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Confederation of African Football
Confederation of African Football logo.svg
Confederation of African Football member associations map.svg
AbbreviationCAF
Formation10 February 1957; 62 years ago (1957-02-10)
TypeSports organisation
Headquarters6th of October City, Giza, Egypt
Region served
Africa
Membership
56 member associations
Official language
English, French, Arabic
Secretary General
Hajji Mouad
Ahmad Ahmad
Parent organization
FIFA
Websitewww.cafonline.com

The Confederation of African Football or CAF (French: Confédération Africaine de Football) is the administrative and controlling body for African association football.

CAF represents the national football associations of Africa, runs continental, national, and club competitions, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions.

CAF is the biggest of the six continental confederations of FIFA. Since the expansion of the number of teams at the World Cup finals to 32 in 1998, CAF has been allocated five places, though this was expanded to six for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, to include the hosts.

CAF was established on 8 February 1957 in Khartoum, Sudan,[1] by Egyptian, Ethiopian, South African and Sudanese[2] FAs, following former discussions between the Egyptian, Somali, South African and Sudanese FAs earlier on 7 June 1956 at the Avenida Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Its first headquarters was situated in Khartoum for some months until a fire outbreak in the offices of the Sudanese Football Association when the organization moved near Cairo, Egypt. Youssef Mohamad was the first general secretary and Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem the president. Since 2002, the administrative center has been located in 6th of October City, Cairo, Egypt. CAF currently has 56 member associations: 54 are full members, while Zanzibar and Réunion are associate members (see the CAF Members and Zones section below).

The current CAF President is Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar, who was elected on 16 March 2017.[3] The 1st Vice-President is Amaju Melvin Pinnick from Nigeria, the 2nd Vice-President is called Constant Omari Selemani from RD Congo and the 3rd Vice-President is Fouzi Lekjaa from Morocco.[4] Current CAF General Secretary is Moroccan Hajji Mouad since 11 April 2019.[5]

History[edit]

Current leaders[edit]

Name Position
Madagascar Ahmad Ahmad President
Democratic Republic of the Congo Constant Omari Vice President
Morocco Fouzi Lekjaa Vice President
Morocco Mouad Hajji General Secretary
Egypt Essameldin Agha Acting General Secretary
Egypt Mohamed El Sherei Treasurer
Cameroon Junior Binyam Media and Communication Manager

Source: [6][7]

CAF members and zones[edit]

Members[edit]

