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Research: UPL Ranked 12th With Most Goalless Matches

Uganda’s football top flight division, the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, has been ranked the 12th on a list of most goalless draws made.

The research was conducted by the International Centre for Sports Studies, CIES, ranking the top 150 leagues and clubs worldwide from January 2015 to December 2019.

CIES is an independent, research and education organization, located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, that on statistical studies of football-related issues.

Goalless draws masters – URA AFC (yellow) in action against Bright Stars at Namboole. Courtesy

23 of the top 30 leagues were from Africa with Gambia (23.5%) beating Cameroon’s league (19.1%) to the top spot while Haiti’s league came third with a percentage of 18.5%.

The UPL is 12th with 15.3% of its games ending in goalless draws.

Percentage of goalless matches, per league

Matches considered were played between 01/01/2015 and 31/12/2019.

Uganda’s Bright Stars are sixth with most goalless draws in the said period. The club has had 24.8% of its games ending goalless.


The highest and lowest percentages per Confederation were recorded for Iraq (14.9%) and Macao (2.9%) in Asia (continental average of 7.6%), Gambia (23.5%) and Madagascar (7.4%) in Africa (13.9%), Haiti (18.5%) and Suriname (3.0%) in North America (8.1%), Argentina (11.5%) and Bolivia (5.6%) in South America (8.3%), as well as Montenegro (13.0%) and Northern Ireland (3.4%) in Europe (7.9%).

Uganda’s top nine clubs with highest percentage of goalless draws:

Bright Stars – 24.8
URA FC – 19.1
SC Villa – 15.6
Vipers SC – 14.6
Tooro United – 14.6
Express FC – 14.2
BUL FC – 14.1
KCCA FC – 10.8
Police FC – 10.1
(Figures recorded in percentages)

Top 30 leagues with highest percentage of goalless matches

23.6% – Gambia GFA League
19.1% – Cameroon Elite ONE
18.5% – Haiti Ligue Haïtienne
17.4% – Benin Championnat National
17.3% – Ethiopia Premier League
16.5% – Guinea Ligue 1
16.2% – Senegal Ligue 1
15.8% – Mozambique Moçambola
15.6% – Tanzania Ligi kuu Bara
15.6%- Togo Championnat National
15.4% – Côte d’Ivoire Ligue 1
15.3% – Uganda Premier League
15.2% – Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League
14.9% – Iraq Iraqi League
14.6% – Iran Persian Gulf Pro League
14.5% – Angola Girabola
14.4% – Algeria Ligue 1
14.4% – Jordan League
14.3% – Syria Premier League
14.1% – Congo DR Ligue 1
14.1% – Sudan Sudani Premier League
14.0% – Rwanda National Soccer League
13.9% – Zambia Super League
13.9% – Morocco Botola Pro
13.3% – Mali Première Division
13.2% – Kenya KPL
13.2% – Gabon Championnat D1
13.0% – Montenegro First League
12.5% – Lesotho Premier

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