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Explainer: How Promotion and Relegation Works in the DStv Premiership
Cape Town Spurs lead the table in this season's relegation and promotion playoff table at the halfway mark.
Polokwane City were automatically promoted to the DStv Premiership, while Marumo Gallants were relegated
The DStv Premiership sides have won the promotion playoffs in the last four seasons of the mini-tournament
The fight for the final place in the DStv Premiership for next season continues.
With the mini-tournament to decide who secures the final spot in the standings reaching the halfway stage, it’s anyone’s guess who will win it.
Sports Brief looks at how promotion and relegation work in the DStv Premiership.
Unlike some of the big European leagues, only two teams can possibly be relegated from the DStv Premiership. In some cases, only one team drops to the Motsepe Foundation Championship.
The team that finishes second from the bottom goes into the Promotion Play-offs, where they have a second chance of surviving the drop. Maritzburg United finished in that place this season.
With one side guaranteed a drop to the Motsepe Foundation Championship, one side from the championship is guaranteed a spot in the DStv Premiership. The winner of the National First Division, as it is also known, automatically is promoted to the big leagues.
Polokwane City earned that right last season.
The teams that finish second and third in the NFD go into the Promotion Play-offs. Cape Town Spurs and Casric Stars achieved that last season.
The three sides that qualify for a spot in the Promotion Play-offs compete in a min-tournament to decide who fills the last place in the DStv Premiership. Each side plays the other two teams twice, and the team finishing on top of the table is effectively promoted to the main league.
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As noted by SuperSport.com, the Premiership sides have won their place back in the league in the last four editions of the play-offs. The last NFD side to win promotion was Black Leopards in the 2017/2018 season.
Cape Town Spurs perfectly poised
Cape Town Spurs have won their first two games of the current playoffs and are perfectly poised to win the tournament. Shaun Bartlett’s side lead the table from Maritzburg United.
Human scores stunner for Maritzburg
Rowan Human has boosted Maritzburg United's survival hopes with a brilliant brace.
The South African midfielder was in fine form as he scored a long-range stunner before finishing a well-worked team move against Casric Stars.
The Team of Choice are currently competing in the relegation/promotion playoff against Casric Stars and Cape Town Spurs, Sports Brief reported.