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Confederation of African Football

Confederation of African Football
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Abbreviation CAF
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Type Sports organization
Headquarters 6th of October City, Egypt
Region
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Membership
56 member associations
Official language
English, French and Arabic
Secretary General
Hicham El Amrani
Issa Hayatou
Employees
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Website www.cafonline.com
Formerly called
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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 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 Zanzibar[citation 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]

History

Main article: History of CAF

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 23x15px Algeria 1962 1963 1964 2005 Yes
EGY 23x15px Egypt 2 1921 1923 1957 2005 Yes
LBY 23x15px Libya 1962 1963 1965 2005 Yes
MAR 23x15px Morocco 1955 1960 1960 2005 Yes
TUN 23x15px Tunisia 1956 1960 1960 2005 Yes
West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA)
BEN 23x15px Benin 1962 1962 1969 1975 Yes
BFA 23x15px Burkina Faso 1960 1964 1964 1975 Yes
CPV 23x15px Cape Verde 1982 1986 2000 1975 Yes
GAM 23x15px Gambia 1952 1966 1966 1975 Yes
GHA 23x15px Ghana 1957 1958 1958 1975 Yes
GUI 23x15px Guinea 1960 1961 1962 1975 Yes
GNB 23x15px Guinea-Bissau 1974 1986 1986 1975 Yes
CIV 23x15px Ivory Coast 1960 1961 1960 1975 Yes
LBR 23x15px Liberia 1936 1962 1962 1975 Yes
MLI 23x15px Mali 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
MTN 23x15px Mauritania 1961 1961 1964 1975 Yes
NIG 23x15px Niger 1967 1967 1967 1975 Yes
NGA 23x15px Nigeria 1945 1960 1959 1975 Yes
SEN 23x15px Senegal 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
SLE 23x15px Sierra Leone 1967 1967 1967 1975 Yes
TOG 23x15px Togo 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC)
CMR 23x15px Cameroon 1959 1962 1963 1978 Yes
CTA 23x15px Central African Republic 1961 1963 1965 1978 Yes
CHA 23x15px Chad 1962 1988 1988 1978 Yes
CGO 23x15px Congo 1962 1962 1966 1978 Yes
COD 23x15px DR Congo 1919 1964 1964 1978 Yes
EQG 23x15px Equatorial Guinea 1960 1986 1986 1978 Yes
GAB 23x15px Gabon 1962 1963 1967 1978 Yes
STP 23x15px São Tomé and Príncipe 1975 1986 1976 1978 Yes
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)
BDI 23x15px Burundi 1948 1972 1972 1994 Yes
DJI 23x15px Djibouti 1979 1994 1986 1995 Yes
ERI 23x15px Eritrea 1996 1998 1998 1973 Yes
ETH 23x15px Ethiopia 1943 1953 1957 1994 Yes
KEN Template:Country data Kenya Kenya 2011 2012 2012 1973 Yes
RWA 23x15px Rwanda 1972 1976 1976 1994 Yes
SOM 23x15px Somalia 1960 1960 1975 1973 Yes
SSD 23x15px South Sudan 2011 2012 2012 2012 No
SDN 23x15px Sudan 1936 1948 1957 1975 Yes
TAN 23x15px Tanzania 1930 1964 1964 1973 Yes
UGA 23x15px Uganda 1924 1960 1960 1973 Yes
ZAN 23x15px Zanzibar 3 1965 1980 1973 & 2003 No
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)
ANG 23x15px Angola 1979 1980 1980 1997 Yes
BOT 23x15px Botswana 1970 1978 1976 1997 Yes
COM 23x15px Comoros 1979 2005 2003 2007 Yes
LES 23x15px Lesotho 1932 1964 1964 1997 Yes
MAD 23x15px Madagascar 1961 1962 1963 2000 Yes
MWI 23x15px Malawi 1966 1967 1968 1997 Yes
MRI 23x15px Mauritius 1952 1962 1963 2000 Yes
MOZ 23x15px Mozambique 1976 1980 1978 1997 Yes
NAM 23x15px Namibia 1990 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SEY 23x15px Seychelles 1979 1986 1986 2000 Yes
RSA 23x15px South Africa 1 1991 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SWZ 23x15px Swaziland 1968 1978 1976 1997 Yes
ZAM 23x15px Zambia 1929 1964 1964 1997 Yes
ZIM 23x15px Zimbabwe 1965 1965 1980 1997 Yes
Non-regional Members
REU 22px 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

