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Confederation of African Football
CAF
Initials(s) CAF
Formation February 10, 1957
No. of members 56
President Flag of Cameroon Issa Hayatou

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) 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 six continental confederations of FIFA. Although it is just three years younger than the UEFA, CAF still has a long way to go in order to improve the quality of the national and local competitions. CAF has been given 5 slots out of the 32 available since the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, this increased to 6 in 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, to include the hosts. The number of places returned to 5 for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

CAF was founded on 8 February 1957 in Khartoum, Sudan by the Egyptian, Ethiopian, South African and Sudanese FAs, following former discussions between the Egyptian, Somali, South African and Sudanese FAs earlier in 7 June 1956 in Avenida Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Its first headquarters was situated in Khartoum, Sudan 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. The administrative center since 2002 is located in 6 October City, near Cairo. It was initially made up of 4 national associations. Currently there are 56 associations, 54 full members beside Zanzibar. and Réunion Island as associates. (see the bottom of this page or List of CAF national football teams).

The current CAF President is Issa Hayatou. Suketu Patel is the 1st Vice-President, Almamy Kabele Camara is the 2nd Vice-President while Hicham El Amrani is the Secretary General.

History

Main article: History of CAF

2010 Togo Expulsion Controversy

CAF has been the subject of widespread media controversy and criticism following a decision to ban Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations matches, after Togo briefly withdrew then tried to rejoin the competition following an armed ambush on their bus which wounded and killed several passengers, including players. Togo appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter stepping in to mediate. The ban was subsequently lifted with immediate effect on 14 May 2010, after a meeting of the CAF Executive Committee.

CAF Members & Zones

CAF Members

Carte Afrique CAF

African regional federations:

Code Association National teams Founded FIFA affiliation CAF affiliation Regional affiliation IOC member
Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF)
ALG Flag of Algeria Algeria 1962 1963 1964 2005 Yes
EGY Flag of Egypt Egypt 2 1921 1923 1957 2005 Yes
LBY Flag of Libya Libya 1962 1963 1965 2005 Yes
MAR Morocco Morocco 1955 1960 1960 2005 Yes
TUN Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 1956 1960 1960 2005 Yes
West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA)
BEN Flag of Benin Benin 1962 1962 1969 1975 Yes
BFA Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 1960 1964 1964 1975 Yes
CPV Cape Verde Cape Verde 1982 1986 2000 1975 Yes
GAM Flag of The Gambia Gambia 1952 1966 1966 1975 Yes
GHA Flag of Ghana Ghana 1957 1958 1958 1975 Yes
GUI Flag of Guinea Guinea 1960 1961 1962 1975 Yes
GNB Flag of Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 1974 1986 1986 1975 Yes
CIV Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Ivory Coast 1960 1961 1960 1975 Yes
LBR Flag of Liberia 001 Liberia 1936 1962 1962 1975 Yes
MLI Flag of Mali Mali 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
MTN Flag of Mauritania Mauritania 1961 1961 1964 1975 Yes
NIG Flag of Niger Niger 1967 1967 1967 1975 Yes
NGA Flag of Nigeria Nigeria 1945 1960 1959 1975 Yes
SEN Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
SLE Flag of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 1967 1967 1967 1975 Yes
TOG Flag of Togo Togo 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC)
CMR Flag of Cameroon Cameroon 1959 1962 1963 1978 Yes
CTA Flag of the Central African Republic Central African Republic 1961 1963 1965 1978 Yes
CHA Flag of Chad Chad 1962 1988 1988 1978 Yes
CGO Flag of the Republic of the Congo Congo 1962 1962 1966 1978 Yes
COD Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo 1919 1964 1964 1978 Yes
EQG Flag of Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 1960 1986 1986 1978 Yes
GAB Flag of Gabon Gabon 1962 1963 1967 1978 Yes
STP Flag of Sao Tome and Principe São Tomé and Príncipe 1975 1986 1976 1978 Yes
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)
BDI Flag of Burundi Burundi 1948 1972 1972 1994 Yes
DJI Flag of Djibouti Djibouti 1979 1994 1986 1995 Yes
ERI Flag of Eritrea Eritrea 1996 1998 1998 1973 Yes
ETH Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia 1943 1953 1957 1994 Yes
KEN Flag of Kenya Kenya 2011 2012 2012 1973 Yes
RWA Flag of Rwanda Rwanda 1972 1976 1976 1994 Yes
SOM Somalia Somalia 1960 1960 1975 1973 Yes
SSD Flag of South Sudan South Sudan 2011 2012 2012 2012 No
SDN Flag of Sudan Sudan 1936 1948 1957 1975 Yes
TAN Flag of Tanzania Tanzania 1930 1964 1964 1973 Yes
UGA Flag of Uganda Uganda 1924 1960 1960 1973 Yes
ZAN Flag of Zanzibar Zanzibar 3 1965 1980 1973 & 2003 No
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)
ANG Flag of Angola Angola 1979 1980 1980 1997 Yes
BOT Flag of Botswana Botswana 1970 1978 1976 1997 Yes
COM Flag of the Comoros Comoros 1979 2005 2003 2007 Yes
LES Flag of Lesotho Lesotho 1932 1964 1964 1997 Yes
MAD Flag of Madagascar Madagascar 1961 1962 1963 2000 Yes
MWI Flag of Malawi Malawi 1966 1967 1968 1997 Yes
MRI Flag of Mauritius Mauritius 1952 1962 1963 2000 Yes
MOZ Mozambique Mozambique 1976 1980 1978 1997 Yes
NAM Flag of Namibia Namibia 1990 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SEY Flag of the Seychelles Seychelles 1979 1986 1986 2000 Yes
RSA Flag of South Africa South Africa 1 1991 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SWZ Flag of Swaziland Swaziland 1968 1978 1976 1997 Yes
ZAM Flag of Zambia Zambia 1929 1964 1964 1997 Yes
ZIM Flag of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 1965 1965 1980 1997 Yes
Non-regional Members
REU Flag of France 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 the 19th of November 2009 but return on 2011
  3. ^ - Non-FIFA member associations holding associate membership of CAF

