Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has deregistered all football academies in the country.
FUFA has stated that it is now a requirement for the owners of the academies to apply for the license.
According to the new guidelines put in place, everyone who is to organise any youth football competition, has to first obtain a competition license from FUFA.
FUFA President Moses Magogo has said that the move has been taken because player development is very strategic and a core activity for the future.
FUFA has also put in place a player development curriculum which will be a mandatory syllabus in the player development.
The licenses which will be classified in classes A to D, 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,” Magogo is quoted.
“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.”
The new guidelines will also address the processes of Authorization for engaging youth players in competitions outside Uganda.
Magogo has added: “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.”
Why The Decision?
FUFA has said that the process will help to inculcate professionalism amongst intending elite football players.
The Federation hopes that this will provide an environment to identify and nurture various talents required for the game of football.
That the development will help to provide a safe learning environment leading to self-knowledge on fair play; laws of the game; health and fitness; leadership; tactics through fun.
Among other objectives, FUFA has stated that the move will safeguard and protect children’s’ rights.
The Federation has put in place 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.