Rugby League European Federation

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Rugby League European Federation
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Abbreviation RLEF
Formation 1 January 2003; 16 years ago (2003-01-01)
Type Sports organisation
Headquarters Leeds, England
Region served
Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America
Membership
14
Official language
French, English
Chairman
Maurice Watkins
Parent organization
International Federation
Website www.rlef.com

The Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) is the umbrella body for nations playing the sport of rugby league football across Europe and the Northern Hemisphere.[1] It supports the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).[1] The RLEF "oversees and co-ordinates the development of the sport in all its member countries and those neighbouring organisations that choose to link to the RLEF".[1] The RLEF operates several competitions, most notably the European Cup.

History

The federation was founded January 2003 following an initiative between Richard Lewis, Executive Chairman of Britain's Rugby Football League (RFL) and his French counterpart Jean Paul Ferre.[1] The RLEF's first constitution was approved in January 2004 and the federation's first Board of Directors was elected.[1] This first Board of Directors consisted of Jean Paul Ferre as President/Chairman and Richard Lewis as Deputy Chairman with Nigel Wood and Nicolas Larrat being the other Board members.[1] Representatives for Morocco, Italy, Serbia, Russia, Lebanon, Ireland, Scotland and Wales attended.[1] Russia became a full member of the RLEF, joining Britain and France, and the RLIF soon after.[1]

At the time of its foundation, the RLEF placed a "particular emphasis on generating development funding within each country".[1] Historically, much of the development work conducted in Europe had been funded by the RFL.[2] Following the profitable 2008 World Cup, the RFL and RLEF prepared to bid for funds to enhance their activities.[2]

In December 2009, Kevin Rudd, a former Scotland rugby league international, stepped down as Executive Officer of the RLEF after more than five years in the post.[3] RLEF Chairman Richard Lewis stated that Rudd "has done an outstanding job and created a platform, structure and competitions framework that can take us into the future".[3] Rudd was succeeded by Danny Kazandjian.[4] Kazandjian had previously been a key figure in the establishment of rugby league in Lebanon and had led the RLEF's development drive in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions as Director of Development for the Euro-Med region.[4]

Competitions

Competitions Champion Title
European Championship  Wales 7th
European Championship B  Serbia 3rd
European Championship C  Spain 1st
Balkans Cup  Greece 1st
Nordic Cup  Denmark 3rd

RLEF board

Current Board

Member Position Nationality
Maurice Watkins Chairman  England
Nicolas Larrat Vice Chairman  France
Gary Tasker Board member  England
Jean Alain Rives Bord member  France

Membership

Currently seven nations are full members of the federation; there are also seven associate members and six official observers. Full members are entitled to a greater proportion of voting rights and to become members of the Rugby League International Federation.

In order to become an associate member, a nation must meet the following criteria:

  • Implementation of a constitution and rules that commit the governing body to acting in the best interest of rugby league, throughout the whole of their country.[1]
  • Production of an annual financial report.[1]
  • Running a league competition with at least four teams.[1]
  • Implementation of a junior development programme.[1]
  • The production of a Business Development Plan outlining an organisation's future aims, including aims to find part funding for staff positions.[1]
  • A communications strategy.[1]
  • An administrators, match officials and coach education strategy.[1]

The RLEF stipulates that continued associate and full membership of the federation is subject to a check every two years to ensure that the minimum criteria are still being met.[1]

Full members

Association National team Founded RLIF
affiliation
RLEF
affiliation
Rugby Football League  England
 Great Britain
1895 1948 2003
Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII  France 1934 1948 2003
Rugby League Ireland  Ireland 1988 2000 2003
Jamaica Rugby League Association  Jamaica 2004 2013 2004
Lebanese Rugby League Federation  Lebanon 2003 2012 2003
Russian Rugby League  Russia 2010 2013 2013
Scotland Rugby League  Scotland 1994 2011 2003
Serbian Rugby League  Serbia 2004 2012 2004
South African Rugby League  South Africa 1998 1998 2003
Ukrainian Federation of Rugby League  Ukraine 2008 2013 2013
Wales Rugby League  Wales 2005 2010 2010

Associate members

Association National team Founded
Canada Rugby League  Canada 2010
Czech Rugby League Association  Czech Republic 2005
Hellas Rugby League Federation  Greece 2003
Federazione Italiana Rugby League  Italy 2008
Latvia Rugby League  Latvia 2009
Maltese Rugby League Association  Malta 2008
Norway Rugby League  Norway 2009
Asociación Española de Rugby League  Spain 2013
USA Rugby League  United States 2011

Official observers

RLEF national team results at World Cups

Team 1954 1957 1960 1968 1970 1972 1975 1977 1985-88 1989-92 1995 2000 2008 2013 2017
 Belgium - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Canada - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Czech Republic - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Denmark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 England - - - - - - 2nd - - - 2nd SF SF SF Q
 France 2nd Group Stage Group Stage 2nd Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage QF Group Stage QF Q
 Germany - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Ghana - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Great Britain 1st 2nd 1st Group stage 2nd 1st - 2nd Group stage 2nd - - - - -
 Greece - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Hungary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Ireland - - - - - - - - - - - QF QF Group Stage
 Italy - - - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage
 Jamaica - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Latvia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Lebanon - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage - - Q
 Malta - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Morocco - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Netherlands - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Nigeria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Norway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Palestine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Russia - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage - -
 Saudi Arabia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Scotland - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage Group Stage QF Q
 Serbia - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Sierra Leone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 South Africa - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage Group Stage - - -
 Spain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Sweden - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Trinidad and Tobago - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Ukraine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 United Arab Emirates - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - QF
 Wales - - - - - - Group Stage - - - SF SF - Group Stage

Official RLEF Seedings

Rank Movement Team
1 Steady  England
2  France
3 Increase 1  Ireland
4  Scotland
5 Decrease 2  Wales
6 Steady  Italy
7 Increase 2  Serbia
8 Steady  Canada
9 Decrease 2  Russia
10 Steady  Germany
11  Norway
12  Ukraine
13 Increase 1  Belgium
14 Increase 4  Greece
15 Decrease 2  Lebanon
16 Decrease 1  Malta
17 Steady  Netherlands
18 Increase 1  Denmark
19 Decrease 3  Jamaica
20 Steady  Spain
21 Increase 1  Czech Republic
22 Increase 2  Sweden
23 Decrease 2  South Africa
24 Increase 1  Hungary
25 Decrease 2  Latvia
26 Steady  Morocco
27 NEW  Ghana
28  Trinidad and Tobago
29  United Arab Emirates

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 RLEF. "Overview". Rugby League European Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2009-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. 3.0 3.1 rugbyleague.com (2009-12-18). "Euro development boss to step down". rugbyleague.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 rugbyleague.com (2010-05-21). "RLEF appoint new development exec". rugbyleague.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>