Super League clubs could be playing for bonus points under the radical new structure for the domestic game in 2015.
Top-flight clubs currently operate a traditional system of two points for a win and one for a draw but those in the two Championship divisions receive three for a win and two for a draw, with a bonus point for losing by 12 points or fewer.
Rugby Football League chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer revealed at a media briefing in Brighouse on Thursday that one system will be introduced across all three divisions from next season and a consultation process is under way to determine the best option.
“The process will take into account the views of players, coaches, administrators, media, commercial partners and, most importantly, the fans,” Rimmer said. “Leeds Metropolitan University are undertaking a piece of research to obtain views of fans that will feed into the decision-making process which will come to a conclusion in the autumn.”
Rimmer also revealed that, if a decision is made to bring in a two-referee system in 2015 following trials that are currently taking place in academy matches, it will be used in the top two divisions.
Rimmer and Super League general manager Blake Solly outlined details of the new structure which was given the green light by clubs earlier this year.
From next season the First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will keep the same names and both feature 12 clubs, while Kingstone Press Championship One will be renamed Kingstone Press League 1 and comprise 14 teams including newcomers Coventry.
At the end of the regular season, Super League and the Championship will split into the Super 8s – three groups of eight clubs based on league positions called Super League, The Qualifiers and Championship Shield – which will be played on a seven-match mini-league basis.
In Super League, the top four will contest a play-off series in which first plays fourth and second meets third, with the winners going through to the title-deciding Grand Final.
In The Qualifiers, the top three clubs will play in Super League the following season with the final place determined by a one-off Million Pound Game between the clubs finishing fourth and fifth, with the highest-placed team enjoying home advantage.
Solly announced that the salary cap for Championship clubs will be raised to £1million and central payments will start at £750,000 for the two clubs relegated from Super League going down on a sliding scale to £150,000.
Super League clubs will receive around £1.7million in central revenue while the officials also announced the re-introduction of the 50 per cent rule which restricts clubs from spending more than half their income on players’ wages.
Rimmer also confirmed that the maximum penalty for clubs going into administration will be doubled to 12 points from next season. Bradford were docked six points earlier this year.
The new Super League season is due to start on the weekend of February 8, with the Championship campaign starting a week later, and Solly confirmed that a six-team World Club Challenge is still in the pipeline for early next year.
In the Championship Shield, the top four clubs will play off with the winners contesting the Championship Shield final, while the bottom two teams will be relegated to League 1.
The League 1 title will be determined by a one-off match between the first and second clubs, with the losers going into a four-team play-off to determine the second promotion spot.
The 14 League 1 clubs will also be joined by two amateur clubs in a new knock-out competition played at the start of the season.
The other significant change for 2015 affects the Challenge Cup, with the top eight Super League clubs receiving a bye into the round of 16, which means teams may need to win only three matches to reach Wembley.
The 14 League 1 teams will enter at the third-round stage, joining the 10 surviving amateur clubs, while 12 Championship clubs start in round four and the bottom four from Super League enter in round five.
Although talks have started with the BBC on restoring the final to its traditional spring date, it will stay on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday next year.