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SAFA Development Agency

SAFA House, 76 Nasrec Road

Nasrec Ext. 3, Johannesburg, 2000

P. O Box 910, JHB, South Africa

Tel: +27 11 567 2010



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The work of the Agency is established in the Deed of Trust.  Its overriding objective is to ensure that the SAFA VISION 2022 FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, as adapted and amended from time to time, is fully implemented within the structures of SAFA.


The Agency has been established as a Trust, with a Board of Trustees consisting of both SAFA and external Trustees.  Whatever the final number of Trustees, SAFA will always retain control of the Trust.  This means that the Trust accounts and funding received can be consolidated within the books of SAFA.


The Agency and its project have received significant support from a range of business and political leaders, and they have been asked to serve the Agency as ‘Patrons’. The role of Patrons is provide support to the Agency in the delivery of its goals, and in particular, in assisting the administration of the Agency to source corporate and other appropriate funding for its plans.


Given that this project is fundamentally about transforming football, it is important that we appoint a group of Football Ambassadors, who can assist promoting the Agency and the Technical Master Plan in a number of ways.

The Football Development Plan (FDP)

The FDP is a plan developed by SAFA with the end goal of creating sustained international success for all SAFA national teams, both men and women.  Specifically, the goal is for these teams consistently to be in the top 3 in Africa and in the top 20 rankings in the World.  When this plan was being formulated, the Senior Men’s National Team, Bafana Bafana, was ranked as poorly as 16 in Africa and 84 in the world, almost as low as it has ever been.

At a Technical Symposium called to develop the plan, some 200 technical experts from around the country and with key inputs from international partners, defined seven necessary conditions towards achieving this goal.

1. Developing and implementing at all levels a National Football philosophy

2. Building a talent development pipeline that seeks to identify and build talent from the age of 12 at all levels of football

3. Building a comprehensive competitions framework from LFA level upwards established on the foundation of club licensing and development

4. Training and deploying 150,000 coaches over the next 10 years, to enable us to achieve a coach:player ratio of 1:20

5. Developing the administrative and facility infrastructure that is necessary for the growth and flourishing of football

6. Utilising and deploying appropriate football and administrative technologies

7. Integrating the best insights of sports science and medicine into the development of talent in the country.