Open Youth Trial coming to Kitgum!

For the very first time, Gulu United is bringing their Youth Academy ‘Open Trial’ to Kitgum this December!

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And, we are looking for the best young footballers in northern Uganda! On Saturday, December 5th the Gulu United Youth Academy, the country’s only full-time youth football academy, will be hosting an ‘Open Trial’ in Kitgum!

This is your ONLY chance to earn a full-time football academy spot and academic scholarship.

Here are all of the event details: Continue reading

Academy returns from Ghana & U21s win third straight

It’s been a busy November for Gulu United.

In early November, we had an opportunity to travel to Ghana and ‘Right to Dream’ to see first hand what’s possible with a youth football academy and scholarship program in an emerging region. For more details and photos CLICK HERE.


Back in Gulu, the U21 squad continued their perfect start (3-0-0) in Northern Regional League action with a 2-1 home field victory over Deno FC. A full match recap and photos are RIGHT HERE on our Facebook page.

U21s cruise to victory and U17s impress

This weekend the Gulu United U17s and U21s  hit road, but quickly earned the support of local fans with their style of play and tenacity on the pitch.

The U21s traveled to Kitgum on Friday and returned with three points to open their 2015-16 Regional League campaign. Eighteen-year-old striker Kilama Dickens Victor scored two second half goals to secure the 2-0 shutout win over the Kitgum Youth Revolution.


With the match being moved to an alternate ground (affectionately known locally as ‘Vatican Stadium’), Gulu United U21 squad was forced to adapt to a pitch littered with a mix of dirt patches and tall grasses, but they controlled possession from the opening whistle. Gulu United generated a variety of good scoring chances in the first half including a goal from Lawonyero Stephen that was called back for a tight offside, and a shot at a wide open goal for Asaba Richardson that he sailed just over the bar.

Elgac Moses was solid in goal, as were his two centre backs, Akaka Joel and Atube Rogers, who limited KYR’s chances to just one in the second half. Next up for Gulu United is a home match (at Layibi College Ground) versus the Super Eagles on Friday, November 13.

Starting XI: Elgac, Akaka, Atube, Ouma, Cankura, Okello, Ganukura, Luwalo, Lawonyero, Asaba, Kilama

Subs: Brown (in for Lawonyero 57min), Agunda (in for Asaba, 78min), Douglas (in for Elgac 85min), Nasser, Pixy, Opiro.

Senga gets a header on target

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Gulu United U17 squad dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision to local men’s side Rainbow FC. It was the third straight impressive performance for the young squad against senior competition, with their most recent results including a 1-0 loss and a 4-4 draw.

This is surely a sign of even better things to come considering today’s ‘Starting XI’ included one U14, four U15s, five U16s and just one U17!

Starting XI: Ojara Bosco, Ocaka Peter, Katusi Derrick, Ogenwrot Brian, Yesu Brian, Opiro Justin, Bradbury Isaac, Opio Yona, Oceng Ivan, Ocan Derick, Okot Juma

Substitutes: Okot Denis, Nokorach Polycarp, Labanya Umari, Kidega Nico, Orach Denis

Gulu United Goal Scorers: Oceng Ivan (35th), Okot Denis (58th, Penalty)

For match videos and photos visit the Gulu United Facebook Page.

What’s new in northern Uganda?

Gulu United and the Youth Academy have been back on the field for over a month, and there’s been plenty of excitement on the pitch! Here are just a few highlights:

– Over 450 youth turned up for the Academy Open Trials, with eight U13 & five U15 players being selected for the final stage of evaluation

– The entire academy is now getting a weekly ‘yoga session’ at training with instructor George Acire (below)


The Gulu United U13s getting their first taste of yoga.

– U13 & U15 teams now playing local friendlies with teams two and three years their senior, and they’re looking great doing it!

– U17s are now playing their local matches against senior men’s teams and started with a 1-nil loss to Rainbow FC and a 4-4 draw against The Bridge FC

– U21s open the 2015 Regional League on Fri Oct 30th in Kitgum, after a convincing 3-nil mid-week win over the UPDF

– In November, a Gulu United group (including two academy players) is heading to Ghana to spend 10 days at ‘Right to Dream’

And, visit our Facebook Page for a few photos from the past month’s action!

Open Trials – First Team & Youth Academy

We are looking for the best footballers in northern Uganda!

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Over the next few weeks, we will be holding OPEN TRIALS in Gulu for both our (i) PROFESSIONAL FIRST TEAM (which will be competing in the regional league this year) and the (ii) YOUTH ACADEMY, with full-time football and academic scholarship opportunities available to earn for the new year.

The FIRST TEAM open trial will take place on Saturday, September 26th, with the YOUTH ACADEMY open trial scheduled for Saturday, October 10th. Both events will take place at St. Joseph’s College Layibi, with registration starting at 9am and the open trials hitting the field no later than 10:30am.

All of the details for both Open Trials are below:

WHO: There is NO AGE RESTRICTION for this trial. This trial is open to all ‘unattached’ footballers.
DATE: Saturday, September 26th
TIME: Registration at 9am. Open Trial to begin at 10:30am sharp!
LOCATION: St. Joseph’s College Layibi

YOUTH ACADEMY (U11 to U15) – Open Trial
WHO: This Open Trial is for players born in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 ONLY! No players born earlier than 2001 will be permitted to tryout.
DATE: Saturday, October 10th
TIME: Registration at 9am. Open trial to begin at 10:30am sharp!
LOCATION: St. Joseph’s College Layibi


– This is the ONLY ONE-DAY open trial that will take place in GULU & ALL SURROUNDING DISTRICTS. If you want to tryout for Gulu United this year, you MUST attend this open trial.

YOU are responsible for YOUR OWN travel, feeding and accommodation. This is a one-day open trial. You will not be required to stay overnight in Gulu.

YOU are responsible for YOUR OWN football boots, equipment and training kit.

We look forward to seeing you on the field!

FREE Football Fan & Coach Forum in Toronto

In downtown Toronto on Thursday, September 10th at 7pm we are hosting the inaugural Football for Good Forum, with a focus on “Youth Soccer, Globalization and the Modern Game”.

The event will include an expert panel, Q&A and reception that promises to be an interactive and lively evening where we’ll explore youth soccer, academies, the international transfer market and competing on the world stage. CLICK HERE to register, and to find more information.

Along with our host James Sharman (Sportsnet Soccer), the panel will include Ose Aibangee (Academy Director, Brentford FC), Tim Bezbatchenko (General Manager, Toronto FC), Kristian Jack (TSN Soccer) and Adrian Bradbury (International & Academy Director, Football for Good / Gulu United Football Club).

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And to get things started, Kristian Jack will lead the crowd through his own brand of ‘world football trivia’. You won’t want to miss it!

If you’re a player, coach, administrator or a fan of the beautiful game, this is the event for you. There are ONLY 175 FREE TICKETS available, so be sure to REGISTER TODAY!

CLICK HERE for more information, panel bios and to reserve your tickets.

Sportsnet Magazine Feature Now Online!

In April, Sportsnet Magazine writer Ryan Dixon and photographer Alexi Hobbs spent a week with us and the Gulu United Youth Academy.

Their finished product, GULU RISES, is a 10-page feature that hit newsstands in June and is now online!.

Sportsnet Magazine’s ‘big read’ on Gulu United opens, “In a land where terror reigned and children killed, life is starting to get back to normal. A new soccer academy has opened, and the Canadian responsible sees it as much more than charity — he believes there’s money to be made.”

CLICK HERE (or on the image above) to read the full feature article.