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Popular Sports in Uganda- By Saivittal (Grade-6)


Football is the national sport in Uganda. The national football team in Uganda is known as Cranes. Football is a game playing between two teams of 11 players on each team at usually rectangular field having goalposts at each end.

Each team consists of

  • Goal Keeper, is the player positioned in front of the goal post whose job is to prevent/defend the ball from entering into goal post

  • Defenders, players whose task is to guarding their own side's goal post and protect from opponent team not to enter near to the goal post

  • Forwarders, are the players who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

  • Midfielders, are connected and moving with their team Defenders and Forwarders. They play both defensive and offensive roles. They must pass accurate passes to their team for create / facilitate goal-scoring opportunities

The object of the game is to score more goals than the opposition by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal without using their hands or arms. Usually within a time frame of 90 minutes.


Rugby is another famous sport in Uganda. The game is played with two teams of 15 playing on a field that’s 100 meters long between the goal lines. The interesting part is that in Rugby, players can pass the ball among themselves through backwards or sideways only. Players cannot pass the ball forward among themselves. But the player who holds the ball can run with the ball forward or kick the ball forward into the opponent’s in goal area but the player has to place the ball onto the ground which called as “Try” which will be awarded 5Points to the team. After scoring a Try you are awarded a conversion kick.

Conversion Kick, it is made from a spot twenty meters from the goal line and perpendicular to the spot where the Try was scored kicking the ball between the post and over the crossbar scores 2 points.

Penalty, if opponent commits a foul the other team may choose to kick the ball from the ground between the goal posts. This scores 3 points.

Drop Goal, Players can also kick the ball between the opponent team posts at any time during open play. To do this player must drop the ball onto the ground first before kicking the ball, scores 3 points.

Tackle, to stop from scoring opponent team player can grab the ball below the shoulders and pull the player to the floor or stop moving forwards. In Rugby once the player is tackled, the ball carrier must let go of the ball.

Possession Limit, In the Rugby League there are no set limits for possession. If the team can keep the ball for the entire game they generally win. The object in the game is to score more points than the opposing team. Team with the highest score after 80 minutes’ wins


Ugandans are fond of Marathon. Actually, marathon is a footrace with a distance of 26 miles and 42 kilometers. The fastest runners complete the race within four to five hours.

But in Uganda normally Marathon races will be conducted almost every month for 3miles, 6miles, 13miles and 26miles. Most of Ugandans (Both Men and Women) will participate in marathon.

The best marathon runner in Uganda was Joshua Kiprui Chaptegi.


Boxing is one of famous sport in Uganda. Boxing is a combat sport that is contested between two fighters called Boxers and is contested in an area known as the ring.

The ring measures of 20ft x 20ft, with ropes surrounding perimeter of the ring. Each fighter wears padded gloves, shorts, gum shield and boots for a fight. The idea is to hit opponent and to be protected being hit. The fight is contested up to 12 rounds of 3 minutes each, with one-minute break in between each round.

Knockout, if a boxer manages to knock the opponent boxer to the ground, the opponent must stand back up within 10 seconds and be able to show that he can defend himself. If opponent boxer cannot do this, the other boxer will win the fight automatically.

Points, Judges score every round. The boxer with the superior number of points at the end of 12 rounds win’s

The object of the game is to win a contest by either knock out or points.


Cricket is slowly emerging as sport in Uganda. It is played with a bat and ball and involves two competing teams of 11 players. The field is oval with a rectangular area in the middle, known as the pitch, that is 22 yards 20.12 meters by 10 feet 3.04 meters wide.

Cricket is very difficult to explain to someone who is new to the sport.

Cricket has three main formats. Test matches, One Day matches and T20 matches.

Test matches, have a scheduled duration of five days and usually have at least six and half hours of play each day; there are formal intervals on each day for lunch and tea with brief informal breaks for drinks. There is also a short interval between innings. This format is played by professional cricketers.

One Day matches have limited overs cricket. Each team bowls a limit of typically 50 overs, has a planned duration of one day. Players will wear white or coloured clothing.

T20, was designed so that the whole game could be played in a single evening, in which each team has innings limited to twenty overs.

Basic Rules of Cricket

Cricket is played between two teams each made up of eleven players.

Games comprise of at least one innings where each team will take turns in batting and fielding/bowling.

The fielding team will have a bowler bowl the ball to the batter who tries to hit the ball with their bat.

Over, every six balls make an over. Wherein the bowler will bowl the ball to the batter. The batter might either hit or miss the ball, and irrespective of it, it would be regarded as a completed ball. Once all the six balls are delivered, it would be called a completed over.

The fielding team tries to get the batsmen out by…

  • Hitting the wickets with the ball when bowling

  • Catching a batter’s shot on the full

  • Hitting the batter’s leg in front of the wicket (LBW)

  • Or hitting the wickets before the batsmen can run to the other end of the pitch

The batter tries to score as many runs as possible before getting out by…

  • Hitting the ball and running between the wickets and making it to the other end before the fielders can hit the wickets with the ball. Each time you run one full length of the pitch it equals 1 run.

  • Hitting the ball to the boundary along the ground is 4 runs.

  • Hitting the ball over the boundary on the full equals 6 runs.

  • The fielding team must get 10 batsmen out before they can change over and start batting.