National Football League (South Africa)
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The National Football League (NFL) was the first professional association football league in South Africa, established in 1959. Initially, only two areas of South Africa were represented - Transvaal and Durban - but gradually the league became more geographically representative. A promotion play-off for the Champions of the various State Leagues was introduced in 1962, and the league spread to Cape Town (1962), Bloemfontein (1963) and Port Elizabeth (1964). (a truly National Football League was out of the question due to the Apartheid system.) A NFL Division II was established in 1969, with the Champions promoted to Division I.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=South African football 1961 )〕〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=South African football 1963 )〕 The league was competitive during the apartheid era, and only white players were allowed to participate.
However, black players did participate in the competition. The first to do so was Vincent Julius, he represented Arcadia Shepherds in 1976 versus Highlands Park. Highlands Park protested Julius' presence but the NFL allowed him to play. The South African Home Office took no action having been convinced by Arcadia Shepherds that the story would be told all around the world and cast the ruling party in a bad light.
When NFL folded after 18 years in 1977, it was superseded by a non-racial league. In practical terms, a merger happened between NFL (for whites) and NPSL (for blacks), to become the new common NPSL.
* Note that Addington were known as Durban Spurs when they won their second championship.
Source:〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=South Africa League History )〕
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