FUFA has on Friday held a consultative meeting with clubs from the FUFA Women Super League and FUFA Women Elite League to deliberate on a number of issues ahead of the new season that gets underway next month.
In the meeting that was hosted at the FUFA Complex, issues ranging from Club licensing, dates for kickoff of the new season and National team engagements were discussed.
A host of club officials from both Leagues were present and FUFA was also represented by 3rd Vice-President, Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and the FUFA Competitions Director, Aisha Nalule.
Nakiwala lauded the Clubs for their continued commitment towards Women’s Football, indicating the federation is willing to professionalize the domestic leagues to suit international standards.
“As FUFA, we really appreciate the efforts made by all clubs in promoting and developing Women’s football. There are consorted efforts to make sure the game is taken to another level and therefore, having formidable and competitive Women Leagues is one of our key areas of focus in this term.” She stated.
FUFA Competitions Director, Nalule indicated that for professionalism to be realized, Club Licensing standards must be fulfilled.
“FUFA Club Licensing is not a punishment to clubs but this is a tool to help our clubs turn professional. Some of the standards we are setting are for the good of the game. When we ask for good pitches, this only helps our players to perform well,” she asserted.
Some of the new regulations ahead of the new season include;
– All green pitch for both FUFA Women Super League and FUFA Women Elite League teams.
– National IDs and Passports for all players in the FUFA Women Super League.
– National IDs for all players in the FUFA Women Elite League.
– Minors must have consent letters from parents/guardians.
Club officials however, highlighted the challenges in attaining National IDs indicating the process to process them is tedious.
Hon. Nakiwala promised to help the clubs in making the process faster both for the National IDs and Passports.
A draft fixture of the FUFA Women Super League was also released with the 2022/23 season slated to kickoff on 5th February 2022. However, the fixture is subjected to changes given the fact that some clubs are yet to fulfill the Club Licensing exercise.
In the same breath, the tentative kickoff date for the FUFA Women Elite League was set for 14th February 2022.