A panel of 38 First Class referees and 42 assistant referees has been released by the South African Football Association (SAFA) for the 2016/2017 season.

The names of 49 officials who will get a monthly stipend from the Premier Soccer League have also been released.

“The list comprises of renowned top performers who have gone through the rigours of the annual fitness test and has a number of some talented up-and-coming young officials.

We have become torch bearers on the continent as far as producing top match officials is concerned and we hope to maintain that,” said SAFA head of referees, Peter Sejake.

Sejake said SAFA would continue monitoring the officials and would not hesitate to wield a big axe to those who falter on the way and would recommend those who perform well for continental and global showpieces.

“We will reward excellence but would not hesitate to chop those who relax on the way. We want the best out of our team.”

List will be uploaded shortly