Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League
Founded 1980
Country  Zimbabwe (16 teams)
Confederation CAF
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Zimbabwean Division One
Domestic cup(s) Bob 91 Super Cup
Uhuru Cup
Zimbabwe National Army Charity Shield
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions FC Platinum (1st title)
(2017)
Most championships Dynamos
(16 titles)
TV partners SuperSport (live matches)
2018 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League is the top professional division of the Zimbabwe Football Association. It was created in 1980, as a successor to the 1962 formed Rhodesia National Football League. It is currently sponsored by Delta Beverages under the Castle Lager brand and hence is known as Castle Lager Premier Soccer League. The current sponsorship deal runs from 2011 and is worth $3,6 million.[1]

The league consists of 16 teams listed below, that play a total of 30 matches. The season runs from April to November. Most matches are played during weekends on Saturdays and Sundays. Postponed matches are played midweek. At the end of the season four teams are relegated into the lower division and an equal number promoted.[2][3]

The end of season winner qualifies for the CAF Champions League, while the Cup of Zimbabwe winners gains entry into the CAF Confederation Cup. The current champions are CAPS United who won the 2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. For the current season, see 2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League.

Overview

2017 clubs

2017 standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Platinum 34 20 12 2 40 15 +25 72 2018 CAF Champions League
2 Dynamos 34 21 7 6 55 26 +29 70
3 Ngezi Platinum 34 19 8 7 54 30 +24 65
4 Chicken Inn 34 18 7 9 34 22 +12 61
5 CAPS United 34 15 13 6 43 29 +14 58
6 Highlanders 34 13 8 13 35 35 0 47
7 Black Rhinos 34 12 10 12 35 30 +5 46
8 How Mine 34 13 7 14 30 36 6 46
9 Triangle United 34 11 12 11 37 36 +1 45
10 Kariba 34 12 9 13 30 32 2 45
11 Chapungu United 34 11 11 12 25 27 2 44
12 Shabanie Mine 34 10 12 12 29 34 5 42
13 Yadah 34 10 10 14 31 40 9 40
14 Bulawayo City 34 11 6 17 37 44 7 39
15 Harare City 34 10 8 16 29 29 0 38
16 Hwange 34 10 7 17 29 38 9 37 Relegation to 2018 Zimbabwe Division 1
17 Tsholotsho 34 4 13 17 19 44 25 25
18 Bantu Rovers 34 4 4 26 28 73 45 16
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2017. Source: Soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) head-to-head away goals.

Previous winners

Top goalscorers

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1996 Alois BunjiraCAPS United23
1999–00 Chewe MulengaRailstars24
2000 Thomas MakwashaShabanie16
2001 Tapfuma GahadzikwaCAPS United19
2002 Zenzo MoyoHighlanders21
2003 Sageby SandakaAmazulu17
2004 Leonard TsipaCAPS United18
2005 Edmore MufemaMotor Action17
2006 Ralph MatemaHighlanders19
2007 Cuthbert MalajilaChapungu United15
2008 Evans ChikwaikwaiNjube Sundowns23
2009 Nyasha MushekwiCAPS United21
2010 Norman MarotoGunners22
2011 Rodreck MutumaDynamos14
2012 Nelson MazivisaShabanie Mine18
2013 Tendai NdoroChicken Inn18
2015 Knox MutizwaHighlanders14
2016 Leonard TsipaCaps United11

Sponsorship

From 2011, the Premier Soccer League has had title sponsorship rights sold to Delta Beverages, who sponsor the league under their Castle Lager brand. The deal runs until 2018. Originally a lower income level, in 2014 Delta Beverages upped their sponsorship to $3,6 million.[1]

Period Sponsor Name
2011–Delta Beverages, Castle LagerCastle Lager Premier Soccer League

Media coverage

Currently, the Premier Soccer League has a television deal with SuperSport who broadcast matches regularly across Africa.[4]

See also

References

  1. 1 2 "$3,6m for Castle Lager PSL". News Day. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  2. "FootballZone.co.zw – 2012 PSL League table". FootballZone.
  3. "Fifa.com – Zimbabwe:- League table". Fifa.
  4. "Zimbabwe - Premier Soccer League". LiveSoccerTV. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
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