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14 May 2019 – South Africa’s official football player registration and competitions system, MYSAFA has passed the 250 000 registered player mark as amateur clubs continue making use of the FIFA approved system. Since it’s ground-breaking launch in February 2017,...
12 March 2019 –The Arbitrator has, in his judgment delivered on Monday, 11 March 2019, finally awarded the South African Football Association (SAFA) the right to run Schools Football in the country. The long-awaited judgement comes after the South African Schools...
SAFA’s Schools Programme
SAFA held an Extraordinary Congress on Sunday, 29 March 2015, to consider constitutional changes agreed with Government and SASCOC; mandated by FIFA; and others mandated by our Members in order to update our Statutes to reflect the current reality of our organisation. At this Extraordinary Congress it was decided that schools football must be placed directly under the control of the Association and that the Association would, in partnership with Government, align with the National Sports & Recreation Plan and the Minister’s Schools Sports Programme.
Congress was motivated by the fact that a relatively small number of schools around the country had football programmes and that it was important to establish programmes in all of the country’s 27,000 schools, including the former Model C schools where little or no football programmes exist. SAFA Members also felt that this would increase the talent pool to 60,000 youth teams for boys and girls and present a greater chance of unearthing football talent in the country.
It was also imperative for the Association to establish football leagues in the schools system and move away from the knockout competition system that was so prevalent throughout the system. Using the league format will expose more players to consistent football competition and raise the standard tremendously.
Only SAFA has the reach to implement a league system uniformly throughout the country. The practical implication of the 29 March 2015 Extraordinary Congress decision is that the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) no longer carries a mandate from the South African Football Association to organise schools football under the Association’s authority.