SA Masters Soccer League
The South Australian Masters Soccer League (SAMSL) was established in 1982 to provide a competitive, yet friendly league for soccer enthusiasts aged 35 and over. Since then it has gone on to become the premier masters soccer league in South Australia.
In it's current form it consists of twenty teams divided into two divisions of ten teams each. There is promotion and relegation between the divisions with the top two teams from division two swapping places with the bottom two from division one each season. The season runs from April to September, with all games played on Sunday mornings at Barrett Reserve, West Beach (see map), and either start at 9:30am or 11:00am.
All officials and participants are encouraged to be competitive, but above all else to adhere to an ethos of fair play and good sportspersonship. We are affiliated with the Football Federation of South Australia (FFSA), and enjoy the benefits of affiliation such as access to pitches and referees, and use of the FFA player registration and match reporting systems.
In addition to our regular season, SAMSL are happy to assist FFSA in their off-season competition held from October to December and their pre-season competition held from February to April.
A current initiative being explored is a representative team to compete as South Australia at masters tournaments such as the 2019 Australian Masters Games. It is hoped that this will come to fruition and provide both a level for all players to aspire to and a team the whole state can get behind.
Traditionally a mens competition, SAMSL have been asked by FFSA to consider a womens competition, and it is hoped that we can get this up and running in some form soon.
Most of our games are played at Barrett Reserve, West Beach, with the occasional game played at Adelaide High School.
The pitches are numbered 5, 1, 2, 3, 4 as you head from Military Road to Tapleys Hill Road.
Finding a park park may be difficult and more so during the West Beach Road improvements. Also be sure to follow the instructions for parking on the signs as parking tickets for parking the wrong way round are not unheard of.
MEET OUR OFFICERS
At the core of the league there is an executive committee, made up of a chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer. An additional two directors may also sit on the executive committee as appointed by the executive committee.
In addition to the executive committee, there is a committee of delegates that meet regularly to discuss all matters relating to the day to day running of the league. Each team has a delegate, and their delegates are expected to attend the majority of delegates meetings throughout the year.
A separate disciplinary committee occasionally meets to resolve disciplinary matters, and this is chair by the league chairman.
Vice Chairman & Secretary
On 29 July 1981 a proposal by Tony Winefield (University Dons) for formation of a Veterans Division was adopted by meeting of Collegiate Soccer League.
In April 1982 the Veterans Division of the Collegiate Soccer League was formed. The league consisted of six teams with each team playing each other team three times.
The final standing were:
In addition to the league competition there was also a cup competition which was also won by Beograd 3-0 against Noarlunga.
CSL Veterans Division Starts
In March 1986 the league changed it's name to Soccer Super League.
There were still 6 teams in the league though some had come and new ones joined to replace them. At the time they were
For the rest of the 80's the league was known as the Over 35’s Super League or just the Over 35’s league.
Soccer Super League Days
Somewhere in the late 1990's the league re-branded itself again as The South Australian Masters Soccer League, moved all games from West Beach to University Playing Fields (near Adelaide Zoo).
It is believed that Adelaide University were runners-up in the consolation cup in 1994 which they may have lost 2-0 to Whyalla.
The number of teams started to increase and eventually reached twenty.
New Name, More Teams
League historians are a bit vague about what happened in the early part of the new millennium. Maybe there was too much partying like it was 1999. Hopefully someone will come forward with some interesting facts to fill us in.
The Missing Bit
For a short period games were played in Adelaide on South Parklands (with occasional games at Univerity Fields), before returning to their spiritual home of West Beach with either Adelaide High or Pulteney being used for extra capacity.
By 2015 the league had attracted 23 teams, and to accommodate this a new third division was added. Teams played each other three times over the season with promotion and relegation between the leagues. However given the season was now 21 rounds the cup competition was suspended.
The first team to win division 3 was West Beach Legends in 2015, followed by Southern Cross in 2016.
The experiment with three divisions only lasted two seasons, with some famous old clubs like University withdrawing and others such as College (briefly Titans) and Taverners merging to form Fusion, delegates resolved to go back to two divisions for 2017 and to reinstate the very popular cup competition.
All games are still played at West Beach at either 9:30 or 11:00am.
League Expands To Three Divisions
2017 and 2018 saw the league take some bold steps to strengthen for the future. The league partnered the FFSA to hold both an off-season and pre-season tournament at Adelaide Shores Park Football Centre, the league adopted the FFA's registration and match reporting systems, an agreement with SAASL was reached to allow shared registration of players, the league constitution was amended to bring it up to date, and competition rules updated and republished.
On a sad note 2018 saw the death of three players Mark Ingram, Vic Weekes and Peter Woolman. All will be sadly missed.
Looking forward it looks as if the remainder of the 2010's will see us consolidate and strengthen as a two division league, rather than three, though history tells us the make of the league will continue to evolve.
It is hoped that a representative team might be formed to play at tournaments such as the 2019 Masters Games in Adelaide, as well as a potential womens masters league.
A Bright Future
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