FUFA proposes a reduction of UPL teams from 16 to 12. In addition, as one way of developing the game of football in Uganda. Therefore the Federation of Uganda Football Associations has proposed a number of reforms on the game of football.
Football’s governing body in the country aims to reduce the number of Premier League clubs reduced from 16 to 12.
The proposed reforms will also affect Uganda’s second-tier Fufa Big League. In addition, as it will now have 16 teams against the current number of 18.
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The reforms if passed will be implemented in the 2021/22 season.
“It is paramount new reforms are instituted to, among others, enhance the quality of clubs, increase sporting competition. Also, improve service delivery by organizers, create better Club and League Brands, and increase revenues for both the clubs and the league,” the statement from the Federation of Uganda Football Associations reads.
“Consequently, the 22nd Fufa Executive Committee approved wide scale consultations with First Division Clubs, Second Division Clubs. Also, Sponsors, UPL Management, Fufa Regional Football Associations [FRAs]. In addition, and the General Public/Football fraternity on the proposals for the reform of professional club football in Uganda,” it continues.
New bodies to be formed
The reforms will also see new bodies formed to run the Uganda Premier League and the lower tier competitions.
“The First Division, Second Division, the UPL U20 Reserve Leagues are to be under the Professional League Board. In addition, and Professional League Secretariat replacing the current UPL Board and UPL Secretariat respectively.”
“Every First Division club shall be compelled to have a U20 team to compete in a league played over two rounds. Therefore a player with a first division license may play in the reserve league and the player with a reserve league license may play in the first division league,” Fufa noted.
New competitions to be introduced
Fufa also aims to form other new competitions across the eight football regions across the country.
“There shall be an established Fufa Juniors’ Leagues in each of the eight Fufa regions in the country. In addition, under the supervision of the UYFA and the respective FRAs.”
“The FJL at every FRA shall consist of 12 teams. The FRA may manage more than one FJL of 12 teams each. For example, Eastern RFA may have FJL-Jinja and FJL-Mbale the winner being determined under an agreed format.”
The UPL-U20 Reserve League if introduced will, however, consist of 12 teams and the first season is expected to be played in the 2021/22 season as well.