Confederation of African Football

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Confederation of African Football
Confédération Africaine de Football
الإتــحــاد الأفــريــقــي لــكــرة الـقـدم
Confederation of African Football logo.svg
CAF.svg
Abbreviation CAF
Formation 10 February 1957; 57 years ago (1957-02-10)
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Egypt 6th of October City, Egypt
Membership 56 member associations
Official languages English, French and Arabic
Secretary General Morocco Hicham El Amrani
President Cameroon Issa Hayatou
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 one of 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 6th of October City, near Cairo. It was initially made up of 4 national associations. Currently there are 56 associations, 54 full members beside Zanzibarcitation needed 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.1

Contents

History

Competitions

Africa Club Union Cup (ACUC):

Continental

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 CAF Women's Under-20 Championship at under-20 level, since 2008 there is a CAF Women's Under-17 Championship for under-17 sides.

CAF also organizes the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup with UEFA for youth teams.

In futsal there is the African Futsal Championship.

In Beach soccer there is the CAF Beach Soccer Championship.

Also, CAF is responsible for organisation of the football events during the Pan African Games.

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 2004.2

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.

2010 Togo Expulsion Controversy

CAF has been the subject of widespread media controversy3 and criticism4 following a decision to ban Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations matches,3 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.5 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.6

CAF Members

Confederation of African Football / Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) - 1957

54 Full Members

Code Association National teams Founded FIFA affiliation CAF affiliation IOC member
ALG Algeria Algeria 1962 1963 1964 Yes
ANG Angola Angola 1979 1980 1980 Yes
BEN Benin Benin 1962 1962 1969 Yes
BOT Botswana Botswana 1970 1978 1976 Yes
BFA Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 1960 1964 1964 Yes
BDI Burundi Burundi 1948 1972 1972 Yes
CMR Cameroon Cameroon 1959 1962 1963 Yes
CPV Cape Verde Cape Verde 1982 1986 2000 Yes
CTA Central African Republic Central African Republic 1961 1963 1965 Yes
CHA Chad Chad 1962 1988 1988 Yes
COM Comoros Comoros 1979 2005 2003 Yes
CGO Republic of the Congo Congo 1962 1962 1966 Yes
COD Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo 1919 1964 1964 Yes
DJI Djibouti Djibouti 1979 1994 1986 Yes
EGY Egypt Egypt 1921 1923 1957 Yes
EQG Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 1960 1986 1986 Yes
ERI Eritrea Eritrea 1996 1998 1998 Yes
ETH Ethiopia Ethiopia 1943 1953 1957 Yes
GAB Gabon Gabon 1962 1963 1967 Yes
GAM The Gambia Gambia 1952 1966 1966 Yes
GHA Ghana Ghana 1957 1958 1958 Yes
GUI Guinea Guinea 1960 1961 1962 Yes
GNB Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 1974 1986 1986 Yes
CIV Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 1960 1961 1960 Yes
KEN Kenya Kenya 2011 2012 2012 Yes
LES Lesotho Lesotho 1932 1964 1964 Yes
LBR Liberia Liberia 1936 1962 1962 Yes
LBY Libya Libya 1962 1963 1965 Yes
MAD Madagascar Madagascar 1961 1962 1963 Yes
MWI Malawi Malawi 1966 1967 1968 Yes
MLI Mali Mali 1960 1962 1963 Yes
MTN Mauritania Mauritania 1961 1961 1964 Yes
MRI Mauritius Mauritius 1952 1962 1963 Yes
MAR Morocco Morocco 1955 1960 1960 Yes
MOZ Mozambique Mozambique 1976 1980 1978 Yes
NAM Namibia Namibia 1990 1992 1992 Yes
NIG Niger Niger 1967 1967 1967 Yes
NGA Nigeria Nigeria 1945 1960 1959 Yes
RWA Rwanda Rwanda 1972 1976 1976 Yes
STP São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 1975 1986 1976 Yes
SEN Senegal Senegal 1960 1962 1963 Yes
SEY Seychelles Seychelles 1979 1986 1986 Yes
SLE Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 1967 1967 1967 Yes
SOM Somalia Somalia 1960 1960 1975 Yes
RSA South Africa South Africa 1991 1992 1992 Yes
SDN Sudan Sudan 1936 1948 1957 Yes
SSD South Sudan South Sudan 2011 2012 2012 No
SWZ Swaziland Swaziland 1968 1978 1976 Yes
TAN Tanzania Tanzania 1930 1964 1964 Yes
TOG Togo Togo 1960 1962 1963 Yes
TUN Tunisia Tunisia 1956 1960 1960 Yes
UGA Uganda Uganda 1924 1960 1960 Yes
ZAM Zambia Zambia 1929 1964 1964 Yes
ZIM Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 1965 1965 1980 Yes

