Junior Leagues

Funding has been granted to SAFA for the promotion and development of junior football. One of the big focuses is the promotion of the U13, U15, U17 and U19 junior leagues.

The league system is relatively well structured at senior club level, but the same cannot be said for junior leagues. Many Local Football associations do not have junior leagues highlighting the lack of junior teams at club level. The lack of girls’ teams is more evident. The funding is therefore directed to the installation of leagues for boys and girls in the above age categories to provide a structured pathway from the entry levels to senior competition.

The competition provides for leagues at Local Football Association level where players are selected to represent their respective regions at the inter-regional championship. Regional teams are then selected to play in the inter-provincial championship for selection of the regional teams, culminating in the national championships where the 9 provincial teams will meet.

The objective of these leagues is to create a bigger pool for talent identification in the various age groups. The scouts of the various Professional Clubs attend the provincial and regional championships to strengthen their own youth sections.

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The inclusion of young talented players such as Rivaldo Coetzee into the Bafana Bafana Team is only possible via such structured league programmes that provide a platform for talent to be discovered.
The recent introduction of the Young Referees programme is also bearing fruit with referees as young as 13 years of age officiating at the national U15 Championships in 2015.
Funding for the preparation of National Youth Teams

The second major focus area is funding for the preparation of the national youth teams.

The national youth team’s performances have been encouraging and their steady progress at international level has seen an increase in the activity of the National Youth teams in international qualification events. The grant ensured that SAFA arrange training camps for all the national youth teams and the participation at the various competitions.



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The Trust partnered with SAFA sponsors to provide funding to support the U23 Men's team in their preparation efforts for the Olympics in Rio in August 2016.
The 2016 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations, which took place in South Africa in April 2016, proved hugely successful thanks, in part, to funding provided by the Trust.

Approved funding to date: R97.3 million

This includes 75.5 million for the development of the youth leagues and R21.8 million for the qualification campaigns of the national youth teams.