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By Sello Rabothata | Jul 04, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 3 ]

TO GO deeper into the debate Sowetan put some questions to Premier Soccer League Derek Blackensee, general manager football, of the Premier Soccer League and following are his responses to questions from Sello Rabothata.

Question: When was the under 23 rule first introduced in the NFD?

Answer: At the beginning of the 2011/2012 season.

What were the reasons/motivation then?

The rule came out of a recommendation from a sub-committee, broadly

  • to assist South African football in general by having a professional breeding ground of young players;
  • to avoid having many players "retiring" from the Premier Soccer League clubs to the National First Division;
  • to attract sponsors based on this developmental policy being an attractive asset

Has it yielded any positive results?

Other than the sponsorship aim the other three have been a success in that the average age of the league is now considerably younger;

If so how and are there any examples of its success ?

  • players are being signed by Premier Soccer League clubs from the NFD
  • generally more attractive brand of football is being displayed by young, enthusiastic players trying to make the grade

Some clubs are complaining about it and want it scrapped what is the view of the PSL?

Clubs are free to propose changes to the rules which are voted on in general meetings.

If there is sufficient support the rule will be changed

Clubs believe it disadvantages them, especially when promoted to the elite league as they go in with inexperienced players.

Again, having tested the system for two seasons, the clubs are free to propose changes based on their experience

As far as the initial reason/motivation is concerned - is it a success or failure in the eyes of the league?

It probably requires more time to fully achieve the proposed benefits.

The league hasn't carried out a formal review of the system so I wouldn't want to express what would be purely personal opinions.


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"The league hasn't carried out a formal review of the system so I wouldn't want to express what would be purely personal opinions."

Very diplomatic Mr. Blackensee. How can you introduce a system and 2 years later you still have not reviewed whether it is working or not?

Jul 04, 2013 10:27 | 0 replies

Play the ball not the Man-ZIFA OR SAFA rules

The black prince has raised a valid point.

Where must you take a good players above the 23 years but not wanted by PSL sides.

The NFD are competing with the PSL clubs for the same players below 23 years which limited their pool.

Soccer is a business not a Charity and the owners has invested a fortune what SAFA says should happen at Develpoment level like School of excellence not at the battle field.

KG Dikgashi and furman were playing in the lower divisions last seans but still way o over 23 years.In SA lingo they must also retire.

Jethro organise a march the wives and families including us football lovers would join you.Please engae SAFPU

And the team promoted with these 19 years old players would be forced to sign the experinced players emmediately after promotion or be relageted at the end of the season.

It seems NFD would be circus and next time we ned 16 years old referees and coaches-tlllltltltltltltltltltltltltl


Jul 04, 2013 11:26 | 0 replies

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Jul 04, 2013 2:27 | 0 replies