Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

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Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.jpg
Country  Zimbabwe (16 teams)
Confederation CAF
Founded 1980
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Zimbabwean Division One
Domestic cup(s) Bob 91 Super Cup
Uhuru Cup
Zimbabwe National Army Charity Shield
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions Chicken Inn (1st title)
(2015)
Most championships Dynamos
(16 titles)
TV partners SuperSport (live matches)
2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League is the top professional division of the Zimbabwe Football Association. It was created in 1980, as a successor to the 1962 formed Rhodesia National Football League. It is currently sponsored by Delta Beverages under the Castle Lager brand and hence is known as Castle Lager Premier Soccer League. The current sponsorship deal runs from 2011 and is worth $3,6 million.[1]

The league consists of 16 teams listed below, that play a total of 30 matches. The season runs from April to November. Most matches are played during weekends on Saturdays and Sundays. Postponed matches are played midweek. At the end of the season four teams are relegated into the lower division and an equal number promoted.[2][3]

The end of season winner qualifies for the CAF Champions League, while the Cup of Zimbabwe winners gains entry into the CAF Confederation Cup. The current champions are Chicken Inn who won the 2015 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. For the current season, see 2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League.

Overview[edit]

2016 clubs[edit]

2015 standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chicken Inn (C) (Q) 30 18 7 5 45 23 +22 61 2016 CAF Champions League
2 Dynamos 30 15 12 3 36 20 +16 57
3 Platinum 30 15 10 5 52 23 +29 55
4 Triangle United 30 13 10 7 46 25 +21 49
5 CAPS United 30 11 13 6 29 23 +6 46
6 Highlanders 30 11 8 11 37 31 +6 41
7 Harare City (Q) 30 8 15 7 29 27 +2 39 2016 CAF Confederation Cup
8 Hwange 30 9 12 9 32 32 0 39
9 Chapungu United 30 9 12 9 26 27 −1 39
10 Kariba 30 9 11 10 40 37 +3 38
11 How Mine 30 8 11 11 28 34 −6 35
12 Tsholotsho 30 6 13 11 20 30 −10 31
13 Buffaloes (R) 30 6 11 13 23 41 −18 29 Relegation to 2016 Zimbabwe Division 1
14 Flame Lilly (R) 30 4 14 12 24 35 −11 26
15 Whawha (R) 30 4 11 15 17 51 −34 23
16 Dongo (R) 30 4 10 16 18 43 −25 22

Updated to games played on 28 November 2015.
Source: FIFA.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) head-to-head away goals
(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.

Promoted:

  • Ngezi Platinum Stars (Selous) (winners Northern Region Division One)
  • Bulawayo City (winners Southern Region Division One)
  • Border Strikers (Beitbridge) (winners Central Region Division One)
  • Mutare City Rovers (winners Eastern Region Division One)

Previous winners[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1996 Zimbabwe Alois Bunjira CAPS United 23
1999–00 Zambia Chewe Mulenga Railstars 24
2000 Zimbabwe Zenzo Moyo Highlanders 21
2003 Zimbabwe Sageby Sandaka Amazulu 17
2004 Zimbabwe Leonard Tsipa CAPS United 18
2005 Zimbabwe Edmore Mufema Motor Action 17
2006 Zimbabwe Ralph Matema Highlanders 19
2007 Zimbabwe Cuthbert Malajila Chapungu United 15
2008 Zimbabwe Evans Chikwaikwai Njube Sundowns 23
2009 Zimbabwe Nyasha Mushekwi CAPS United 21
2010 Zimbabwe Norman Maroto Gunners 22
2011 Zimbabwe Rodreck Mutuma Dynamos 14
2012 Zimbabwe Nelson Mazivisa Shabanie Mine 18
2013 Zimbabwe Tendai Ndoro Chicken Inn 18
2015 Zimbabwe Knox Mutizwa Highlanders 14

Sponsorship[edit]

From 2011, the Premier Soccer League has had title sponsorship rights sold to Delta Beverages, who sponsor the league under their Castle Lager brand. The deal runs until 2018. Originally a lower income level, in 2014 Delta Beverages upped their sponsorship to $3,6 million.[1]

Period Sponsor Name
2011– Delta Beverages, Castle Lager Castle Lager Premier Soccer League

Media coverage[edit]

Currently, the Premier Soccer League has a television deal with SuperSport who broadcast matches regularly across Africa.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "$3,6m for Castle Lager PSL". News Day. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "FootballZone.co.zw – 2012 PSL League table". FootballZone. 
  3. ^ "Fifa.com – Zimbabwe:- League table". Fifa. 
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe - Premier Soccer League". LiveSoccerTV. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 

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