PSL return to play edges closer after Safa agreement

The National Soccer League, trading as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) do not always see eye to eye with the South African Football Association.


The two parties have put their power struggle aside and agreed to make a joint presentation of return to play protocols to the department of health and the department of sports, arts and culture.

SA football return could be just around the corner


Professional football clubs have been given the greenlight to return to training in June but can only do so once they have sought and been granted government authorisation.


No training or matches of any kind may take place in the so-called hotspots.


Before any of that can take place football will need to present its case, including detailing how they will mitigate the risks associated with a full returning to training and ultimately a return to matches.

PSL and Safa on the same page


Safa and the PSL will need to establish cooperative relationships with multiple government departments to achieve a return to play.


"The Safa Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) met on Monday, 1 June 2020 at Safa House and agreed that both the Safa President, Dr Danny Jordaan and NSL chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza must report back to the minister of sport on the protocols for the Return To Play.


"The two have also been mandated to meet and brief Ministers of Health and Transport on what needs to be done in the case of football returning to play.


"Monday's meeting adopted the report from the Task Team that says football can only resume under specific conditions as prescribed by the Protocol. 


"The meeting resolved that Safa will write to the minister asking permission on training procedures.Safa


"The two, Dr Jordaan and Dr Khoza will also discuss the possible starting dates for the resumption of football matches."


Both the PSL and Safa were positive that football would return soon after engaging briefly with the minister of sport.


"In his address on Saturday, Minister Nathi Mthethwa spelt out the way forward for contact and non-contact sport," the statement continued.
"He gave training the green light but also underscored the fact that playing was impossible on alert Level 3 according to firm Government specifications.
"Minister Mthethwa participated briefly in the meeting on Monday and emphasised the need to balance the health of football stakeholders and that the economic impact Covid-19 has had on the game."