National Premier Soccer League (South Africa)

National Premier Soccer League (South Africa)
Countries South Africa
Founded 1971
Folded 1995
Most championships Kaizer Chiefs (6 times)

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) was the title of a South African association football league, between 1971 and 1995. During those years, the league however had three completely different organisations. In 1971-77 it was only for Black South African teams. Then it merged with National Football League (NFL), which previously had been organised only for White South African players in 1959-77. The two leagues together formed a new topflight "non-racial" football league in 1978-84 (also named NPSL), where the "white teams" were allowed to field a maximum of 3 black players. Due to boardroom disagreements, there was however a split of the league in January 1985. The major part of the federation decided to found the new National Soccer League (NSL) in accordance with anti-apartheid principles, while the remaining part of NPSL continued to co-exist as an independent league, until it folded in December 1995. When NPSL folded, the few remaining teams continued to play the next 1996-97 season in the "2nd Division of NSL", which at that point of time became renamed to the National First Division.

Year Winner
NPSL Castle League (for blacks)
1971 Orlando Pirates
1972 AmaZulu
1973 Orlando Pirates
1974 Kaizer Chiefs
1975 Orlando Pirates
1976 Kaizer Chiefs
1977 Kaizer Chiefs
NPSL Castle League
1978 Lusitano
1979 Kaizer Chiefs
1980 Highlands Park
1981 Kaizer Chiefs
1982 Durban City
1983 Durban City
1984 Kaizer Chiefs
1985 ???
1986 Vaal Professionals
1987 Vaal Professionals
1988 Vaal Professionals
1989 Real Sweepers
1990 De Beers
1991 Oriental Spurs
1992 Arcadia Shepherds
1993 ???
1994 ???
1995 Witbank All Stars

When the league folded in December 1995, the few remaining teams continued to play for next season, at the second level of South African football, known as National First Division.[1]


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