The Rugby Football League has introduced a new scoring system which will see National League clubs claiming three points for a win.
Teams will get two points for a draw while sides losing by 12 points or less will be awarded a bonus point.
The system will be used for the first time in the Northern Rail Cup group stages, which start on 11 February.
"It will generate increased levels of competition and interest," said RFL chief operating officer Nigel Wood.
"The RFL believes it will encourage an exciting, attacking brand of rugby league for spectators to enjoy throughout the forthcoming season.
"The system is an element of our ongoing efforts to increase the profile of the sport at this level."
The National League is without a sponsor following the withdrawal of LHF Healthplan at the end of last season.
However, the RFL is in talks with British Eurosport about live television coverage of non-Super League matches.