27 March 2018 – The Sasol Women’s League kicks-off in a week’s time from now with the country’s elite female talent looking to showcase their skills in what promises to be an exciting edition following the success of the league last season.
Formed in 2009 (with inaugural winners Detroit Ladies of Mpumalanga), the competition has grown from strength to strength featuring close to 3000 players across all nine provinces among 144 teams. The various provincial leagues have proven to be a breeding ground for young female talent and provide the perfect platform for budding stars to develop and grow their games.
Much of the success of the national team, Banyana Banyana, can be attributed to this league. The recent CAF ‘team of the year’ award is proof if this, as is the success of all age-group female teams.
The league is also a fantastic medium for coaches and administrators as well as aspiring match officials to make their mark.
Last season saw the Free State province come out on top with Bloemfontein Celtic winning the overall title after defeating Cape Town Roses in the final of the National Championships to successfully defend their title and pocket a cool R200 000.
Can they emulate this success or will the tournament’s most successful team, Palace super Falcons (three time winners) storm into contention yet again? With clubs such as Mamelodi Sundowns investing heavily into their team, the stage is set for an unpredictable and exciting season!
With SAFA’s National Executive Committee already stating their intent for the formation of a professional national women’s league in 2019, there is everything to play for and much more at stake this time around.
Sasol Group Brand Marketing Manager stated: “We are proud to be a partner in the development of women’s football. We are committed to women empowerment and with our proudly South African heritage we are making great strides in breaking down gender barriers on and off the field”.