Betting on South African Football
The South African Premier Division is the top tier of domestic competition in the football-loving country of South Africa. There are currently 16 teams in the league, which feeds down into the National First Division, which also contains 16 clubs. The next tier down is called the SAFA Second Division.
There are a number of domestic cup competitions in South Africa, but the most prestigious are the Nedbank Cup, the MTN Cup which features the top 8 teams from the previous season's Premier Division, and the League Cup (currently named the Telkom Knockout).
The top placing teams in South Africa qualify for the continental competitions organised by CAF. These are the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup.
South Africa has active men's and women's national teams to boot, and for the best odds on all of these matches, including the biggest domestic games in the country, our South Africa football odds comparison tool can be utilised.
South Africa Football Odds
Kaizer Chiefs, Memelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Supersport United: if there was a competition for the best football club names, South Africa would win hands down. All of these clubs, as well as 12 more, can be found competing in the highest division of domestic South African football: the South African Premier League.
Since the inaugural league in 1996, Sundowns have claimed the most titles, with 9, while the Pirates and Chiefs have four wins apiece. These teams also dominate the cup competitions, so are favourites of betting coupons, particularly in accumulators.
As is common in other parts of the world, namely Europe, the league is played August through May, and the most recent champions (2018/19 season) are once again the Mamelodi Sundowns.
Over the last three seasons (2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19) the league has been characterised by low-scoring games and an extremely high percentage of games ending in draws: 35%, 36% and 33% respectively. That's informative for betting purposes.
South African Football History
South African football really took centre stage back in 2010 when the country hosted the first African World Cup. The event was a major success, although it still remains to be seen if South Africa will see the legacy of this event with an improved national team.
For many years the domestic leagues have been immensely popular, especially among supporters in the townships, who tend to shy away a little from the more traditionally Afrikaans and English sports of cricket and rugby. However, more and more players from all backgrounds are now pulling on the south African jersey in these sports as South African society becomes more integrated.
The first official league began in South Africa back in 1959, although football was played long before. The Premier Division has existed in its current format since 1996, and since then some of the teams who compete in the league have become famous in other countries, mainly due to their colourful names.
The national team, known as Bafana Bafana (The Boys, The Boys), reached its first FIFA World Cup finals in 1998, and has subsequently returned in 2002, and as hosts in 2010. Due to apartheid, the country was banned from the Africa Cup of Nations until 1994, and then proceeded to win the competition four years later in 1996 for the country's most significant internal success so far. The team has qualified for the 2019 edition of the finals, but are outsiders at betting odds of around 33/1.
The women's national team have qualified for their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019, and can currently be backed at odds of 500/1 to win, betraying the team's status as huge outsiders.