THE formation of South Africa's first-ever professional soccer referees' body has finally taken off, with the PSL appointing four officials to serve on the new structure.
The quartet are Mato Madlala (Lamontville Golden Arrows boss), Stan Matthews (SuperSport United chief executive), PSL head Kjetil Siem and his right-hand man Ronnie Schloss.
The body will be running a structure of full-time soccer referees and their assistants, which will be a first on the African continent.
Siem said the four PSL appointees would join Safa representatives on the professional referees' committee.
"The formation of such a body is long overdue. We have already invested in a property next to the PSL offices, which will be the headquarters of the professional referees' structure," Siem said.
"The budget for the referees committee has been done from our side, but we still have to fine-tune everything to start the ball rolling with Safa.
"It will naturally cost a lot of money to run a professional referees structure. It cost R10million to run issues relating to the referees in a year."
Refereeing expert Sylvester Ndaba, who has welcomed the move, said full-time referees will be given packages, "working for the league like any other person in any profession".