CAF 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

World Cup Participation

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1934–1938, 1954–1970, and 1986–present: knockout round of 8)
  • R2 — Round 2 (1974–1978, second group stage, top 8; 1982: second group stage, top 12; 1986–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •    — Hosts
  •     — Not affiliated in FIFA

FIFA World Cup

Main article: African nations at the FIFA World Cup

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

Team 1930
Flag of Uruguay
(13)
1934
Flag of Italy
(16)
1938
Flag of France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Flag of Sweden Good one
(16)
1962
Flag of Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Flag of Mexico
(16)
1974
Flag of Germany
(16)
1978
Flag of Argentina
(16)
1982
Flag of Spain
(24)
1986
Flag of Mexico
(24)
1990
Flag of Italy
(24)
1994
Flag of the United States
(24)
1998
Flag of France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Flag of Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
Flag of South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
Total
Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Part of France × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
12 → 4
Flag of Angola.png Angola × R1
23rd
8 → 1
Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon ×× R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
12 → 7
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR Congo ×× R1
16th
× 10 → 1
Flag of Egypt.png Egypt × R1
13th
×××××× R1
20th
13 → 2
Flag of Ghana.png Ghana ××× R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
12 → 3
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast ×××× R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
10 → 3
Morocco.png Morocco × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
13 → 4
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
13 → 5
Flag of Senegal.svg.png Senegal ×××× QF
7th
10 → 1
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa ×××××××××× R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
6 → 3
Flag of Togo.png Togo ××××× R1
30th
9 → 1
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
13 → 4
Flag of Zaire.png Zaire see Congo DR (1974–1994)
Firsts
  • 1934: Flag of Egypt.png Egypt first African team to qualify for the World Cup
  • 1970: Morocco.png Morocco first African team to draw a match in the World Cup
  • 1978: Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia first African team to win a match in the World Cup
  • 1986: Flag of Algeria.png Algeria first African team to qualify to consecutive World Cups
  • 1986: Morocco.png Morocco first African team to reach the knockout stage
  • 1990: Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon first African team to reach the quarter-final
  • 2010: Flag of South Africa.png South Africa first African team to host the World Cup
  • 2014: Flag of Algeria.png Algeria & Flag of Nigeria.png 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
Flag of the People's Republic of China
(12)
1995
Flag of Sweden Good one
(12)
1999
Flag of the United States
(16)
2003
Flag of the United States
(16)
2007
Flag of the People's Republic of China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Flag of Canada
(24)
Total
Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon × q 7 → 1
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast × × × q 7 → 1
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial Guinea × × × R
15th
4 → 1
Flag of Ghana.png Ghana R
13–14
R
12th
R
15th
7 → 3
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria R
10th
R
11th
QF
7th
R
15th
R
13th
R
9th
q 7 → 7

Other international tournaments

FIFA Confederations Cup

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Africa Cup of Nations or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
  •    — Hosts
Team 1992
Flag of Saudi Arabia
1995
Flag of Saudi Arabia
1997
Flag of Saudi Arabia
1999
Flag of Mexico
2001
South Korea
Flag of Japan
2003
Flag of France
2005
Germany
2009
Flag of South Africa
2013
Brazil
2017
Flag of Russia
2021
Flag of Qatar
Total
Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon GS 2nd 2
Flag of Egypt.png Egypt GS GS 2
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa × GS 4th 2
Flag of Nigeria.png Nigeria 4th × × GS 2
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast 4th 1
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia GS 1
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

