13 July 2019)
|Attendance||428,570; as of round 26 (1 September 2019)|
|Broadcast partners||Sky Sports|
|League Leaders' Shield||Toronto Wolfpack|
|Biggest home win||Toronto Wolfpack 70–8 Dewsbury Rams (15 June 2019)|
|Biggest away win||Rochdale Hornets 0–82 Bradford Bulls (8 September 2019)|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from RFL Championship ||Toronto Wolfpack|
|Relegated to League 1|| Barrow Raiders |
The 2019 Championship comprised 14 teams, which all played one another twice in the regular season, once at home and once away, totalling 26 games. The 2019 season also featured the "Summer Bash Weekend" for a fifth time so the regular season comprised 27 games for each team.
The Championship Grand Final was won by Toronto Wolfpack, who by beating Featherstone Rovers 24–6 also won promotion to Super League for the first time in the club's history, ahead of 2020 season. Toronto also won the RFL Championship Leaders' Shield, after finishing top of the league and completing a 100% home record, and only losing 1 game all season.
Betfred remain the sponsors of the Championship. The season started on 3 February 2019.
The Championship is made up of 14 teams, 11 of whom featured in the 2018 Championship; one, Widnes Vikings, who were relegated from Super League; and two, Bradford Bulls and York City Knights, who won promotion from League 1 in 2018.
|Barrow Raiders||The JF Hornby Stadium||7,600||Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria|
|Batley Bulldogs||Fox's Biscuits Stadium||7,500||Batley, West Yorkshire|
|Bradford Bulls||Odsal Stadium||27,500||Bradford, West Yorkshire|
|Dewsbury Rams||Tetley's Stadium||5,800||Dewsbury, West Yorkshire|
|Featherstone Rovers||LD Nutrition Stadium||8,000||Featherstone, West Yorkshire|
|Halifax||The MBi Shay||14,000||Halifax, West Yorkshire|
|Leigh Centurions||Leigh Sports Village||12,000||Leigh, Greater Manchester|
|Rochdale Hornets||Crown Oil Arena||10,249||Rochdale, Greater Manchester|
|Sheffield Eagles||Sheffield Olympic Legacy Stadium||2,500||Sheffield, South Yorkshire|
|Swinton Lions||Heywood Road||3,387||Sale, Greater Manchester|
|Toronto Wolfpack||Lamport Stadium||9,600||Toronto, Canada|
|Toulouse Olympique||Stade Ernest-Argelès||4,000||Toulouse, France|
|Widnes Vikings||Halton Stadium||13,350||Widnes, Cheshire|
|York City Knights||Bootham Crescent||8,256||York, North Yorkshire|
Regular-season results edit
Final standings edit
Final standings at the end of regular season on 8 September 2019
|1||Toronto Wolfpack||27||26||0||1||1010||356||+654||52||Play-off semi-final|
|2||Toulouse Olympique||27||20||0||7||877||446||+431||40||Play-off qualifying final|
|3||York City Knights||27||19||1||7||612||529||+83||39|
|4||Leigh Centurions||27||18||0||9||792||558||+234||36||Play-off elimination final|
|13||Barrow Raiders||27||5||1||21||479||861||−382||11||Relegated to League 1|
- Widnes deducted 12 points for going into administration.
At the end of the 27 game regular season, the top five teams enter a four-round play-off. The winners of the play-off final will earn promotion to Super League for 2020.
|Qualifying play-off||Qualifying semi-final||Preliminary final||Play-off final|
|1||Toronto Wolfpack||40||Toronto Wolfpack||24|
|Toulouse Olympique||24||Featherstone Rovers||6|
|2||Toulouse Olympique||44||Toulouse Olympique||12|
|3||York City Knights||6||Elimination semi-final||Featherstone Rovers||36|
|York City Knights||4|
|4||Leigh Centurions||18||Featherstone Rovers||30|
End-of-season awards edit
The end of season awards ceremony was held on 24 September 2019 when the following awards were made:
- "2019 structure explained". Rugby Football League. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
- "2019 Championship fixtures revealed". Love Rugby League. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
- "Widnes Vikings: RFL accepts new takeover deal but still imposes 12-point penalty". BBC Sport. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
- "2019 Championship and League 1 award winners revealed". Love Rugby League. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.