By: Kamusime Barnabas
Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has acted tough on the emphasis of youth football development and has upon this background de-registered all the existing football academies in the country.
By doing this, Decolas Kiiza Hantali, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (In charge of football), stresses that FUFA seeks their own style and philosophy right from the youth football structures.
Kiiza noted in circular No. 1110 that this revolutionalization is intended to help FUFA regain and surpass the previous heights with such strategic reforms.
“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”
The federation has therefore issued 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.
How to apply for a FRFA License
In order to qualify for a 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.