|North Eras Cup|
|309 North Eras Cup|
|Motto||Passion is Our Game|
|No. of teams||12|
|Most recent champion||00000|
|TV partner(s)|| Shaelic Sports Network|
KEM Sports Network
The North Eras Cup, commonly known as the NEC Cup or by its initials NEC, is the largest rugby club championship competition in Vexillium's Northern Hemisphere, consisting of clubs in the nations of the Shaelia, Kemedal, Ludonia, Somery and Kansinia. The competitions twelve sides compete against one another in a single table, with no division or pool system. Each club plays a total of 22 matches during the regular season which runs for 23 weeks, generally from April through August, with the Grand Finals contested in mid-September.
The clubs in the top four places on the competition table at the conclusion of the regular season enter the finals leg of the championship, consisting of two knockout stages. The semi-finals are contested to decide the two finalists, which is played at the highest ranked winners' home ground, as opposed to a pre-selected neutral venue.
The current competition was inaugurated in 288 AP as the current 12-club competition to better promote and grow the sport of rugby on the continent of Eras. The terms Super Rugby or Championship Rugby are sometimes used when talking about the North Eras Cup competition.
As of 309 AP, North Eras Cup matches are now broadcast in 17 countries around Vexillium.
Regular Season Edit
The twelve clubs of the North Eras Cup are organized into a single table. Each club plays a double round-robin schedule, for a total of 22 regular season matches (one match at home and one match away against the other 11 clubs in the competition). Four points are award for a victory, two points for a draw, and no points are earned for a loss.
Bonus Points System Edit
The North Eras Cup utilizes a bonus points system, as sanctioned by the Vexillium Rugby Board. A club may earn one bonus point for losing a match by seven or few points, and a bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match. A club may earn a maximum of two bonus points per match.
Knockout Stages Edit
At the conclusion of the regular season, the top four finishing clubs from the table advance to the knockout stage. The knockout stage consists of a semi-final and championship round. The clubs finishing in positions 1–4 play in the quarterfinals (#1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3). The winners advance to meet in the NEC Grand Final, the victor claiming the NEC Championship Cup.