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The Confédération Africaine de Football ( ), ( ) is the administrative and controlling body for African football. It is almost always referred to by its acronym CAF (usually ).

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 FIFAmarker. 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 Francemarker and increased to 6 in 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

CAF was founded on 8 February 1957 in Khartoummarker, Sudanmarker 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 Lisbonmarker, Portugalmarker. The headquarters were few months in Khartoum until a fire outbreak in the offices of the Sudanese Football Association when the organization moved to Cairomarker. Youssef Mohammad was the first General Secretary and Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem the president. Its administrative center since 2002 is in 6th of October Citymarker, Cairomarker. 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.

History

CAF President

Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem (Egypt) 1957-1958
Gen. Abdel Aziz Mostafa (Egypt) 1958-1968
Dr. Abdel Halim Mohamed (Sudan) 1968-1972
Ydnekatchew Tessema (Ethiopia) 1972-1987
Dr. Abdel Halim Mohamed (Sudan) 1987-1988
Issa Hayatou (Cameroon) 1988- Present


General Secretaries

Youssef Mohamed (Egypt) 1957-1958
Mustafa Kamel Mansour (Egypt) 1958-1961
Mourad Fahmy (Egypt) 1961-1982
Mustapha Fahmy (Egypt) 1982- present


Honorary Presidents

Gen. Abdel Aziz Mostafa (Egypt) +
Ydnekatchew Tessema (Ethiopia) +
Dr. Abdel Halim Mohamed (Sudan)


Honorary Members

Mourad Fahmy (Egypt) +
Ram Ruhee (Mauritius)
Tom Mtine (Zambia)
Anani Matthia (Togo)
Rito Alcantara (Senegal) +
Saidi El Maamry (Tanzania)
Nfamara Camara (Guinea)


General Assembly

:CAF General Assembly meetings


1st Ordinary General Assembly in Lisbon , 7-8 June 1956


2nd Ordinary General Assembly in Khartoum , 8 February 1957


3rd Ordinary General Assembly in Stockholm , June 1958


4th Ordinary General Assembly in Cairo , 27 May 1959


1st Extraordinary General Assembly in Rome , 21 August 1960


2nd Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo , 16-17 February 1961


5th Ordinary General Assembly in Addis Ababa , 16-17 January 1962


3rd Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo , 23-24 January 1963


6th Ordinary General Assembly in Accra , 14-15 November 1963


4th Extraordinary General Assembly in Tokyo , 7 October 1964


7th Ordinary General Assembly in Tunis , 11 November 1965


5th Extraordinary General Assembly in London , 11 July 1966


8th Ordinary General Assembly in Addis Ababa , 10 January 1968


9th Ordinary General Assembly in Khartoum , 5 February 1970


6th Extraordinary General Assembly in Mexico , 18 June 1970


10th Ordinary General Assembly in Yaounde , 21-22 February, 3 March 1972


11th Ordinary General Assembly in Cairo , 26 February 1974


12th Ordinary General Assembly in Addis Ababa , 26 February 1976


13th Ordinary General Assembly in Accra , 2 march 1978


14th Ordinary General Assembly in Lagos , 6 march 1980


15th Ordinary General Assembly in Tripoli , 3-4 March 1982


16th Ordinary General Assembly in Abidjan , 1 st March 1984


17th Ordinary General Assembly in Cairo , 5 March 1986


18th Ordinary General Assembly in Casablanca , 10 March 1988


19th Ordinary General Assembly in Algiers , 29 February 1990


20th Ordinary General Assembly in Dakar , 10 January 1992


21st Ordinary General Assembly in Tunis , 23 March 1994


22nd Ordinary General Assembly in Johannesburg , 11 January 1996


23rd Ordinary General Assembly in Ouagadougou , 5 February 1998


24th Ordinary General Assembly in Accra , 19 January 2000


25th Ordinary General Assembly in Tunis , January 2004


7th Extraordinary General Assembly in Paris , 19 May 2004


26th Ordinary General Assembly in Marrakech, 11 September 2005


27th Ordinary General Assembly in Cairo, 18 January 2006


28th ordinary General Assembly in Khartoum, 10 February 2007


29th ordinary General Assembly in Accra, 17-18 January 2008


Competitions

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.

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

  • 1






Council for East and Central Africa Football Association



  • 1




Council of Southern Africa Football Associations







Union des Fédérations du Football de l' Afrique Centrale







Union du Football de l' Ouest Afrique







Union of North African Football Federations







1: CAF associate member, but non-FIFA member.