African regional federations
  UNAF (North Africa)
  WAFU-UFOA (West Africa)
  UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
  CECAFA (East Africa)
  COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Other federation
Code Association National teams Founded FIFA affiliation CAF affiliation Regional affiliation IOC member
Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF)
ALG  Algeria 1962 1963 1964 2005 Yes
EGY  Egypt 2 1921 1923 1957 2005 Yes
LBY  Libya 1962 1964 1965 2005 Yes
MAR  Morocco 1955 1960 1959 2005 Yes
TUN  Tunisia 1957 1960 1960 2005 Yes
West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA)
BEN  Benin 1962 1962 1962 1975 Yes
BFA  Burkina Faso 1960 1964 1964 1975 Yes
CPV  Cape Verde 1982 1986 2000 1975 Yes
GAM  Gambia 1952 1968 1966 1975 Yes
GHA  Ghana 1957 1958 1958 1975 Yes
GUI  Guinea 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
GNB  Guinea-Bissau 1974 1986 1986 1975 Yes
CIV  Ivory Coast 1960 1964 1960 1975 Yes
LBR  Liberia 1936 1964 1962 1975 Yes
MLI  Mali 1960 1963 1963 1975 Yes
MTN  Mauritania 1961 1970 1968 1975 Yes
NIG  Niger 1962 1967 1967 1975 Yes
NGA  Nigeria 1945 1960 1960 1975 Yes
SEN  Senegal 1960 1964 1964 1975 Yes
SLE  Sierra Leone 1960 1960 1960 1975 Yes
TOG  Togo 1960 1962 1964 1975 Yes
Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC)
CMR  Cameroon 1959 1962 1963 1978 Yes
CTA  Central African Republic 1961 1964 1965 1978 Yes
CHA  Chad 1962 1964 1964 1978 Yes
CGO  Congo 1962 1964 1966 1978 Yes
COD  DR Congo 1919 1964 1964 1978 Yes
EQG  Equatorial Guinea 1957 1986 1986 1978 Yes
GAB  Gabon 1962 1966 1967 1978 Yes
STP  São Tomé and Príncipe 1975 1986 1986 1978 Yes
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)
BDI  Burundi 1948 1972 1972 1994 Yes
DJI  Djibouti 1979 1994 1994 1995 Yes
ERI  Eritrea 1996 1998 1998 1973 Yes
ETH  Ethiopia 1943 1952 1957 1994 Yes
KEN  Kenya 1960 1960 1968 1973 Yes
RWA  Rwanda 1972 1978 1978 1994 Yes
SOM  Somalia 1951 1962 1968 1973 Yes
SSD  South Sudan 2011 2012 2012 2012 Yes
SDN  Sudan 1936 1948 1957 1975 Yes
TAN  Tanzania 1930 1964 1964 1973 Yes
UGA  Uganda 1924 1960 1960 1973 Yes
ZAN  Zanzibar 3 1965 1980 1973 & 2003 No
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)
ANG  Angola 1979 1980 1980 1997 Yes
BOT  Botswana 1970 1978 1976 1997 Yes
COM  Comoros 1979 2005 2005 2007 Yes
SWZ  Eswatini 1968 1978 1978 1997 Yes
LES  Lesotho 1932 1964 1964 1997 Yes
MAD  Madagascar 1961 1964 1963 2000 Yes
MWI  Malawi 1966 1968 1968 1997 Yes
MRI  Mauritius 1952 1964 1963 2000 Yes
MOZ  Mozambique 1976 1980 1980 1997 Yes
NAM  Namibia 1990 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SEY  Seychelles 1979 1986 1986 2000 Yes
RSA  South Africa 1 1991 1992 1992 1997 Yes
ZAM  Zambia 1929 1964 1964 1997 Yes
ZIM  Zimbabwe 1965 1965 1980 1997 Yes
Non-regional members
REU  Réunion 3 1926 2004 No
  1. ^ – Excluded from CAF and from 1st African Cup of Nations in 1957 due to Apartheid
  2. ^ – Member of UNAF from 2005 to 2009 and from 2011 – Withdrew from UNAF on 19 November 2009 but return on 2011
  3. ^ – Associate members, not part of FIFA. Zanzibar held full membership for four months in 2017, when its status was changed after CAF admitted its membership was an error.[8]

Regional zones[edit]

CAF National League

CAF Zone 1 – North Zone[edit]

CAF Zone 2 – Zone West A[edit]

CAF Zone 3 – Zone West B[edit]

CAF Zone 4 – Central Zone[edit]

CAF Zone 5 – Central-East Zone[edit]

CAF Zone 6 – Southern Zone[edit]

Competitions[edit]

International[edit]

The main competition for men's national teams Africa Cup of Nations, started in 1957. In 2009, the CAF started organising another competition for men's national teams, the African Nations Championship composed exclusively of national players playing in the national championship. CAF also runs national competitions at Under-20 and Under-17 levels. For women's national teams, CAF operates the Africa Women Cup of Nations for senior national sides and the African U-20 Cup of Nations for Women at under-20 level, since 2008 there is an African U-17 Cup of Nations for Women for under-17 sides.

Club[edit]

CAF also runs the two main club competitions in Africa: the CAF Champions League was first held in 1964, and was known as the African Cup of Champions Clubs (or just African Cup) until 1997; and the CAF Confederation Cup, for national cup winners and high-placed league teams, was launched by CAF in 2004 as a successor to the African Cup Winners' Cup (begun in 1975). A third competition, the CAF Cup, started in 1992 and was absorbed into the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004.[9]

The CAF Super Cup, which pits the winners of the Champions League against the winners of the CAF Confederation Cup (previously the winners of the Cup Winners' Cup), came into being in 1992.

