Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

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Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.jpg
Founded1980
Country Zimbabwe (16 teams)
ConfederationCAF
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toZimbabwean Division One
Domestic cup(s)Bob 91 Super Cup
Uhuru Cup
Zimbabwe National Army Charity Shield
International cup(s)Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current championsFC Platinum (2nd title)
(2018)
Most championshipsDynamos
(16 titles)
TV partnersSuperSport (live matches)
2018 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 CAPS United who won the 2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. For the current season, see 2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League.

Overview[edit]

2017 clubs[edit]

2017 standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Platinum 34 20 12 2 40 15 +25 72 2018 CAF Champions League
2 Dynamos 34 21 7 6 55 26 +29 70
3 Ngezi Platinum 34 19 8 7 54 30 +24 65
4 Chicken Inn 34 18 7 9 34 22 +12 61
5 CAPS United 34 15 13 6 43 29 +14 58
6 Highlanders 34 13 8 13 35 35 0 47
7 Black Rhinos 34 12 10 12 35 30 +5 46
8 How Mine 34 13 7 14 30 36 −6 46
9 Triangle United 34 11 12 11 37 36 +1 45
10 Kariba 34 12 9 13 30 32 −2 45
11 Chapungu United 34 11 11 12 25 27 −2 44
12 Shabanie Mine 34 10 12 12 29 34 −5 42
13 Yadah FC 34 10 10 14 31 40 −9 40
14 Bulawayo City 34 11 6 17 37 44 −7 39
15 Harare City 34 10 8 16 29 29 0 38
16 Hwange 34 10 7 17 29 38 −9 37 Relegation to 2018 Zimbabwe Division 1
17 Tsholotsho 34 4 13 17 19 44 −25 25
18 Bantu Rovers 34 4 4 26 28 73 −45 16
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2017. Source: Soccerway.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.

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 Thomas Makwasha Shabanie 16
2001 Zimbabwe Tapfuma Gahadzikwa CAPS United 19
2002 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
2016 Zimbabwe Leonard Tsipa Caps United 11

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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