Confederation of African Football

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Confederation of African Football
Confederation of African Football logo.svg
Confederation of African Football member associations map.svg
AbbreviationCAF
Founded8 February 1957; 63 years ago (1957-02-08)
Founded atKhartoum, Sudan
TypeSports organisation
Headquarters6th of October City, Giza, Egypt
Region served
Africa
Membership
56 member associations
Official language
English, French, Arabic
Secretary General
Abdelmounaim Bah
vacant
Parent organization
FIFA
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.cafonline.com

The Confederation of African Football or CAF (French: Confédération Africaine de Football) 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 the biggest of the six continental confederations of FIFA. Since the expansion of the number of teams at the World Cup finals to 32 in 1998, CAF has been allocated five places, though this was expanded to six for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, to include the hosts.

CAF was established on 8 February 1957 at the Grand Hotel[1] in Khartoum, Sudan,[2] by Egyptian, Ethiopian, South African and Sudanese[3] FAs, following former discussions between the Egyptian, Somali, South African and Sudanese FAs earlier on 7 June 1956 at the Avenida Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Its first headquarters was situated in Khartoum for some months until a fire outbreak in the offices of the Sudanese Football Association when the organization moved near Cairo, Egypt. Youssef Mohamad was the first general secretary and Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem the president. Since 2002, the administrative center has been located in 6th of October City, Cairo, Egypt. CAF currently has 56 member associations: 54 are full members, while Zanzibar and Réunion are associate members (see the CAF Members and Zones section below).

The former CAF President is Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar, who was elected on 16 March 2017.[4] The 1st Vice-President is Amaju Melvin Pinnick from Nigeria, the 2nd Vice-President is Constant Omari Selemani from RD Congo and the 3rd Vice-President is Fouzi Lekjaa from Morocco.[5] Current CAF General Secretary is Moroccan Hajji Mouad since 11 April 2019.[6]

History[edit]

CAF's anthem[edit]

On 18 September 2007 the CAF launched a competition for all African composers to create its Anthem.[7] 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 16 January 2008. The usage of the anthem and its composer are still unknown.

Announced 18 September 2007

Current leaders[edit]

Name Position
vacant President
Democratic Republic of the Congo Constant Omari Vice President
Morocco Fouzi Lekjaa Vice President
Morocco Mouad Hajji General Secretary
Morocco Abdul Bah Acting General Secretary
Egypt Sherif El Khadem Financal Director
Egypt Mohamed Hassan Salem Head Of IT
Cameroon Junior Binyam Media and Communication Manager

Source:[8][9]

CAF members and zones[edit]

Members[edit]

