National Professional Soccer League (South Africa)

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NPSL First Division
Country South Africa
Founded 1971
Folded 1995
Most championships Kaizer Chiefs (6 times)

The National Professional 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.

History[edit]

1971–77[edit]

In 1971–77 it was only for Black South African teams.

Year Winner Runner-up Third-place
NPSL Castle League (for blacks)
1971 Orlando Pirates Kaizer Chiefs Moroka Swallows Big XV
1972 AmaZulu
1973 Orlando Pirates
1974 Kaizer Chiefs Moroka Swallows Ltd. Zulu Royals
1975 Orlando Pirates
1976 Orlando Pirates Kaizer Chiefs Moroka Swallows Ltd.
1977 Kaizer Chiefs

1978–1984[edit]

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.

Year Winner Runner-up Third-place
NPSL Castle League
1978 Lusitano Wits University Arcadia Pepsi
1979 Kaizer Chiefs Arcadia Pepsi Highlands Park
1980 Highlands Park Kaizer Chiefs Wits University
1981 Kaizer Chiefs Dion Highlands Arcadia Fluoride
1982 Durban City Wits University Kaizer Chiefs
1983 Durban City Arcadia Fluoride Kaizer Chiefs
1984 Kaizer Chiefs Moroka Swallows Durban City

In January 1985, Kaizer Chiefs owner Kaizer Motaung lodged a complaint that it was unfair that 10% of revenue from a testimonial match for Ace Ntsoelengoe and Jomo Sono was expected to go to various administrative bodies including SANFA. Several clubs question the conflicts of interest for George Thabe to be the president of the NPLS and SANFA at the same time. Fifteen of the sixteen clubs petition for Thabe to resign as NPSL Chairman and a proposal for constitution changes that remove SANFA's veto rights over NPSL. On 29 January, Thabe told those clubs who wanted to him resign should leave the NPSL.

In February 1985, it's announced that the clubs wanting to breakaway had arranged sponsorship with South African Breweriers, the existing sponsor of NPSL and a newly created National Soccer League (NSL) would begin on the 23 February in accordance with anti-apartheid principles.

1985–1995[edit]

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.[1]

Year Winner Runner-up Third-place
NPSL
1985
1986 Vaal Professionals
1987 Vaal Professionals
1988 Vaal Professionals
1989 Real Sweepers
1990 De Beers
1991 Oriental Spurs
1992 Arcadia Shepherds
1993
1994
1995 Witbank All Stars

[2]

Team Titles Years
Kaizer Chiefs
5
1974, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984
Orlando Pirates
4
1971, 1973, 1975, 1976
Vaal Professionals
3
1986, 1987, 1988
Durban City
2
1982, 1983
AmaZulu
1
1972
Lusitano
1
1978
Highlands Park
1
1980
Real Sweepers
1
1989
De Beers
1
1990
Oriental Spurs
1
1991
Arcadia Shepherds
1
1992
Witbank All Stars
1
1995

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South African National Championships". rsssf.com. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Raath, Peter (2002). Soccer through the years, 1862–2002. [Cape Town]. ISBN 9780620298056.