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PSL double ticket prices

2010-08-27 13:47

Johannesburg - Local soccer fans will have to pay R40, double the old price, to watch Premier Soccer League matches this season.

It is the first price increase by the PSL for eight years.

"We had no option but to increase prices as the cost of staging games by clubs has rocketed," PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza said in making the announcement on Friday.

"We managed to keep ticket prices at R20 for eight years. But due to increasing costs of the hiring stadiums, security and cleaning of venues we have to increase our entrance tickets.

"But we are still the cheapest and best entertainment for R40."

Khoza said that, after deductions, clubs had received little from the R20 paid in the past.

Said Khoza: "The PSL executive committee looked at the situation and it was found that it costs a club hundreds of thousands of rands to stage matches and clubs are not recouping that outlay."

His executive committee agreed to increase to ticket prices after consulting with the clubs and with the SA Soccer Supporters' Association.

Khoza said clubs could charge even more for certain matches.

"The R40 is only a minimum ticket price. Suite tickets will be more expensive and, depending on the match, a home team might have to pay a lot of money in hiring a certain stadium.

"It is up to clubs what to charge in that case. We, as the PSL, have laid down a minimum charge."

Khoza said that, in an attempt to encourage local talent, clubs would have to register five local development players in their squad in the near future.

"We are looking at allowing clubs to register say a maximum of 28 players plus five local development players. We need to boost the local content," he said.

Khoza also said that PSL clubs would soon be mandated to form youth academies and it was hoped all 16 would have a youth academy by next season.

He stressed that a PSL reserve league was not on the table.

"A reserve league is not a viable option at this stage."

Khoza said the league was worried about the problem of getting new work permits and renewing old work permits for foreign-born players.

"I do not know if the problem lies with the department of sport or home affairs. We have written to department of sport and the [director-general] to assist us as some of our clubs are having serious problem in getting work permits," he said.

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Comments
  • Nito - 2010-08-27 14:33

    Its about time! Soccer supporters in SA are of the opinion that the world owes them something and that because of the past (way past) they should get everythink for "mahala".

  • EFF-PSL - 2010-08-27 14:51

    R40 Sounds about right to go watch a load of horse sh!t

  • TPluz - 2010-08-27 15:01

    Allowing clubs to sign only 5 foreign players with 10 or more Caps for their country and only allowing a club to field not more than 3 per game would also be a good idea.Also, 2 of those development players must be on the field at all times during a match.And,regardless of the fact that a foreign player gains SA citizenship by virtue of marrying a South African or even by being in the country for 5 years or more,he needs to have played a certain % of matches over a 5 year period for his club(s) to qualify to be registered as a local player.Yes,this might seem selfish, but to be able to go forward as a soccer nation, we need to be a little selfish.Otherwise we will end up like England.With a well packaged domestic league but with a crappy national team.

  • Sox - 2010-08-27 15:07

    R40 to watch Celtic and Swallows or Chiefs and Ajax? i rather stay home.

  • mapudi - 2010-08-27 15:22

    R40 is still little, considering the costs of hiring a stadium. its about time that we take our soccer to greater heights. i wish Mr khoza you could review the price every year

  • @Sox and EFF-PSL - 2010-08-27 15:28

    Please stay home. No one cares what you think.

  • The Xhosa - 2010-08-27 15:36

    "But we are still the cheapest and best entertainment for R40." lol

  • Haibooo - 2010-08-27 16:13

    i can get 2 street wise 2's from kfc for that price, eish now it is becomming too expensive

  • Bhakabhaka - 2010-08-27 16:16

    This world cup has made people think that the soccer in this country is watch by rich but not as is all poor people. This means per month if you only attending weekend games you need to budget about R400 - 500 for food transport and also for the ticket for four weeks.

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