The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) was the title of a South African association football league, between 1971 and 1995. During those years, the league however had three completely different organisations. In 1971-77 it was only for Black South African teams. Then it merged with National Football League (NFL), which previously had been organised only for White South African players in 1959-77. The two leagues together formed a new topflight "non-racial" football league in 1978-84 (also named NPSL), where the "white teams" were allowed to field a maximum of 3 black players. Due to boardroom disagreements, there was however a split of the league in January 1985. The major part of the federation decided to found the new National Soccer League (NSL) in accordance with anti-apartheid principles, while the remaining part of NPSL continued to co-exist as an independent league, until it folded in December 1995. When NPSL folded, the few remaining teams continued to play the next 1996-97 season in the "2nd Division of NSL", which at that point of time became renamed to the National First Division.