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Confederation of African Football

Confederation of African Football
Confédération Africaine de Football
الإتــحــاد الأفــريــقــي لــكــرة الـقـدم
Abbreviation CAF
Formation 10 February 1957 (1957-02-10)
Type Sports organization
Headquarters 6th of October City, Egypt
Membership 56 member associations
Official language English, French and Arabic
Secretary General
Hicham El Amrani
President Issa Hayatou
Website www.cafonline.com

The Confederation of African Football (CAF, ; 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 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 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.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
    • 2010 Togo Expulsion Controversy 1.1
  • CAF Members & Zones 2
    • CAF Members 2.1
    • CAF Regional Zones 2.2
      • CAF Zone 1 - North Zone 2.2.1
      • CAF Zone 2 - Zone West A 2.2.2
      • CAF Zone 3 - Zone West B 2.2.3
      • CAF Zone 4 - Central Zone 2.2.4
      • CAF Zone 5 - Central-East Zone 2.2.5
      • CAF Zone 6 - Southern Zone 2.2.6
  • World Cup Participation 3
    • FIFA World Cup 3.1
    • FIFA Women's World Cup 3.2
  • Other international tournaments 4
    • FIFA Confederations Cup 4.1
    • Summer Olympics 4.2
      • Men 4.2.1
      • Women 4.2.2
  • Rankings 5
    • Men's National Teams 5.1
    • Women's National Teams 5.2
    • CAF overall ranking of African Clubs titles 5.3
    • CAF overall ranking of African Clubs 5.4
  • CAF Best Footballers of the Century 6
    • CAF Best Player of the Century 6.1
    • CAF Best Goalkeeper of the Century 6.2
    • CAF Best Women's Footballer of the Century 6.3
  • CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players Poll 7
  • CAF's Anthem 8
  • Competitions 9
    • International 9.1
    • Club 9.2
    • Current Champions 9.3
    • CAF competitions 9.4
  • CAF resolutions 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

History

2010 Togo Expulsion Controversy

CAF has been the subject of widespread media controversy[2] and criticism[3] following a decision to ban Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations matches,[2] 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.[4] 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.[5]

CAF Members & Zones

CAF Members

African regional federations:
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 1921 1923 1957 2005 Yes
LBY Libya 1962 1963 1965 2005 Yes
MAR Morocco 1955 1960 1960 2005 Yes
TUN Tunisia 1956 1960 1960 2005 Yes
West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA)
BEN Benin 1962 1962 1969 1975 Yes
BFA Burkina Faso 1960 1964 1964 1975 Yes
CPV Cape Verde 1982 1986 2000 1975 Yes
GAM Gambia 1952 1966 1966 1975 Yes
GHA Ghana 1957 1958 1958 1975 Yes
GUI Guinea 1960 1961 1962 1975 Yes
GNB Guinea-Bissau 1974 1986 1986 1975 Yes
CIV Ivory Coast 1960 1961 1960 1975 Yes
LBR Liberia 1936 1962 1962 1975 Yes
MLI Mali 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
MTN Mauritania 1961 1961 1964 1975 Yes
NIG Niger 1967 1967 1967 1975 Yes
NGA Nigeria 1945 1960 1959 1975 Yes
SEN Senegal 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
SLE Sierra Leone 1967 1967 1967 1975 Yes
TOG Togo 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC)
CMR Cameroon 1959 1962 1963 1978 Yes
CTA Central African Republic 1961 1963 1965 1978 Yes
CHA Chad 1962 1988 1988 1978 Yes
CGO Congo 1962 1962 1966 1978 Yes
COD DR Congo 1919 1964 1964 1978 Yes
EQG Equatorial Guinea 1960 1986 1986 1978 Yes
GAB Gabon 1962 1963 1967 1978 Yes
STP São Tomé and Príncipe 1975 1986 1976 1978 Yes
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)
BDI Burundi 1948 1972 1972 1994 Yes
DJI Djibouti 1979 1994 1986 1995 Yes
ERI Eritrea 1996 1998 1998 1973 Yes
ETH Ethiopia 1943 1953 1957 1994 Yes
KEN Kenya 2011 2012 2012 1973 Yes
RWA Rwanda 1972 1976 1976 1994 Yes
SOM Somalia 1960 1960 1975 1973 Yes
SSD South Sudan 2011 2012 2012 2012 No
SDN Sudan 1936 1948 1957 1975 Yes
TAN Tanzania 1930 1964 1964 1973 Yes
UGA Uganda 1924 1960 1960 1973 Yes
ZAN Zanzibar 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 2003 2007 Yes
LES Lesotho 1932 1964 1964 1997 Yes
MAD Madagascar 1961 1962 1963 2000 Yes
MWI Malawi 1966 1967 1968 1997 Yes
MRI Mauritius 1952 1962 1963 2000 Yes
MOZ Mozambique 1976 1980 1978 1997 Yes
NAM Namibia 1990 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SEY Seychelles 1979 1986 1986 2000 Yes
RSA South Africa 1991 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SWZ Swaziland 1968 1978 1976 1997 Yes
ZAM Zambia 1929 1964 1964 1997 Yes
ZIM Zimbabwe 1965 1965 1980 1997 Yes
Non-regional Members
REU Réunion 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

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)
Total
 Algeria Part of France[6] × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
12 → 4
 Angola × R1
23rd
8 → 1
 Cameroon × × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
12 → 7
 DR Congo[7] × × R1
16th
× 10 → 1
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
13 → 2
 Ghana × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
12 → 3
 Ivory Coast × × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
10 → 3
 Morocco × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
13 → 4
 Nigeria × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
13 → 5
 Senegal × × × × QF
7th
10 → 1
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
6 → 3
 Togo × × × × × R1
30th
9 → 1
 Tunisia × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
13 → 4
 Zaire see Congo DR (1974–1994)[7]
Firsts
  • 1934:  Egypt first African team to qualify for the World Cup
  • 1970:  Morocco first African team to drew 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 consecutively for two times
  • 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 firsts two 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

(12)
1995

(12)
1999

(16)
2003

(16)
2007

(16)
2011

(16)
2015

(24)
Total
 Cameroon × q 7 → 1
 Ivory Coast × × × q 7 → 1
 Equatorial Guinea × × × R
15th
4 → 1
 Ghana R
13–14
R
12th
R
15th
7 → 3
 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
1995
1997
1999
2001

2003
2005
2009
2013
2017
2021
Total
 Cameroon GS 2nd 2
 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

Summer Olympics

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
1900

1904

1908

1912

1920

1924

1928

1936

1948

1952

1956

1960

1964

1968

1972

1976

1980

1984

1988

1992

1996

2000

2004

2008

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
1996

2000

2004

2008

2012
Total
Cameroon 1
Nigeria QF 3
South Africa 1
Total 0 1 1 1 2 5

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
Al-Ahly SC
19
8 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 4 CAF Cup Winners' Cups, 6 CAF Super Cup, 1 CAF Confederation Cups
2
Zamalek SC
9
5 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cups
3
ES Sahel
8
1 CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Cup Winners' Cups, 2 CAF Cups, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 2 CAF Super Cups
4
TP Mazembe
7
4 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 2 CAF Super Cups
5
JS Kabylie
6
2 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cups
6
Raja CA Casablanca
5
3 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup
ES Tunis
5
2 African Cup of Champions Clubs; 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup
8
Canon Yaoundé
4
3 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup
Enyimba International FC
4
2 CAF Champions Leagues, 2 CAF Super Cups
CS Sfaxien
4
3 CAF Confederation Cups, 1 CAF Cup

Update as of 01 December 2013 in chronological order.

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