2011–12 National First Division

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National First Division
Season 2011–12
Champions Tuks FC
Promoted Chippa United
Relegated Dynamos FC
Atlie FC
Matches played 240
Goals scored 631 (2.63 per match)
Top goalscorer David Radebe (17)

The 2011–12 National First Division, is the season from September 2011 until May 2012, of South Africa's second tier of professional football. By the end of the season, the overall NFD champion will get promoted to the first level, known as Premier Soccer League (PSL).

For the first time since the 2003-04 National First Division season, all teams have been placed in one unified league table. Previously the competition had been split into two 'streams'.

Summary[edit]

At the conclusion of the season Tuks FC secured their promotion to the PSL after topping the table.[1] Second-placed Chippa United and third-placed Thanda Royal Zulu were joined by Santos of the PSL in a three team promotion and relegation playoff. At the conclusion of the playoffs Chippa United had secured their promotion to the PSL, in the process relegating Santos to the National First Division.[2] This would be Chippa United's second successive promotion as they had only just earned promotion to the National First Division. What made Chippa United's promotion all the more special is that the club was only established in 2010.

Atlie FC and Carara Kicks were relegated at the end of the season.[3]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes, Qualifications & Relegations
1 Tuks FC (C) (P) 30 15 10 5 45 25 20 55 Promotion to 2012-13 Premier Soccer League
2 Chippa United (O) (P) 30 14 9 7 46 29 17 51 Qualification to 2011-12 PSL Playoff Tournament
3 Thanda Royal Zulu 30 13 11 6 34 28 6 50 Qualification to 2011-12 PSL Playoff Tournament
4 Blackburn Rovers 30 14 7 9 44 37 7 49
5 FC AK 30 12 9 9 45 43 2 45
6 African Warriors 30 11 10 9 43 36 7 43
7 Vasco da Gama 30 12 7 11 51 45 6 43
8 FC Cape Town 30 10 9 11 38 36 2 39
9 United FC 30 10 9 11 46 45 1 39
10 Bay United 30 8 11 11 32 40 -8 35
11 Sivutsa Stars FC 30 9 7 14 39 47 -8 34
12 Witbank Spurs 30 9 7 14 32 42 -10 34
13 Mpumalanga Black Aces 30 7 12 11 33 41 -8 33
14 Dynamos F.C. 30 9 5 16 37 49 -12 32
15 Atlie FC (R) 30 6 10 14 24 42 -18 28 Relegation to Vodacom League
16 Carara Kicks (R) 30 9 11 10 42 46 -4 20 Relegation to Vodacom League
Eighteen points deducted

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
(C) = Champions; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner

PSL playoff tournament[edit]

The teams that finished second and third during the 2011-12 National First Division season where joined by the team that finished 15th in the 2011-12 Premier Soccer League season in a 3-team promotion and relegation playoff called the PSL Playoff Tournament.

Participants[edit]

Team League Pos
Santos 2011-12 Premier Soccer League 15th
Chippa United 2011–12 National First Division 2nd
Thanda Royal Zulu 2011–12 National First Division 3rd

Format[edit]

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 2012-13 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 2012-13 season.

Playoff table[edit]

At the conclusion of the PSL Playoff Tournament Chippa United had topped the mini-league after defeating Santos 4-3 in the final game, earning their place in the PSL for the 2012-13 season. As they were unable to win the mini-league, Santos failed to maintain their place in the PSL and were relegated to the National First Division for the 2012-13 season.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Chippa United (P) 4 2 2 0 8 4 +4 8 Promotion to 2012-13 Premier Soccer League
3 Santos (R) 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 4 Relegation to 2012-13 National First Division
2 Thanda Royal Zulu 4 1 1 2 3 6 -3 4

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

Results[edit]






30 June 2012 (2012-06-30)
15;00
Chippa United 4-3 Santos
Dlamini Goal 10'
Mbenyane Goal 27'
Twala Goal 76'
Shumana Goal 81'
Report Rodgers Goal 28' (89)
Arendse Goal 40'
Philippi Stadium, Philippi
Attendance: 2,000

Player eligibility dispute[edit]

Carara Kicks fielded a player who had not been properly registered by the club and appeared in league games. As a result, Carara Kicks had 18 points removed from their total and were relegated.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matthews welcomes Tuks to the top-flight". Kickoff.com. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chippa promoted, Santos relegated". MTNFootball.com. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dynamos Relegated". zoutnet.co.za. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Carara relegated, Dynamos back in NFD". Kickoff.com. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.