The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) is the governing body of football in Uganda.
The association was originally founded in 1924 and has been affiliated to FIFA and CAF since 1960.
FUFA organises the men’s and women’s national football teams, and the first and second tiers of national football covering the StarTimes Ugandan Premier League and the StarTimes FUFA Big League respectively. The third tier (Regional Leagues) is organised by the regional football associations and the fourth tier (District Leagues / Fourth Division) are administered by district football associations.
FUFA organizes the following competitions; StarTimes Uganda Premier League (with a FUFA Super League board), Stanbic Uganda Cup, StarTimes FUFA Big League, FUFA Women Super League, FUFA Women Elite League, FUFA Women’s Cup, FUFA Juniors League (U-17), The FUFA Drum, Mama Becca Women’s Day cup, FUFA Corporate tournament, Regional Leagues, District Leagues.
FUFA is based at FUFA House, Plot No. 879 Kyadondo Block 8, Mengo Albert Cook Road P.O. Box 22518 Kampala
Regional representatives to the FUFA Executive
- Buganda – Hajji Abdul Sekabira Lukooya
- Eastern – Issa Magoola
- Kampala – Hamid Juma
- Kitara – Rogers Byamukama
- Northern – David Mukidi Kalyebala
- West Nile – Rasoul Ariga
- North East – Richard Ochom
- Western – Chris Kalibala
- Woman Representative-Agnes Mugena
Football evolution in Uganda
The history of Football in Uganda dates back to 1897 when the British, led by Mr. Pilkington, a famous Cambridge athlete proposed to teach the Baganda Football at Namirembe. It was an experience not without complications.
They could neither remember their positions nor the rules. On occasions when the Baganda princilings decided to play, they were followed by umbrella bearers, striving to keep the sun off their royal heads while they chased about with their Kanzus kilted about their waists, and stool-bearers ready for them to sit down whenever they felt tired. Pilkington spent such times between fury and helpless laughter.
The youngsters learned quickly and became wildly keen, though their lack of English made it difficult for them to understand Pilkington’s more impulsive directions, especially when two teams, carried away by their enthusiasm, could not be confined within the football field and chased off, kicking at the ball and each other; and screaming war-cries until spectators were sent to herd them back.
Uganda Football Association (Now FUFA) was formally constituted in 1925 when a few sportsmen and keen footballers met to discuss the propagation of the game in Uganda. Football which had been introduced in the country at the close of the previous century by the missionaries, was mainly being played in the Missions. In 1962 a league was inaugurated. This made it possible for the games to expand and for the first time Government Departments and commercial houses were affiliated to UFA.
In 1953, proper representation was introduced through the four provincial associations-Buganda, Eastern, Northern and Western that were affiliated to UFA; and in turn District Associations, and teams in a particular province were affiliated to the Provincial Associations.
The home of UFA was at Nakivubo Stadium, Kampala.
During 1926, a trophy known as the GOSSAGE Challenge Cup was introduced as an Annual event for the East African territories-Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda and Zanzibar.
In 1956 Uganda undertook a most successful tour of England which culminated in the memorial victory of Uganda over the British Olympic XI by two goals to one. With that memorial win Uganda started to participate in international matches.
FUFA became affiliated to the International Football Association (Now FIFA) and CAF in 1960.
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