Confederation of African Football

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Confederation of African Football
Confederation of African Football logo.svg
Confederation of African Football member associations map.svg
Abbreviation CAF
Formation 10 February 1957; 60 years ago (1957-02-10)
Type Sports organization
Headquarters 6th of October, Egypt
Membership
56 member associations
Official language
English, French and Arabic
Secretary General
Amr Fahmy
Ahmad Ahmad
Parent organization
FIFA
Website www.cafonline.com

The Confederation of African Football (CAF, /ˈkæf/; French: Confédération Africaine de Football; Arabic: الإتحاد الأفريقي لكرة القدم‎) 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. 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, near Cairo. 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, 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

Sponsorship

In July 2016, Total secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to support 10 of its principal competitions. Total started with the Africa Cup of Nations that was held in Gabon therefore renaming it the Total Africa Cup of Nations. [7]

Current leaders

Name Position
Madagascar Ahmad Ahmad President
Ghana Kwesi Nyantakyi Vice President
Democratic Republic of the Congo Constant Omari Vice President
Morocco Fouzi Lekjaa Vice President
Egypt Essam El Din Ahmed (acting) General Secretary
Egypt Mohamed El Sherei Treasurer

Source: FIFA (CAF)

CAF members and zones

Members

African regional federations
Other federation
Code Association National teams Founded FIFA affiliation CAF affiliation Regional affiliation IOC member
Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF)
ALG Algeria Algeria 1962 1963 1964 2005 Yes
EGY Egypt Egypt 2 1921 1923 1957 2005 Yes
LBY Libya Libya 1962 1963 1965 2005 Yes
MAR Morocco Morocco 1955 1960 1960 2005 Yes
TUN Tunisia Tunisia 1956 1960 1960 2005 Yes
West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA)
BEN Benin Benin 1962 1962 1969 1975 Yes
BFA Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 1960 1964 1964 1975 Yes
CPV Cape Verde Cape Verde 1982 1986 2000 1975 Yes
GAM The Gambia Gambia 1952 1966 1966 1975 Yes
GHA Ghana Ghana 1957 1958 1958 1975 Yes
GUI Guinea Guinea 1960 1961 1962 1975 Yes
GNB Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 1974 1986 1986 1975 Yes
CIV Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 1960 1961 1960 1975 Yes
LBR Liberia Liberia 1936 1962 1962 1975 Yes
MLI Mali Mali 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
MTN Mauritania Mauritania 1961 1961 1964 1975 Yes
NIG Niger Niger 1967 1967 1967 1975 Yes
NGA Nigeria Nigeria 1945 1960 1959 1975 Yes
SEN Senegal Senegal 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
SLE Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 1967 1967 1967 1975 Yes
TOG Togo Togo 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC)
CMR Cameroon Cameroon 1959 1962 1963 1978 Yes
CTA Central African Republic Central African Republic 1961 1963 1965 1978 Yes
CHA Chad Chad 1962 1988 1988 1978 Yes
CGO Republic of the Congo Congo 1962 1962 1966 1978 Yes
COD Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo 1919 1964 1964 1978 Yes
EQG Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 1960 1986 1986 1978 Yes
GAB Gabon Gabon 1962 1963 1967 1978 Yes
STP São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 1975 1986 1976 1978 Yes
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)
BDI Burundi Burundi 1948 1972 1972 1994 Yes
DJI Djibouti Djibouti 1979 1994 1986 1995 Yes
ERI Eritrea Eritrea 1996 1998 1998 1973 Yes
ETH Ethiopia Ethiopia 1943 1953 1957 1994 Yes
KEN Kenya Kenya 2011 2012 2012 1973 Yes
RWA Rwanda Rwanda 1972 1976 1976 1994 Yes
SOM Somalia Somalia 1960 1960 1975 1973 Yes
SSD South Sudan South Sudan 2011 2012 2012 2012 Yes
SDN Sudan Sudan 1936 1948 1957 1975 Yes
TAN Tanzania Tanzania 1930 1964 1964 1973 Yes
UGA Uganda Uganda 1924 1960 1960 1973 Yes
ZAN Zanzibar Zanzibar 3 1965 1980 (associate) & 2017 (full) 1973 & 2003 No
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)
ANG Angola Angola 1979 1980 1980 1997 Yes
BOT Botswana Botswana 1970 1978 1976 1997 Yes
COM Comoros Comoros 1979 2005 2003 2007 Yes
LES Lesotho Lesotho 1932 1964 1964 1997 Yes
MAD Madagascar Madagascar 1961 1962 1963 2000 Yes
MWI Malawi Malawi 1966 1967 1968 1997 Yes
MRI Mauritius Mauritius 1952 1962 1963 2000 Yes
MOZ Mozambique Mozambique 1976 1980 1978 1997 Yes
NAM Namibia Namibia 1990 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SEY Seychelles Seychelles 1979 1986 1986 2000 Yes
RSA South Africa South Africa 1 1991 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SWZ Swaziland Swaziland 1968 1978 1976 1997 Yes
ZAM Zambia Zambia 1929 1964 1964 1997 Yes
ZIM Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 1965 1965 1980 1997 Yes
Non-regional members
REU Drapeau Reunion APDR.png 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. ^ – Non-FIFA member associations. Reunion holds associate membership of CAF, Zanzibar held associate membership from 1980 to 2017 when it became a full member - albeit without voting rights for CAF presidency elections.