African regional federations
  UNAF (North Africa)
  WAFU-UFOA (West Africa)
  UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
  CECAFA (East Africa)
  COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Other federation
Code Association National teams Founded FIFA affiliation CAF affiliation Regional affiliation IOC member
Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF) (5)
ALG  Algeria 1962 1963 1964 2005 Yes
EGY  Egypt 2 1921 1923 1957 2005 Yes
LBY  Libya 1962 1964 1965 2005 Yes
MAR  Morocco 1955 1960 1959 2005 Yes
TUN  Tunisia 1957 1960 1960 2005 Yes
West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA) (16)
BEN  Benin 1962 1962 1962 1975 Yes
BFA  Burkina Faso 1960 1964 1964 1975 Yes
CPV  Cape Verde 1982 1986 2000 1975 Yes
GAM  Gambia 1952 1968 1966 1975 Yes
GHA  Ghana 1957 1958 1958 1975 Yes
GUI  Guinea 1960 1962 1963 1975 Yes
GNB  Guinea-Bissau 1974 1986 1986 1975 Yes
CIV  Ivory Coast 1960 1964 1960 1975 Yes
LBR  Liberia 1936 1964 1962 1975 Yes
MLI  Mali 1960 1963 1963 1975 Yes
MTN  Mauritania 1961 1970 1968 1975 Yes
NIG  Niger 1962 1967 1967 1975 Yes
NGA  Nigeria 1945 1960 1960 1975 Yes
SEN  Senegal 1960 1964 1964 1975 Yes
SLE  Sierra Leone 1960 1960 1960 1975 Yes
TOG  Togo 1960 1962 1964 1975 Yes
Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC) (8)
CMR  Cameroon 1959 1962 1963 1978 Yes
CTA  Central African Republic 1961 1964 1965 1978 Yes
CHA  Chad 1962 1964 1964 1978 Yes
CGO  Congo 1962 1964 1966 1978 Yes
COD  DR Congo 1919 1964 1964 1978 Yes
EQG  Equatorial Guinea 1957 1986 1986 1978 Yes
GAB  Gabon 1962 1966 1967 1978 Yes
STP  São Tomé and Príncipe 1975 1986 1986 1978 Yes
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) (12)
BDI  Burundi 1948 1972 1972 1994 Yes
DJI  Djibouti 1979 1994 1994 1995 Yes
ERI  Eritrea 1996 1998 1998 1973 Yes
ETH  Ethiopia 1943 1952 1957 1994 Yes
KEN  Kenya 1960 1960 1968 1973 Yes
RWA  Rwanda 1972 1978 1978 1994 Yes
SOM  Somalia 1951 1962 1968 1973 Yes
SSD  South Sudan 2011 2012 2012 2012 Yes
SDN  Sudan 1936 1948 1957 1975 Yes
TAN  Tanzania 1930 1964 1964 1973 Yes
UGA  Uganda 1924 1960 1960 1973 Yes
ZAN  Zanzibar 3 1965 1980 1973 & 2003 No
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) (14)
ANG  Angola 1979 1980 1980 1997 Yes
BOT  Botswana 1970 1978 1976 1997 Yes
COM  Comoros 1979 2005 2005 2007 Yes
SWZ  Eswatini 1968 1978 1978 1997 Yes
LES  Lesotho 1932 1964 1964 1997 Yes
MAD  Madagascar 1961 1964 1963 2000 Yes
MWI  Malawi 1966 1968 1968 1997 Yes
MRI  Mauritius 1952 1964 1963 2000 Yes
MOZ  Mozambique 1976 1980 1980 1997 Yes
NAM  Namibia 1990 1992 1992 1997 Yes
SEY  Seychelles 1979 1986 1986 2000 Yes
RSA  South Africa 1 1991 1992 1992 1997 Yes
ZAM  Zambia 1929 1964 1964 1997 Yes
ZIM  Zimbabwe 1965 1965 1980 1997 Yes
Non-regional members
REU  Réunion 3 1926 2004 No
  1. ^ – Excluded from CAF and from 1st African Cup of Nations in 1957 due to Apartheid
  2. ^ – Member of UNAF from 2005 to 2009 and from 2011 – Withdrew from UNAF on 19 November 2009 but return on 2011
  3. ^ – Associate members, not part of FIFA. Zanzibar held full membership for four months in 2017, when its status was changed after CAF admitted its membership was an error.[10]

Regional zones[edit]

CAF National League

CAF Zone 1 – North Zone[edit]

CAF Zone 2 – Zone West A[edit]

CAF Zone 3 – Zone West B[edit]

CAF Zone 4 – Central Zone[edit]

CAF Zone 5 – Central-East Zone[edit]

CAF Zone 6 – Southern Zone[edit]

Competitions[edit]

CAF competitions[edit]

International[edit]

The main competition for men's national teams Africa Cup of Nations, started in 1957. In 2009, the CAF started 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-20 and Under-17 levels. For women's national teams, CAF operates the Africa Women Cup of Nations for senior national sides and the African U-20 Women's World Cup qualification at under-20 level, since 2008 there is an African U-17 Cup of Nations for Women for under-17 sides.

Club[edit]

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.[11]

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.

The Afro-Asian Club Championship was jointly organised with AFC between the winners of the CAF Champions League and the winners of the AFC Champions League. The last Afro-Asian Club Championship took place in 1998.

