Interest in the women’s game has been on the rise following Banyana Banyana’s excellent showing at the recent African Women’s Championship, where they reached the Final, as well as Alice Noko Matlou being named CAF’s Women’s Footballer of the Year last week.
The League, which will be run in partnership with Safa, will be divided into two phases, with the first being played in the 52 Regions of Safa, with an average of 12 teams per region. The second phase will comprise all the regional winners competing in a provincial play-off. Two teams from this phase will be promoted to the Provincial Women’s League.
“The inception of the Absa Women’s League will take women’s football development to another level,” Safa CEO Raymond Hack says. “Absa is a trusted partner in South Africa’s football development, considering the role they play in Bafana Bafana, the PSL, and now women’s football.”
“This new tournament is an important grooming ground for future stars of the nation. It is from these development structures where Noko Alice Matlou was spotted two years ago; and this week at 19 years old, she was named the 2009 CAF African Woman Player of Year. We are confident that the Absa Women’s League will unearth more diamonds.”
Absa’s Group Executive of Marketing, Mohale Ralebitso, says they are excited to be able to contribute toward the growth and development of women’s soccer.
“We are thrilled to partner with Safa and sincerely hope that individual and team talent and potential will be exposed both locally and abroad. Such partnerships can only elevate the game to greater levels and affords the players and fans a chance to revel in the beauty and wonder that each game offers.”