National Professional Soccer League (South Africa)

Country South Africa
Founded 1971
Folded 1995
Most championships Kaizer Chiefs (5 times)

The National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) was the title of a South African association football league, between 1971 and 1995. During those years, the league, however, had three completely different organisations. In 1971–77 it was only for Black South African teams. Then it merged with National Football League (NFL), which previously had been organised only for White South African players in 1959–77. The two leagues together formed a new topflight "non-racial" football league in 1978–84 (also named NPSL), where the "white teams" were allowed to field a maximum of 3 black players. Due to boardroom disagreements, there was, however, a split of the league in January 1985. The major part of the federation decided to found the new National Soccer League (NSL) in accordance with anti-apartheid principles, while the remaining part of NPSL continued to co-exist as an independent league, until it folded in December 1995. When NPSL folded, the few remaining teams continued to play the next 1996–97 season in the "2nd Division of NSL", which at that point of time became renamed to the National First Division.

Year Winner
NPSL Castle League (for blacks)
1971Orlando Pirates
1973Orlando Pirates
1974Kaizer Chiefs
1975Orlando Pirates
1976Kaizer Chiefs
1977Kaizer Chiefs
NPSL Castle League
1979Kaizer Chiefs
1980Highlands Park
1981Kaizer Chiefs
1982Durban City
1983Durban City
1984Kaizer Chiefs
1986Vaal Professionals
1987Vaal Professionals
1988Vaal Professionals
1989Real Sweepers
1990De Beers
1991Oriental Spurs
1992Arcadia Shepherds
1995Witbank All Stars

When the league folded in December 1995, the few remaining teams continued to play for next season, at the second level of South African football, known as National First Division.[1]


  1. "South African National Championships". Retrieved 3 May 2010.
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