Current title holders[edit]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men's)
Africa Cup 2019  Algeria 2nd  Senegal 2022 (January 2022)
Nations Championship 2018  Morocco 1st  Nigeria 2020 Postponed
U-23 Cup 2019  Egypt 1st  Ivory Coast 2023
African Games Men's tournament 2019  Burkina Faso 1st  Nigeria 2023
U-20 Cup[cc 1] 2019  Mali 1st  Senegal 2021
U-17 Cup[cc 2] 2019  Cameroon 2nd Vacant 2021
Futsal Cup 2020  Morocco 1st  Egypt 2024
Youth Olympic Futsal Qualifying Tournament 2018  Egypt 1st  Angola 2026
Beach Soccer Cup 2018  Senegal 5th  Nigeria 2020
National teams (Women's)
Women Cup 2018  Nigeria 11th  South Africa 2020 Cancelled
African Games Women's tournament 2019  Nigeria 3rd  Cameroon 2023
U-20 Cup for Women 2018  Ghana
 Nigeria
5th
9th
 Cameroon
 South Africa
2020
U-17 Cup for Women 2018  Ghana
 South Africa
 Cameroon
5th
2nd
1st
 Djibouti
 Morocco
 Nigeria
2020
Club teams (Men's)
Champions League 2020 Egypt Al-Ahly 9th Egypt Zamalek 2021
Confederation Cup 2019–20 Morocco RS Berkane 1st Egypt Pyramids 2020–21
Super Cup 2020 Egypt Zamalek 4th Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2020
Club teams (Women's)
Women's Champions League 2021 2022
  1. ^ This competition has been known by four different names, most recently the African U-21 Championship from 2003 through the 2015 competition. The first tournament under the current name of "Africa U-20 Cup of Nations" will tale place in 2017.
  2. ^ From 1995 through the 2015 tournament, the competition was known as the African U-17 Championship. The first tournament under the current name of "Africa U-17 Cup of Nations" will tale place in 2017.

Competition Winners[edit]

Nation Men Women Total
Africa Cup of Nations CHAN U-23's U-20's U-17's Futsal Beach Soccer African Games Africa Women Cup of Nations African Games
Nigeria Nigeria 3(4) 0(1) 1 7(2) 2(2) 2(4) 1(4) 11 3 30(17)
EgyptEgypt 7(2) 1 4(1) 1 3(2) - 2 - - 18(5)
CameroonCameroon 5(2) - - 1(4) 2 - 1(1) 4 0(4) 1(2) 14(13)
GhanaGhana 4(5) 0(2) - 3(2) 2(2) 0(1) - 1 1(1) 0(3) 11(16)
SenegalSenegal 0(2) - 0(3) - - 5(2) 1 - - 6(7)
MoroccoMorocco 1(1) 1 0(1) 1 - 2(1) - - - - 5(3)
AlgeriaAlgeria 2(1) - 0(1) 1 0(1) - - 1 - - 4(3)
Democratic Republic of the CongoDR Congo 2 2 - - - - - - - - 4

Sponsors[edit]

In October 2004, MTN has contracted a four-year deal to sponsor African football's major competitions. This agreement, which worthed US$12.5 million, was the biggest sponsorship deal in African sporting history at that time.[12]

In July 2009, Orange has signed an eight-year deal to sponsor African football's major competitions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but CAF previous year put a value of €100 million for a comprehensive and long-term package of its competitions when it opened tenders for a new sponsor. The deal included the African Nations Cup, the CAF Champions League, the CAF Confederation Cup, the CAF Super Cup, the African Nations Championship and the African Youth Championship.[13]

In July 2016, Total replaced Orange as the main sponsor and has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a value of €950 million[14] to support ETof its principal competitions, including the CAF Champions League, renamed Total CAF Champions League.[15]

The CAF current main sponsors are:

Rankings[edit]

Top ranked men's national teams by FIFA[edit]

This graph shows the time periods each (male) national football team has been at the highest ranked CAF member on the FIFA World Rankings.


CAF overall ranking of African clubs titles[edit]

The following clubs are the top 10 clubs in CAF competitions.

Pos Club Titles Trophies won
1 Egypt Al Ahly SC 20 8 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 4 African Cup Winners' Cup, 6 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
2 Egypt Zamalek SC 13 5 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 4 CAF Super Cup, 2 Afro-Asian Club Championship
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 11 5 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup
4 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 9 1 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 African Cup Winners' Cup, 2 CAF Confederation Cup, 2 CAF Cup, 2 CAF Super Cup
5 Tunisia Espérance Sportive de Tunis 8 4 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
6 Morocco Raja Casablanca 8 3 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 2 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
7 Algeria JS Kabylie 6 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cup
8 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 5 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
9 Algeria ES Sétif 4 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 4 3 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup
Nigeria Enyimba F.C. 4 2 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Super Cup
Tunisia CS Sfaxien 4 3 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup
Update as of 21 February 2015 in chronological order.

