1. SAFA Uniform rules and regulations
  • Guiding and governs all competitions & leagues under SAFA from National down to zones.
  1. FIFA Laws of the game
  1. WADA for doping
  • WADA – World Anti-Doping Agency
  • This is the institution that promotes anti-doping in our sport.
  • Their responsibility is to make sure that our athletes are not using the substances/ stimulus that are not allowed in sports environment.
  • Visit google for more information
  1. DSR
  • Vision and mission to create the winning district, province and nation.

Activity Planning – Planning events

Invite people or businesses that might have the same interest or vision as yours (Football or sport-loving people or business)

Form the local organizing committee (LOC) with portfolios as follows:

  • Booking of the venue.
  • Tent, table & chairs, marking of the field, grass cutting, pole nets and corner flags.
  • Parking and marshals.
  • Identify potential sponsors and approach them as early two months prior the tournament.
  • It is advisable to meet your potential sponsors in person as well.
Safety, health & security
  • South African Police Service (SAPS)
  • Add more security with experience to be more visible on the day.
  • We must have a full first aid kit and a person who is having knowledge responsible for it.
Communication & Marketing
  • Communicating with the outer world, like sending invitations and notices.
  • He or she is the spokesperson of the LOC.
  • She or he is responsible to market the event.
Water & sanitation
  • Drinking water
  • Functioning toilet, if not then hire.
Format & officials
  • Dealing with fixtures and formats of the tournament (How many teams and what system are they playing?)
  • How many fields and what size will they be?
  • How many officials (referees) do we need for the full day?
Benefits of a 5 or 7 -aside tournament
  • A 5 or 7 aside tournament needs small fields, in one big field we can have at least three small fields.
  • It is played in short minutes, which makes players to change the half before they are getting tired.
  • There are no off side and penalty rules.
  • A substituted player can again come back in a same game.
  • Players get more chance on the ball as they are few in the team.
Knock out vs round robin system
  • Knock out is not good for development because for example if the team is playing their first game in the morning and they are knocked out, then the day is over for them, they can go home, which is demotivating.
  • It causes a frustration for coaches and players because the loose is your end in the tournament and you loose confidence in yourself as a team.
  • In round robin you can lose your first game but you get a chance to go back, regroup and have a good game after a loss.
  • It gives all teams a chance to paly against each other and more game time, means development because learning takes place.
  • In most round robin tournament, we have teams playing the same time at the end of the day.
  • Example of a round robin tournament
                          First Stage of the round robin tournament
Group A Group B Group C Nine teams

3 Groups

15 mins per half

2 games a team

A1 B1 C1
A2 B2 C2
A3 B3 C3
All the teams at the end of this stage they have played 60 minutes
                                          Second and final stage
Winner 1 2nd place gr. 1 3rd place gr.1 Best vs Best
Winner 2 2nd place gr. 2 3rd place gr.2 Med vs Med
Winner 3 2nd place gr.3 3rd place gr.3 Weak vs Weak
1 -3 4 – 6 7 -9 Final Log Table

A festival is a fun event for kids younger than twelve years of age, both males and females!

  • The games that are played there are competitive and are suitable to be played by players with and without football background.
  • It is usually done after a SAFA D Licence Coaching Course is completed or coaches can just plan and do it in order to stimulate the participation amongst young kids.
  • One hundred kids are needed for this event, ten qualified coaches and equipment.
  • The organising committee must be formed as follows:
Names Portfolio Status Update
xxxxxxxxxx Director/ Chairperson What is the status in which date
xxxxxxxxxx Water & Sanitation(Hired toilets, drinking water)
xxxxxxxxxx Marketing & media
xxxxxxxxx Meals (VIP’S & Ordinary)


Needs for the festival
  • 100 Balls
  • 200 Markers
  • Cones
  • 2 pairs of collapsible goals
  • 10 x 10 sets of bibs
  • Fully equipped first aid bag (one coach must have a basic knowledge for first aid)
  • Toilet
  • Water
  • Meals for participants and coaches
  • Sound system
Sport Stakeholders
  1. Department of sports and recreation (DSR)
  • This is a governmental institution that is dealing with sports in South Africa.
  • They are not coordinating sports but assisting federations with funds to run their programs.
  1. South African Football Association (SAFA)
  • Is the association that governs football in South Africa, both males and females.
  • The association is governing from the national level, to provinces, regions, locals & zones.
  • Website:
  1. Department of Education (DOE)
  • Schools are also playing sports, which makes them the stakeholder for SAFA.
  • Schools’ tournaments & competitions are coordinated in connection with SAFA structure, yet DOE has its own structure.
  1. District & Local Municipality
  • Municipalities are government but they are having the budget to support sports programs.
  • They support the programs where stakeholders are applying for assistance.
Team Management
  • Constitution
    • This is the main document used to govern all institutions and associations.
    • The constitution is only valid once it is endorsed by the council of the institution.
  • Policies & procedures
    • Ethics
      • The team or institution will decide to have its ethics where people are being controlled in their behaviour.
      • How to conduct yourself or the team in certain situations.
    • Child Safety
      • It is our responsibility to protect our athletes, as we are parents in the sporting environment.
      • Protect them from injuries, abuse and all other bad things that can happen.
      • The document is supplied by SAFA Coaching Department and available to all coaches doing a SAFA D Licence Coaching Course
    • Code of conduct
      • It is a set of rules outlining the social norms, religious rules and responsibilities for an individual within the organization.

Football Structures
  1. Organization Chart – SAFA Leadership

  1. Organization Leagues

  1. Coaches Development

  1. National Teams
    • Banyana Banyana – Open age National team
    • Basestsana – U20 National team
    • Abantwana – U17 National team