CAF Best Player of the Century

Player Name Points
Flag of Liberia 001 George Weah 95
Flag of Cameroon Roger Milla 77
Flag of Ghana Abédi Pelé 72
Flag of Algeria Lakhdar Belloumi 56
Flag of Algeria Rabah Madjer 51
Flag of Cameroon Théophile Abega 39
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Laurent Pokou 38
Flag of Zambia Kalusha Bwalya 37
Morocco Ahmed Faras 35
Flag of Nigeria Finidi George 32

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CAF Best Goalkeeper of the Century

Player Name Points
Flag of Cameroon Joseph-Antoine Bell 39
Flag of Cameroon Thomas Nkono 30
Flag of Tunisia Sadok Sassi "Attouga" 26
Morocco Badou Zaki 24
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Mwamba Kazadi 19
Flag of Cameroon Jacques Songo'o 13
Flag of Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar 11
Flag of Egypt Ahmed Shobair 10
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Alain Gouaméné 9
Flag of Nigeria Peter Rufai 6

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CAF Best Women's Footballer of the Century

Player Name Points
Flag of Nigeria Uche Eucharia Ngozi 21
Flag of Ghana Nana Ama Gyamfuah 18
Flag of Nigeria Doris Nkiru Okosieme 17
Flag of Nigeria Florence Omagbemi 15
Flag of Nigeria Ann Chiejine 14
Flag of Nigeria Rita Nwadike 13
Flag of South Africa Fikhile Sitole 9
Flag of Ghana Vivian Mensah 8
Flag of Nigeria Mercy Akide 7
Flag of Nigeria Ann Agumanu

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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.

01. Flag of Cameroon Roger Milla
02. Flag of Egypt Mahmoud El Khatib
03. Flag of Egypt Hossam Hassan
04. Flag of Cameroon Samuel Eto'o
05. Flag of Ghana Abedi Pele
06. Flag of Liberia 001 George Weah
07. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Didier Drogba
08. Flag of Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu
09. Flag of Algeria Rabah Madjer
10. Flag of Zambia Kalusha Bwalya
11. Flag of Ghana Michael Essien
12. Flag of Nigeria Augustine Okocha
13. Flag of Egypt Saleh Selim
14. Flag of Algeria Hacène Lalmas
15. Flag of South Africa Benni McCarthy
16. Flag of Senegal.svg El Hadji Diouf
17. Morocco Noureddine Naybet
18. Flag of Nigeria Rashidi Yekini
19. Flag of Egypt Hany Ramzy
20. Flag of Egypt Hassan Shehata
21. Flag of South Africa Lucas Radebe
22. Flag of Tunisia Tarak Dhiab
23. Morocco Mohammed Timoumi
24. Flag of Ghana Anthony Yeboah
25. Flag of Mali Salif Keita
26. Flag of Ghana Karim Abdul Razak
27. Flag of Ghana Samuel Kuffour
28. Flag of Algeria Lakhdar Belloumi
29. Flag of Cameroon Rigobert Song
30. Flag of Sudan Nasr El-Deen "Jaxa" Abbas

CAF's Anthem

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

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-21 and Under-17 levels. For women's national teams, CAF operates the CAF Women's Championship for senior national sides and the African U-20 Cup of Nations for Women at under-20 level, since 2008 there is a 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.

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.

Current Champions

Competitions Champion Title Runner-Up Next Edition
CAF Champions League Flag of Algeria ES Sétif 2nd Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 2015
CAF Confederation Cup Flag of Egypt Al Ahly 1st Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Séwé Sport 2015
CAF Super Cup Flag of Egypt Al Ahly 6th Flag of Tunisia CS Sfaxien 2015
Africa Cup of Nations Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast 2nd Flag of Ghana.png Ghana 2017
CAF U-23 Championship Flag of Gabon.png Gabon 1st Morocco.png Morocco 2015
African U-20 Championship Flag of Egypt.png Egypt 4th Flag of Ghana.png Ghana 2015
African U-17 Championship Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast 1st Flag of Nigeria.png Nigeria 2015
African Championship of Nations Flag of Libya.png Libya 1st Flag of Ghana.png Ghana 2016
African Women's Championship Flag of Nigeria.png Nigeria 9th Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon 2016
CAF Beach Soccer Championship SEN 3rd Côte d'Ivoire 2015

CAF competitions

Clubs:

National:

Inter Continental:

Regional:

CAF resolutions

Awards:

Qualifications:

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