The Afro-Asian Club Championship was jointly organised with AFC between the winners of the CAF Champions League and the winners of the AFC Champions League. The last Afro-Asian Club Championship took place in 1998.

Current title holders[edit]

Competition Champion Title Runner-up Next edition
Clubs
CAF Champions League Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 4th Morocco Wydad AC 2019–20
CAF Confederation Cup Egypt Zamalek 1st Morocco RS Berkane 2019–20
CAF Super Cup Morocco Raja Casablanca 2nd Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2019–20
Nations men
Africa Cup of Nations  Algeria 2nd  Senegal 2021
African Nations Championship  Morocco 1st  Nigeria 2020
Africa U-23 Cup of Nations  Nigeria 1st  Algeria 2019
Africa U-20 Cup of Nations[cc 1]  Mali 1st  Senegal 2021
Africa U-17 Cup of Nations[cc 2]  Cameroon 2nd  Ghana 2021
Africa Futsal Cup of Nations  Morocco 1st  Egypt 2020
Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations  Senegal 5th  Nigeria 2020
Football at the African Games  Burkina Faso 1st  Nigeria 2023
Nations women
Africa Women Cup of Nations  Nigeria 11th  South Africa 2020
African U-20 Cup of Nations for Women  Ghana
 Nigeria
5th
9th
 Cameroon
 South Africa
2020
African U-17 Cup of Nations for Women  Ghana
 South Africa
 Cameroon
5th
2nd
1st
 Djibouti
 Morocco
 Nigeria
2020
Football at the African Games  Nigeria 3rd  Cameroon 2023
  1. ^ This competition has been known by four different names, most recently the African U-21 Championship from 2003 through the 2015 competition. The first tournament under the current name of "Africa U-20 Cup of Nations" will tale place in 2017.
  2. ^ From 1995 through the 2015 tournament, the competition was known as the African U-17 Championship. The first tournament under the current name of "Africa U-17 Cup of Nations" will tale place in 2017.

CAF competitions[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

In October 2004, MTN has contracted a four-year deal to sponsor African football's major competitions. This agreement, which worthed US$12.5 million, was the biggest sponsorship deal in African sporting history at that time.[10]

In July 2009, Orange has signed an eight-year deal to sponsor African football's major competitions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but CAF previous year put a value of €100 million for a comprehensive and long-term package of its competitions when it opened tenders for a new sponsor. The deal included the African Nations Cup, the CAF Champions League, the CAF Confederation Cup, the CAF Super Cup, the African Nations Championship and the African Youth Championship.[11]

In July 2016, Total replaced Orange as the main sponsor and has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a value of €950 million[12] to support ETof its principal competitions, including the CAF Champions League, renamed Total CAF Champions League.[13]

The CAF current main sponsors are:

World Cup participation[edit]

Legend

FIFA World Cup[edit]

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
Mexico
United States
(48)
Total
 Algeria Part of France[14] × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
4/13
 Angola Part of Portugal[15] × R1
23rd
1/9
 Cameroon Part of France × × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
7/13
 DR Congo[16] Part of Belgium[17] × × R1
16th
× 1/11
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
R1
31st
3/14
 Ghana Part of the United Kingdom × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
3/13
 Ivory Coast Part of France × × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
3/11
 Morocco Part of France × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
R1
27th
5/14
 Nigeria Part of the United Kingdom × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
R1
21st
6/14
 Senegal Part of France × × × QF
7th
R1
17th
2/11
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
3/7
 Togo Part of France × × × × × R1
30th
1/10
 Tunisia Part of France × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
R1
24th
5/14
Total 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 44
Firsts
  • 1934:  Egypt first African team to qualify for the World Cup
  • 1970:  Morocco first African team to draw a match in the World Cup
  • 1978:  Tunisia first African team to win a match in the World Cup
  • 1982:  Algeria first African team to win two matches in the World Cup
  • 1986:  Algeria first African team to qualify two consecutive World Cups
  • 1986:  Morocco first African team to reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen)
  • 1990:  Cameroon first African team to reach the knockout stage (quarter-finals)
  • 1994 and 1998:  Nigeria first African team to win and reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen) in two consecutive World Cups
  • 2002:  Senegal first African team to reach the knockout stage (quarter-finals) further on the World Cup debut
  • 2010:  South Africa first African team to host the World Cup
  • 2014:  Algeria &  Nigeria first African teams to reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen) simultaneously in the World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

