Confederation of African Football


Confederation of African Football
Confederation of African Football
Confédération Africaine de Football
الإتحاد الأفريقي لكرة القدم
Formation 1957
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Egypt 6 October City, Egypt
Membership 55 member associations
Official languages English, French and Arabic
Secretary General Moustafa Fahmy
President Cameroon Issa Hayatou
Website www.cafonline.com

The Confederation of African Football (CAF, play /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. The headquarters were few months in Khartoum 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. Its administrative center since 2002 is in 6th of October City, near Cairo. It was initially made up of 4 national associations. Currently there are 55 associations, 53 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.

Contents

History

Competitions

Africa Club Union Cup (ACUC):

Continental

The main competition for men's national teams is the African 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.[1]

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[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] CAF's parent body FIFA has expressed sympathy to Togo,[5] but has not commented on CAF's actions.

CAF Members

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

53 Full Members

1 Associate Member

Regional Federations

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

West Africa Football Union (WAFU) - Union du Football de l'Ouest Afrique (UFOA) - 1975

Union des Fédérations de Football d'Afrique Centrale (UNIFFAC) - 1978

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) - 1997

Union of North Africa Football Federations (UNAF) - 2005

Non-regional Members

  1. ^ - Excluded from CAF and from 1st African Cup of Nations in 1957 due to Apartheid
  2. ^ - Non-FIFA member associations holding associate membership of CAF
  3. ^ - Member of UNAF from 2005 to 2009 and from 2011 - Withdrew from UNAF on the 19th of November 2009 but return on 2011
African regional federations:
  WAFU-UFOA (West Africa)
  UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
  UAFA (Arab World)

CAF Regional Zones

CAF Zone 1 - Northern Zone

CAF Zone 2 - Western Zone A

CAF Zone 3 - Western Zone B

CAF Zone 4 - Central Zone

CAF Zone 5 - Central Eastern Zone

CAF Zone 6 - Southern Zone

Summer Olympics qualifiers

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 10
Ghana QF 3rd QF 6
Morocco QF 6
Nigeria 1st QF 2nd 6
Tunisia 4
Cameroon 1st QF 3
Zambia QF 2
Algeria QF 1
Côte d'Ivoire QF 1
Guinea 1
Mali 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 43

Women

Nation United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Total
Nigeria QF 3
Total 0 1 1 1 3

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
  •    — 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
 Ghana R16 QF 2 11
 Côte d'Ivoire GS GS 2 10
 Egypt 1R GS 2 12
 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 reach the knockout stage:  Morocco (1986)
    • First African team to reach the quarter-final:  Cameroon (1990)

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
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 2011 Women's World Cup

Rankings

Men's National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.[6]

CAF FIFA Country Points +/−
1 19  Côte d'Ivoire 898 decrease
2 29  Egypt 775 increase
3 33  Ghana 734 increase
4 35  Algeria 713 increase
5 42  Senegal 626 decrease
6 44  Nigeria 625 decrease
7 47  Cameroon 600 increase
8 49  South Africa 595 increase
9 54  Burkina Faso 578 decrease
10 56  Morocco 566 increase

Last updated July, 15, 2011

Women's National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA based on matches played over the last four years.[7]

CAF FIFA Country Points
1 27  Nigeria 1710
2 51  Ghana 1457
3 55  Equatorial Guinea 1431
4 66  Cameroon 1380
5 67  South Africa 1366
6 71  Morocco 1340
7 74  Tunisia 1335
8 75  Côte d'Ivoire 1331
9 78  Algeria 1320
10 84  Egypt 1299

Last updated July 22, 2011

Top 20 African Clubs

Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS based on matches played over the last year till the date of release.[8]

CAF IFFHS Club Points
1 81 Egypt Al-Ahly SC 126.5
2 84 Algeria ES Sétif 125.5
3 86 Nigeria Heartland FC 124.0
4 88 Sudan Al-Hilal Club 123.5
5 113 Egypt Zamalek SC 111.0
6 131 Algeria JS Kabylie 103.0
7 138 Sudan Al-Merreikh SC 101.0
8 139 Egypt Haras El-Hodood Club 100.5
9 149 Egypt Ismaily SC 97.5
10 150 Tunisia Espérance ST 96.0
11 184 Mali Stade Malien 89.5
12 189 Libya Al-Ittihad Club 88.5
13 196 Angola CD Primeiro de Agosto 86.5
14 179 South Africa Supersport United FC 88.0
15 237 Angola Atlético Petróleos Luanda 80.5
16 246 Egypt Petrojet FC 79.5
17 248 Nigeria Kano Pillars FC 78.5
18 272 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 75.7
19 283 Egypt ENPPI Club 73.0
20 345 Algeria CR Belouizdad 65.5

Last updated July 30, 2008

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
14
6 African Cup of Champions Clubs-CAF Champions Leagues; 4 CAF Cup Winners' Cups; 4 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
7
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 ES Tunis
4
1 African Cup of Champions Clubs; 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup; 1 CAF Cup; 1 CAF Super Cup

Update as of 5 February 2011 in chronological order.

