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Fairplay Index

Fairplay Index
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 2007
Winners Hull (2009)
Halifax (2009)

The Fairplay Index is used in the Super League and Co-operative Championship rugby league competitions as a measure to determine the fairest team over the regular season. The team with the lowest points total wins. As a result of sponsorship from Frontline, the Index is currently officially known as the Frontline Fairplay Index.

Scoring system

  • 1 pt
  • 2 pts
  • 3 pts
  • 4 pts
  • 5 pts
Technical penalty
Foul play penalty*
Sin bin
Sending off sufficient
Each match ban (i.e. five matches is 25 points)

* In the Co-operative Championship all penalties count one point.


Super League Index

Year Season Winner Games played Fair Play Total Average per game
2007 Super League XII Harlequins RL 27 268 9.9
2008 Super League XIII St Helens 27 222 8.2
2009 Super League XIV Hull FC 27 171 6.3

Co-operative Championship Index

Year Season Winner Games played Fair Play Total Average per game
2007 National League One Castleford Tigers 18 107 5.9
2008 National League One Widnes Vikings 18 139 7.7
2009 Championship Halifax 20 147 7.35


The winning team from each competition is presented with a trophy and prize (£5,000 in 2008) at the end-of-season awards ceremonies.[1]


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