Confederation of African Football

Confederation of African Football
Abbreviation CAF
Formation 10 February 1957 (1957-02-10)
Type Sports organization
Headquarters 6th of October City, Cairo, Egypt
Membership
56 member associations
Official language
English, French and Arabic
Secretary General
Amr Fahmy
Ahmad Ahmad
Parent organization
FIFA
Website 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 Mohammad 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: 55 are full members, including former associate Zanzibar (admitted in March 2017),[3] while Réunion remains an associate member (see the CAF Members and Zones section below).

The current CAF President is Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar, who was elected on 16 March 2017.[4] The 1st Vice-President is Kwesi Nyantakyi from Ghana, the 2nd vice president is called Constant Omari Selemani from RD Congo and the 3rd Vice president is Fouzi Lekjaa from Morocco.[5] Current CAF General Secretary is Egyptian Amr Fahmy since 16 November 2017.[6]

History

Current leaders

Name Position
Ahmad Ahmad President
Kwesi Nyantakyi Vice President
Constant Omari Vice President
Fouzi Lekjaa Vice President
Amr Fahmy general secretary
Mohamed El Sherei Treasurer

Source: FIFA (CAF)

CAF members and zones

Members

African regional federations
  UNAF (North Africa)
  WAFU-UFOA (West Africa)
  UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
  CECAFA (East Africa)
  COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Other federation
CodeAssociationNational teamsFoundedFIFA affiliationCAF affiliationRegional affiliationIOC member
Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF)
ALG Algeria1962196319642005Yes
EGY Egypt 21921192319572005Yes
LBY Libya1962196319652005Yes
MAR Morocco1955196019602005Yes
TUN Tunisia1956196019602005Yes
West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA)
BEN Benin1962196219691975Yes
BFA Burkina Faso1960196419641975Yes
CPV Cape Verde1982198620001975Yes
GAM Gambia1952196619661975Yes
GHA Ghana1957195819581975Yes
GUI Guinea1960196119621975Yes
GNB Guinea-Bissau1974198619861975Yes
CIV Ivory Coast1960196119601975Yes
LBR Liberia1936196219621975Yes
MLI Mali1960196219631975Yes
MTN Mauritania1961196119641975Yes
NIG Niger1967196719671975Yes
NGA Nigeria1945196019591975Yes
SEN Senegal1960196219631975Yes
SLE Sierra Leone1967196719671975Yes
TOG Togo1960196219631975Yes
Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC)
CMR Cameroon1959196219631978Yes
CTA Central African Republic1961196319651978Yes
CHA Chad1962198819881978Yes
CGO Congo1962196219661978Yes
COD DR Congo1919196419641978Yes
EQG Equatorial Guinea1960198619861978Yes
GAB Gabon1962196319671978Yes
STP São Tomé and Príncipe1975198619761978Yes
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)
BDI Burundi1948197219721994Yes
DJI Djibouti1979199419861995Yes
ERI Eritrea1996199819981973Yes
ETH Ethiopia1943195319571994Yes
KEN Kenya2011201220121973Yes
RWA Rwanda1972197619761994Yes
SOM Somalia1960196019751973Yes
SSD South Sudan2011201220122012Yes
SDN Sudan1936194819571975Yes
TAN Tanzania1930196419641973Yes
UGA Uganda1924196019601973Yes
ZAN Zanzibar 3196519801973 & 2003No
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)
ANG Angola1979198019801997Yes
BOT Botswana1970197819761997Yes
COM Comoros1979200520032007Yes
LES Lesotho1932196419641997Yes
MAD Madagascar1961196219632000Yes
MWI Malawi1966196719681997Yes
MRI Mauritius1952196219632000Yes
MOZ Mozambique1976198019781997Yes
NAM Namibia1990199219921997Yes
SEY Seychelles1979198619862000Yes
RSA South Africa 11991199219921997Yes
SWZ Swaziland1968197819761997Yes
ZAM Zambia1929196419641997Yes
ZIM Zimbabwe1965196519801997Yes
Non-regional members
REU Réunion 319262004No
  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.[7]

Regional zones

CAF Zone 1 – North Zone

CAF Zone 2 – Zone West A

CAF Zone 3 – Zone West B

CAF Zone 4 – Central Zone

CAF Zone 5 – Central-East Zone

CAF Zone 6 – Southern Zone

Competitions

International

The main competition for men's national teams is the 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

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.[8]

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 champions

Competition Champion Title Runner-up Next edition
Clubs
CAF Champions League Wydad Casablanca 2nd Al-Ahly 2018
CAF Confederation Cup TP Mazembe 2nd SuperSport United 2018
CAF Super Cup Wydad Casablanca 1st TP Mazembe 2019
Nations men
Africa Cup of Nations  Cameroon 5th  Egypt 2019
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]  Zambia 1st  Senegal 2019
Africa U-17 Cup of Nations[cc 2]  Mali 2nd  Ghana 2019
Africa Futsal Cup of Nations  Morocco 1st  Egypt 2020
Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations  Senegal 4th  Nigeria 2018
Football at the African Games  Senegal 1st  Burkina Faso 2019
Nations women
Africa Women Cup of Nations  Nigeria 10th  Cameroon 2018
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  Ghana 1st  Cameroon 2019
  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

Sponsors

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.[9]

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.[10]

