|Formation||10 February 1957|
|Headquarters||6th of October City, Giza, Egypt|
|56 member associations|
|English, French, Arabic|
|AFC, CAF, CONCACAF|
|CONMEBOL, OFC, UEFA|
The Confederation of African Football or CAF (French: Confédération Africaine de Football) 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,by Egyptian, Ethiopian, South African and Sudanese 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, Egypt. Youssef Mohamad 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, Cairo, Egypt. CAF currently has 56 member associations: 54 are full members, while Zanzibar and Réunion are associate members (see the CAF Members and Zones section below).
The current CAF President is Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar, who was elected on 16 March 2017.The 1st Vice-President is Amaju Melvin Pinnick from Nigeria, the 2nd Vice-President is called Constant Omari Selemani from RD Congo and the 3rd Vice-President is Fouzi Lekjaa from Morocco. Current CAF General Secretary is Moroccan Hajji Mouad since 11 April 2019.
|Acting General Secretary|
|Media and Communication Manager|
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|Code||Association||National teams||Founded||FIFA affiliation||CAF affiliation||Regional affiliation||IOC member|
|Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF)|
|West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA)|
|Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC)|
|Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)|
|ZAN||1965||1980||1973 & 2003||No|
|Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)|
CAF National League
The main competition for men's national teams Africa Cup of Nations, started in 1957. In 2009, the CAF started 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.
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.
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.
|CAF Champions League||4th||2019–20|
|CAF Confederation Cup||1st||2019–20|
|CAF Super Cup||2nd||2019–20|
|Africa Cup of Nations||2nd||2021|
|African Nations Championship||1st||2020|
|Africa U-23 Cup of Nations||1st||2023|
|Africa U-20 Cup of Nations||1st||2021|
|Africa U-17 Cup of Nations||2nd||2021|
|Africa Futsal Cup of Nations||1st||2020|
|Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations||5th||2020|
|Football at the African Games||1st||2023|
|Africa Women Cup of Nations||11th||2020|
|African U-20 Cup of Nations for Women||5th|
|African U-17 Cup of Nations for Women||5th|
|Football at the African Games||3rd||2023|
In October 2004, MTN has contracted a four-year deal to sponsor African football's major competitions. This agreement, which worthed US$12.5 million, was the biggest sponsorship deal in African sporting history at that time.
In July 2009, Orange has signed an eight-year deal to sponsor African football's major competitions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but CAF previous year put a value of €100 million for a comprehensive and long-term package of its competitions when it opened tenders for a new sponsor. The deal included the African Nations Cup, the CAF Champions League, the CAF Confederation Cup, the CAF Super Cup, the African Nations Championship and the African Youth Championship.
In July 2016, Total replaced Orange as the main sponsor and has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a value of €950 million to support ETof its principal competitions, including the CAF Champions League, renamed Total CAF Champions League.
The CAF current main sponsors are:
For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.
|Team|| 1930 |
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|Part of France||×||•||•||•||R1|
|Part of Portugal||×||•||•||•||•||•||R1|
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|Part of Belgium||×||×||R1|
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|Part of France||•||×||R1|
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|Part of France||×||×||•||•||•||•||•||×||•||•||QF|
|Part of France||×||×||×||•||•||•||×||×||•||•||•||R1|
|Part of France||•||×||•||•||R1|
The following CAF members have competed in the following FIFA Women's World Cups. Teams are sorted by number of appearances.
|Team|| 1991 |
| 1995 |
| 1999 |
| 2003 |
| 2007 |
| 2011 |
| 2015 |
| 2019 |
| 2023 |
|Team|| 1992 || 1995 || 1997 || 1999 || 2001 || 2003 || 2005 || 2009 || 2013 || 2017 ||Total|
|Nation|| 1989 || 1992 || 1996 || 2000 || 2004 || 2008 || 2012 || 2016 || 2020 ||Years|
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Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games.
|Part of France||–||–||–||8||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||14||2|
|Part of France||–||–||–||–||–||11||–||–||–||1||–||8||–||–||3|
|Part of France||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||6||–||q||2|
|Part of France||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||12||–||1|
|Part of the United Kingdom||–||–||7||12||16||–||–||3||8||–||9||–||–||–||6|
|Part of France||11||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1|
|Part of France||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||5||–||–||–||1|
|Part of France||–||13||–||8||–||12||–||15||–||16||=10||–||11||–||7|
|Part of the United Kingdom||–||–||–||–||14||–||13||–||15||–||1||8||–||2||–||3||7|
|Part of France||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||6||-||1|
|–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Banned because of apartheid||–||–||11||–||–||–||13||q||2|
|Part of the United Kingdom||–||–||15||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1|
|Part of France||15||–||–||–||–||–||13||–||14||–||12||–||–||–||4|
|Part of the United Kingdom||RHO||–||–||–||15||–||5||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||2|
This graph shows the time periods each (male) national football team has been at the highest ranked CAF member on the FIFA World Rankings.
