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SAB National Champs start

2013-07-09 16:00
SAB League National Champs (File)
Cape Town - The SAB League National Championships 2013 began on Tuesday in Stellenbosch.

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, July 13.

The SAB League (formerly known as the Castle League, SAB Under-21 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 five 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, JULY 9

Northern Cape v USSA - 09:00
Eastern Cape v Mpumalanga - 09:00

Western Cape v Free State - 11:00
North West v Gauteng - 11:00

Eastern Cape v KwaZulu-Natal - 13:00
USSA v Mpumalanga - 13:00

OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY - 15:00

North West v Limpopo - 16:00
Free State v Gauteng - 16:00

LENTELUS SPORTS GROUNDS (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY), WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

KwaZulu Natal v USSA - 09:00

Limpopo v Free State - 11:00

Northern Cape v Mpumalanga - 13:00

Western Cape v Gauteng - 16:00

IDAS VALLEY STADIUM, THURSDAY, 11 JULY

Western Cape v North West - 09:00
Gauteng v Limpopo - 09:00

Northern Cape v Eastern Cape - 11:00
Mpumalanga v KwaZulu Natal - 11:00

Limpopo v Western Cape - 13:00
Free State v North West - 13:00

KwaZulu-Natal v Northern Cape - 15:00
USSA v Eastern Cape - 15:00

IDAS VALLEY STADIUM, FRIDAY, JULY 12

Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B - 10:00
Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A - 10:00

3rd and 4th Place playoffs
Loser Match AB1 v Loser Match AB2

FINALS:  LENTELUS SPORTS GROUNDS (STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY), SATURDAY, JULY 13


Winner Match AB1 v Winner Match AB2 - 15:00

From Castle League to Under-21 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.


Western Cape v Free State on Day 1 of the SAB National Championships being held in Stellenbosch. Western Cape won 4-3 (File)

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