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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

Legend
  • 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

1930


1934


1938


1950


1954


1958


1962


1966


1970


1974


1978


1982


1986


1990


1994


1998


2002


2006


2010
Total
R1 QF R1 R1 R1 Q 6
R1 R2 R1 R1 4
R2 R2 R1 Q 4
R1 R1 R1 R1 4
R1 R1 Q 3
WD QF R2 Q 3
R1 R1 Q 3
R1 Q 2
R1 R1 2
R1 1
1 R1 1
QF 1
R1 1
Total 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 34


  • WD - qualified - but dit not go
  • Q - Qualified - Tournament to be played June-July 2010
  •    — Hosts
1 Made 1 appearance as Zairemarker 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

1991


1995


1999


2003


2007


2011
Total
R1 R1 QF R1 R1 5
R1 R1 R1 3
Total 1 1 2 2 2 TBD 8


Rankings

Top 10 National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFAmarker based on matches played over the last four years.

CAF FIFAmarker Country Points
1 11 1035
2 16 927
3 22 848
4 28 823
5 29 820
6 37 739
7 47 662
8 48 660
9 49 650
10 53 613


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Top 10 Women's National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFAmarker based on matches played over the last four years.

CAF FIFAmarker Country Points
1 29 1652
2 44 1523
3 54 1408
4 62 1359
5 66 1344
6 68 1338
7 70 1334
8 72 1319
9 73 1300
10 75 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.
CAF IFFHS Club Points
1 41 Al Ahly Sporting Club 158.0
2 71 Étoile Sportive du Sahel 136.5
3 80 Enyimba International F.C. 131.0
4 95 Cotonsport FC de Garoua 124.5
5 97 Al-Merreikh 123.5
6 102 Dynamos F.C. 120.5
7 110 Al-Hilal Omdurman 113.0
8 115 Zamalek Sporting Club 112.0
9 122 Club Africain 107.0
10 132 Mamelodi Sundowns FC 103.5
11 142 Haras El Hodood 99.0
12 152 Club Sportif Sfaxien 96.5
13 172 Asante Kotoko 90.0
14 179 ASEC Mimosas 88.0
15 193 Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie 86.0
16 196 Olympique Club de Khouribga 84.5
17 213 Grupo Desportivo Interclube 81.5
18 225 Alittihad Tripoli 79.0
19 251 Forces Armées Royales Rabat 75.0
20 261 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 FIFAmarker or the CAF since the establishment of the first African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1964.

CAF Club Points
1 Al Ahly Sporting Club 74.0
2 Étoile Sportive du Sahel 50.0
3 Zamalek Sporting Club 48.0
4 Asante Kotoko 44.0
5 ASEC Mimosas 42.0
6 Espérance Sportive de Tunis 42.0
7 Canon Sportif de Yaoundé 36.0
8 Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie 35.0
9 Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club 31.0
10 Africa Sports National 30.0


CAF Best Footballers Of The Century

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". Voting process as explained by the IFFHS.

CAF Best Player of the Century

Player Name Points
George Weah 95
Roger Milla 77
Abédi Pelé 72
Lakhdar Belloumi 56
Rabah Madjer 51
Théophile Abega 39
Laurent Pokou 38
Kalusha Bwalya 37
Ahmed Faras 35
Finidi George 32


CAF Best Goalkeeper Of The Century

Player Name Points
Joseph-Antoine Bell 39
Thomas Nkono 30
Sadok Sassi 26
Badou Zaki 24
Mwamba Kazadi 19
Jacques Songo'o 13
Bruce Grobbelaar 11
Ahmed Shobair 10
Alain Gouaméné 9
Peter Rufai 6


CAF Best Women's Footballer Of The Century

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


CAF Golden Jubille Best Player Award

The integral list of the 30 best African players in the last 50 years or the period 1957 - 2007.
Player Name Points
Roger Milla 2246
Mahmoud El Khatib 2165
Hossam Hassan 2011
Samuel Eto'o 1840
Abédi Pelé 1783
George Weah 1604
Didier Drogba 1467
Nwankwo Kanu 1209
Rabah Madjer 1176
Kalusha Bwalya 1073
Michael Essien 996
Augustine Okocha 921
Saleh Selim 850
Hacène Lalmas 791
Benedict Saul McCarthy 782
El Hadji Diouf 711
Noureddine Naybet 692
Rashidi Yekini 649
Hany Ramzy 608
Hassan Shehata 605
Lucas Radebe 557
Tarak Dhiab 541
Mohammed Timoumi 539
Anthony Yeboah 511
Salif Keita 476
Karim Abdul Razak 430
Samuel Osei Kuffour 368
Lakhdar Belloumi 305
Rigobert Song 283
Nasr El Din Abbas (Jaksa) 202


Announced November 8, 2007

CAF's Anthem

In September 18, 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 in January 16, 2008. The usage of the anthem and yet it's composer are still unknown.

Announced September 18, 2007

References



See also

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CAF competitions

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