Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League is the top professional division of the Zimbabwe Football Association. It was founded 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]

Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.jpg
Founded1980; 41 years ago (1980)
Country Zimbabwe (18 teams)
ConfederationCAF
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toZimbabwean Division One
Domestic cup(s)Bob 91 Super Cup
Uhuru Cup
Zimbabwe National Army Charity Shield
International cup(s)Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current championsFC Platinum (3rd title)
(2019)
Most championshipsDynamos
(22 titles)
TV partnersSuperSport (live matches)
Current: 2020 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

The league consists of 18 teams listed below, that play a total of 34 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.

OverviewEdit

2019 clubsEdit

2019 tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 FC Platinum (C) 34 17 11 6 34 15 +19 62 Qualification for 2020–21 CAF Champions League
2 Chicken Inn 34 17 8 9 49 28 +21 59
3 CAPS United 34 17 7 10 53 42 +11 58
4 Ngezi Platinum Stars 34 12 13 9 28 23 +5 49
5 Manica Diamonds 34 12 11 11 35 33 +2 47
6 Highlanders (Q) 34 10 16 8 30 26 +4 46 Qualification for 2020–21 CAF Confederation Cup[a]
7 Triangle United 34 13 7 14 44 43 +1 46
8 ZPC Kariba 34 12 10 12 29 31 −2 46
9 Dynamos 34 9 17 8 28 28 0 44
10 Black Rhinos 34 11 11 12 26 30 −4 44
11 Herentals 34 8 17 9 31 34 −3 41
12 Harare City 34 11 8 15 35 39 −4 41
13 Bulawayo Chiefs 34 11 8 15 33 44 −11 41
14 Yadah 34 10 11 13 34 46 −12 41
15 Chapungu United (R) 34 9 13 12 32 33 −1 40 Relegation
16 TelOne (R) 34 8 16 10 32 35 −3 40
17 Hwange (R) 34 8 13 13 30 40 −10 37
18 Mushowani Stars (R) 34 8 9 17 36 49 −13 33
Source: PSL
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) playoff.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Highlanders are Cup of Zimbabwe winners.

Previous winnersEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1996   Alois Bunjira CAPS United 23
1999–00   Chewe Mulenga Railstars 24
2000   Thomas Makwasha Shabanie 16
2001   Tapfuma Gahadzikwa CAPS United 19
2002   Zenzo Moyo Highlanders 21
2003   Sageby Sandaka Amazulu 17
2004   Leonard Tsipa CAPS United 18
2005   Edmore Mufema Motor Action 17
2006   Ralph Matema Highlanders 19
2007   Cuthbert Malajila Chapungu United 15
2008   Evans Chikwaikwai Njube Sundowns 23
2009   Nyasha Mushekwi CAPS United 21
2010   Norman Maroto Gunners 22
2011   Rodreck Mutuma Dynamos 14
2012   Nelson Mazivisa Shabanie Mine 18
2013   Tendai Ndoro Chicken Inn 18
2015   Knox Mutizwa Highlanders 14
2016   Leonard Tsipa CAPS United 11

SponsorshipEdit

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 Lager Castle Lager Premier Soccer League

Media coverageEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "$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. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe - Premier Soccer League". LiveSoccerTV. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.

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