Confédération Africaine de Football

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Confédération Africaine
de Football
Confederation of African
The CAF logo

The African continental association CAF

Founded February 8, 1957
Association headquarters City of October 6th , EgyptEgyptEgypt 
president MadagascarMadagascar Ahmad Ahmad
Secretary General MoroccoMorocco Abdelmounaim Bah
Members 56 national associations

The Confédération Africaine de Football or Confederation of African Football ( CAF for short ) is the African football association , a regional confederation of the world football association FIFA .

The organization was founded on February 8, 1957. The headquarters are in the city ​​of October 6, near Cairo .

Founding history

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.

Former CAF logo
Former CAF logo

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.


General Secretaries

Member associations

Regional associations of the CAF

The CAF now has 56 national associations, which are divided into five different regional zones for the purpose of qualifying for national team competitions.

Zone / country Regional association
north UNAF (Union of North African Football Federations)
EgyptEgypt Egypt Egyptian Football Association * / ***
AlgeriaAlgeria Algeria Federation of Algérienne de Football *
LibyaLibya Libya Libyan Football Federation *
MoroccoMorocco Morocco Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football *
TunisiaTunisia Tunisia Federation Tunisienne de Football *
West a WAFU-UFOA (West African Football Union)
GambiaGambia Gambia Gambia Football Federation
Guinea-aGuinea Guinea Fédération Guinéenne de Football
Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau Federação de Futebol da Guiné-Bissau
Cape VerdeCape Verde Cape Verde Federação Caboverdiana de Futebol
LiberiaLiberia Liberia Liberia Football Association
MaliMali Mali Fédération Malienne de Football
MauritaniaMauritania Mauritania Fédération de Football de la République Islamique de Mauritanie *
SenegalSenegal Senegal Fédération Sénégalaise de Football
Sierra LeoneSierra Leone Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Football Association
West B WAFU-UFOA (West African Football Union)
BeninBenin Benin Fédération Beninoise de Football
Burkina FasoBurkina Faso Burkina Faso Federation Burkinabè de Football
Ivory CoastIvory Coast Ivory Coast Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
GhanaGhana Ghana Ghana Football Association
NigerNiger Niger Federation of Nigerien Football
NigeriaNigeria Nigeria Nigeria Football Federation
TogoTogo Togo Fédération Togolaise de Football
Central UNIFFAC (Union des Fédérations du Football d'Afrique Centrale)
Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol
GabonGabon Gabon Fédération Gabonaise de Football
CameroonCameroon Cameroon Federation Camerounaise de Football
Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo DR Congo Fédération Congolaise de Football Association
Congo RepublicRepublic of the Congo Republic of the Congo Fédération Congolaise de Football
Sao Tome and PrincipeSao Tome and Principe Sao Tome and Principe Federação Santomense de Futebol
ChadChad Chad Fédération Tchadienne de Football Association
Central African RepublicCentral African Republic Central African Republic Fédération Centrafricaine de Football
Central East CECAFA (Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations)
EthiopiaEthiopia Ethiopia Ethiopian Football Federation
BurundiBurundi Burundi Fédération de Football du Burundi
DjiboutiDjibouti Djibouti Fédération Djiboutienne de Football *
EritreaEritrea Eritrea Eritrean National Football Federation
KenyaKenya Kenya Football Kenya Federation
RwandaRwanda Rwanda Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association
ZanzibarZanzibar Zanzibar ** Zanzibar Football Association
SomaliaSomalia Somalia Somali Football Federation *
TanzaniaTanzania Tanzania Tanzania Football Federation
UgandaUganda Uganda Federation of Uganda Football Associations
SudanSudan Sudan Sudan Football Association *
South SudanSouth Sudan South Sudan South Sudan Football Association
south COSAFA (Council of Southern Africa Football Associations)
AngolaAngola Angola Federação Angolana de Futebol
BotswanaBotswana Botswana Botswana Football Association
ComorosComoros Comoros Fédération Comorienne de Football *
Flag of Eswatini.svg Eswatini Eswatini Football Association
LesothoLesotho Lesotho Lesotho Football Association
MadagascarMadagascar Madagascar Fédération Malagasy de Football
MalawiMalawi Malawi Football Association of Malawi
MauritiusMauritius Mauritius Mauritius Football Association
MozambiqueMozambique Mozambique Federação Moçambicana de Futebol
NamibiaNamibia Namibia Namibia Football Association
ReunionReunion Reunion ** Ligue Réunionnaise de Football
ZambiaZambia Zambia Football Association of Zambia
SeychellesSeychelles Seychelles Seychelles Football Federation
ZimbabweZimbabwe Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Football Association
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa South African Football Association

* 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



Competitions for club teams

Discontinued competitions

  • 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



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

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: CAF  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Contact on
  2. Dietschy / Kemo-Keimbou, p. 109
  3. Dietschy / Kemo-Keimbou, pp. 110 and 157ff.
  4. Dietschy / Kemo-Keimbou, p. 359
  5. Africa's Football Association: $ 24 million leaked? (February 11, 2020)
  6. 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.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /