NATIONAL WOMEN’S LEAGUE – update
On behalf of the SAFA President Dr Jordaan, NEC Members and the football family at large, I take this opportunity to congratulate the 2018 SASOL WOMEN’S LEAGUE participants, who have automatically qualified for the inaugural NATIONAL WOMEN’S LEAGUE (NWL).
There has been much hype about the proposed start date of the league, which was originally mooted as April 2019. However, in the light of the BANYANA BANYANA qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, this launch date was moved to Women’s Month (August 2019), because of the below reasons:
It was felt that it would be unfair to some teams to start the league when they would have players away at the World Cup
Additionally, it is also expected that some players may also secure contracts out of South Africa post the World Cup, and as such, the teams in the NWL would be weakened, without an opportunity to strengthen themselves competitively.
Noting all of the above, we recently held a workshop internally (with various stakeholder’s representation the SAFA Standing Committees, such as Women’s Committee, Competitions, Finance, Legal and others) in an attempt to finalise the operations of the NWL.
The stakeholders were tasked to revert at the next meeting, with final recommendations on amongst others:
Foreign players (quantity per team on and off the field)
Franchise structure / costs / operations
Rules and Regulations
Finance (Budgets and compliances)
The stakeholders meeting will reconvene in the next 14 days, where after a meeting will be called with all the team representatives in Johannesburg, to finalise the Team Handbook, for submission to the various Standing Committees and eventually the NEC for approval