The Voting Process
The Dally M Medal is determined by a 3-2-1 voting system. A Dally M judge is assigned by the NRL to each Premiership match across the 25 Rounds of the competition.
The judge is tasked with assessing the contribution of each player and submitting their votes to the NRL.
Judges allocate 3 points to the player they believe to be the best on field. 2 points is then assigned to the second-best and 1 point to the player they consider the third-best on field.
The NRL collates the votes and maintains the leader board, both of which are made public up to and including Round 12.
From Round 13, voting goes ‘behind closed doors’ for the remainder of the regular season with anticipation building towards the announcement of the winner at the Dally M Awards.
The player who polls the highest number of votes over the regular season is crowned the winner of the Dally M Medal.
The Dally M Team of the Year recognises the best player(s) in each position across the 25 Rounds of the regular season. Since 2020, the NRL has named a full team, from one through to 13.
The judges vote on the best player(s) in each position at regular intervals throughout the season. A further vote is conducted at the conclusion of the regular season.
The player(s) who polls the highest number of votes in each position is included in the Team of the Year, with one exception – players who finish in the top 3 of the Dally M Medal automatically receive their position in the Team of the Year.
Any Player who is suspended under the NRL Judiciary Code of Procedure is deducted three (3) Dally M Medal points for each week of suspension.
Any player who is suspended from two (2) or more matches in any one season immediately becomes ineligible for the Dally M Awards.