PSL opens up to hosting of sanctioned friendlies under strict sops

By Skilder Makona

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has given the greenlight for top-flight league clubs to host sanctioned friendly matches under strict standard operating procedures.

Given that football had been placed on the ice for the past 18 months owing to COVID-19, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has released the standard operating procedures for friendlies to give top-flight clubs an opportunity to assess their readiness ahead of the resumption of the game.

The clubs, who are expected to submit their applications for friendly matches to the PSL offices on Tuesdays only, also have to cater for Covid-19 tests for their players, technical team and match officials 19-24 hours before the game.

Officials appointed by the ZIFA Referees Committee will officiate at the friendlies.

Teams will pay a total of US$440 for the match commissioner, centre referee and his assistants or equivalent, and an additional US$150 for the PSL Sports Medicine Committee member who is expected to be available in all friendly matches.

The matches will be played behind closed doors and there shall be no swapping of shirts to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

However, it remains to be seen whether clubs will be able to finance the matches as they are facing huge financial challenges due to inactivity.