The RFL has announced changes to the Championship and League 1 play-off format for 2020, while also confirming that Sky Sports will broadcast matches from the series, including the Final.
The winners of the Championship play-offs will earn promotion to Super League, and the games will be contest by the clubs finishing in the top five positions, but home advantage will now be determined by play-off results, not regular season standings.
It means the winners of the major semi-final in week two of the play-offs will earn home advantage in the Grand Final two weeks later, while the losers of that semi-final will have home advantage in the preliminary final the following weekend.
The same system will apply in League 1, except that series will involve the teams finishing between second and sixth, with top spot automatically promoted as league champions.
Sky will broadcast matches from the Championship play-offs, including the promotion decider, which is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 3-4 October.
RFL chief commercial officer Mark Foster said: “We’re delighted to be able to confirm that Sky Sports will again be showing the Betfred Championship Play-Offs this autumn, allowing them to capture the twists and turns in the battle for promotion to the Betfred Super League.
“It’s great exposure for our leading Championship clubs, adding to the exciting expanded programme of coverage on the RFL’s Our League platform this season with a new focus on live Sunday night matches.
“Our League will also be providing extensive coverage of Betfred League 1 including the Play-Offs, and we have listened to the views of the clubs in both competitions in making changes to the structure of the Play-Offs in both which will provide a greater reward for results during the Play-Offs themselves.”