2 Associate Members

Code Association National teams Founded FIFA affiliation CAF association IOC member
REU Réunion Réunion citation needed Not in FIFA 1993 No
ZAN Zanzibar Zanzibar 1926 Not in FIFA 2004 No

Regional Federations

Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF) - 2005

West Africa Football Union (WAFU) - (UFOA in French) - 1975

Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC) - 1978

Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) - 1973

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) - 1997

Non-regional Members

  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
African regional federations:

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

Summer Olympics qualifiers

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • – Group stage
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •     — Qualified but withdrew
  •     — Banned/Disqualified
  •    — Hosts

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
Total
Egypt QF 4th 4th QF QF 11
Morocco QF 7
Ghana QF 3rd QF 6
Nigeria 1st QF 2nd 6
Tunisia 4
Cameroon 1st QF 3
Zambia QF 2
Algeria QF 1
Ivory Coast QF 1
Gabon 1
Guinea 1
Mali QF 1
Senegal QF 1
South Africa 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 47

Women

Nation United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Total
Cameroon 1
Nigeria QF 3
South Africa 1
Total 0 1 1 1 2 5

World Cup Participation and Results

Legend
  • 1st – Champion
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • GS – Group Stage (1930 and since 1950)
  • 1R – First Round (1934 and 1938)
  •    — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter
  •     — Withdrew
  •     — Banned
  •     — Hosts

Men's World Cup Finals

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

Team Uruguay
1930
Italy
1934
France
1938
Brazil
1950
Switzerland
1954
Sweden
1958
Chile
1962
England
1966
Mexico
1970
West Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Spain
1982
Mexico
1986
Italy
1990
United States
1994
France
1998
South KoreaJapan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 Cameroon GS QF GS GS GS GS q 7 9
 Nigeria R16 R16 GS GS q 5 13
 Algeria GS GS GS q 4 12
 Morocco GS R16 GS GS 4 13
 Tunisia GS GS GS GS 4 13
 Ghana R16 QF q 3 12
 Ivory Coast GS GS q 3 11
 South Africa GS GS GS 3 6
 Egypt 1R GS 2 13
 Angola GS 1 8
 DR Congo GSa 1 10
 Senegal QF 1 11
 Togo GS 1 9
Total 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 39

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  • Firsts
    • First African team to qualify for the World Cup:  Egypt (1934)
    • First African team to win a match in the World Cup:  Tunisia (1978)
    • First African team to qualify consecutively for two times:  Algeria (1986)
    • First African team to reach the knockout stage:  Morocco (1986)
    • First African team to reach the quarter-final:  Cameroon (1990)
    • First African team to host the World Cup:  South Africa (2010)
  • Only's
    • Only African team that has always qualified to the knock out stage:  Ghana (2010)

Women's World Cup Finals

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

Team China
1991
Sweden
1995
United States
1999
United States
2003
China
2007
Germany
2011
Canada
2015
Total
 Nigeria GS GS QF GS GS GS 6
 Ghana GS GS GS 3
 Equatorial Guinea GS 1
Total 1 1 2 2 2 2 10
  • q – Qualified for the 2015 Women's World Cup

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
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 2
 Egypt GS GS 2
 South Africa × GS 4th 2
 Ivory Coast 4th 1
 Nigeria 4th × × GS 1
 Tunisia GS 1
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

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
18
8 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 4 CAF Cup Winners' Cups, 6 CAF Super Cups
2
Egypt Zamalek SC
9
5 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cups
3
Tunisia ES Sahel
8
1 CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Cup Winners' Cups, 2 CAF Cups, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 2 CAF Super Cups
4
Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
7
4 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 2 CAF Super Cups
5
Algeria JS Kabylie
6
2 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cups
6
Morocco Raja CA Casablanca
5
3 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup
Tunisia ES Tunis
5
2 African Cup of Champions Clubs; 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup
8
Cameroon Canon Yaoundé
4
3 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup
Nigeria Enyimba International FC
4
2 CAF Champions Leagues, 2 CAF Super Cups
Tunisia CS Sfaxien
4
3 CAF Confederation Cups, 1 CAF Cup

Update as of 01 December 2013 in chronological order.








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