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[11] to support ten of its principal competitions, including the CAF Champions League, renamed Total CAF Champions League.[12]

The CAF current main sponsors are:

World Cup participation

Legend

FIFA World Cup

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

Team 1930

(13)
1934

(16)
1938

(15)
1950

(13)
1954

(16)
1958

(16)
1962

(16)
1966

(16)
1970

(16)
1974

(16)
1978

(16)
1982

(24)
1986

(24)
1990

(24)
1994

(24)
1998

(32)
2002


(32)
2006

(32)
2010

(32)
2014

(32)
2018

(32)
2022

(32)
2026



(48)
Total
 Algeria Part of France[13]×R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
4/13
 Angola Part of Portugal[14]×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[15] Part of Belgium[16]××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
Total010000001112223555655544
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 to 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
  • 2006 and 2010:  Ghana first African team to reach the knockout stage (quarter-finals) in two consecutive World Cups
  • 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

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

Team 1991

(12)
1995

(12)
1999

(16)
2003

(16)
2007

(16)
2011

(16)
2015

(24)
2019

(24)
2023

(24)
Total
 Cameroon ×R2
11th
1/7
 Ivory Coast ×××R1
23rd
1/7
 Equatorial Guinea ×××R1
15th
1/4
 Ghana R1
13–14
R1
12th
R1
15th
3/7
 Nigeria R1
10th
R1
11th
QF
7th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
9th
R1
21st
7/7

Other international tournaments

Legend

FIFA Confederations Cup

Team 1992
1995
1997
1999
2001

2003
2005
2009
2013
2017
2021
Total
 Cameroon GS2ndGS 3
 Egypt GSGS 2
 South Africa ×GS4th 2
 Nigeria 4th××GS 2
 Ivory Coast 4th 1
 Tunisia GS 1
Total111111121111

FIFA Futsal World Cup

Nation 1989
1992
1996
2000
2004
2008
2012
2016
2020
Years
 AlgeriaR11
 EgyptR1R2R1R1R2QF6
 LibyaR1R12
 MoroccoR1R12
 MozambiqueR11
 NigeriaR11
 ZimbabweR11
Nations21111233

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

1995

(8)
1996

(8)
1997

(8)
1998

(10)
1999

(12)
2000

(12)
2001

(12)
2002

(8)
2003

(8)
2004

(12)
2005

(12)
2006

(12)
2007

(16)
2008

(16)
2009

(16)
2011

(16)
2013

(16)
2015

(16)
2017

(16)
2019

(16)
Total Participations
 Cameroon R1
14th
R1
16th
2/18
 Ivory Coast R1
11th
R1
16th
2/18
 Madagascar R1
14th
1/18
 Nigeria R1
9th
QF
6th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
12th
5/18
 Senegal QF
5th
R1
9th
QF
7th
R1
13th
R1
13th
QF
6th
6/18
 South Africa R1
12th
R1
12th
2/18
Total0010211100233333333

Summer Olympics

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

Men

Nation
00

04

08

12

20

24

28

36

48

52

56

60

64

68

72

76

80

84

88

92

96

00

04

08

12

16

20
Years
 AlgeriaPart of France814 2
 CameroonPart of France1118 3
 Egypt[17]884=9=11=91248128 11
 Ivory CoastPart of France6 1
 GabonPart of France12 1
 GhanaPart of the United Kingdom71216389 6
 GuineaPart of France11 1
 MaliPart of France5 1
 MoroccoPart of France138121516=1011 7
 NigeriaPart of the United Kingdom1413151823 7
 SenegalPart of France6- 1
 South AfricaBanned because of apartheid1113 2
 SudanPart of the United Kingdom15 1
 TunisiaPart of France15131412 4
 ZambiaPart of the United KingdomRHO155 2
Total nations325111422171618251116141616131616161616161616161616

Women

Nation
96

00

04

08

12

16

20
Years
 Cameroon12 1
 Nigeria8611 3
 South Africa1010 2
 Zimbabwe12 1
Total nations881012121212

Rankings

Beach soccer national teams

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

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

Pos Club Titles Trophies won
1 Al Ahly SC208 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 TP Mazembe115 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup
Zamalek SC115 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup, 2 Afro-Asian Club Championship
4 Étoile du Sahel91 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 JS Kabylie62 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cup
Raja Casablanca63 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Espérance de Tunis62 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
8 Wydad Casablanca52 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
9 ES Sétif42 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Canon Yaoundé43 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup
Enyimba F.C.42 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Super Cup
CS Sfaxien43 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup

Update as of 21 February 2015 in chronological order.

CAF overall ranking of African clubs

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.[20]

CAF Best Footballers of the Century

The voting to select the best of the century refers to three categories: male player,[21] goalkeeper[22] and female player,[23] and is obtained from five different steps. The resulting best players and goalkeepers were honored during the "World Football Gala 1999". Voting process as explained by the IFFHS.

CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players poll

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.[24]

CAF's anthem

On 18 September 2007 the CAF launched a competition for all African composers to create its Anthem.[25] 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

See also

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  14. Angola gained independence in 1975. Thus the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification was their first participation.
  15. The Democratic Republic of the Congo competed as Zaire in 1974.
  16. 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.
  17. Egypt team represented the United Arab Republic with Syria in 1960 finnishing the 12th and alone in 1964 finnishing the 4th.
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