CAF overall ranking of African Clubs

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 or the CAF since the establishment of the first African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1964.[9]

CAF Club Points
1 Egypt Al-Ahly SC 74.0
2 Egypt Zamalek SC 60.0
3 Tunisia ES Sahel 50.0
4 Ghana Asante Kotoko FC 44.0
5 Côte d'Ivoire ASEC Mimosas 42.0
6 Tunisia ES Tunis 42.0
7 Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 36.0
8 Algeria JS Kabylie 35.0
9 Ghana Accra Hearts of Oak SC 31.0
10 Côte d'Ivoire Africa Sports 30.0

CAF Best Footballers Of The Century

The voting to select the best of the century refers to three categories: male player,[10] goalkeeper[11] and female player,[12] and is obtained from five different steps. The resulting best players and goalkeepers were honored during the "World Football Gala 1999". Voting process as explained by the IFFHS.

CAF Best Player of the Century

Player Name Points
Liberia George Weah 95
Cameroon Roger Milla 77
Ghana Abédi Pelé 72
Algeria Lakhdar Belloumi 56
Algeria Rabah Madjer 51
Cameroon Théophile Abega 39
Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Pokou 38
Zambia Kalusha Bwalya 37
Morocco Ahmed Faras 35
Nigeria Finidi George 32

CAF Best Goalkeeper Of The Century

Player Name Points
Cameroon Joseph-Antoine Bell 39
Cameroon Thomas Nkono 30
Tunisia Sadok Sassi "Attouga" 26
Morocco Badou Zaki 24
Democratic Republic of the Congo Mwamba Kazadi 19
Cameroon Jacques Songo'o 13
Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar 11
Egypt Ahmed Shobair 10
Côte d'Ivoire Alain Gouaméné 9
Nigeria Peter Rufai 6

CAF Best Women's Footballer Of The Century

Player Name Points
Nigeria Uche Eucharia Ngozi 21
Nigeria Rita Nwadike 18
Nigeria Doris Nkiru Okosieme 17
Nigeria Florence Omagbemi 15
Nigeria Ann Chiojirie 14
Ghana Nana Ama Gyamfuah 13
South Africa Fikhile Sitole 9
Ghana Vivian Mensah 8
Nigeria Mercy Akide 7
Nigeria Ann Agumanu

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.[13]

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. Côte d'Ivoire 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 Abas El Din

CAF's Anthem

On September 18, 2007 the CAF launched a competition for all African composers to create its Anthem.[14] 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 yet it's composer are still unknown.

Announced September 18, 2007

See also

CAF competitions

Clubs:

National:

Inter Continental:

Regional:

CAF resolutions

Awards:

Qualifications:

  • CAF 5-Year Ranking

Related articles

  • History of CAF
  • List of presidents of CAF
  • List of first international of African national teams
  • IFFHS Africa's best clubs of the 20th century

External links

References

  1. ^ "Confederation Cup". CAF. http://www.cafonline.com/index.php?lng=1&opt=44&cmpt=19&titre=Past%20Competitions. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Togo given Africa Nations Cup ban". BBC News. 2010-01-30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/8489127.stm. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/piersedwards/2010/01/caf_decision_over_togo_makes_n.html
  4. ^ "Togo footballers shot in ambush". BBC News. 2010-01-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8449319.stm. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  5. ^ http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/federation/news/newsid=1155068.html#statement+togo
  6. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men) - CAF Region". FIFA. 8 April 2010. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html#confederation=23913&rank=200. 
  7. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women) - CAF Region". FIFA. 2011-07-22. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=f/fullranking.html#confederation=23913&rank=534. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  8. ^ "TOP 350 Club World Ranking". IFFHS. 2008-12-01. http://www.iffhs.de/?10f42e00fa2d17f73702fa3016e23c17f7370eff3702bb1c2bbb6f28f53512. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  9. ^ "African Club Ranking: Old-Time records from 1965 to 2007". CAF. 2008-05-08. http://www.cafonline.com/index.php?lng=1&cmpt=0&module=media&ANC=actualite&TNews=&idrub=97076&idnews=83214. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  10. ^ "Africa's Best Player of the Century". IFFHS. 1999-12-20. http://www.iffhs.de/?b40f8ca85bd0e027e8f05f5cfc5ffcc81314a433ccd40385fdcdc3bfcdc0aec70aeedb8a3f0e03790c443e0f4039041e. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  11. ^ "Africa's Best Goalkeeper of the Century". IFFHS. 1999-12-20. http://www.iffhs.de/?f8ca85bd0e027e8f05f5cfc5ffcc81308d85ff8b00388f05005fdcdc3bfcdc0aec70aeedb8a3f0e03790c443e0f40390b70e. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  12. ^ "Africa's Best Women's Footballer of the Century". IFFHS. 1999-12-10. http://www.iffhs.de/?42d03e32a16f43809fa3c17d73f17ff3204d23808f33717f7370eff3702bb1c2bbb6e28fc380de43110f83d00e0a. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  13. ^ "CAF release 30 best African players in the last 50 years". CAF. 2007-08-11. http://www.cafonline.com/caf/media-services/facts/77-caf-release-30-best-african-players-in-the-last-50-years.html. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  14. ^ "Competition for the CAF's anthem". CAF. 2007-09-18. http://www.cafonline.com/index.php?lng=1&module=media&idrub=94637&idnews=82041. Retrieved 208-11-13. 

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