Previous Castle Premiership winners:
There are a number of knockout competitions that are played alongside the league fixtures.
The Bobsave Superbowl was soccer's premier knockout competition, giving clubs from lower leagues the opportunity to face the more fancied clubs from the Premier League. No lower league team yet has managed to capture the silverware, but the competition has provided a remarkable 11 winners in the 12 years it has been held. Only Moroka Swallows, with victories in 1989 and 1991, have managed to win the title more than once.
This has since been replaced by the Absa Cup, after First National Bank withdrew its sponsorship of the competition at the end of 2001. The inaugural Absa Cup was won by Santos in 2002.
Other knockout competitions include the SAA Supa 8 competition, which replaced the long-running BP-sponsored Top Eight. The competition is contested at the beginning of the PSL season by the teams that finished in the top eight bracket in the previous season. Jomo Cosmos are the current holders of the SAA Supa 8 Cup.
The Coca-Cola Cup is another competition that features all the 16 top flight teams on a knockout basis. This is one of the lucrative competitions in the Premier League, with the winners pocketing $100 000.00 in prize money.
The First Division does not enjoy as much media coverage as the Premier League, but is sizeable, with 30 teams divided into a Coastal Stream and an Inland Stream. The winners of the two streams earn promotion to the Premier League, while the bottom two finishers in the top flight are demoted.
There are plans, which are reportedly at an advanced stage, to amalgamate the First Division into a single league with 16 to 18 teams from the 2004/2005 season.
The Second Division is made up of 18 teams, consisting of the top two finishers of nine regional competitions played around South Africa. The Third Division is a massive league played on a regional basis, and it is from this division that the Second Division clubs come.