CAF overall ranking of African clubs[edit]

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, Harrison Campbell, or the CAF since the establishment of the first African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1964.[18]

Men's Futsal[edit]

CAF FIFA Country Points +/-

Women's Futsal[edit]

CAF FIFA Country Points +/-

Beach soccer national teams[edit]

Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). Top ten, last updated 12 March 2018

CAF BSWW Country Points
1 12  Senegal 1084
2 17  Egypt 782
3 20  Nigeria 720
4 24  Morocco 609
5 34  Madagascar 339
6 41  Ivory Coast 330
7 57  Ghana 177
8 66  Libya 125
9 68  Mozambique 117
10 69  Cape Verde 115

Major tournament records[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals (1934–1938, 1954–1970, and 1986–present: knockout round of 8)
  • R2 — Round 2 (1974–1978, second group stage, top 8; 1982: second group stage, top 12; 1986–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  – Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •    – Hosts
  •     – Not affiliated in FIFA

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Kingdom of Italy
(16)
1938
French Third Republic
(15)
1950
Fourth Brazilian Republic
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
Japan
South Korea
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
Mexico
United States
(48)
Years
 Algeria Part of France[19] × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
4/13
 Angola Part of Portugal[20] × R1
23rd
1/9
 Cameroon Part of France × × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
7/13
 DR Congo[21] Part of Belgium[22] × × R1
16th
× 1/11
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
R1
31st
3/14
 Ghana Part of the United Kingdom × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
3/13
 Ivory Coast Part of France × × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
3/11
 Morocco Part of France × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
R1
27th
5/14
 Nigeria Part of the United Kingdom × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
R1
21st
6/14
 Senegal Part of France × × × QF
7th
R1
17th
2/11
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
3/7
 Togo Part of France × × × × × R1
30th
1/10
 Tunisia Part of France × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
R1
24th
5/14
Total (13 teams) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 TBD 44
Firsts
  • 1934:  Egypt first African team to qualify for the World Cup
  • 1970:  Morocco first African team to draw a match in the World Cup
  • 1978:  Tunisia first African team to win a match in the World Cup
  • 1982:  Algeria first African team to win two matches in the World Cup
  • 1986:  Algeria first African team to qualify two consecutive World Cups
  • 1986:  Morocco first African team to reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen)
  • 1990:  Cameroon first African team to reach the knockout stage (quarter-finals)
  • 1994 and 1998:  Nigeria first African team to win and reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen) in two consecutive World Cups
  • 2002:  Senegal first African team to reach the knockout stage (quarter-finals) further on the World Cup debut
  • 2010:  South Africa first African team to host the World Cup
  • 2014:  Algeria &  Nigeria first African teams to reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen) simultaneously in the World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Teams are sorted by number of appearances.

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Team 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
2023
Australia
New Zealand
(32)
Years
 Cameroon × R2
11th
R2
15th
2/7
 Ivory Coast × × × R1
23rd
1/5
 Equatorial Guinea × × × R1
15th
× 1/4
 Ghana R1
13–14
R1
12th
R1
15th
3/8
 Nigeria R1
10th
R1
11th
QF
7th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
9th
R1
21st
R2
16th
8/8
 South Africa × R1
22nd
1/7
Total (6 teams) 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 TBD 16

Olympic Games For Men[edit]

