The Rugby Football League (RFL) is the governing body for professional rugby league football in England. Based at Red Hall in Leeds, it administers the England national rugby league team, the Challenge Cup, Super League and the Rugby League Championships. The social and junior game is administered in association with the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA).
The Rugby Football League is a member of the Rugby League European Federation and as a senior Full Member has a combined veto power over the Council with France.
The name Rugby Football League previously also referred to the main league competition run by the organisation. This has since been supplanted by Super League, the Championship, and Championship 1.
Established as the Northern Rugby Football Union (often shortened to Northern Union) in August 1895 by representatives of twenty-one Rugby Football Union clubs at a meeting at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, it changed its name in 1922 to the Northern Rugby Football League, mirroring its sister organisations overseas, the Australian Rugby Football League and New Zealand Rugby Football League. Eventually the "Northern" was dropped from its name at the beginning of the 1980s.
The RFL is part of the Community Board, which also has representatives from BARLA, Combined Services, English Schools Rugby League and Student Rugby League.
The turnover of the RFL was reported as £29 M in 2011.
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