The Marshall League is the province’s top division of men’s club rugby. The league is made up of 16 clubs in Ontario (outside of the EORU). The clubs are split into two conferences: The Conference A and the Conference B. Each Conference is made up of two divisions of four teams. Conference A is made up of the North and East Divisions. Conference B is made up of the South and West Divisions. All Marshall will field both a 1st and 2nd XVs for the duration of the 2020 season.
At the end of the season, one Marshall Club Champion will be crowned based on the performance of BOTH the 1st and 2nd teams (total points) from the regular season and Marshall League Playoffs. Both 1st and 2nd team competition points will be counted equally towards an overall “Club Championship.” Seeding for the McCormick & Fall Cups will be based only on the 1st XV Marshall League Playoffs.
Marshall League Playoffs will determine seeding for the McCormick and Fall Cups. The top team in each division will compete in semi-finals and finals to determine the league champion. Second place teams from each division will compete in the same format to determine McCormick Cup seeds 5 through 8. Third place teams from each division will compete in the same format to determine McCormick Cup seeds 9 through 12.
The clubs who finish last in their respective divisions will face relegation. The last place 1st XV team in the North and East will face off in a one game playoff, winner avoids playing in the Intermediate Cup. The last place teams in the South and West do the same. The losers from those games will participate in a two-week Intermediate Cup series with the winners of the Toronto Rugby Union and Niagara Rugby Union leagues respectively. The loser of the South vs West game will play the top team from the NRU, while the loser from the North vs East game will play the top team from the TRU.
The McCormick Cup will consist of the top seven teams from the Marshall League Playoffs. One team from the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union will be invited to participate in this competition as the 8th seed. Teams will compete in a single elimination knockout bracket, culminating in McCormick Cup Day on October 3rd, 2020 at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham Ontario.
The other Marshall Clubs who do not participate in the McCormick Cup will compete in the Fall Cup. The competition will be structured the same as the McCormick Cup. One team from the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union will be invited to participate in the competition as the 16th seed. Teams will compete in a single elimination knockout bracket, culminating in the Fall Cup Final being played on McCormick Cup Day.