The 16 teams that will take part in the 2022/23 season of the FUFA Big League have been confirmed.
For the first time, the league will comprise of 16 teams all playing in a single group.
Eight promoted teams from each of the eight regions, three relegated teams from UPL and five that remained from last season will make the 16 teams next season.
The Eight Newcomers
1. NEC (Kampala Region)
NEC FC will be making their debut in the second tier of Uganda Football League hierarchy after beating Water 1-0 in a final at Wankulukuku, thanks to a solitary goal from Geoffrey Gagganga.
2. Booma FC (Kitara Region)
Booma FC are finally in the Big League after two close attempts. The Masindi-based side beat Rwenzori Lions 2-0 with goals from Clinton Assiimwe and Denis Omendi in a final played at Omukama Ruhanga Owobusonozi playground
3. Lugazi FC (Buganda Region)
Lugazi FC edged Kajjansi United 1-0, with Lous Angutu scoring the goal in the final at Kavumba Recreation Center. The team, coached by Augustine Nsumba, had topped the Ssezibwa group.
4. Soroti City FC (North Eastern)
Soroti City FC, formerly Light SS, beat Basere 1-0 (AET) with Isaac Odeke on target in a North East Playoff game at the Oligoi Stadium in Soroti.
5. Adjumani Town Council (West Nile)
Adjumani TC beat Nebbi Central FC 1-0 with Emmanuel Anyama on target in the West Nile Region final at the Greenlight Stadium in Arua.
6. Northern Gateway (Northern Region)
Northern Gateway beat Young Elephants 5-4 in shootouts in the Northern Regional League final at Pece War Memorial Stadium.
7. Kaaro Karungi (Western Region)
The Ibanda based Kaaro Karungi needed penalties to beat Kigezi Homeboyz 5-3 in shoot outs in the final played at Kyamate in Ntungamo.
8. Jinja North (Eastern Region)
Jinja North FC edged Mbale Heroes 1-0 in the final at Iganga Ssaza Ground with Dickson Mutaama on target.
The Five From Last Season
The Mbale-based side started the final day of the season on top but a 2-3 loss at Mbale Municipal Stadium which was marred by tear gas at fulltime saw the side miss promotion to UPL as the side slipped to fourth with 36 points. They will start the season with negative 2 points and two goals and host five games outside Bugisu region and behind closed doors as a punishment.
10. Calvary FC
The Yumbe-based club will be playing their second season in Big League since promotion in October 2020 when they beat Northern Gateway. They finished fifth 29 points, their last game
This will be their second straight season in Big League since relegation from UPL. The Bunyoro-based side finished sixth last season with 27 points.
12. Luweero United
The Luweero side will also be playing in their second season in Big League since promotion in October 2020 when they beat CATDA FC in the final. They finished seventh with 25 points.
13. Ndejje University
The only team that played in the inaugural season of the Big League back in 2009. They were relegated in 2018/19 season back to Big League after a debut season in Uganda Premier League. They beat Kitara 5-0 to survive demotion to Regional League on last day of last season.
Three Relegated From UPL
14. Police FC
The 2005 UPL Champions were beaten 5-2 by BUL at Lugogo to end their 27-year stay in top flight in what was a tough season that saw the side sack coach Abdallah Mubiru while Tonny Mawejje hanged his boots. The Peace Keepers won just six games.
15. Mbarara City
The Ankole Lions will play in Second tier for the first time since 2016/17 season. A 2-1 loss to UPDF FC on May 8 in Kakyeka saw the side return to the Big League. They finished the season with 25 points.
16. Tooro United
On April 19, a 1-0 loss to UPDF FC in Bombo saw Tooro United put out of their top flight misery in a season marred by financial constraints and match fixing allegations. They finished rock-bottom with 24 losses and 10 points.
Note – The Big League fixture will be issued out on August 22 2022.