I’m 14 and I want to be a soccer player. I practice every day, but I don’t have a club, how can I become a soccer player?

Look for soccer clubs near you and find out what you need to do to join and what payments are expected. Send them an email with any questions you may have. Talk to your parents about the possibility of joining a club to find out how they are prepared to help you. If you have friends already in a club, ask them for advice.

How can I join a soccer league?

Search for teams near your area, contact them, and attend training sessions to see if you want to join.

What should I do if my friends discourage me?

You have to use those discouragements to make you work harder. Prove them wrong!

How can I become better at soccer?

To improve your game, practice daily and also learn and practice new skills from time to time.

Work hard and practice a lot.

Focus completely on training to become a professional. You’ll need to practice nearly every day, regardless of the weather. You’ll also need to balance practice with your studies or even part-time work. It is the practice, the daily dedication,that will develop your talent and hone your skills.

  • If you’re a parent of a child seeking to become a professional player, your own level of dedication must be enormous. You may need to transport your child to games, buy soccer gear and membership fees, talk with coaches, help with informal practice sessions, or boost your child’s morale. You might even coach youth soccer.

Do professional footballers drop out of school?

They can but they probably wouldn’t. If you want to become famous in a sport, stay in school. This reflects the reality that most people won’t make it to the professional level but will need to find another real job to be getting on with. It’s okay to dream and strive but it’s sensible to have a Plan B too.

Eligibility of Players

  1. Every player will be properly registered according to the registrations procedures and transfers before he/she may play or named on a team sheet in any match of SAFA CT official competitions.
  2. Registration cards will always be made available for inspection one (1) hour prior to a match. No player will be allowed to participate without any valid play card. The referee will demand to see all player’s cards in the presence of both team’s representatives and in the presence of respective players, prior to commencement of the match.
  3. It will be misconduct to field a player without a valid player’s registration card, alternatively failing to make a valid player’s card available for inspection prior to match. A team guilty of such offence will forfeit any points earned in such a match.
  4. The principle of, no card no play, will apply without any exception in all SAFA CT Competitions.
  5. It will be an offence to submit any false information when registering a player. The onus will always be on the players team to reasonably ensure that the information submitted is accurate in every respect, and that all requirements is adhered to. The issuing of a card does not absolve the team of its responsibility.
  6. It will be an offence to field an unregistered or improperly registered player. The term “field” will include the situation where a player is named as a substitute but does not actually take the field of play.

Process to Obtain a Clearance / Transfer Certificate (TC)

  1. The Registration of an Amateur player shall be valid only for the season in which the registration form is signed where after such a player shall be deemed to be a free agent subject to compliance with 13.6
  2. An Amateur player’s registration shall expire at the end of the season for which he is registered, which for the purpose of this Rule, will be deemed to be 31st May, or within four(4)days of the team’s last match of the season, whichever is the later. After this date, the player shall be free for another team for the following season, after having obtained a clearance certificate from his existing team.
  3. A player may apply to SAFA, to be declared a free agent within thirty (30) days of any of the following occurring :
    – His / her club has ceased to exist as club falling under the jurisdiction of SAFA.
    – His / her club refuses or fails to issue a clearance certificate to which the player is entitled; and
    – It is in the interest of fairness and equity.

Status and Transfer of Players

  1. Players registered at one association may only be registered at a new association once the latter has received a Transfer Certificate from the previous association. The TC shall be issued free of charge without any conditions of time limit. Any provisions to the contrary shall be null and void. The association issuing the TC shall lodge a copy with the Region.
  2. A transfer Certificate is not required for a player under the age of 12 years.

NB: At a  Regional GC Meeting held in 2012  it was agreed that the maximum amount for admin costs that could be charged for Juniors is R50.00 and Seniors is R150.00, unless  it can be proven otherwise.


  1. A player writes a resignation letter requesting his/her clearance from his / her club. (If the player is a minor, the parent must write on behalf of the player)
  2. After seven days has lapsed and no response from the club, the player writes to the LFA and attach the initial letter requesting the LFA’s intervention to obtain his/her clearance.
  3. After another seven days has lapsed and no response from either the club or LFA, the player writes to the Region (SAFA Cape Town), attach both letters and ask for the Region’s intervention to declare the player a free agent / clear the player.
    – Should the club declare that there are any liabilities due by the player, the club must be able to give a breakdown / proof of all outstanding liabilities, however this should not prevent the club from issuing the clearance certificate, as there is a legal route for the club to follow to recover any said liabilities.
    – Should there be a dispute from the player regarding any liabilities, the player have the right to lodge a complaint /dispute to the LFA and follow due process regarding the matter.
    – Should there be no objections from the player regarding outstanding liabilities, it will be deemed that the player is in agreement with all in sundrie.

Membership and Reporting Structure

  1. Players are members of clubs and needs to communicate through their clubs.
  2. Clubs are members of LFA’s and therefore needs to communicate through their LFA’s.
  3. LFA’s are members of the Region (Safa Cape Town) and communicate through the Region.
    – Players /members need to follow due process as prescribed above.
    – Managers / club owners cannot enquire and request clearances on behalf of players directly to the Region, they need to follow due process as prescribed above.
    – The Region will only become involve when due processes as prescribed above was followed.
    – Players should be reminded to have a paper trail at all times.

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