SAFA provides update on PSL return

Premiership

SAFA have sought clarity from FIFA on the resumption of the 2019/20 PSL season and have issued an update relating thereto.

The PSL was initially looking to restart the 2019/20 season on 18 July but SAFA proposed 1 August as the earliest resumption date as they look to adequately prepare match officials.

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With League chairman Irvin Khoza having earlier announced that 31 August was the deadline for the completion of the season, the Association has since confirmed correspondence from FIFA that they have the powers to alter the calendar as they see fit.

"The world football governing body, FIFA has written to the South African Football Association [SAFA] advising them that they can extend the completion of the current Premier Soccer League season in terms of the Transfer Management System [TMS]," read a statement from SAFA.

"In the same context, FIFA has given SAFA the mandate to amend the start of the next PSL season [2020/2021] and this may require the Association to amend the registration periods provided in the TMS.

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"Part of the letter from FIFA to SAFA reads: 'As such, the association concerned should extend the end date of the of the ongoing season in the TMS, to reflect the match schedule. This may also require the association to amend the registration periods provided in the TMS.'"

Meanwhile, SAFA acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has provided assurance that match officials will be fully prepared to kick-start the resumption of the campaign on 1 August, with the Association set to cover all related costs within the PSL's bio-bubble.

“We are glad with the clarification we got from FIFA and we have already started preparation of the referees. They will arrive at the camp in batches and I want to assure everyone that the match officials will be ready, come 1 August 2020 when the PSL kicks off.

"SAFA has also offered to cover the costs of the match officials’ accommodation, transportation and testing."

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