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, CAF will be 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 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2nd Egypt Al-Ahly 2018
CAF Confederation Cup Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2nd South Africa SuperSport United 2018
CAF Super Cup South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 1st Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2018
Nations men
Africa Cup of Nations  Cameroon 5th  Egypt 2019
African Nations Championship  DR Congo 2nd  Mali 2018
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
Nations women
Africa Women Cup of Nations  Nigeria 10th  Cameroon 2018
African U-20 Cup of Nations for Women  Ghana
 Nigeria
4th  Ethiopia
 South Africa
2018
African U-17 Cup of Nations for Women  Cameroon
 Ghana
 Nigeria
1st  Egypt
 Morocco
 South Africa
2018
  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

World Cup participation

Legend

FIFA World Cup

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)
Total
 Algeria Part of France[9] × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
4/13
 Angola Part of Portugal[10] × R1
23rd
1/9
 Cameroon × × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
7/13
 DR Congo[11] Part of Belgium[12] × × R1
16th
× 1/11
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
q 3/14
 Ghana × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
3/13
 Ivory Coast × × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
3/11
 Morocco × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
q 5/14
 Nigeria × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
q 6/14
 Senegal × × × × QF
7th
q 2/11
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
3/7
 Togo × × × × × R1
30th
1/10
 Tunisia × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
q 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
  • 1986:  Algeria first African team to qualify to consecutive World Cups
  • 1986:  Morocco first African team to reach the knockout stage
  • 1990:  Cameroon first African team to reach the quarter-final
  • 2010:  South Africa first African team to host the World Cup
  • 2014:  Algeria &  Nigeria first African teams to reach the knockout stage 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
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

(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
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
2021
Qatar
Total
 Cameroon GS 2nd GS 3
 Egypt GS GS 2
 South Africa × GS 4th 2
 Nigeria 4th × × GS 2
 Ivory Coast 4th 1
 Tunisia GS 1
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 11

FIFA Futsal World Cup

Nation 1989
Netherlands
1992
Hong Kong
1996
Spain
2000
Guatemala
2004
Chinese Taipei
2008
Brazil
2012
Thailand
2016
Colombia
2020
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

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

(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
Total 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Summer Olympics

Legend

Men

Nation France
1900
United States
1904
United Kingdom
1908
Sweden
1912
Belgium
1920
France
1924
Netherlands
1928
Germany
1936
United Kingdom
1948
Finland
1952
Australia
1956
Italy
1960
Japan
1964
Mexico
1968
Germany
1972
Canada
1976
Soviet Union
1980
United States
1984
South Korea
1988
Spain
1992
United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Brazil
2016
Japan
2020
Total
 Egypt QF 4th 4th QF QF 11
 Morocco QF 7
 Nigeria 1st QF 2nd 3rd 7
 Ghana QF 3rd QF 6
 Tunisia 4
 Cameroon 1st QF 3
 Algeria QF 2
 South Africa 2
 Zambia QF 2
 Ivory Coast QF 1
 Gabon 1
 Guinea 1
 Mali QF 1
 Senegal QF 1
 Sudan 1
Total 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 3 3 3 0 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 4 3 50

Women

Nation United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Brazil
2016
Japan
2020
Total
 Cameroon 1
 Nigeria QF 3
 South Africa 2
 Zimbabwe 1
Total 0 1 1 1 2 2 7

Rankings

CAF overall ranking of African clubs titles

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 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
Egypt Zamalek SC 11 5 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup, 2 Afro-Asian Club Championship
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 Algeria JS Kabylie 6 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cup
Morocco Raja Casablanca 6 3 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 6 2 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 Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 4 3 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup
Algeria ES Sétif 4 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Nigeria Enyimba F.C. 4 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Super Cup
Morocco Wydad Casablanca 4 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Tunisia CS Sfaxien 4 3 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup
Update as of 21 February 2015 in chronological order.
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