The Uganda Premier League and the FUFA Big League are the first and second divisions respectively on the men’s club competition pyramid in Uganda.
The Uganda Premier League comprises of 16 clubs playing 30 games each in the season. The team with the most points at the end of the season is declared champions
At the end of the season, three teams are relegated and these are replaced by the same number of teams from the FUFA Big League (Second division).
On the other hand, the FUFA Big League also has 16 clubs divided into two groups with the winner of each group after the regular season gaining automatic promotion. The third team is determined through a playoff.
In Uganda, there are four types of club ownership and each club aligns its ownership by choosing one of the 4 models.
- Institutional clubs
- Private clubs
- Community-based clubs
- Hybrid clubs
1. Institutional Club
Owned by a government institution that is created by an act of Parliament or a Government parastatal. This model is principally setup as a PR and or CSR tool for the institution.
Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club is fully owned by the tax collecting body.
Started 1963, the club belongs to Kampala Capital City Authority, the body that is responsible for operations in Uganda’s capital city.
The 2005 league winners are fully owned by the Uganda Police Force.
The Jinja based club belongs to BIDCO Uganda Limited, a consumer goods company.
Uganda People’s Defence Force Football Club (UPDF FC) formerly Simba FC is owned by the Army institution.
2. Private Clubs
Owned by a shareholding of natural and/or legal persons. This model is principally setup for football business purposes
The four-time league champions are owned by three individuals. These include Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa (90%), Tadeus KItandwe (5%) and Haruna Kyobe (5%).
Bright Stars FC
Bright Stars FC is owned by five persons namely; Soltilo (U) Limited (70%), Ronald Mutebi (19%), Ahmed Hussein (6%), Joseph Mubiru (3%) and Tadec Miiro (2%).
Mbarara City FC
This is owned by Hon. Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama who is also the Member of Parliament representing the Youth in the Western region.
Wakiso Giants FC
Wakiso Giants FC is owned by two people namely; Hassan Lule and Ahmed Mbabi.
The newly promoted side is owned by five people that include Andrew Matovu (55%), Abdulahi Mohamadi (30%), Baker Musaazi (5%), Elisha Madanda (5%) and Catherine Nabweteme (5%).
Based in Arua City in the West Nile region, Onduparaka FC is owned by Benjamin Nyakuni with majority share of 60% while Joe Erema has 40% shares.
Owned by a membership of more than 100 or so fans. This model is setup for sport but proven most suitable for posterity and sports business.
Express FC is owned by Express Sports Club limited.
SC Villa are the league record champions with 16 titles. The Club is owned by Sports Club Villa Limited.
4. Hybrid Model
A combination of the above models. This model is normally a compromise position of various inherited ownership, challenging to find suiting governance model practices.
Kyetume FC has elements of private and Institution. The 5 owners include; Reuben Kimera((60%), Hogi Nsubuga(21%), Kyetume CBHC Programme(15%), Henry Titus Kayondo(3) and David S. Kikabi(1%).
Busoga United FC
The majority shareholder at Busoga United FC is Dinah H.T Nyago with 51% shares. Jinja SS (board) has 35% while Busoga Kindom, Dr. Joseph Muvawala, Fredrick Gume Ngobi, Godfrey Bwire Osodo, Daniel Oketch, Robert Adotu and Samuel Mugabi have 2% each.
Below is the ownership of clubs in the FUFA Big League