The following CAF members have competed in the following FIFA Women's World Cups. Teams are sorted by number of appearances.

Team 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
2023

(32)
Total
 Cameroon × R2
11th
R2
15th
2/7
 Ivory Coast × × × R1
23rd
1/5
 Equatorial Guinea × × × R1
15th
× 1/4
 Ghana R1
13–14
R1
12th
R1
15th
3/8
 Nigeria R1
10th
R1
11th
QF
7th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
9th
R1
21st
R2
16th
8/8
 South Africa × R1
22nd
1/7

Other international tournaments[edit]

Legend

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Saudi Arabia
1999
Mexico
2001
South Korea
Japan
2003
France
2005
Germany
2009
South Africa
2013
Brazil
2017
Russia
Total
 Cameroon GS 2nd GS 3
 Egypt GS GS 2
 Ivory Coast 4th 1
 Nigeria 4th × × GS 2
 South Africa × GS 4th 2
 Tunisia GS 1
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 11

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

Nation 1989
Netherlands
1992
Hong Kong
1996
Spain
2000
Guatemala
2004
Chinese Taipei
2008
Brazil
2012
Thailand
2016
Colombia
2020
Lithuania
Years
 Algeria R1 1
 Egypt R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 QF 6
 Libya R1 R1 2
 Morocco R1 R1 2
 Mozambique R1 1
 Nigeria R1 1
 Zimbabwe R1 1
Nations 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 3

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup[edit]

1995
Brazil
(8)
1996
Brazil
(8)
1997
Brazil
(8)
1998
Brazil
(10)
1999
Brazil
(12)
2000
Brazil
(12)
2001
Brazil
(12)
2002
Brazil
(8)
2003
Brazil
(8)
2004
Brazil
(12)
2005
Brazil
(12)
2006
Brazil
(12)
2007
Brazil
(16)
2008
France
(16)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(16)
2011
Italy
(16)
2013
French Polynesia
(16)
2015
Portugal
(16)
2017
The Bahamas
(16)
2019
Paraguay
(16)
Total Participations
 Cameroon R1
14th
R1
16th
2/20
 Ivory Coast R1
11th
R1
16th
2/20
 Madagascar R1
14th
1/20
 Nigeria R1
9th
QF
6th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
12th
Q 6/20
 Senegal QF
5th
R1
9th
QF
7th
R1
13th
R1
13th
QF
6th
Q 7/20
 South Africa R1
12th
R1
12th
2/20
Total 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2

Summer Olympics[edit]

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games.

Men[edit]

Nation France
00
United States
04
United Kingdom
08
Sweden
12
Belgium
20
France
24
Netherlands
28
Germany
36
United Kingdom
48
Finland
52
Australia
56
Italy
60
Japan
64
Mexico
68
West Germany
72
Canada
76
Soviet Union
80
United States
84
South Korea
88
Spain
92
United States
96
Australia
00
Greece
04
China
08
United Kingdom
12
Brazil
16
Japan
20
Years
 Algeria Part of France 8 14 2
 Cameroon Part of France 11 1 8 3
 Egypt[18] 8 8 4 =9 =11 =9 12 4 8 12 8 11
 Ivory Coast Part of France 6 1
 Gabon Part of France 12 1
 Ghana Part of the United Kingdom 7 12 16 3 8 9 6
 Guinea Part of France 11 1
 Mali Part of France 5 1
 Morocco Part of France 13 8 12 15 16 =10 11 7
 Nigeria Part of the United Kingdom 14 13 15 1 8 2 3 7
 Senegal Part of France 6 - 1
 South Africa Banned because of apartheid 11 13 2
 Sudan Part of the United Kingdom 15 1
 Tunisia Part of France 15 13 14 12 4
 Zambia Part of the United Kingdom RHO 15 5 2
Total nations 3 2 5 11 14 22 17 16 18 25 11 16 14 16 16 13 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