Olympic Games (Men's tournament) record
Team 1900
France
(3)
1904
United States
(3)
1908
United Kingdom
(6)
1912
Sweden
(11)
1920
Belgium
(14)
1924
France
(22)
1928
Netherlands
(17)
1936
Germany
(16)
1948
United Kingdom
(18)
1952
Finland
(25)
1956
Australia
(11)
1960
Italy
(16)
1964
Japan
(14)
1968
Mexico
(16)
1972
West Germany
(16)
1976
Canada
(13)
1980
Soviet Union
(16)
1984
United States
(16)
1988
South Korea
(16)
1992
Spain
(16)
1996
United States
(16)
2000
Australia
(16)
2004
Greece
(16)
2008
China
(16)
2012
United Kingdom
(16)
2016
Brazil
(16)
2021
Japan
(16)
Years
 Algeria Part of France 8 14 2
 Cameroon Part of France 11 1 8 3
 Egypt[23] 8 8 4 9 11 9 12 4 8 12 8 q 12
 Ivory Coast Part of France 6 q 2
 Gabon Part of France 12 1
 Ghana Part of the United Kingdom 7 12 16 3 8 9 6
 Guinea Part of France 11 1
 Mali Part of France 5 1
 Morocco Part of France 13 8 12 15 16 =10 11 7
 Nigeria Part of the United Kingdom 14 13 15 1 8 2 3 7
 Senegal Part of France 6 - 1
 South Africa Banned because of apartheid 11 13 q 3
 Sudan Part of the United Kingdom 15 1
 Tunisia Part of France 15 13 14 12 4
 Zambia Part of the United Kingdom RHO 15 5 2
Total (15 teams) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 4 3 3

Olympic Games For Women[edit]

Olympic Games (Women's tournament) record
Team 1996
United States
(8)
2000
Australia
(8)
2004
Greece
(10)
2008
China
(12)
2012
United Kingdom
(12)
2016
Brazil
(12)
2021
Japan
(12)
Years
 Cameroon 12 1
 Nigeria 8 6 11 3
 South Africa 10 10 2
 Zambia q 1
 Zimbabwe 12 1
Total (5 teams) 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 or 2

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Team
(Total 42 teams)
1957
Sudan
(3)
1959
United Arab Republic
(3)
1962
Ethiopia
(4)
1963
Ghana
(6)
1965
Tunisia
(6)
1968
Ethiopia
(8)
1970
Sudan
(8)
1972
Cameroon
(8)
1974
Egypt
(8)
1976
Ethiopia
(8)
1978
Ghana
(8)
1980
Nigeria
(8)
1982
Libya
(8)
1984
Ivory Coast
(8)
1986
Egypt
(8)
1988
Morocco
(8)
1990
Algeria
(8)
1992
Senegal
(12)
1994
Tunisia
(12)
1996
South Africa
(15)
1998
Burkina Faso
(16)
2000
Ghana
Nigeria
(16)
2002
Mali
(16)
2004
Tunisia
(16)
2006
Egypt
(16)
2008
Ghana
(16)
2010
Angola
(15)
2012
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
(16)
2013
South Africa
(16)
2015
Equatorial Guinea
(16)
2017
Gabon
(16)
2019
Egypt
(24)
2021
Cameroon
(24)
Years
North Africa Members
 Algeria Part of France × GS 2nd 4th 3rd GS 3rd 1st GS •• QF GS QF GS QF 4th GS QF GS 1st 18
 Egypt 1st 1st 2nd 3rd × × 3rd 3rd 4th 4th × 4th 1st GS GS GS QF QF 1st QF QF GS 1st 1st 1st 2nd R16 24
 Libya × × × × × 2nd × × × × × × GS GS 3
 Morocco × × × GS × 1st GS 3rd 4th 4th GS QF GS GS 2nd GS GS GS GS •• QF R16 17
 Tunisia 3rd GS 2nd × × × 4th × GS GS 2nd QF 4th GS 1st QF QF GS QF GS QF QF 4th 19
West Africa Members
 Benin Part of France × × × × × × × × GS GS GS QF 4
 Burkina Faso Part of France × × × × GS × × × × × GS 4th GS GS GS GS GS 2nd GS 3rd 11
 Cape Verde Part of Portugal × QF GS 2
 Ivory Coast Part of France 3rd 3rd 4th GS •• GS × GS 3rd GS GS 1st 3rd GS QF GS GS 2nd 4th QF 2nd QF 1st GS QF 23
 Ghana UK 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st GS 1st GS 2nd QF 4th GS QF QF GS 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 4th R16 22
 Guinea FRA •• GS GS 2nd GS GS GS × QF QF QF GS QF R16 12
 Guinea-Bissau Part of Portugal × × × × × × × × × GS GS 2
 Liberia × × × × × × × × × GS GS 2
 Mali Part of France 2nd 4th 4th 4th GS GS 3rd 3rd GS GS R16 11
 Mauritania Part of France × × × × × × × × × GS 1
 Niger Part of France × × × × × × × × × × GS GS 2
 Nigeria × GS × × 3rd 3rd 1st GS 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st × × 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd QF 3rd 1st 3rd 18
 Senegal Part of France 4th GS × GS 4th QF QF QF 2nd QF 4th GS GS GS QF 2nd 15
 Sierra Leone Part of the UK × × × × × × × GS GS × × x 2
 Togo Part of France × GS × GS × × GS GS GS GS •• QF GS 8
Central Africa Members
 Cameroon Part of France × GS 3rd GS 1st 2nd 1st GS 4th GS QF 1st 1st QF QF 2nd QF GS 1st R16 q 20
 Congo Part of France GS × 1st 4th GS × QF GS QF 7
 DR Congo Part of Belgium GS 1st GS 4th 1st GS × × GS QF QF QF 3rd GS QF GS QF GS 3rd QF R16 19
 Equatorial Guinea Part of Spain × × × × × × QF 4th 2
 Gabon Part of France × × × × × GS QF GS GS QF GS GS 7
East Africa Members
 Burundi Part of Belgium × × × × × × × × × × × GS 1
 Ethiopia 2nd 3rd 1st 4th GS 4th GS GS GS × × × × × GS 10
 Kenya GS × GS GS GS × GS GS 6
 Rwanda Part of Belgium × × × × × × × × × GS × 1
 Sudan 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st GS GS × × × × × GS QF 8
 Tanzania × GS × × × × GS 2
 Uganda 4th × GS GS GS 2nd × × × GS R16 7
Southern Africa Members
 Angola Part of Portugal × GS GS GS QF QF GS GS GS 8
 Botswana Part of the United Kingdom × × × × × × × × GS 1
 Madagascar Part of France × × × × × × × × × QF 1
 Malawi Part of the United Kingdom × GS GS 2
 Mauritius GS × × 1
 Mozambique Part of Portugal × GS GS GS GS 4
 Namibia Part of South Africa × × GS GS GS 3
 South Africa •• Banned because of apartheid 1st 2nd 3rd QF GS GS GS QF GS QF 10
 Zambia × × 2nd GS 3rd GS × 3rd QF 2nd 3rd GS GS GS GS GS QF 1st GS GS 17
 Zimbabwe GS GS GS GS 4

