Confédération Africaine de Football
Confederation of African
|Founded||February 8, 1957|
|Association headquarters||City of October 6th , Egypt|
|Secretary General||Abdelmounaim Bah|
|Members||56 national associations|
In the course of the formation of continental associations in the mid-1950s - in Asia the AFC in 1954 , in Europe in 1956 the UEFA ; The South American CONMEBOL has existed since 1916 - the desire for an organizational consolidation also developed in Africa in order to give international football more weight. The difficulty was that at that time there were only five sovereign African states (Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya and the South African Republic) and thus only a few national football associations recognized by the European-South American dominated FIFA.
At the 1954 FIFA Congress in Bern , the Argentine delegate stated that the prerequisite for the formation of continental associations was "the fulfillment of sporting and organizational conditions [in Africa and Asia] that has not yet been met". After all, the Egyptian Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem was the first African to be elected to the FIFA Executive Committee at this meeting . With the beginning of the decolonization of Africa (Sudan, Tunisia and Morocco became independent in 1956, Ghana and Guinea in 1958), the number of national associations also grew.
Nevertheless, the founding of the CAF was preceded by considerable squabbles with FIFA. In 1955, for example, the General Secretary of the World Association, Kurt Gassmann , called for regular intra-African and intercontinental international matches to be held as a prerequisite for “getting used to the FIFA rules and customs, as well as player training, the quality of the referees, technical level, and medical and social protection to raise the footballer ”. On the sidelines of the 1956 FIFA Congress in Lisbon, however, the delegates from Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sudan agreed to form a continental federation. Although the CAF stated 1956 as the year of foundation on its early letterheads, the official date is February 8, 1957, when the CAF statute was passed on the sidelines of the first Africa Cup for national teams in Khartoum . The delegates elected Abdallah Salem as president, who was replaced a year later by his compatriot Abdel Aziz Mostafa . Until 1959, only Ghana joined the CAF, while the application for membership of the not yet independent Algeria was rejected in 1958 (see here ) . Between 1960 - in this so-called "African year" alone 17 states achieved their independence - and in 1963 the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda were added. From 1964 to 1969, Algeria, Dahomey, Gabon, Gambia, Kenya, Congo-Brazzaville, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, Upper Volta, Northern Rhodesia / Zambia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo and the Central African Republic of the CAF . The CAF first organized a continental competition for club teams, the African Cup of Champion Clubs , in 1965.
At the beginning of 2020, allegations of embezzlement were brought against the CAF and President Ahmad Ahmad.
The CAF now has 56 national associations, which are divided into five different regional zones for the purpose of qualifying for national team competitions.
* Also members of the Union of Arab Football Associations .
** No members of FIFA , but associate members of the CAF and the respective regional association.
*** Egypt ended its membership in the UNAF regional association on November 19, 2009, but rejoined it in 2011.
The association organizes numerous competitions in which the national teams or club teams of their member associations take part. In addition, the CAF organizes the qualification rounds of the Africa zone for the soccer world championships and for the Olympic soccer tournament . The competitions in detail:
Competitions for national teams
- African Cup of Nations - men's soccer tournament, has been held every two years since 1957
- African Nations Cup - men's soccer tournament, has been held every two years since 2009
- U-23 African Cup of Nations - has been held every four years since 2011 and serves as a qualification for the soccer tournament of the Olympic Games
- U-20 Football Africa Championship (also African U-20 Championship ) - has been held every two years since 1979 and serves as a qualification for the U-20 World Cup
- U-17 Football Africa Championship (also The Under 17 Cup ) - has been held every two years since 1995 and serves as a qualification for the U-17 Football World Cup
- African Futsal Championship
- African Beach Soccer Championship
- Football tournament for national teams of the African Games
- UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup for African and European U17 teams, organized jointly with the European continental football association UEFA
- Africa Cup of Women - Women’s African Cup of Nations , has been held every two years since 1998
- U-20 Women's Africa Cup - has been held every two years since 2004 and serves as qualification for the U-20 Women's World Cup
- U-17 Women's Africa Cup - has been held every two years since 2004 and serves as qualification for the U-17 Women's World Cup
- Football tournament for national teams of the African Games
Competitions for club teams
- CAF Champions League , has been played since 1965, was called the African Cup of Champion Clubs until 1996.
