SAB LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO KICK-OFF on 9th JULY IN STELLENBOSCH

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Released: Johannesburg. 3 July 2013. 

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The SAB League National Championships 2013 will begin on Tuesday, 9th July in Stellenbosch, outside of Cape Town. Nine provincial teams and an invitational team from University Sports South Africa (USSA) will play the round robin format tournament over a week and this will culminate in the finals on Saturday, 13th July.

The SAB League (formerly known as the Castle League, SAB U21 Regional League and Regional League) is South Africa’s largest senior grassroots football league under the umbrella of the South African Football Association (SAFA).

SAB is committed to the development of grassroots football development through its 13 year-long investment in the SAB League.  SAB recently extended this commitment for a further 5 years, investing more than R7-million into the SAB League.  This is over and above the more than R2-million invested in modern playing kits which were provided to all teams playing in this revamped SAB League.

At the SAB National Championships Public Draw recently, the games between the nine provincial teams and the 10th invitational team from USSA (University Sports South Africa) were announced.

The game schedule is as follows:

IDAS VALLEY STADIUM , STELLENBOSCH, TUESDAY, 9 JULY
Time Match
09H00 Northern Cape vs. USSA | Eastern Cape vs. Mpumalanga
11h00 Western Cape  vs. Free State | North West vs. Gauteng
13h00 Eastern Cape vs. KwaZulu Natal | USSA vs. Mpumalanga
15h00 OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY
16h00 North West vs. Limpopo | Free State vs. Gauteng

 

LENTELUS SPORTS GROUNDS (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY), WEDNESDAY, 10 JULY
Time Match
09h00 KwaZulu Natal vs. USSA
11h00 Limpopo vs. Free State
13h00 Northern Cape vs. Mpumalanga
16h00 Western Cape vs. Gauteng

 

THURSDAY, 11 JULY 

IDAS VALLEY STADIUM, THURSDAY, 11 JULY
Time Match
09h00 Western Cape vs. North West | Gauteng vs. Limpopo
11h00 Northern Cape vs. Eastern Cape | Mpumalanga vs. KwaZulu Natal
13h00 Limpopo vs. Western Cape | Free State vs. North West
15h00 KwaZulu Natal vs. Northern Cape | USSA vs. Eastern Cape

 

IDAS VALLEY STADIUM, FRIDAY, 12 JULY
Time Match
10h00 Winner Group A vs. Runner-up Group B
Winner Group B vs. Runner-up Group A
3rd and 4th Place Playoffs
Loser Match AB1 vs. Loser Match AB2

 

FINALS:  LENTELUS SPORTS GROUNDS (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY), SATURDAY, 13 JULY
Time Match
15h00 Winner Match AB1 vs Winner Match AB2

 

SAB League National Championships players will participate in a two-day Youth Diversion Programme on Sunday 7th and Monday, 8th July.  The programme is in partnership with local NGO, Footballers4Life, and provides players with critical life skills, amongst others, with the objective of them becoming positive influences amongst their peers and in their communities. The programme is facilitated by former local football players. 

 

 

For further information, contact Azure Janneker at SAB Media and Communication on 079 505 6966

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Background

From Castle League to U21 Regional League to SAB League

The SAB League, which each year touches the lives of more than 26 000 youth across South Africa, has been the starting block for many of today’s greatest players participating in the Premier Soccer League, the national team and serving on the international football stage. This is evidence that South Africa’s third division league has brought significant change in the lives of the youth, their dependents and communities.

The SAB League is one of three football properties SAB uses to nurture the success of football in South Africa and underpins its more than six decade long association with the peoples’ game.

SAB’s support and commitment of football in South Africa takes an end-to-end approach, from the youth at grassroots level to the country’s national heroes and incorporates a strong emphasis on skills development. This includes the Castle Lager Superstars and Carling Black Label Cup Coach the Coaches.

Castle Lager built on the work done by the SAB League, partnering with SAFA, last year to launch the Castle Superstars, which seeks to increase the future talent pool of South Africa’s national teams by identifying talent within the SAB League and training top grassroots players.

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