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Rugby League European Federation

The Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) is the umbrella body for nations playing the sport of rugby league football across Europe and the Northern Hemisphere.[1] It supports the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).[1] The RLEF "oversees and co-ordinates the development of the sport in all its member countries and those neighbouring organisations that choose to link to the RLEF".[1] The RLEF operates several competitions, most notably the European Cup.

Rugby League European Federation
Rugby League Euro Fed Logo.png
AbbreviationRLEF
Formation1 January 2003; 16 years ago (2003-01-01)
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersLeeds, England
Region served
Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America
Membership
11 Full, 10 Affiliate
Official language
French, English
Chairman
Maurice Watkins
Parent organization
International Federation
Websitewww.rlef.eu.com

HistoryEdit

The federation was founded January 2003 following an initiative between Richard Lewis, Executive Chairman of Britain's Rugby Football League (RFL) and his French counterpart Jean Paul Ferre.[1] The RLEF's first constitution was approved in January 2004 and the federation's first Board of Directors was elected.[1] This first Board of Directors consisted of Jean Paul Ferre as President/Chairman and Richard Lewis as Deputy Chairman with Nigel Wood and Nicolas Larrat being the other Board members.[1] Representatives for Morocco, Italy, Serbia, Russia, Lebanon, Ireland, Scotland and Wales attended.[1] Russia became a full member of the RLEF, joining Britain and France, and the RLIF soon after.[1]

At the time of its foundation, the RLEF placed a "particular emphasis on generating development funding within each country".[1] Historically, much of the development work conducted in Europe had been funded by the RFL.[2] Following the profitable 2008 World Cup, the RFL and RLEF prepared to bid for funds to enhance their activities.[2]

In December 2009, Kevin Rudd, a former Scotland rugby league international, stepped down as Executive Officer of the RLEF after more than five years in the post.[3] RLEF Chairman Richard Lewis stated that Rudd "has done an outstanding job and created a platform, structure and competitions framework that can take us into the future".[3] Rudd was succeeded by Danny Kazandjian.[4] Kazandjian had previously been a key figure in the establishment of rugby league in Lebanon and had led the RLEF's development drive in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions as Director of Development for the Euro-Med region.[4]

CompetitionsEdit

Competitions Champion Title
European Championship   Wales 7th
European Championship B   Serbia 3rd
European Championship C   Ukraine 3rd
Balkans Cup   Serbia 1st
Nordic Cup   Norway 3rd

RLEF boardEdit

Current BoardEdit

Member Position Nationality
Maurice Watkins Chairman   England
Nicolas Larrat Vice Chairman   France
Blagoje Stoiljkovic Board member   Serbia
Graeme Thompson Board member   Scotland

MembershipEdit

Currently eleven nations are full members of the federation; there are also ten associate members and sixteen official observers. Full members are entitled to a greater proportion of voting rights and to become members of the Rugby League International Federation.

In order to become an associate member, a nation must meet the following criteria:

  • Implementation of a constitution and rules that commit the governing body to acting in the best interest of rugby league, throughout the whole of their country.[1]
  • Production of an annual financial report.[1]
  • Running a league competition with at least four teams.[1]
  • Implementation of a junior development programme.[1]
  • The production of a Business Development Plan outlining an organisation's future aims, including aims to find part funding for staff positions.[1]
  • A communications strategy.[1]
  • An administrators, match officials and coach education strategy.[1]

The RLEF stipulates that continued associate and full membership of the federation is subject to a check every two years to ensure that the minimum criteria are still being met.[1]

Full membersEdit

Association National team Founded RLIF
affiliation
RLEF
affiliation
Rugby Football League   England
  Great Britain
1895 1948 2003
Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII   France 1934 1948 2003
Rugby League Ireland   Ireland 1988 2000 2003
Federazione Italiana Rugby League   Italy 2008 2010 2010
Jamaica Rugby League Association   Jamaica 2004 2013 2004
Lebanese Rugby League Federation   Lebanon 2003 2012 2003
Russian Rugby League   Russia 2010 2013 2013
Scotland Rugby League   Scotland 1994 2011 2003
Serbian Rugby League   Serbia 2004 2012 2004
Ukrainian Federation of Rugby League   Ukraine 2008 2013 2013
Wales Rugby League   Wales 2005 2010 2010

Associate membersEdit

Association National team Founded
Canada Rugby League   Canada 2010
Czech Rugby League Association   Czech Republic 2005
Nationaler Rugby League Deutschland   Germany 2014
Greek Rugby League Association   Greece 2003
Latvia Rugby League   Latvia 2009
Maltese Rugby League Association   Malta 2008
Netherlandse Rugby League Bond   Netherlands 2009
Norway Rugby League   Norway 2009
Asociación Española de Rugby League   Spain 2013
USA Rugby League   United States 2011

Official observersEdit

Former Full MembersEdit

Former Observer MembersEdit

RLEF national team results at World CupsEdit

Team 1954 1957 1960 1968 1970 1972 1975 1977 1985-88 1989-92 1995 2000 2008 2013 2017
  Belgium - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Canada - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Czech Republic - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Denmark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  England - - - - - - 2nd - - - 2nd SF SF SF Q
  France 2nd Group Stage Group Stage 2nd Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage QF Group Stage QF Q
  Germany - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Ghana - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Great Britain 1st 2nd 1st Group stage 2nd 1st - 2nd Group stage 2nd - - - - -
  Greece - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Hungary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Ireland - - - - - - - - - - - QF QF Group Stage
  Italy - - - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage
  Jamaica - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Latvia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Lebanon - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage - - Q
  Malta - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Morocco - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Netherlands - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Nigeria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Norway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Palestine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Russia - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage - -
  Saudi Arabia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Scotland - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage Group Stage QF Q
  Serbia - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Sierra Leone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  South Africa - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage Group Stage - - -
  Spain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Sweden - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Trinidad and Tobago - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Ukraine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  United Arab Emirates - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Disbanded
  United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - QF
  Wales - - - - - - Group Stage - - - SF SF - Group Stage

Official RLEF SeedingsEdit

Rank Movement Team
1     England
2   France
3   Ireland
4   1   Wales
5   10   Lebanon
6   2   Scotland
7   2   Serbia
8   2   Italy
9     Canada
10   Russia
11   3   Belgium
12   5   Malta
13   7   Spain
14   4   Germany
15   3   Ukraine
16   2   Greece
17   1   Denmark
18   7   Norway
19     Jamaica
20   2   Sweden
21     Czech Republic
22   5   Netherlands
23     South Africa
24   Hungary
25   Latvia
26   Morocco
  Ghana
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Turkey

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q RLEF. "Overview". Rugby League European Federation. Archived from the original on 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  2. ^ a b Michael Fisher (2009-01-02). "RFL chief executive Nigel Wood backs Super League to flourish". Telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
  3. ^ a b rugbyleague.com (2009-12-18). "Euro development boss to step down". rugbyleague.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  4. ^ a b rugbyleague.com (2010-05-21). "RLEF appoint new development exec". rugbyleague.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  5. ^ "Sol Mokdad issues public apology to UAE Rugby Federation to end criminal proceedings against him". The National. Retrieved 2015-05-25.

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