How it works: PSL Relegation


It is no secret that both of Cape Town’s PSL teams are struggling this season. Ajax Cape Town and Chippa United have had their ups and downs this season but find themselves in the bottom 3 of the current PSL table. Because of the very real threat of relegation for these teams, plenty people have been asking me about the rules of being relegated to the National First Division (NFD) and who gets promoted to the PSL for next season. I have to be honest and say I wasn’t too clued up about this but Soccer Laduma‘s @yesWeCrann kindly filled me in.

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Who comes up and who goes down:

Basically, the team who finishes last in the PSL season (16th) goes down automatically, with no chance of staying up. Whoever wins the NFD, will come up and are guaranteed to play in the PSL next season.

Then the teams who place 2nd and 3rd in the NFD and the 2nd last team (15th) in the PSL will play a play-off league. The winner of this ‘mini-league’ will then play in the PSL the next season.  The teams will play each other twice – home and away and whoever ends with the most points will play PSL Football.

How it stands:


14: Ajax CT – 24 pts
15: Leopards: 23 pts
16: Chippa: 21 pts

As it stands, Chippa will go straight down and Black Leopards will play in the play-off league. Leopards have a game in hand though, so should they win that game, Ajax will take part in the play-off league. There are 3 games left in the season, so this is by no means a guarantee.

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1: Thanda Royal: 42 pts
2: Black Aces: 41 pts
3: United FC: 37 pts

As it stands, Thanda Royals will go straight up and the two remaining teams will play in the play-off league. Thanda Royals have some games in hand so this might change a bit still.

Written for The Pundits by @thatWallace

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