South African Football Association
|Founded||December 8, 1991|
The South African Football Association or SAFA is the governing body of football in South Africa. SAFA was established in 1991 and is seen as the successor of the Football Association of South Africa (FASA). The present day South African Football Association, unlike its predecessor allows for a mixed-race national team.
SAFA were admitted to FIFA in 1992 and its senior team has since represented South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup. During SAFA's time as the FIFA-affiliated football organisation, South Africa have also hosted several editions of the COSAFA Cup, the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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The South African Football Association was founded on 8 December 1991, the culmination of a long unity process that was to rid the sport in South Africa of all its past racial division.
- The Football Association of South Africa (FASA - for 'whites') who had joined FIFA in 1910 and latterly the 1952 but was suspended in 1962, again in 1964 and expelled from FIFA in 1976.
- South African Soccer Association (SASA - for 'Indians')
- South African Soccer Federation (SASF), the Federation were open to players of any ethnicity and was an affiliate of the South African Council on Sport.
- South African National Football Association (SANFA - for 'blacks'), which was the largest of the associations.
It was only natural that the game finally be united as the sport of soccer had long led the way into breaking the tight grip of racial oppression, written into South Africa’s laws by its successive apartheid governments.
A delegation of the SAFA received a standing ovation at the congress of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Dakar, Senegal a month later, where South Africa were accorded observer status. South Africa’s membership of the world governing body FIFA was confirmed at their congress in Zurich in June 1992.
Membership of CAF followed automatically and South Africa was back on the world stage, and we are honoured to be awarded the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Within a month the country hosted their first international match as World Cup quarterfinalists Cameroon came to play in three matches to celebrate the unity process. In September 1992, South Africa played its first junior international against Botswana at under-16 level in Lenasia and to date the country has entered a team in each of FIFA's and CAF's competitions, from under-17 to national team level, and also for the women’s team.
In the short space of six years, SAFA has achieved remarkable success with qualification for the World Cup finals in France in 1998, the title of African champions at the 1996 African Nations Cup finals, which the country hosted, and the runners-up berth in Burkina Faso two years later.
At club level, Orlando Pirates won the prestigious African Champions Cup in 1995, the first club from the southern African region to take the title in more than 30 years of competition. Pirates were playing in the event for the first time and won the title away from home in the Ivory Coast to further amplify the magnificence of the victory.
Behind the scenes, SAFA has worked long and hard to provide the structures to take football to all levels of the South African community. There are now national age-group competitions from under-12 level up, qualified coaches working around the country and nine provincial affiliates, who are further divided into 52 regions.
A democratically-elected executive committee, headed by president Kirsten Nematandani, oversees the running of a large staff operation.
Kirsten Nematandani is the fourth president of SAFA since its formation. Mluleki George served as the interim Chairman for the first year (1991–1992) of the existence of the Association. Professor Lesole Gadinabokao was the first president, serving from 1992 to 1994 while Solomon Morewa served as executive president until his resignation in January 1997. Dr Molefe Oliphant was the third president serving from 1997 to 2009.
SAFA's biggest successes, however, have been the achievements of its national teams. Bafana Bafana, the Under-23 National Team and Banyana Banyana (Women's Senior National Team) have become dynamic social phenomena in the country, arguably the biggest social movement in the nation.
The country’s national team has won extraordinary support from the people and served to build bridges between communities.
South Africa hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Senior National Team became the first host nation to not qualify for the 2nd round in the tournament's history, after drawing with Mexico 1-1, losing to Uruguay by 3-0 and beating France 2-1 in their final match.
National Executive 
- President: Kirsten Nematandani
- Vice-President: Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana
- Vice-President: Mandla 'Shoes' Mazibuko 
- Vice-President: Dr Irvin Khoza
- Secretary General: Leslie Sidibe
National teams 
- Under-12 (Tsetse-flies)
- Under-17 (Amajimbos)
- Under-20 (Amajita)
- Under-23 (Amaglug-glug)
- Senior National Team (Bafana Bafana)
- Under-17 Women
- Under-20 Women
- Under-23 Women
- Senior Women's National Team (Banyana Banyana)
SAFA's 9 Provinces and 52 Regions
- SAFA Eastern Cape (Regions: Alfred Nzo, Amathole, Cacadu, Chris Hani, Nelson Mandela Bay, OR Tambo, Ukhahlamba)
- SAFA Free State (Regions: Fezile Dabi, Lejweleputswa, Motheo, Thabo Mofutsanyana, Xhariep)
- SAFA Gauteng (Regions: Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Metsweding, Sedibeng, Tshwane, West Rand)
- SAFA KwaZulu-Natal (Regions: Amajuba, Ethekwini, iLembe, Sisonke, Ugu, Umgungundlovu, Umkhanyakude, Umzinyathi, Uthukela, Uthungulu, Zululand)
- SAFA Mpumalanga (Regions: Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande, Nkangala)
- SAFA Northern Cape (Regions: Frances Baard, Kgalagadi, Namakwa, Pixley-Ka-Seme, Siyanda)
- SAFA Limpopo (Regions: Capricorn, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Vhembe, Waterberg)
- SAFA North-West (Regions: Bojanala, Bophirima, Central, Southern)
- SAFA Western Cape (Regions: Boland, Cape Town, Central Karoo, Eden, Overberg, West Coast)
- ABSA Premier League, the Premier Soccer League
- National First Division
- Vodacom Promotional League, the Second Division
- SAB Regional League
- SAFA Women's League, the Women's Division
Associate members 
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Special members 
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