List of upcoming soccer trials in South Africa in December 2023

Nancy Marende

South Africa has many football clubs and academies, always looking for new players to add to their ranks.

Soccer trials are an excellent way for clubs and academies to scout for and recruit talent.

As such, they host regular trials where aspiring players can showcase their skills and talent in the hopes of furthering their football careers.

Below is a list of top upcoming soccer trials by various South African teams in 2023.

1. Saints FC Soccer Trials in South Africa

Saints FC during the under 17 and under 19 teams trials on December, 2
Saints FC Soccer trials. Image: Facebook/Saints Football Club Port Elizabeth

Do you want to get a trial for a football team? Check out Saints FC, a football club based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

It has a seniors’ side (a premier league and a reserve squad) that competes in the NAFA Premier League. They also have a juniors’ side with under 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19 teams.

The team is planning soccer trials for juniors (under 17 and under 19 teams). The trials will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023 (from 11.00 AM) at the club facilities in Port Elizabeth.

The requirements for players to participate in the trials include:

  • Be born between 2007 and 2008 (for under 17 team) and 2005 and 2006 (for under 19 team)
  • Carry a copy of the birth certificate.
  • Come with a playing kit (black shorts, a white T-shirt, soccer socks, and shin pads)
  • R50 for registration fees
  • Bring a bottle of water.
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Selected players will join the Saints FC junior side, where they will compete in the junior NAFA league, among other club competitions.

2. KZN Football Academy Trials in South Africa

KZN Football Academy  during day two of the trials dedicated to players born between  2009 & 2012
KZN Football Academy during day 2 of the 2023 trials. Image: Facebook/KZN Football Academy

Based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, KZN Football Academy operates several youth teams that compete in the South African Football Association SAB league.

The academy is running trials that will take place from December 8, 2023, to December 10, 2023. The trials will occur at the academy’s facilities in Jackson Drive, Durban (behind the Kings Park rugby stadium).

The trial participants must be born between 2005 and 2014. Requirements for taking part in the upcoming soccer trials include:

  • A copy of ID or birth certificate.
  • Own training kit and shin guards.
  • Own refreshments
  • R100 admin fee

Players selected in the trials will join the academy teams at various age groups. 

3. Bidvest Wits Football Academy Trials

Bidvest Wits Football Club logo
Bidvest Wits Football Club logo

The Bidvest Wits Football Academy is a soccer club based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng Province.

The club is planning to hold an 8-day trial camp, the date of which is yet to be announced but will likely take place in December 2023.

The requirements to participate in the trials include:

  • Be between 11 and 27 years of age.
  • Have an ID/ birth certificate.
  • Each aspiring player should also provide two pictures of themselves.

Bidvest Football Academy will charge registration fees to cover accommodation, food, refreshments, transport, and kits offered to participants during the trial period.

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Interested players can register for the trials through the club’s WhatsApp account (+27 79 068 0968). The chosen players will join the football academy’s youth or senior outfits.

4. Soweto United Stars Soccer Academy Trials

Soweto United Stars Soccer Academy Under 17 team after their inaugural match
Soweto United Stars Soccer Academy under 17 team

Based in Pimville, Johannesburg, South Africa, Soweto United Stars Soccer Academy is one of the several academies/clubs planning upcoming soccer trials in Gauteng in 2023.

The academy’s trials will occur from December 4 to December 8, 2023, at the club facilities in Pimville. They are scheduled for players aged between 11 and 21 years of age.

A registration fee of R1,000 will also be charged to cover the camp charges. Players who will be selected during the trials will join either the junior or senior teams of the academy, depending on their age.

5. Pretoria Kings Football Academy Trials

Are you looking for upcoming soccer trials in Pretoria? You should check out Pretoria Kings Football Academy.

The academy is based in Pretoria and will run a ten-day trial camp from December 8, 2023, to December 18, 2023.

The academy’s trial camp is open to aspiring players between 15 and 21 years. Requirements for participation include:

  • R800 registration fee (to cover accommodation, food, training kit, and transport).
  • A copy of ID or birth certificate
  • Soccer boots

Players who will be selected during the trial camp will join the academy starting from January 2024.

6. Fleetwood Town International Football Academy Trials in South Africa

Fleetwood Town International Football Academy team
Fleetwood Town International Football Academy. Image: Facebook/Hattrik Sports

If you are interested in a soccer trial in Cape Town, you should check out the Fleetwood Town International Football Academy (FTIFA).

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The soccer academy, with several branches worldwide, is based in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.

The academy offers ongoing trials for players between 16 and 24 years. Aspiring players can join the academy trials by completing an online sign-up form.

Selected players stand a chance to play for various academy teams at either professional or semi-professional levels.

The above are some of the top upcoming soccer trials scheduled for 2023 in South Africa. If you or your loved one is an aspiring footballer, these trials offer an excellent opportunity to follow your dreams.


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