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Confédération Africaine de Football
African Football Confederation
الإتحاد الأفريقي لكرة القدم

CAF logo

CAF members are in green
Formation 1957
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Membership 55 member associations
Official languages French, English and Arabic
Secretary General Moustafa Fahmy
President Issa Hayatou

The Confédération Africaine de Football (English: African Football Confederation), (Arabic: الإتحاد الأفريقي لكرة القدم‎) is the administrative and controlling body for African football. It is almost always referred to by its acronym CAF (usually pronounced /kæf/).

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, and therefore, overcome a lot of naturally occurring obstacles, or other burdens such as; limited resources and either complete or partial lack of infrastructures, besides the high cost of transportation through different sides of the continent. Nevertheless, Africa produced skilled players and teams that match, and sometimes exceed Europeans, but, these isolated cases should not be self-deceptive into believing that Africa have achieved European standards in all the domains of football. CAF has been given 5 slots out of the 32 available since the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and increased to 6 in 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

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, 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 to 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, Cairo. It was initially made up of 4 national associations. Currently there are 55 associations, 53 full members beside Réunion Island and Zanzibar as associates. (see the bottom of this page or List of CAF national football teams).

The current CAF President is Issa Hayatou.






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.


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.

CAF Members

Regional Federations

Non-regional Members

Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA)

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)

Union des Fédérations du Football de l' Afrique Centrale (UNIFFAC)

Union du Football de l' Ouest Afrique (UFOA)

Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF)

  1. ^  - Non-FIFA member associations holding associate membership of CAF.
African regional federations:      UNAF (North Africa)      UFOA (West Africa)      UNIFFAC (Central Africa)      CECAFA (East Africa)      COSAFA (Southern 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

World Cup Participation and Results

  • QF – Quarterfinals (1934–1938, 1954–1970, and since 1986: knockout round of 8; 1974–1978, second group stage, final 8)
  • R2 – Round 2 (1982: second group stage, final 12; since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 – Round 1

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
West Germany
United States
South KoreaJapan
South Africa
 Cameroon R1 QF R1 R1 R1 Q 6
 Morocco R1 R2 R1 R1 4
 Nigeria R2 R2 R1 Q 4
 Tunisia R1 R1 R1 R1 4
 Algeria R1 R1 Q 3
 South Africa R1 R1 Q 3
 Côte d'Ivoire R1 Q 2
 Egypt R1 R1 2
 Ghana R2 Q 2
 Angola R1 1
 Congo DR1 R1 1
 Senegal QF 1
 Togo R1 1
Total 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 34
  • Q - Qualified - Tournament to be played June-July 2010
  •    — Hosts

1 Made 1 appearance as Zaire Zaire in 1974.

Womens' 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 People's Republic of China
United States
United States
People's Republic of China
 Nigeria R1 R1 QF R1 R1 5
 Ghana R1 R1 R1 3
Total 1 1 2 2 2 TBD 8


Top 10 National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA based on matches played over the last four years.[2]

CAF FIFA Country Points
1 11  Cameroon 1035
2 16  Côte d'Ivoire 934
3 22  Nigeria 848
4 24  Egypt 832
5 26  Algeria 823
6 34  Ghana 747
7 47  Mali 662
8 48  Gabon 660
9 49  Burkina Faso 650
10 53  Tunisia 614


Top 10 Women's National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA based on matches played over the last four years.[3]

CAF FIFA Country Points
1 29  Nigeria 1652
2 44  Ghana 1523
3 54  South Africa 1408
4 62  Morocco 1359
5 66  Algeria 1344
6 68  Equatorial Guinea 1338
7 70  Côte d'Ivoire 1334
8 72  Tunisia 1319
9 73  Cameroon 1300
10 75  Mali 1282

Last updated March 27, 2009

Top 20 African Clubs

Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS based on matches played over the last year till the date of release.[4]

CAF IFFHS Club Points
1 41 Egypt Al Ahly Sporting Club 158.0
2 71 Tunisia Étoile Sportive du Sahel 136.5
3 80 Nigeria Enyimba International F.C. 131.0
4 95 Cameroon Cotonsport FC de Garoua 124.5
5 97 Sudan Al-Merreikh 123.5
6 102 Zimbabwe Dynamos F.C. 120.5
7 110 Sudan Al-Hilal Omdurman 113.0
8 115 Egypt Zamalek Sporting Club 112.0
9 122 Tunisia Club Africain 107.0
10 132 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns FC 103.5
11 142 Egypt Haras El Hodood 99.0
12 152 Tunisia Club Sportif Sfaxien 96.5
13 172 Ghana Asante Kotoko 90.0
14 179 Côte d'Ivoire ASEC Mimosas 88.0
15 193 Algeria Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie 86.0
16 196 Morocco Olympique Club de Khouribga 84.5
17 213 Angola Grupo Desportivo Interclube 81.5
18 225 Libya Alittihad Tripoli 79.0
19 251 Morocco Forces Armées Royales Rabat 75.0
20 261 South Africa Platinum Stars 74.0

Last updated December 1, 2008

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.[5]

CAF Club Points
1 Egypt Al-Ahly 74.0
2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 50.0
3 Egypt Zamalek 48.0
4 Ghana Asante Kotoko 44.0
5 Côte d'Ivoire ASEC Mimosas 42.0
6 Tunisia Espérance 42.0
7 Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 36.0
8 Algeria JS Kabylie 35.0
9 Ghana Hearts of Oak 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[6], goalkeeper[7] and female player[8], 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 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.[9].

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

CAF's Anthem

In September 18, 2007 the CAF launched a competition for all African composers to create its Anthem[10]. 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 in January 16, 2008. The usage of the anthem and yet it's composer are still unknown.

Announced September 18, 2007

See also

CAF competitions


National teams:

CAF resolutions



Related articles

External links


  1. ^ "Confederation Cup". CAF. Retrieved 2008-12-17.  
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men) - CAF Region". FIFA. 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2008-12-07.  
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women) - CAF Region". FIFA. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-13.  
  4. ^ "TOP 350 Club World Ranking". IFFHS. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  5. ^ "African Club Ranking: Old-Time records from 1965 – 2007". CAF. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-11-13.  
  6. ^ "Africa's Best Player of the Century". IFFHS. 1999-12-20. Retrieved 2008-11-13.  
  7. ^ "Africa's Best Goalkeeper of the Century". IFFHS. 1999-12-20. Retrieved 2008-11-13.  
  8. ^ "Africa's Best Women's Footballer of the Century". IFFHS. 1999-12-10. Retrieved 2008-11-13.  
  9. ^ "CAF release 30 best African players in the last 50 years". CAF. 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2010-01-15.  
  10. ^ "Competition for the CAF's anthem". CAF. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 208-11-13.  

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The Confederation of African Football often referred to as just CAF, is the organization that controls African football.

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