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

Team 1930
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(13)
1934
23x15px
(16)
1938
23x15px
(15)
1950
23x15px
(13)
1954
23x16px
(16)
1958
23x15px
(16)
1962
23x15px
(16)
1966
23x15px
(16)
1970
23x15px
(16)
1974
23x15px
(16)
1978
23x15px
(16)
1982
23x15px
(24)
1986
23x15px
(24)
1990
23x15px
(24)
1994
23x15px
(24)
1998
23x15px
(32)
2002
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(32)
2006
23x15px
(32)
2010
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(32)
2014
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(32)
Total
23x15px Algeria Part of France[6] × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
12 → 4
23x15px Angola × R1
23rd
8 → 1
23x15px Cameroon × × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
12 → 7
23x15px DR Congo[7] × × R1
16th
× 10 → 1
23x15px Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
13 → 2
23x15px Ghana × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
12 → 3
23x15px Ivory Coast × × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
10 → 3
23x15px Morocco × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
13 → 4
23x15px Nigeria × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
13 → 5
23x15px Senegal × × × × QF
7th
10 → 1
23x15px South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
6 → 3
23x15px Togo × × × × × R1
30th
9 → 1
23x15px Tunisia × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
13 → 4
23x15px Zaire see Congo DR (1974–1994)[7]
Firsts

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
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(12)
1995
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(12)
1999
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(16)
2003
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(16)
2007
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(16)
2011
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(16)
2015
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(24)
Total
23x15px Cameroon × q 7 → 1
23x15px Ivory Coast × × × q 7 → 1
23x15px Equatorial Guinea × × × R
15th
4 → 1
23x15px Ghana R
13–14
R
12th
R
15th
7 → 3
23x15px 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
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1995
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1997
23x15px
1999
23x15px
2001
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2003
23x15px
2005
23x15px
2009
23x15px
2013
23x15px
2017
23x15px
2021
23x15px
Total
23x15px Cameroon GS 2nd 2
23x15px Egypt GS GS 2
23x15px South Africa × GS 4th 2
23x15px Nigeria 4th × × GS 2
23x15px Ivory Coast 4th 1
23x15px 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 23x15px
1900
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1904
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1908
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1912
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1920
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1924
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1928
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1936
23x15px
1948
23x15px
1952
23x15px
1956
23x15px
1960
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1964
23x15px
1968
23x15px
1972
23x15px
1976
23x15px
1980
23x15px
1984
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1988
23x15px
1992
23x15px
1996
23x15px
2000
23x15px
2004
23x15px
2008
23x15px
2012
Total
22x20px Egypt QF 4th 4th QF QF 11
22x20px Morocco QF 7
22x20px Ghana QF 3rd QF 6
22x20px Nigeria 1st QF 2nd 6
22x20px Tunisia 4
22x20px Cameroon 1st QF 3
22x20px Zambia QF 2
22x20px Algeria QF 1
22x20px Ivory Coast QF 1
22x20px Gabon 1
22x20px Guinea 1
22x20px Mali QF 1
22x20px Senegal QF 1
22x20px South Africa 1
22x20px 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 23x15px
1996
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2000
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2004
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2008
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2012
Total
22x20px Cameroon 1
22x20px Nigeria QF 3
22x20px 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
23x15px Al-Ahly SC <center>19 8 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 4 CAF Cup Winners' Cups, 6 CAF Super Cup, 1 CAF Confederation Cups
<center>2 23x15px Zamalek SC <center>9 5 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cups
<center>3 23x15px ES Sahel <center>8 1 CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Cup Winners' Cups, 2 CAF Cups, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 2 CAF Super Cups
<center>4 23x15px TP Mazembe <center>7 4 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 2 CAF Super Cups
<center>5 23x15px JS Kabylie <center>6 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cups
<center>6 23x15px Raja CA Casablanca <center>5 3 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup
23x15px ES Tunis <center>5 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs; 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup
<center>8 23x15px Canon Yaoundé <center>4 3 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup
23x15px Enyimba International FC <center>4 2 CAF Champions Leagues, 2 CAF Super Cups
23x15px CS Sfaxien <center>4 3 CAF Confederation Cups, 1 CAF Cup

Update as of 01 December 2013 in chronological order.