Understanding the FUFA Big League

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What do you actually know about FUFA Big league?

Well for starters, the Ugandan Big League is the second tier of the FUFA leagues.  The league was founded in 2009 and comprises two divisions known respectively as the Elgon Group and the Rwenzori Group.

Whose idea was it to start this league?

The idea to create this league was invented by Eng. Moses Magogo and according to him, creating this league would help restructure Ugandan football by FUFA. But his idea was ridiculed, resisted, and fought by everyone at the time.

Although Magogo felt abandoned he was buoyed by the inaugural clubs that were determined to proceed. Eventually out of persistence, Magogo won his critics over one by one, and eventually, the league was passed by the FUFA Executive Committee.

What were the main objectives of creating this league?

The new national second division league, known as the FUFA Big League (FBL), was to cater to leading sides in the five regions. Second-tier sides at that time competed at the regional level, with many of them failing to cope with advancement whenever they gained promotion to the national Super League

After his idea was validated, FUFA Competitions Committee secretary, Moses Magogo, confirmed that qualification to the Super League through the regional mini-leagues would be ended and replaced by promotion through the national first-division league. A major objective of the initiative was to help raise the standard of football outside the Super League.

Which department is responsible for its administration?

The administration of the Big league is under the FUFA Competitions Committee and was launched on 6 August 6, 2009.

Who is eligible to play in the FUFA Big league?

Participation in this league was reserved for only the clubs meeting the following criteria.

Clubs that participated in the Uganda Premier League (UPL) in the previous season and were relegated.

Clubs that participated in the FBL in the previous season and were not relegated to the regional leagues.

Clubs that participated in the FBL in the previous season and were not promoted to the UPL.

Clubs that are promoted from the FUFA Regional Competitions through an FBL Qualification Competition.

How does the league work?

If there are more than 16 clubs in the FBL it is divided into two groups with each group being run as a league competition. However, if there are less than 17 clubs, the competition will be run as a single group league competition.

The Competitions Committee set stringent standards for member clubs covering computer literacy, a sound bank account, stadia that meet FUFA standards, qualified coaches, and doctors.

What is the requirement for participation in the big league?

Payment of UGX250,000 registration fee

An office or physical address with a fixed telephone line, fax, and e-mail address

A secretary with a minimum O-level qualification

The signing of legal declaration form covering discipline

Submission of bank statements to the FUFA Competitions Committee

How many teams have participated in the Uganda premier league after coming through this Big league?

Ever since the league was started in 2009, a couple of the UPL teams have gotten promoted to the Uganda Premier League through this system and they include Maroon FC, Ndejje University, Tooro United, Busoga United, Proline FC, Bright Stars, Kitara FC, and many others. But regarding participation in it, very many clubs have participated and have either gotten promoted to the National Super League or relegated to the regional tiers.

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