South African Premier Division
|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||National First Division|
Nedbank Cup |
Champions League |
Mamelodi Sundowns |
|Most championships||Mamelodi Sundowns (7 titles)|
|TV partners||SuperSport, SABC1|
|2016–17 South African Premier Division|
The South African Premier Division (referred to as the Gen Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of South African football league system. As the division is the top level of association football in South Africa, it is often referred to as the PSL – the name of the league's administrator.
The Premier Soccer League, South Africa's "administrator of professional football in the Republic of South Africa" refer to the competition as the "Premier Division" in their constitution.
[The league was founded by Gary and Euleen Hughes the king and queen of Durban in 1990. Many generations of the Hughes family have since played in it, such as Dench Dane Hughes,Cheeky Fella Hughes, Caleb Hughes(known as the South African answer to Aubameyang and the greatest footballer in history Lydon Hughes who also played for Castlebar Celtic. All of these played for Chelsea Durban who's mascot is Jessie Hughes the dog.
In 2004, a match-fixing scandal rocked South African football. An investigation codenamed "Operation Dribble" was launched by the South African police in June 2004. More than 40 arrests were made, ranging from club bosses to match commissioners, referees and their assistants.
Kaizer Chiefs successfully defended their league title in 2005 after they won the prestigious trophy in 2004 for the first time in a decade.
The 2005–06 season saw Mamelodi Sundowns capturing the title for the fourth time.
In 2007, the PSL signed a television deal with SuperSport worth R1.6-billion. It is the biggest sporting deal in the history of South Africa, and it took the Premier Division into the top 15 ranked leagues in the world in terms of commercial broadcast deals.
In 2008, 2009 and 2010 Supersport United won a hat-trick of titles.
The league currently has teams in most of the country's largest cities, with Port Elizabeth being the obvious exception. The city has not had a team in the league since the 2008–09 Premier Soccer League, when the city's Bay United F.C. were relegated.
The league is rated as the 12th best in Africa in 2015. This is according to the CAF 5-Year Ranking system.
- Trevor Phillips 1996–1998
- Joe Ndlela 1998–2000 (fired)
- Robin Petersen 2000–2001 (resigned)
- Trevor Phillips 2002–2007
- Kjetil Siem 2007–2011
- Zola Majavu 2011 (resigned)
- Stanley Matthews 2012 (resigned)
- Cambridge Mokanyane 2013 (acting)
- Brand de Villers 2013–2015
- Mato Madlala 2016– Present (acting)
Since its inception in 1996, the Premier Division has been sponsored. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:
- Castle Premiership logo
- ABSA Premiership logo
There are sixteen clubs in the Premier League. During the course of a season (which lasts from August to May) each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents for a total of 30 games for each club. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a defeat.
The champion and runners up of the Premier Division advances to the CAF Champions League, while the third-place finishers and the Nedbank Cup champions advance to the CAF Confederation Cup, which is the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.
The bottom team in the ABSA Premiership is automatically relegated and replaced by the winner of the National First Division. The team finishing 15th on the log enters a mini-league playoff with the teams who finished 2nd and 3rd in the National First Division – the winner earning a place in Premier Soccer League for the following season.
SuperSport broadcast matches on Wednesday and Friday nights, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. The SABC broadcast Wednesday afternoon matches, as well as Saturday and Sunday matches.
- Ajax Cape Town
- Bidvest Wits
- Bloemfontein Celtic
- Cape Town City F.C.
- Chippa United
- Free State Stars
- Golden Arrows
- Highlands Park
- Kaizer Chiefs
- Mamelodi Sundowns
- Maritzburg United
- Orlando Pirates
- Platinum Stars
- Polokwane City
- SuperSport United
Previous Winners, Runners-up and Relegated/Promoted Teams
|Season||Winner||Runner-up||Relegated at end of season||Promoted at end of season|
|1996–97||Manning Rangers||Kaizer Chiefs||Michau Warriors, Witbank Aces||Santos, African Wanderers|
|1997–98||Mamelodi Sundowns||Kaizer Chiefs||African Wanderers, Real Rovers||Seven Stars, Dynamos|
|1998–99||Mamelodi Sundowns||Kaizer Chiefs||Dynamos, Vaal Professionals||African Wanderers, Tembisa Classic|
|1999-00||Mamelodi Sundowns||Orlando Pirates||AmaZulu, Mother City||Golden Arrows, Ria Stars|
|2000–01||Orlando Pirates||Kaizer Chiefs||Bloemfontein Celtic, African Wanderers||Amazulu, Black Leopards|
