EXPLAINED: FNB Varsity Cup promotion/relegation 2021-2022

FNB Varsity Cup

There will be no promotion or relegation after the 2021 FNB Varsity Cup tournament.

As confirmed before the start of the 2021 season, at the end of the 2022 season, the two teams at the bottom of the combined 2021-2022 FNB Varsity Cup log will be automatically relegated to the FNB Varsity Shield, while the team at the bottom of the combined 2021-2022 FNB Varsity Shield log will be automatically relegated from that competition.

No team will be promoted from the FNB Varsity Shield to the FNB Varsity Cup at the end of the 2022 season.

From the 2023 season, there will be eight teams in the Cup and eight in the Shield.  

From the 2023 season, the team ending bottom on the FNB Varsity Cup log will be automatically relegated to the FNB Varsity Shield, while the team finishing top of the FNB Varsity Shield log will be automatically promoted to the FNB Varsity Cup.

There will be no promotion/relegation match between the seventh-placed FNB Varsity Cup team and the second-placed FNB Varsity Shield team.

This automatic promotion and relegation will occur on an annual basis, and not a two-year cycle. The Varsity Cup Board of Directors will review the system annually.

FNB Varsity Cup and Shield logs