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Youth Football: Fresh guidelines for all academies in Uganda

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has a well a laid out vision; “To be the number one footballing country in Africa on and off the field”.

It is upon this background that all efforts being undertaken are deliberate to streamline the development of the game at all levels, right from the grassroot.

The federation further stresses the right player development and has since established a well laid curriculum which will be a mandatory syllabus in the player development.

Henceforth, all football academies will be issued with licenses which will be classified in classes A to D, and will expire after two years.

The licenses will be graded according to the Academies’ Infrastructure, Governance, Administration (and personnel), Sporting and Finance.

The licensed academies will share with FUFA the data about their players which will be recorded in the FUFA master player database and each player issued with a unique number.

This will help to capture the proper bio data inclusive of the age for the players at the right time and also provide FUFA with records for player training compensation of all the academies the player went through from the age of 12 years as provided for in the FIFA and FUFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of the Players. It is paramount and strategic that all professional clubs operate proper academies and engage in the FUFA Youth Competitions. It will not only provide quality players with the club culture inculcated in them but also a possible source of revenue to the clubs.With improved player identification and development conveyor belt oiled, it will be a matter of time for Ugandan football to achieve our vision thus; To become the number one football nation in Africa on and off the field. I  call upon all the stakeholders to understand this licensing not as an inconvenience or repressive agenda but a tool of development towards producing quality footballers in some of the top most leagues in the world” FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo.

Kids of Arua Academy team captain Francis Econi recieves the trophy during the 2014 City Tyres final after overcoming Nebbi to qualify for the Nationals that were held in Masaka

In place are the FUFA Registered Football Academy (FRFA) licensing regulations.

These, are the rules governing licensing of football academies and authorization to organize Youth Football Competitions in Uganda.

The FRFA License shall mean the authorization and recognition by FUFA to engage in the training, developing and organizing football competitions comprising of young players from a minimum age of 6 years to 18 years.

To apply for the FRFA License, one will be required to provide the Filled Application Form, Proof of Payment of Application Fee as set by FUFA, Current Membership Certificate from the UYFA, List of Players and their details as required in the relevant forms , List of Coaches, Teachers and managers and their details as required in the relevant forms, Names, Address and Signatures (Natural Persons)/Authorized Signatures (Legal Person(s) of the Owners of the Applicant and other Licensing requirements as required by these or other FUFA Rules.

Ugandan football has been undergoing revolutionalization to regain and surpass its previous heights and in the recent past FUFA has been undergoing strategic reforms in various areas of focus as detailed in the FUFA Strategic Plan and the consequent sporting and business results are premeditated. In order to achieve our vision through our mission, development of the entire human resource behind the game cannot be emphasized enough. Player development is consequently very strategic and a core activity for the future.It is on this basis that FUFA decided to de-register all football academies and there is a requirement for all those institutions and individuals interested in operating football schools (academies) to apply to FUFA for the License. It is also going to be a requirement to participate and organise youth football competition to obtain a competition license from FUFA. Decolas Kiiza Hantali, Deputy CEO (Football) remarked in a circular.

Bashir Mutyaba, the FUFA Youth Football Development officer and the office of the Chief Executive Officer will directly oversee the whole process.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo (right) with the FUFA Youth Development  Manager Bashir Mutyaba

 Significance:

  • To help to inculcate professionalism amongst intending elite football players.
  • To provide an environment to identify and nurture various talents required for the game of football.
  • To provide a safe learning environment leading to self-knowledge on fair play; laws of the game; health and fitness; leadership; tactics through fun.
  • Help safeguard and protect children’s’ rights.

 

Find out the details:

Academy Rules_23072020

Circular No.1110- Academies Regulations

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