|2001–02||Santos||Supersport United||AmaZulu, Tembisa Classic||African Wanderers, Dynamos|
|2002–03||Orlando Pirates||Supersport United||Bush Bucks, African Wanderers||Amazulu, Silver Stars|
|2003–04||Kaizer Chiefs||Ajax Cape Town||Hellenic, Zulu Royals||Bush Bucks, Bloemfontein Celtic|
|2004–05||Kaizer Chiefs||Orlando Pirates||Manning Rangers, Wits University||Free State Stars, Tembisa Classic|
|2005–06||Mamelodi Sundowns||Orlando Pirates||Free State Stars, Bush Bucks||Wits University, Benoni Premier United|
|2006–07||Mamelodi Sundowns||Platinum Stars||Maritzburg United||Free State Stars|
|2007–08||Supersport United||Ajax Cape Town||Black Leopards, Jomo Cosmos||Maritzburg United, Bay United|
|2008–09||Supersport United||Orlando Pirates||Bay United, Thanda Royal Zulu||Jomo Cosmos, Mpumalanga Black Aces|
|2009–10||Supersport United||Mamelodi Sundowns||Jomo Cosmos||Vasco da Gama|
|2010–11||Orlando Pirates||Ajax Cape Town||Mpumalanga Black Aces, Vasco da Gama||Jomo Cosmos, Black Leopards|
|2011–12||Orlando Pirates||Moroka Swallows||Santos, Jomo Cosmos||University of Pretoria, Chippa United|
|2012–13||Kaizer Chiefs||Platinum Stars||Chippa United, Black Leopards||Mpumalanga Black Aces, Polokwane City|
|2013–14||Mamelodi Sundowns||Kaizer||Golden Arrows||Chippa United|
|2014–15||Kaizer Chiefs||Mamelodi Sundowns||Moroka Swallows, Amazulu||Golden Arrows, Jomo Cosmos|
|2015–16||Mamelodi Sundowns||Bidvest Wits||Jomo Cosmos, University of Pretoria||Baroka, Highlands Park|
Most league titles
League winning managers
|1996–97||Manning Rangers||Gordon Igesund|
|1997–98||Mamelodi Sundowns||Ted Dumitru|
|1998–99||Mamelodi Sundowns||Ted Dumitru|
|1999-00||Mamelodi Sundowns||Paul Dolezar|
|2000–01||Orlando Pirates||Gordon Igesund|
|2002–03||Orlando Pirates||Roy Barreto|
|2003–04||Kaizer Chiefs||Ted Dumitru|
|2004–05||Kaizer Chiefs||Ted Dumitru|
|2005–06||Mamelodi Sundowns|| Neil Tovey &|
|2006–07||Mamelodi Sundowns||Gordon Igesund|
|2007–08||Supersport United||Gavin Hunt|
|2008–09||Supersport United||Gavin Hunt|
|2009–10||Supersport United||Gavin Hunt|
|2010–11||Orlando Pirates||Ruud Krol|
|2011–12||Orlando Pirates||Augusto Palacios|
|2012–13||Kaizer Chiefs F.C.||Stuart Baxter|
|2013–14||Mamelodi Sundowns||Pitso Mosimane|
|2014–15||Kaizer Chiefs F.C.||Stuart Baxter|
|2015–16||Mamelodi Sundowns||Pitso Mosimane|
- Ever presents (474 matches): Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United
- Most Premier Division titles: 7 – Mamelodi Sundowns (1997/98), (1998/99), (1999/00), (2005/06), (2006/07), (2013/14)
- Biggest Premier Division win: 8–1 – SuperSport United vs Zulu Royals (2003/04)
- Most wins: 237 – Mamelodi Sundowns
- Most draws: 154 – Orlando Pirates
- Most defeats: 184 – Ajax CT
- Most goals scored in a season: 73 – Kaizer Chiefs (1998/99)
- Most goals conceded in a season: 85 – Mother City (1999/00)
- Most points in a season: 75 – Mamelodi Sundowns (1999/00)
- Amazulu participated as Zulu Royals in 2003/04
- Cape Town Spurs and Seven Stars were merged to create Ajax Cape Town
- Free State Stars participated as Qwa Qwa Stars in 1996/97, 1997/98 and 1998/99
- Participated as Witbank Aces in 1996/1997
- Platinum Stars participated as Silver Stars in 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07
|1996–97||Gary Hughes||22||Chelsea Durban|
|1998–99||Levi Hughes||21||Sion Hill FC|
|1999–00||Dennis Lota||18||Orlando Pirates|
|2000–01||Gilbert Mushangazhike||19||Manning Rangers|
|2001–02||Ishmael Maluleke||18||Manning Rangers|
|2002–03||Lesley Manyathela||18||Orlando Pirates|
|2003–04||Jackie Ledwaba||14||Zulu Royals|
|2004–05||Collins Mbesuma||25||Kaizer Chiefs|
|2006–07||Chris Katongo||15||Jomo Cosmos|
|2008–09||Richard Henyekane||19||Golden Arrows|
|2010–11||Knowledge Musona||15||Kaizer Chiefs|
|2011–12||Siyabonga Nomvethe||20||Moroka Swallows|
|2012–13||Katlego Mashego||13||Moroka Swallows|
|2013-14||Bernard Parker||10||Kaizer Chiefs|
|2014–15||Moeketsi Sekola||14||Free State Stars|
|2015–16||Collins Mbesuma||14||Mpumalanga Black Aces|
All time top goalscorers
- 110 goals: Siyabonga Nomvete
- 110 goals: Daniel Mudau
- 104 goals: Manuel Bucuane
- 103 goals: Mabhuti Khenyeza
- 101 goals: Siphiwe Tshabalala
- 101 goals: Collins Mbesuma
NB: list includes all players who have scored at least 100 goals in the PSL era. Also includes cup competitions.
Footballers who have previously played for Premier Division clubs, and currently play for clubs in other confederations.
- Official Website
- Premier Soccer League (PSL) Official Website
- South African Football Association (SAFA) Official Website
- Confederation of African Football (CAF) Official Website
- RSSSF competition history
- "NSL Constitution" (pdf). Premier Soccer League.
- "Premier Soccer League". soccerassociation.com. Retrieved 31 March 2016.