The PSL are proudly holding the official launch of the eagerly anticipated Mvela Golden League first division at in Rivonia on Thursday morning.
Trevor Phillips, Chief Executive of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Andrew Dipela, General Manager of the restructured National First Division (NFD), are very excited about running the Mvela Golden League, which kicks off next season in August
At the end of the current season, the two existing First Division leagues, the Coastal and Inland streams will make way for an 18-team league that kicks off next season, 2004/5.
The league will be reduced to 16 teams at the start 2005/6 season.
Currently there are 30 teams in the existing structure, 16 inland and 14 coastal.
The main aim will be to transform quantity to quality, and I think that the restructured NFD and the new Mvela Golden League is a step in the right direction. It is a concept that people have been talking about for years. Now it is finally a reality, and destined to be a success, Dipela said.
The whole process of re-structuring has been a great challenge, and when things work out, as it has now, there is always a good feeling that comes with the achievement.
A great deal of planning and thought has gone into restructuring the NFD, and Dipela believes that the format will lead to an increase in the standard of the game.
At the end of this season, the current structures cease to exist, and the teams that win the coastal and inland streams will be promoted to the PSL. Then the teams from position two to eight in both streams of the current First Division format will form the Mvela Golden League.
They will be joined by the two clubs that are relegated from the PSL, as well as two teams promoted from the SAFA structures. That will make up the 18 teams that will take part in next season, 2004/5.
The following season, 2005/6, only position 16 in the PSL will be automatically relegated, and the winners of the Mvela Golden League will be promoted.
Position 15 in the PSL will go into a play-off along with positions two, three and four in the Mvela Golden League. The winner of this play-off will join the PSL, a scenario that creates excitement right up till the end of the season. So it is no longer a case where if a team wins the league, everything is over. There is a lot more to play for as far as the rest of the teams are concerned.
Dipela also said that at the end of the 2005/6 season, four teams will be relegated from the Mvela Golden League, with two promoted. That will make the Mvela Golden League a 16 team league, which I feel is an ideal number of clubs.
But the Mvela Golden League will not only be about football, it will also mean growth to the clubs in different ways, something that really excites Dipela.
It should not only be about clubs playing football, and being promoted and relegated at the end of the season. Clubs should grow in the way they are run as well. That is why there has to be a minimum criteria that clubs have to adhere to, and this is part of development.
Clubs should have an office with a telephone and fax, a set home venue as well as an alternate venue. Teams should use the Mvela Golden League to grow their structures and empower themselves to grow not only in football, but in other ways as well.
There is a lot of class in the First Division, I have been really impressed with the talent that I have seen out there, Dipela said.
And the NFD will be a challenge to our national coaches, especially the senior national coach. They should go out and see matches, and they will be amazed, and impressed by the talent on show. The Mvela Golden League should not only be a feeder league for the PSL, but it will be a breeding ground for international talent, that I am sure of.
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