RFL Women's Super League South

The Rugby Football League Women's Super League South (known as the Betfred Women's Super League South due to sponsorship) was introduced as a top tier women's rugby league club competitions in Great Britain for teams Southern England and South Wales that ran parallel to the RFL Women's Super League.

Women's Super League South
SportRugby league
Founded2021; 3 years ago (2021)
Ceased2023; 1 year ago (2023)
Replaced byWomen's Southern Championship
No. of teams6
Country England
Domestic cup(s)RFL Women's Challenge Cup
Official websiteWomen's Super League

Originally intended to start in 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural season started in mid-June 2021[1] and ended on 29 August.[2]

In January 2024, it was announced that the Super League South would become the Women's Southern Championship; one of the three regional competitions in the restructured second tier of women's rugby in Great Britain.



On 30 April 2021, the Rugby Football League (RFL) announced the establishment of a new "Super League South" competition, which runs in parallel to the existing Women's Super League competition in the north of England, rather than directly expand it and is the top level of club competition in southern England and South Wales. The inaugural Super League south season started in June 2021, competed for by six teams, divided into two conferences of three teams each.[1]

On 31 January 2023, the RFL announced a new pyramid for the women's game, and in doing so confirmed that the 2023 season would be the Super League South's last as a top tier competition. It would become a second tier competition with opportunity for promotion to the RFL Women's Super League and it was intended that this would run parallel with North, Roses, and Midlands leagues.[3] On 24 January, it was revealed that the Super League South would become the Southern Women's Championship and that in 2024 the second tier would have only three leagues: Midlands, Northern and Southern, from which only the winners of the Northern and Southern competitions would play-off for a chance to earn promotion.[4]


Clubs in the Super League South with participation by season
Super League South clubs
Club Location Seasons Ref
  Army RL Aldershot, Hampshire 2021–2023 [5]
  Bedford Tigers Bedford, Bedfordshire 2021–2023 [6]
  Bristol Golden Ferns Bristol, Gloucestershire 2021–2023 [1]
  Cardiff Demons Cardiff, Glamorgan 2021–2023 [7][8]
  Cornish Rebels Redruth, Cornwall 2021 [9]
  London Broncos Wimbledon, Greater London 2021–2023 [10]
  Oxford Cavaliers Brackley, Northamptonshire 2022 [11]
  Thurrock T-Birds Grays, Essex 2023 [3]



For the inaugural season in 2021, the three teams in each conference played each other twice home and away, for a total of six games each. At the conclusion of these matches, the semi-finals saw the winner of each conference playing the runner-up of the other. The winners of those two games thus played in the Grand Final, with the Cardiff Demons winning 30–26 over the British Army Rugby League side.[1][12] From 2022, the format changed so that all teams competed in one league with the top four teams qualifying for the play-offs.[13]

The Army were granted a place in the 2022 Women's Challenge Cup as a result of having reached the Grand Final in 2021.[14] In 2023, both Super League South finalists from 2022 took part in the Challenge Cup.[15] London and Cardiff both earned places in the 2024 Challenge Cup as a result of reaching the 2023 Grand Final.[16]


List of grand final winners, runners-up and league leaders by season
Season Champions Score Runners-up League Leaders
2021   Cardiff Demons 30–26   Army RL
2022   Cardiff Demons 34–40   London Broncos   London Broncos
2023   London Broncos 22–10   Cardiff Demons   Cardiff Demons



Bookmakers Betfred were announced in 2021 as being the inaugural sponsors of this new competition, as well as continuing their sponsorship of Women's Super League beyond 2021.[1]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e "Betfred Women's Super League to break new ground in 2021". Rugby Football League Limited. 30 April 2021. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Rugby League: Heartbreak For Army Women In First Ever Southern Area Grand Final". Forces.net. 29 August 2021. Archived from the original on 29 August 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b "RFL reveal exciting national pyramid for growing women's game". Love Rugby League. 31 January 2023. Retrieved 24 May 2023.
  4. ^ "Betfred Women's Super League 2024 fixtures confirmed". Leeds Rhinos. 24 January 2024. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  5. ^ "The Army enters Superleague!". Army Rugby League. 1 May 2021. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Tigers to feature in expanded Women's Super League!". Bedford Tigers. 1 May 2021. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  7. ^ Gordon, James (28 May 2021). "Cardiff Demons aim for Women's Super League franchise". LoveRugbyLeague. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  8. ^ "New Women's Super League club to launch in Cardiff". Wales Rugby League. 30 April 2021. Archived from the original on 30 April 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Rebels Enter Betfred Womens Super League South". Cornish Rebels. 29 April 2021. Archived from the original on 30 April 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Broncos Join Five Teams In Launch Of Inaugural Betfred Women's Super League South". London Broncos. 30 April 2021. Archived from the original on 30 April 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Match Centre". Rugby-League.com. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  12. ^ "Fixture announcement: Betfred Women's Super League South". Rugby-League.com. 8 June 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  13. ^ "Betfred Women's Super League South Fixtures announced". Rugby-League.com. 29 March 2022. Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  14. ^ "Saints to face The Army in Betfred Women's Challenge Cup". Rugby-League.com. 7 December 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  15. ^ "Betfred Women's Challenge Cup ready for kick off". Rugby-League.com. 18 April 2023. Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  16. ^ "Building a National Pyramid". Community Rugby League: MORE THAN A SPORT REVIEW MID-YEAR 2023 (PDF). Rugby Football League. p. 16. Retrieved 27 November 2023.