Article by: Pearl Modise
After several months of inaction the excitement is building as SAFA’s National Women’s League (SNWL) approaches kick-off which is likely to commence on 24/25 April 2021. The much anticipated league, launched in August 2019, has had a few shortcomings in its first season and one of the issues that still requires attention is sponsorship. One of the leading ways to push a product is through women’s sport which is growing rapidly nationally and globally. Some of the games were broadcasted live through SABC which served as a great platform to attract potential sponsors as the league grew.
The 2019/2020 Championship title was clinched by Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Team with a perfect record of 21 wins from their 21 league games played. At the inaugural SAFA National Women’s League awards ceremony that took place at the SAFA house in December 2020 the champions were awarded R500 000, runners-up TUT Ladies received R250 000, third place Bloemfontein Celtics got R150 000 and First Touch Academy who placed fourth received R100 000.
Newly promoted teams Gauteng’s JVW FC and Limpopo’s Ma-Indies secured promotion from the Sasol League after reaching the finals of the National Playoffs where JVW beat Ma-Indies 2-0. They will make their SNWL debut against each other, an interesting match up to kick off the season. It is a new season, with new teams and new players and we look forward to seeing women’s football growing in all aspects.