The South African Football Association (SAFA) is founded

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SAFA logo.

Sunday, 8 December 1991

The South African Football Association (SAFA) was founded on 8 December 1991 after a long period of racial segregation. Mluleki George was elected to serve as the interim chairman for the first year of SAFA's existence.

Football, like other sporting disciplines in South Africa, was racially segregated. In 1902 the South African Indian Football Association (SAIFA) was founded in Kimberley, where a national competition for Indians - the Sam China Cup was played. This was followed by the formation of the South African Bantu Football Association (SABFA) and the South African Coloured Football Association (SACFA) in 1933.

In 1951 the South African  Football Association (SAAFA), the South African Indian Football Association (SAIFA) and the South African Coloured Football Association (SACFA) formed the anti-apartheid South African Soccer Federation (SASF).

In  1958 that Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officially recognised the White body of the Football Association of South Africa (FASA) as the sole governing body of soccer in South Africa. Then on 11 May 1959 the National Football League (NFL) was formed by 12 clubs from Johannesburg, and Pretoria. When FIFA suspended South Africa because of its rigid racial segregation policies in 1962, the FASA sanctioned an interracial match in Maseru in Lesotho between teams the Black African Pirates and the White Germiston Callies. In the 1970s soccer continued to grow as a sport and to change its administrative structures. For instance in 1971 the National Professional Soccer League was launched and it later changed its name to the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Once processes for the dismantling of apartheid were set in motion, the four historically separate soccer bodies came to together in Johannesburg to form the South African Football Association (SAFA) on 8 December 1991.

References:
• Football in South Africa (timeline), from South African History Online (SAHO) [online], available at www.sahistory.org.za [Accessed 25 November 2010]
• Introduction to SAFA, from the South African Football Association (SAFA) [online], available at www.safa.net  [Accessed 25 November 2010]
• History, from Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) [online], available at www.fifa.com [Accessed 25 November 2010]  

Last updated : 20-Nov-2013

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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