2012–13 Premier Soccer League
|Champions League||Kaizer Chiefs|
|Confederation Cup||SuperSport United|
|Goals scored||176 (1.1 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Katlego Mashego (13 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Platinum Stars 4-0 Free State Stars
(27 October 2012)
|Biggest away win||AmaZulu 0-6 Kaizer Chiefs
(11 August 2012)
|Highest scoring||Platinum Stars 6-4 Golden Arrows
(8 December 2012)
|Average attendance||6, 722 (per game)|
The 2012–13 Premier Soccer League season (known as the ABSA Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the seventeenth season of the Premier Soccer League since its establishment in 1996. The season began in the second week of August 2012.
Orlando Pirates were the defending champions, having won the previous 2011-12 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, but lost their title to Kaizer Chiefs. The season featured 14 teams from the 2011-12 PSL season and two new teams promoted from the 2011–12 National First Division: Tuks FC and Chippa United who replace relegated Santos and Jomo Cosmos.
The 2012–13 season saw the introduction of the Q-innovation system. The league schedule was split into four fixture-blocks referred to as quarters, the first and third blocks had eight fixtures, the second and fourth blocks had seven fixtures.
Prize money was given to the teams who finish top of the table after each block of fixtures.
|1st place at end of quarter 1||1.5m ZAR|
|1st place at end of quarter 2||1.5m ZAR|
|1st place at end of quarter 3||1.5m ZAR|
|1st place at end of quarter 4||1.5m ZAR|
|Overall league winner||10m ZAR|
Relegation for Jomo Cosmos to the 2012–13 National First Division was confirmed on 16 May 2012, as Jomo Cosmos maintained their reputation as a yo-yo club, suffering their third relegation from the PSL in five seasons. Santos had finished 15th and thus had to go through the 2011-12 PSL Playoff Tournament alongside Chippa United and Thanda Royal Zulu of the National First Division. Santos were unable to retain their place in the PSL following a 4-3 defeat in the final game of the PSL Playoff Tournament on 30 June 2012 and were subsequently relegated to the National First Division for the 2012-13 season.
Tuks FC earned promotion to the PSL as 2011-12 National First Division Champions. Chippa United, who had finished second in the 2011-12 National First Division season, earned their place in the PSL after defeating Santos and Thanda Royal Zulu in the 3-team PSL promotion tournament. Both teams made their first appearances in the PSL.
Stadiums and locations
Football teams in South Africa tend to use multiple stadiums over the course of a season for their home games. The following table will only indicate the stadium used most often by the club for their home games
Personnel and kits
|Ajax Cape Town||Muhsin Ertugral||Adidas||MTN|
|Bidvest Wits||Clive barker||Nike||Bidvest 2|
|Black Leopards||Abel Makhubele||Kappa||MTN|
|Bloemfontein Celtic||Clinton Larsen||Reebok||MTN|
|Chippa United||Mark Harrison||Umbro||Vodacom|
|Free State Stars||Steve Komphela||Maxed||Bonitas|
|Golden Arrows||Manqoba Mngqithi||Millé||MTN|
|Kaizer Chiefs||Stuart Baxter||Nike||Vodacom|
|Mamelodi Sundowns||Pitso Mosimane||Nike||Ubuntu Bhotho 2|
|Maritzburg United||Ernst Middendorp||Umbro||Vacant|
|Moroka Swallows||Zeca Marques||Puma||VW|
|Orlando Pirates||Roger De Sa||Adidas||Vodacom|
|Platinum Stars||Cavin Johnson||Umbro||The Royal Marang Hotel 2|
|Supersport United||Gavin Hunt||Kappa||DStv 2|
|Tuks FC||Steve Barker||Umbro||Vacant|
- ^2 Sponsor linked to team ownership
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Kaizer Chiefs||Ace Khuse||Caretaker period ended||May 2012||End of season||Stuart Baxter||7 May 2012|
|Moroka Swallows||Gordon Igesund||Appointed coach of South Africa||30 June 2012||End of season||Zeca Marques||2 July 2012|
|Chippa United||Roger Sikhakane||Redeployed||July 2012||End of season||Manqoba Mngqithi||9 July 2012|
|Bidvest Wits||Roger De Sa||Sacked||9 July 2012||End of season||Antonio López Habas||12 July 2012|
|Chippa United||Manqoba Mngqithi||Sacked||22 August 2012||15||Roger Sikhakane||13 September 2012 |