Women[edit]

Nation United States
96
Australia
00
Greece
04
China
08
United Kingdom
12
Brazil
16
Japan
20
Years
 Cameroon 12 1
 Nigeria 8 6 11 3
 South Africa 10 10 2
 Zimbabwe 12 1
Total nations 8 8 10 12 12 12 12

Rankings[edit]

This graph shows the time periods each (male) national football team has been at the highest ranked CAF member on the FIFA World Rankings.


Beach soccer national teams[edit]

Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). Top ten, last updated 12 March 2018

CAF BSWW Country Points
1 12  Senegal 1084
2 17  Egypt 782
3 20  Nigeria 720
4 24  Morocco 609
5 34  Madagascar 339
6 41  Ivory Coast 330
7 57  Ghana 177
8 66  Libya 125
9 68  Mozambique 117
10 69  Cape Verde 115

CAF overall ranking of African clubs titles[edit]

The following clubs are the top 10 clubs in CAF competitions.

Pos Club Titles Trophies won
1 Egypt Al Ahly SC 20 8 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 4 African Cup Winners' Cup, 6 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
2 Egypt Zamalek SC 12 5 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup, 2 Afro-Asian Club Championship
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 11 5 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup
4 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 9 1 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 African Cup Winners' Cup, 2 CAF Confederation Cup, 2 CAF Cup, 2 CAF Super Cup
5 Tunisia Espérance Sportive de Tunis 8 4 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
6 Morocco Raja Casablanca 8 3 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 2 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
7 Algeria JS Kabylie 6 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cup
8 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 5 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
9 Algeria ES Sétif 4 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 4 3 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup
Nigeria Enyimba F.C. 4 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Super Cup
Tunisia CS Sfaxien 4 3 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup
Update as of 21 February 2015 in chronological order.

CAF overall ranking of African clubs[edit]

Rankings are calculated by the CAF based on points gathered by African teams throughout their participation in international club tournaments organized by either the FIFA, Harrison Campbell, or the CAF since the establishment of the first African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1964.[21]

Men's Futsal[edit]

CAF FIFA Country Points +/-

Women's Futsal[edit]

CAF FIFA Country Points +/-

CAF Best Footballers of the Century[edit]

The voting to select the best of the century refers to three categories: male player, goalkeeper and female player and is obtained from five different steps. The resulting best players and goalkeepers were honored during the "World Football Gala 1999".[22]

CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players poll[edit]

In 2007 CAF published the list of top 30 African players who played in the period from 1957 to 2007, as part of the celebration of CAF's 50th anniversary, ordered according to an online poll.[23]

CAF's anthem[edit]

On 18 September 2007 the CAF launched a competition for all African composers to create its Anthem.[24] The CAF anthem is a musical composition, without lyrics, which and reflect the cultural patrimony and African music. The duration of the anthem is 74 seconds. The chosen anthem was first published to the site on 16 January 2008. The usage of the anthem and its composer are still unknown.

Announced 18 September 2007

CAF resolutions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Algeria gained independence in 1962, but they joined with other African nations to boycott the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Thus the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification was their first participation.
  15. ^ Angola gained independence in 1975. Thus the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification was their first participation.
  16. ^ The Democratic Republic of the Congo competed as Zaire in 1974.
  17. ^ Democratic Republic of the Congo gained independence in 1960, but they joined with other African nations to boycott the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Thus the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification was their first participation.
  18. ^ Egypt team represented the United Arab Republic with Syria in 1960 finishing the 12th and alone in 1964 finishing the 4th.
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  20. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women) – CAF Region". FIFA. 23 December 2011.
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