Super 8s explained ahead of fixture announcement
Last Updated: 28/07/16 10:10pm
Now the regular season has finished, the 24 Super League and Championship clubs have split into three Super 8 groups.
These places are based on league positions.
The top eight will continue as Super League, the middle eight will be the Qualifiers and the third eight will be the Championship Shield.
Super 8s Teams
Super League Teams - Top 8:
Hull FC, Warrington, Wigan, St Helens, Catalans, Castelford, Widnes and Wakefield
Qualifiers Teams - Middle 8:
Leeds, Salford, Leigh, London Broncos, Hull KR, Huddersfield, Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers
Championship Shield Teams - Third 8:
Bradford Bulls, Halifax RLFC, Sheffield Eagles, Dewsbury Rams, Swinton Lions, Oldham RLFC, Workington Town and Whitehaven RLFC
How do the Super 8s Work?
Clubs will each play seven fixtures on a league basis across the Super 8s.
The top four Super League clubs will play four home matches. So for this season that is Hull FC, Warrington, Wigan and St Helens.
In the Qualifiers, the team finishing ninth and 10th in Super League and the top two teams from the Championship will have four home matches. So for this season that is Leeds and Salford from Super League and Leigh Centurions and London Broncos from the Championship. The top two in the Championship have the advantage over the bottom two from Super League.
In the Championship Shield, clubs finishing the regular Championship season in fifth to eighth place will have four home fixtures. So for this season that is Bradford Bulls, Halifax RLFC, Sheffield Eagles, Dewsbury Rams.
In Super League and Championship Shield, the competing clubs will carry over the points and scoring records from the regular season into the Super 8s, whereas the Qualifiers will start with zero points because the eight clubs are drawn from two different competitions.
How are teams ranked to determine fixtures?
After the Super 8 fixtures, the top four clubs in Super League will go into the play-offs: first v fourth and second v third. The winners of those two matches will contest the Super League Grand Final.
All eight Super League clubs are guaranteed top flight status for the following season, as are the top three clubs in the Qualifiers.
The final place in Super League for the following season will be determined by the Million Pound Game - a play-off between the fourth and fifth-placed clubs in the Qualifiers, played at the home of the fourth-placed club.
In the Championship Shield, the top four clubs enter a play-off, first v fourth and second v third, with the winners contesting the Championship Shield final.
The Super 8s fixtures will be announced on Wednesday at the Super 8s launch