The Rugby Football League (RFL) is the governing body for rugby league football in Britain and Ireland.
Based at Red Hall in Leeds, it administers the England national rugby league team, the Challenge Cup, Super League and the Championships which form the professional and semi-professional structure of the game structure in the UK.
The RFL also administers the amateur and junior game across the country in association with the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA).
Facts & Figures
- Rugby League is played in every English county as well as in Wales, Scotland and Ireland. It is also played in all major Universities and throughout the Armed Forces.
- In the last two year's, Rugby League has experienced a 27% increase in participation with almost 250,000 people currently involved as players, coaches, match officials or volunteers.
- Participation among women and girls has also seen a healthy year-on-year increase of 42%
- 50 per cent of viewers who watch Rugby League on Sky Sports live in the South of England.
- The game is one of Sport England's Top 10 'priority' sports and as a result receives significant annual Government investment.
- The Champion Schools tournament is the largest knock-out Rugby League competition in the world. In the last five years, more than 1,500 schools and 90,000 pupils have taken part.
- The RFL has declared a profit for a seven consecutive seasons.