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Referees Numbers Per Regions

Tswapong region

13 Referees and only one referee is currently officiating in the National Leagues. This is the only referee who presents himself to undergo fitness tests.

Kgatleng region

17 Referees and they are all based on the Regional League.

Central- South region

12 Referees and only 5 referees are currently used to conduct National League games. However, all the referees in this Region are keen and strive to undergo fitness tests.

Central-North region

10 Referees and out of this number 2 are females. This Region has 5 referees who are currently used to conduct National League games.

Kweneng region

29 Referees and out of this number, 4 are currently used to conduct National League games and it is these 4 referees who strive to undergo fitness tests.

Chobe region

9 Referees and We currently use 4 referees from this group to conduct Nation League games but not because they have satisfied the requirements. Due to some financial constraints we cannot send referees to chobe every time when we have a National League game there but, we know that technically the group is still not yet ready to handle the National League games, hence we use them because that is what the League can afford.

Boteti region

12 Referees and one is a female. We used to have 1(one) referee from this group who was used to conduct National League games. The referee had some health challenges for some time and is still not fit to be taken back to National Leagues.

Southern region

58 Referees and this group is mainly Youth Referees though they are the ones who conduct the Southern regional league games. Out of this number, 9 are females. We have 5 referees who are currently being used to conduct the National Leagues.

Selibe-Phikwe region

21 Referees and out of this number, 11 are currently used to conduct National League games. There is 1 strong female referee who is FIFA accredited and represented Botswana in many games.

Francistown region

20 Referees and 11 of these referees are currently used to conduct the National League games.

Nhabe region

28 Referees and out this number only 7 referees are currently used to conduct the National League games.

Gaborone region

68 Referees comprising of 10 females and 58 males, and only 28 referees from this group are currently being used to conduct the National League games.

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Registration of a company-Botswana Football League

Following various resolutions by the Botswana Football Association [BFA] -National Executive Committee to grant the elite league autonomy the move has since begun.

The Botswana Premier League also has always advocated for their autonomy and this comes at a time when the move for a commercial wing of the elite league is a must do.

Different football General Assemblies have also reiterated the need for the Botswana premier League to be independent from BFA.

The journey to make that a reality has begun with the help of different stakeholders. The FIFA professional department has been holding the BFA’s hand to achieve the desired goals.

BFA has since appointed a Transformation and Sponsorship Committee to implement the transformation of the elite league.

We are happy to announce that Botswana Football League (Pty) Ltd is registered with CIPA.

The company [Botswana Football league – BFL] will have all 16 premier league clubs as shareholders, and it will be a stand-alone company which will run their errands independently from the BFA. The BFL will only be a special member of the federation [BFA] as per FIFA standards and guidance.

The company will re-brand the elite league and make it a more viable property to entice partnerships that will see value in their investment by associating with this business entity.

A new dawn begins. The days of the premier league running as a society are over. These are exciting times and it can only be hoped that all stakeholders will be happy for this new beginning.

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