About the National First Division

The National First Division (NFD) is a member of the National Soccer League and is South African football’s second tier, one rung below the top flight, the Absa Premiership (Premier Division).

The NFD is national league, consisting of 16 clubs from around the country. The National First Division league champions are automatically promoted to the Absa Premiership at the end of each season.

The clubs which finishes in second and third position on the NFD table enter into a three-way Promotion Play-off with the club finishes second last (15th) on the top flight standings. The winner of the play-offs joins Premier Division.

The bottom two clubs (teams 15 and 16) in the First Division are automatically relegated. Their place is taken by the teams which finish first and second at the annual ABC Motsepe League (regional Second Division) play-offs, which involves the nine provincial Second Division champions.