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The PSL - Football League Or Holiday Club?

I wonder, do the PSL even look at the fixture list that they send out each year?

In case you didn't know, there are only two rounds of PSL fixtures left for 2015, this after a two-week international break where no club fixtures were played.

On Saturday 21 November and Sunday 22 November, seven fixtures will take place, while Orlando Pirates partake in the CAF Confederation Cup final and miss out.

After this, the PSL go into another planned break, this time to give the country the opportunity to pick a full-strength squad for the African Under-23 Championships where a place at the Olympics Games is up for grabs.

The Telkom Knockout final follows on 16 December before the next round of PSL matches takes place over the weekend of 18-20 December.

We then enter the holiday break over Christmas and New Year, with the league resuming on 8 January 2016.

This means that most teams will have completed just 12 league games at the halfway mark of the season - leaving them to cram the remaining fixtures into the second part of the season.

Also, clubs like Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates will have catching up to do, with the former having seen games postponed after Cecil Lolo's passing and the latter missing domestic games due to African commitments.

With all the international breaks, African competitions and planned league breaks, I wonder if the PSL actually considers the effect that the current calendar has on clubs, players and fans?

It's difficult to remain interested in PSL action when no tension is built and there is no opportunity for club's to string together decent runs – this because one week they play competitively, the next they play friendlies.

The European calendar, that we have chosen to follow, often sees league cup competitions squeezed in and doesn't force the league to take a back seat, unlike here.

Added to this, in the likes of England, they pack the holiday season with fixtures to ensure that all competitions are catered for.

I genuinely feel that the current situation is unfair to clubs, players and football fans, and it remains to be seen when the powers that be will take a logical look at the current situation and actually do something about it.


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