Soccer is one of the most popular sports in South Africa and there is plenty of support for the country's many club sides. The main domestic competition in South Africa is the Premier Soccer League (PSL), although there are also a variety of knock-out tournaments as well.

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Kaizer Chiefs supporters greet each other by showing the two-finger 'peace' sign.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ reignited soccer spirit in South Africa, and attracted many new supporters from all over the country and beyond. It certainly drew unprecedented attention to South Africa as a football nation.

Kaizer Chiefs are widely regarded as the most popular club side in South Africa. Fondly known as ‘Amakhosi', Kaizer Chiefs draw huge, noisy, colourfully dressed crowds wherever they play. Founded by Kaizer Motaung in 1970, Kaizer Chiefs have dominated the South African soccer scene ever since.

Kaizer Chiefs' fiercest rivals are neighbours Orlando Pirates. Established in 1937, ‘The Buccaneers' also enjoy large support all around the country.

Fiercely contested matches between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have become known as The Soweto Derby − some of South Africa's biggest and most popular sporting events.

In recent years, Mamelodi Sundowns, owned by mining billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, and known as ‘The Brazilians' because of their team colours, have emerged as a new force in South African soccer.

Bloemfontein Celtic are also a team on the rise and draw a lot of support from around the world because of their affiliation with the famous Celtic Football Club in Glasgow, Scotland.

There are a number of strong soccer clubs in KwaZulu-Natal, including Manning Rangers, Amazulu, Golden Arrows and Martitzburg United.

In the Western Cape, the biggest teams are Ajax Cape Town (based at Cape Town Stadium), Santos, and Vasco da Gama FC.

Other clubs to look out for in South Africa include Bidvest Wits, Platinum Stars, Moroka Swallows and Supersport United.

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Who to contact

South African Football Association
Tel: +27 (0)11 494 3522

Premier Soccer League
Tel: +27 (0)11 715 2500

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