Top six play-offs

After a top five play-off system was used, a play-off structure involving the top six teams was used to determine the winners of the Super League competition in British rugby league from 2002 through to 2008.

Apart from the Grand Final, all matches were staged at the home ground of the team placed higher in the final league table. A similar system was used by the Australian National Soccer League. The A-League uses the same system to determine its champions, but with a subtle difference outlined below.

From week two on the Top Six play-offs system reflects exactly the Page playoff system.

With the expansion of Super League from 12 teams to 14 for 2009, the number of teams making the play-offs increased from 6 to 8. For details of the new system, see Super League play-offs.

How it workedEdit

 

Week One

  • Elimination Semi-final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi-final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Qualification Final: 1st vs 2nd
  • Elimination Final: Winners of Elimination Semi-final A vs Winners of Elimination Semi-final B

Week Three

  • Preliminary Final: Losers of Qualification Match vs Winners of Elimination Final

Week Four

  • Grand Final: Winners of Qualification Match vs Winners of Final Qualifier

The A-League systemEdit

(System used in season 2009/10, 2010/11,2011/12)
Week One

  • Major Semi Final Leg 1: 2nd vs 1st
  • Elimination Semi Final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi Final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Major Semi Final Leg 2: 1st vs 2nd
  • Minor Semi Final : Elimination Semi Final A Winner vs Elimination Semi Final B Winner

Week Three

  • Preliminary Final: Loser of Major Semi Final vs Winner of Minor Semi Final

Week Four

  • Grand Final: Winner of Major Semi Final vs Winner of Preliminary Final


(System used after season 2012/13, which is also adopted to World Curling Championships since 2018):
Week One

  • Elimination final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Semi Final A: Higher Ranked Elimination Final Winner vs 2nd
  • Semi Final B: Lower Ranked Elimination Final Winner vs 1st

Week Three

  • Grand Final: Higher Ranked Semifinal Winner vs Lower Ranked Semifinal Winner

CompetitionsEdit

In addition to the Super League, the top six system is also used in the Championship and the Championship One, as well Rugby League Conference National. A modified method was used in the 2018 Australian domestic limited-overs cricket tournament.

See alsoEdit