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Confédération Africaine de Football

Confederation of African Football
Confédération Africaine de Football
الإتــحــاد الأفــريــقــي لــكــرة الـقـدم
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Abbreviation CAF
Formation 1957
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 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

Main article: History of CAF

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 controversy[3] and criticism[4] 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

2 Associate Members

Regional Federations

Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF) - 2005

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

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

Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC) - 1978

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

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 6 8
 Morocco GS R16 GS GS 4 12
 Nigeria R16 R16 GS GS 4 12
 Tunisia GS GS GS GS 4 12
 Algeria GS GS GS 3 11
 South Africa GS GS GS 3 5
 Ivory Coast GS GS 2 10
 Egypt 1R GS 2 12
 Ghana R16 QF 2 11
 Angola GS 1 7
 Congo DR GSa 1 9
 Senegal QF 1 10
 Togo GS 1 8
Total 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 34

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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
 Ivory Coast 4th 1
 Egypt GS GS 2
 Nigeria 4th × × GS 1
 South Africa × GS 4th 2
 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
16
7 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues; 4 CAF Cup Winners' Cups; 5 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

Update as of 5 February 2011 in chronological order.

CAF Best Footballers of the Century

The voting to select the best of the century refers to three categories: male player,Voting process as explained by the IFFHS.

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.[15]

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

Top/Best 15 African Clubs

Continental Football Clubs Ranking - Africa

Latest Update: After matches played 2012

Africa Club Rankings:


Rnk Team Country

1 TP Mazembe Congo DR

2 Al Ahly Egypt

3 ES Tunis Tunisia

4 Al Merreikh Sudan

5 Al Hilal Omdurman Sudan

6 Cotonsport Cameroon

7 Vita Club Congo DR

8 Kaizer Chiefs South Africa

9 Dynamos Zimbabwe

10 Etoile Sahel Tunisia

11 Orlando Pirates South Africa

12 Zamalek Egypt

13 Recreativo do Libolo Angola

14 Stade Malien Mali

15 Djoliba Mali

CAF's Anthem

On September 18, 2007 the CAF launched a competition for all African composers to create its Anthem.[16] 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 January 16, 2008. The usage of the anthem and its composer are still unknown.

Announced September 18, 2007

See also

CAF competitions

Clubs:

National:

Inter Continental:

Regional:

CAF resolutions

Awards:

Qualifications:

Related articles

References

External links

  • Confederation Of African Football official CAF site
  • Confederation of African Football, Soccerlens.com. Retrieved: 09/10/2010.
  • CAF video highlights
  • The history of the Confederation Of African Football
  • Listen to CAF Anthem CAF Anthem

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