Exciting times as SA soccer season reaches home stretch

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Exciting times as SA soccer season reaches home stretch

THE SouthernTIMES Mar 20, 2018

    Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

    Cape Town – It is that time of the football season again when all clubs are gunning for something special.   

    The clubs are either trying to avoid relegation or trying to win championships. Some clubs are hoping to make it to the playoffs to gain promotion to higher divisions, including the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

    With the soccer season in the final stretch, it is teams in the South African Football Association’ biggest developmental league – SAB League ‑ that have to prove their mettle.

    And as usual, in the home straight, the SAB League has many goodies to offer fans in all provinces as end-of-season playoffs loom large.

    There will be play-off places up for grabs for all teams that want to climb a division higher.

    And with close to 1,000 clubs, their coaches and roughly 30,000 players are all working extra hard to ensure progression up the South African football ladder, said SAFA.

    The South African Breweries Regional League is the fourth tier of domestic football in the South African football pyramid. 

    There are 832 clubs competing in the competition. Most teams are made up of players under the age of 19. The competition is split into 52 streams.

    In the PSL scenario, clubs will want to finish in Top 8, which will give them a chance to compete in one of the lucrative tournaments – the MTN Top 8.

    Those who finish on top have the chance to participate in continental competitions. South Africa and Egypt will have four teams in the African Champions League this year after the two countries benefited massively from the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) recent reforms.

    South Africa could only enter two teams in the past, the PSL champions and the runners-up. But South African Football Association president, Danny Jordaan, said last year that things are about to change.

    ‘‘If you look at what is happening in the Premier League in England‚ the first thing those clubs try to do is win the league title and if they can’t do it‚ then the next motivation is to try to get into the top four to have a guarantee of going into the UEFA Champions League‚” he said.

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