In respect of the qualification process for the RLIF Rugby League World Cup 2021 it was agreed that this would be a 16 -team tournament. Seven teams will be qualified from Europe, 6 from Asia Pacific , 2 from the Americas and one from a play-off series hosted in Middle East/Africa . The Quarter-Finalists in the 2017 RLIF Rugby League World Cup will qualify as of right.
• 31 match tournament due to be held at twelve stadiums across the country
• Women’s 2021 World Cup and Wheelchair 2021 World Cup also awarded to England
• England beat off competition from the USA/Canada, who have been awarded the 2025 World Cup
The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is delighted to announce that England has been awarded the rights to stage the 2021 Rugby League Men’s and Women’s World Cups.
By Brian Lowe, Date: 10/2/2016
In the wake of the news from the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) that the number of teams competing at the 2021 World Cup will be increased by two, there has been a lot of discussion about where those extra teams should come from and the Americas are in that conversation.
With expressions of interest to host the 2021 World Cup starting to come in, Rugby League International Federation CEO David Collier has confirmed that the number of nations participating in it will rise from 14 to 16.
The RLIF Board met on 12 January and finalised the documentation proposed by the RLIF Chief Executive, David Collier, for potential Hosts for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
A thorough process to assess and select the hosts for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup has been revealed by the Rugby League International Federation Board.
Starting later this month, the RLIF Board will meet to agree the competition format, structure and qualifying process, with expressions of interest sought by the first quarter of 2015.