Voda Play-offs begin next week

Games will be played at the Ackerville Stadium in eMalahleni and Themba Senamela Stadium in Mhluzi, Middelburg.

This year each all participating teams will have to field at least five players under the age of 23 as Safa bids to ensure a balance between youth and experience.

However the perennial troubles emanating from disciplinary related matters means the Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces leagues winners will only be known after a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday night.

Sam Masitenyane, the Safa Competitions Committee chairperson spoke about the importance of the Vodacom League.

"The Vodacom League forms a critical link in the structure of football in South Africa. It serves as a gateway from regional, localised competition to country wide exposure in the National First Division as a stepping stone to the highest level in the land, the PSL.

"The focus on youth development plays a vital role in laying the foundation for the growth of young players who garner invaluable experience playing a high standard of football in combination with experienced former professionals in the process of winding down their careers," says Masitenyane.

Meanwhile, the draw for the competition was held at Maponya Mall in Soweto this morning with all nine provinces thrown into the hat even though the winners of the Gauteng and Mpumalanga leagues are yet to be confirmed due to pending disciplinary cases.

After playing in the round robin matches the two group winners will attain the promotion tickets before then meeting in the final for the national championship crown.

Two previous winners of these Play-offs that started in 1999 are already in the PSL Platinum Stars and Vasco da Gama.

Group A (Coastal): Mitchell’s Plain (Western Cape), Blackburn Rovers (Eastern Cape), Kakamas Sundowns (Northern Cape), Roses United (Free State) and Island FC (KwaZulu-Natal)

Group B (Inland): Peace Lovers (Limpopo), Gauteng team to be confirmed, Ga-Rankuwa United (North West) and Mpumalanga Team to be confirmed.