Windhoek – South Africa’s 2020-21 DStv Premier Soccer League Season kicks-off on October 17, 2020 and the quarterfinals of the MTN8 knockout competition will begin a week later.
The 2019-20 season ended with matches being played in a “bio bubble” as a COVID-19 control measure, but the new season will be more relaxed following government’s easing of restrictions on travel.
While teams will be able to travel to different stadia for matches, unlike in the bio bubble where games were restricted to selected venues for all clubs, fans still will not be allowed into arenas.
Winners of the 2020-21 league will get prize money of R15 million, the same purse awarded in the just-ended campaign.
The PSL said there would be no Telkom Knockout competition this season after the sponsors pulled out.
"It is one less competition for this season, but this season only. But it could be a blessing in disguise as it does help with the fixture list," PSL chairman Irvin Khoza said Wednesday.
"We have to finish the season in early July at the latest, and it will be a tight squeeze this season because of the late start. The fixtures are almost ready, we are just putting the finishing touches to them." Khoza added.
The MTN8 quarterfinals, played by teams that finished in the top eight of the league table last season, will be played on the weekend of October 17-18.
Mamelodi Sundowns will play Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs face Maritzburg United, Orlando Pirates battle Cape Town City, while new franchise Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhadila host Supersport United.
Mamelodi Sundowns are the defending champions after winning a historic treble in the 2019-20 league campaign.