Bfn hosts feast of football

2016-03-16 06:00

BLOEMFONTEIN will be a hive of sport, with 30 university football teams converging on the City of Roses to battle it out for this year’s national championship from 21 to 25 March.

The tournament is staged under the auspices of University Sport South Africa (USSA).

It will be held from 21 to 25 March and features both men’s and women’s university teams from the nine provinces.

The men’s section will feature 16 teams and the women’s 14, after two universities pulled out of the tournament.

The University of the Free State (UFS) plays host to the 2016 University Sport South Africa (USSA) National Football Championship. The matches will be played at the UFS sports ground and the Central University of Technology’s Free State (CUT) sports ground.

The Free State is represented by the CUT as the team that qualified as the provincial winner, while the UFS qualified as the host of the week-long football tournament.

Gauteng will have the largest representation, with eight clubs – four for men and four for women.

The University of Pretoria (Tuks) are the defending champs in the men’s category while the Tshwane University of Technology are the defending champions in the women’s category – having won the championship three times in a row.

In the group stages, the 30 teams will compete on a round robin basis in both sections to decide the 16 clubs (eight apiece) to compete in the quarter-finals. The eight men’s clubs for the quarter-final will automatically qualify to play for the Varsity Football League if the respective institutions have signed to compete in Varsity Football.

The Varsity Football League is a reputable platform for men’s teams in that all games are televised.

The week-long event in Bloemfontein will culminate with the presentation of team and individual awards on 25 March at a function to be held at the UFS, with the announcement of two men’s teams – the u.21 university team and senior team.

The u.21 team will compete in this year’s Safa SAB national interprovincial tournament and the senior team in the international competition.

Individual awards include coach of the tournament, manager of the tournament, player of the tournament, top goal-scorer and keeper of the tournament.

The teams’ awards are the winner’s trophy and team of the tournament.

A panel of selectors, as in coaches, will select players for national varsity senior women and men, as well as the u.21 men’s team.

A coaches’ symposium will be held on Sunday (20/03), where coaches will discuss the different aspects of the game of football.

THE Free State is represented by the CUT as the team that qualified as the provincial winner, while the UFS qualified as the host of the week-long football tournament.

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