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Thread: South African football seasons to run in a calender year

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    Default South African football seasons to run in a calender year

    Durban - The domestic football season is set to move to a calendar year format from 2014 in a bid to help South African clubs become more competitive on the continent, according to Premier Soccer League (PSL) chief executive Stanley Matthews.

    The Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) primary club competition, the CAF Champions League, has only once been won by a PSL club, with Orlando Pirates lifting the trophy in 1995.

    That was also the last year the domestic league was played in the January-December style layout, before shifting to the European calendar from 1996.

    “In principle the executive have agreed to switching the season to a calendar year to be in line with the rest of Africa,” Matthews said.

    “The league wants to see its clubs do well in Africa and this is a step in that direction.”

    Mamelodi Sundowns, runners-up in 2001, are the only side to have come close to Champions League victory since Pirates won the competition, while no South African club has reached the back end of the CAF Confederation Cup, the lesser of the two competitions.

    Matthews said the PSL planned to implement the change from 2014, though he admitted there may be some stumbling blocks as the league would need to find ways of weaving in the new system due to the current July/August start and May finish.

    “The finer details are still being worked out, but it’s something that all the clubs and all the other stakeholders are aware of.

    “The aim is for the change to happen in 2014.”

    Meanwhile, Matthews, who took up office in December following the resignation of Zola Majavu two months earlier, described the current South African league as being “on par with anything that’s out there in the world”.

    “We have two major association relationships, one with the English Premier League and one with the German Bundesliga," he said.

    "We like to benchmark ourselves with that kind of world standard."
    Sport 24

    My thoughts:

    Advantages
    Better intergration with CAF competitions, mainly for regestration purposes
    Fewer breaks in PSL seasons, only every 4 years, if we make the World Cup
    Better intergration with amatuer football, all league in SA can use one calender, so we can have open promotion and relegation at all levels
    Possibly increases in TV viewership during European off season

    Disadvantages
    Out of sync with Euro leagues, may affect transfers
    Vodacom Challenge will be harder to schedule, unless we have a mid-season break like MLS
    FIFA dates tend to be set up for August-May leagues

    Overall, it can work. While I don't think that it will somehow makes us do well in CAF competitions, it should help scheduling. We need to at least stick to scheduling around FIFA dates, unlike MLS. I'd also love if this could be a whole rebranding for the league. We need to get minimum standards for clubs and stadiums, like the Super League in Europe.

    Edit: mods please change the title, calender to calendar.
    Last edited by cr@zydude; 03-04-2012 at 01:25 PM.
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    Our teams will benefit more now.also we will watch soccer nonstop

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