Top ranked women's national teams by FIFA
Men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
Women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). Top ten, last updated 12 March 2018
The following clubs are the top 10 clubs in CAF competitions.
|1||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||12||5 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup, 2 Afro-Asian Club Championship|
|3||11||5 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup|
|4||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||8||4 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|
|6||8||3 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 2 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship|
|7||6||2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cup|
|8||5||2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship|
|9||4||2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship|
|4||3 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup|
|4||2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Super Cup|
|4||3 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup|
Rankings are calculated by the CAF based on points gathered by African teams throughout their participation in international club tournaments organized by either the FIFA, Harrison Campbell, or the CAF since the establishment of the first African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1964.
The voting to select the best of the century refers to three categories: male player, goalkeeper and female player and is obtained from five different steps. The resulting best players and goalkeepers were honored during the "World Football Gala 1999".
CAF Best Player of the Century
CAF Best Goalkeeper of the Century
CAF Best Women's Footballer of the Century
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.
On 18 September 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 African music. The duration of the anthem is 74 seconds. The chosen anthem was first published to the site on 16 January 2008. The usage of the anthem and its composer are still unknown.
Announced 18 September 2007
Players in bold are still active at international level
The CAF Africa Cup of Nations, officially CAN, also referred to as AFCON, or Total Africa Cup of Nations after its headline sponsor, is the main international men’s association football competition in Africa. It is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been held every two years. The title holders at the time of a FIFA Confederations Cup qualify for that competition.
The Morocco national football team, nicknamed "Atlas Lions", is the national team of Morocco.It is governed by the Fédération Royale Marocaine de football (FRMF), the governing body for football in Morocco.
The CAF Champions League is an annual continental club football competition run by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The top club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the premier club football competition in the continent and the equivalent to the UEFA Champions League. Due to sponsorship reasons, the official name is Total CAF Champions League, with Total Champions League also in use.
The CAF Confederation Cup, officially named Total CAF Confederation Cup, is an annual club association football competition organised by the Confederation of African Football since 2004. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It is the second-tier competition of African club football, ranking below the CAF Champions League. The winner of the tournament faces the winner of the CAF Champions League in the following season's CAF Super Cup.
The CAF Super Cup is an annual African association football competition contested between the winners of the Total CAF Champions League and the Total CAF Confederation Cup. The competition was first held in 1993 and is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It is the continental equivalent of the UEFA Super Cup in European and Recopa Sudamericana in South American club football.
Entente Sportive Sétifienne, known as Entente de Sétif, commonly referred to as ES Sétif or ESS for short, is an Algerian professional football club based in Sétif. The club was founded in 1958 and its colours are black and white. Their home stadium, the Stade 8 Mai 1945, has a capacity of 18,000 spectators. The club is currently playing in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.
The 2009 CAF Champions League is the 45th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 13th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The winner will participate in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2010 CAF Super Cup.
The CAF 5-Year Ranking is used by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to determine the number of clubs that each CAF member association may enter in Africa's club football competitions, the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup. At present, those associations ranked in the top twelve may enter two sides into each of the two continental tournaments, while the remaining associations are limited to a single side in each competition.
The 2010 CAF Champions League was the 46th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 14th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The winner, TP Mazembe qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, and also played in the 2011 CAF Super Cup.
The Union of North African Football Federations is an association football organising body. It was launched in 2005 by the North African members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The post of president will be rotated among the five founding nations.
The TotalU-20 Africa Cup of Nations is the main international youth football competition for CAF nations, and is competed for by under 20 year olds. It is held every two years with the top 4 teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The 2014 CAF Champions League was the 50th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 18th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The two-time defending champions Al-Ahly were eliminated in the second round by Al-Ahly Benghazi.
The 2015 CAF Champions League was the 51st edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 19th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The winner qualified for the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, and earned the right to play in the 2016 CAF Super Cup.
The 2017 CAF Champions League was the 53rd edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 21st edition under the current CAF Champions League title.
The 2017 CAF Confederation Cup was the 14th edition of the CAF Confederation Cup, Africa's secondary club football competition organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The 2018 CAF Champions League was the 54th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 22nd edition under the current CAF Champions League title.
The 2018 CAF Confederation Cup was the 15th edition of Africa's secondary club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), under the current CAF Confederation Cup title after the merger of CAF Cup and African Cup Winners' Cup.
The 2018–19 CAF Champions League was the 55th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 23rd edition under the current CAF Champions League title.
The 2018–19 CAF Confederation Cup was the 16th edition of Africa's secondary club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), under the current CAF Confederation Cup title after the merger of CAF Cup and African Cup Winners' Cup.