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Operational Rules

The Tiers 1-3 Operational Rules bind all participants of the professional game.

Where applicable they should be read in conjunction with the RFL’s Articles of Association, the Laws of the Game and the Rules and Regulations of any body the RFL is a member of (being the Rugby League International Federation and the Rugby League European Federation).

The Operational Rules covers all elements of the game including Club Obligations and League Structure, Grounds and Facilities, Financial Matters (including Salary Cap), Broadcasting and Sponsorship Rights, Competition Rules, Players and Registrations, obligations of Persons subject to the Operational Rules, Match Officials and Agents, Disciplinary and Anti-Doping, Safeguarding, Welfare, Medical and Arbitration and includes a full set of appendices relevant to each section.

By clicking below you can access the Operational Rules with full search facility and print capability.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Season suspension, the RFL Board has approved a number of adjustments to the RFL Tier 1-3 Operational Rules – for further information about these changes, contact the enquiries team.

Key areas of the Operational Rules

Salary Cap Regulations

Financial Sustainability

Betting Integrity