- CAF Confederation Cup , held as CAF Cup from 1992 to 2003
- CAF Super Cup , has been held regularly since 1992
- Afro-Asian Cup for national teams , organized jointly with the Asian continental football association AFC
- African Cup Winners' Cup , was held regularly from 1975 to 2003, after which it was discontinued in favor of the Confederation Cup
- Afro-Asian Cup , competition for African and Asian club teams, organized jointly with the Asian Continental Football Association ( AFC) , was played from 1986 to 1999
World Cup participants from the African continent
- Football World Cup 1930 : None
- Football World Cup 1934 : Egypt
- Football World Cup 1938 : None
- Football World Cup 1950 : None
- Football World Cup 1954 : None
- Football World Cup 1958 : None
- Football World Cup 1962 : None
- Football World Cup 1966 : None
- Football World Cup 1970 : Morocco
- Football World Cup 1974 : Zaire
- Football World Cup 1978 : Tunisia
- Football World Cup 1982 : Algeria , Cameroon
- Football World Cup 1986 : Algeria , Morocco 1
- Football World Cup 1990 : Egypt , Cameroon 2
- Football World Cup 1994 : Cameroon , Morocco , Nigeria 1
- Football World Cup 1998 : Cameroon , Morocco , Nigeria 1 , South Africa , Tunisia
- Football World Cup 2002 : Cameroon , Senegal 2 , Nigeria , South Africa , Tunisia
- Football World Cup 2006 : Angola , Ivory Coast , Ghana 1 , Togo , Tunisia
- Soccer World Cup 2010 : Algeria , Ivory Coast , Ghana 2 , Cameroon , Nigeria , South Africa 3
- Football World Cup 2014 : Algeria 1 , Ivory Coast , Ghana , Cameroon , Nigeria 1
- Football World Cup 2018 : Egypt , Morocco , Nigeria , Senegal , Tunisia
- Football Women's World Cup 1991 : Nigeria
- Soccer World Cup 1995 : Nigeria
- Soccer World Cup 1999 : Ghana , Nigeria 2
- 2003 Women's World Cup : Ghana, Nigeria
- Football Women's World Cup 2007 : Ghana, Nigeria
- Football Women's World Cup 2011 : Equatorial Guinea , Nigeria
- Football Women's World Cup 2015 : Ivory Coast , Cameroon 1 , Nigeria
- Football Women's World Cup 2019 : Cameroon 1 , Nigeria 1 , South Africa
1 round of 16 2 quarter finals 3 hosts
- Djizmedjian, Zaven (former CAF press officer / Cairo / Egypt): 30 years of CAF. In: 11 - magazine for international football history and statistics. N ° 3, Ed .: IFFHS, Interball-Verlag, Düsseldorf 1986, pp. 7-14.
- Barry G. Baker: A Journal of African Football History 1883-2000. 2001. (in English)
- Barry G. Baker: African Football Guide 1996-97. 1996. (in English)
- Barry G. Baker: South African Soccer: An Introduction. 1992, ISBN 0-9512255-1-0 . (English speaking)
- Paul Dietschy, David-Claude Kemo-Keimbou (Co-editors: FIFA): Le football et l'Afrique. EPA, 2008, ISBN 978-2-85120-674-9 .
- Literature on football in Africa on the internet library sub-saharan Africa
- Contact on Cafonline.com
- Dietschy / Kemo-Keimbou, p. 109
- Dietschy / Kemo-Keimbou, pp. 110 and 157ff.
- Dietschy / Kemo-Keimbou, p. 359
- Africa's Football Association: $ 24 million leaked? (February 11, 2020)
- Egypt quits North Africa league after Algeria defeat, Morocco Football Online, November 20, 2009 ( Memento of the original from January 4, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.