How the ANZ Championship Works
The ANZ Championship is split into two conferences: the Australian Conference and the New Zealand Conference. Each team plays every other team in their conference twice, once at home and once away. They also play each team in the other conference once, alternating between home and away matches each year.
During the regular season, teams earn points for each win or draw. The top four teams at the end of the regular season advance to the finals’ series. The team with the most points is awarded the minor premiership.
In the finals series, the teams compete in a knockout format. The first round of the finals series is the semi-finals, with the top-placed team playing the fourth-placed team and the second-placed team playing the third-placed team. The winners of these matches progress to the grand final, where they compete for the ANZ Championship trophy. If the scores are tied at the end of the grand final, extra time is played to determine the winner.