The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has revealed a new set of guidelines for both the youth academies and organisers of youth soccer tournaments.
With the federation earmarking youth development as a major aspect of their drive towards achieving professional football and producing elite footballers in the country, FUFA has revealed that it is now mandatory for academies to share information about the infant players with FUFA.
The data will then be kept in the FUFA master player database for future reference and each player will be issued with a code number.
Additionally, youth academies will be issued with renewable two-year licenses which will be classed from A to D. Aspects including academy infrastructure, governance, administration, and finance will be crucial in what type of class an academy gets.
FUFA has also developed a curriculum which will be mandatory to be followed by all academies in training.
The license and curriculum will act as authorization by FUFA for the academies to engage in training and organising football competitions for children and youth between the ages of six to 18 years.
Speaking to media, the FUFA president Moses Magogo disclosed the importance of this new initiative saying it will help build a stronger football nation as players are throughly monitored.
“This will help to capture the proper bio data,” Magogo said.
“The right age for players will be at the fingertips of FUFA and also 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 further called upon professional clubs to have proper academies and participate in youth development as a way of grooming better football players for the future.
“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.”
Magogo stressed the benefits of these new changes saying the improved player identification and development conveyor belt being oiled means it is now a matter of time for Ugandan football to achieve its motive of becoming the leading football nation in Africa on and off the field.
Lastly, the FUFA president called upon all stakeholders to understand and undertake the licensing process in good faith rather than taking it as an inconvenience or repressive agenda.