|Orlando Pirates||Augusto Palacios||Health Reasons||10 September 2012||9||Roger De Sa||10 September 2012|
|Ajax Cape Town||Maarten Stekelenburg||Sacked||2 October 2012||15||Jan Versleijen||11 February 2013|
|Golden Arrows||Muhsin Ertugral||Quit||22 October 2012||13||Manqoba Mngqithi||23 October 2012|
|Chippa United||Roger Sikhakane||Sacked||29 October 2012||15||Farouk Abrahams||11 December 2012|
|Black Leopards||Sunday Chidzambwa||Promoted to Technical Director||30 October 2012||11||Ian Palmer||30 October 2012|
|AmaZulu||Roger Palmgren||Sacked||26 November 2012||16||Craig Rosslee||30 October 2012|
|Mamelodi Sundowns||Johan Neeskens||Sacked||2 December 2012||15||Pitso Mosimane||2 December 2012|
|Black Leopards||Ian Palmer||Sacked||2 January 2013||12||Abel Makhubele||9 January 2013|
|Wits||Antonio López Habas||Mutual consent||4 January 2013||9||Clive Barker||4 January 2012|
|Chippa United||Farouk Abrahams||Redeployed||29 January 2013||15||Wilfred Mugeyi||30 January 2013|
|Chippa United||Wilfred Mugeyi||Sacked||11 April 2013||16||Mark Harrison||12 April 2013|
|Ajax Cape Town||Jan Versleijen||Quit||25 April 2013||15||Muhsin Ertugral||25 April 2013|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Kaizer Chiefs (C) (Q)||30||15||12||3||48||21||+27||57||Qualification to the 2014 CAF Champions League|
|6||SuperSport United (Q)||30||8||17||5||30||26||+4||41||Qualification to the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup|
|7||Free State Stars||30||10||11||9||32||32||0||41|
|8||University of Pretoria||30||8||16||6||34||29||+5||40|
|14||Ajax Cape Town||30||7||10||13||34||46||−12||31|
|15||Chippa United||30||6||10||14||28||41||−13||28||Qualification to the PSL Playoff Tournament|
|16||Black Leopards (R)||30||5||8||17||34||63||−29||23||Relegation to the National First Division|
Updated to games played on 18 May 2013.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
PSL playoff tournament
The teams that finished second and third during the 2012-13 National First Division season where joined by the team that finished 15th in the 2012-13 Premier Soccer League season in a 3-team promotion and relegation playoff called the PSL Playoff Tournament.
|Chippa United||2012-13 Premier Soccer League||15th|
|Santos||2012–13 National First Division||2nd|
|Mpumalanga Black Aces||2012–13 National First Division||3rd|
The 3 teams participated in a mini-league in which they played one another twice (home and away) with log points being awarded for winning a match (3 points) and drawing a match (1 point). At the conclusion of the mini-league phase the team that was in first place would either earn or maintain their place in the PSL for the 2013-14 season. If the team that finished 15th in the PSL was unable to win the mini-league, they were relegated to the National First Division for the 2013-14 season.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Mpumalanga Black Aces (P)||4||2||2||0||4||2||+2||8|
|2||Chippa United (R)||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||5|
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
(R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted
1 June 2013
|Mpumalanga Black Aces||1 – 0||Chippa United|
20 June 2013
|Santos||1 – 2||Mpumalanga Black Aces|
|V. Wana 51'||Report|| 59' T. Qalinge
64' D. Sibisi
23 June 2013
|Santos||0 – 1||Chippa United|
29 June 2013
|Mpumalanga Black Aces||1 – 1||Santos|
|90' Hills||79' Masaole|
|Home \ Away||AJX||AMZ||BVW||BLP||BLC||CHU||FSS||GOL||KZC||MLS||MAR||MOR||ORL||PLA||SUP||TUK|
|Free State Stars||2–1||2–1||2–0||3–2||1–0||3–0||1–1||0–0||1–1||1–0||0–1||1–1||0–1||1–1||0–0|
Updated to games played on 18 May 2013.
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
|Position||Prize money (ZAR)|
Top goalscorers As of 18 May 2013
||Katlego Mashego||Moroka Swallows||
||Bernard Parker||Kaizer Chiefs||
||Cuthbert Malajila||Maritzburg United||
||Bennett Chenene||Moroka Swallows||
|Mame Niang||Pretoria University||
|Mabhuti Khanyeza||SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town||
|Mogakolodi Ngele||Platinum Stars||
||Rodney Ramagalela||Black Leopards||
|Lehlohonolo Majoro||Kaizer Chiefs||
||Welcome Qalanto||Chippa United||
Source: Premier Soccer League
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