The eventual champions of the upcoming Premiership competition in South Africa with walk away with a cool R15 million after the PSL announced a hefty increase to the prize pool.
Speaking from the PSL headquarters in Parktown, chairman Irvin Khoza announced the news along with the fixture list for the season set to start on 3 August.
Premiership prize pool
The extra cash increases the overall prize pool from R29.5 million in the 2018/19 season to R39.9 million this term.
The biggest benefactors of the increased Premiership prize pool will be the teams finishing in first and second.
Those prizes have been increased by 50% each, which translates to R5 million and R2.5 million extra respectively.
The full breakdown of the 2019/20 season prize pool is as follows:
- R15 million
- R7.5 million
- R3.75 million
- R2.5 million
- R1.8 million
- R1.56 million
- R1.32 million
- R1.2 million
- R885 000
- R825 000
- R750 000
- R690 000
- R620 000
- R565 000
- R495 000
- R440 000
It’s interesting how quickly the prize pool drops off as you go down the league places, especially considering the large gap between the biggest teams in the country and the rest.
There’s a decent argument that the prizes should be evened out a bit more in order to give the smaller teams a fighting chance of catching up.
2019/20 Premiership fixtures
The season is set to kick off on 3 August with the Tshwane Derby between defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United headlining the opening weekend of the competition.
Elsewhere, Orlando Pirates will host Bloem Celtic at Orlando Stadium and Kaizer Chiefs will travel to Makhulong Stadium to take on Highlands Park.
Opening weekend fixtures:
Saturday 3 August
- Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United
- Baroka FC v Cape Town City
- Stellenbosch FC v Chippa United
- Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic
- AmaZulu v Bidvest Wits
Sunday 4 August
- Highlands Park v Kaizer Chiefs
- Black Leopards v Polokwane City
- Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United