Africa Women Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Women Cup of Nations record
Team
(Total 26 teams)
1991

(4)
1995

(6)
1998
Nigeria
(7)
2000
South Africa
(8)
2002
Nigeria
(8)
2004
South Africa
(8)
2006
Nigeria
(8)
2008
Equatorial Guinea
(8)
2010
South Africa
(8)
2012
Equatorial Guinea
(8)
2014
Namibia
(8)
2016
Cameroon
(8)
2018
Ghana
(8)
2020
Republic of the Congo
(12)
Years
 Algeria GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Angola SF GS 2
 Cameroon 2nd × 4th GS 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 12
 Congo × GS q 2
 DR Congo 3rd × × GS GS × 3
 Egypt GS × × GS 2
 Equatorial Guinea GS 1st 2nd 1st GS 5
 Ethiopia GS 4th × GS 3
 Ghana QF SF 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd GS GS GS 3rd GS 12
 Guinea SF × 1
 Ivory Coast GS 3rd 2
 Kenya x x x x GS 1
 Mali GS GS GS GS GS GS 4th 7
 Morocco GS GS 2
 Mozambique × × 1
 Namibia × GS 1
 Nigeria 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 13
 Réunion GS 1
 Senegal × GS 1
 Sierra Leone QF × × × × 1
 South Africa 2nd GS 2nd 4th GS 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 12
 Tanzania GS 1
 Tunisia GS 1
 Uganda GS × × 1
 Zambia × QF GS GS 3
 Zimbabwe × 4th GS GS × GS 4

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Team 1977
Tunisia
(16)
1979
Japan
(16)
1981
Australia
(16)
1983
Mexico
(16)
1985
Soviet Union
(16)
1987
Chile
(16)
1989
Saudi Arabia
(16)
1991
Portugal
(16)
1993
Australia
(16)
1995
Qatar
(16)
1997
Malaysia
(24)
1999
Nigeria
(24)
2001
Argentina
(24)
2003
United Arab Emirates
(24)
2005
Netherlands
(24)
2007
Canada
(24)
2009
Egypt
(24)
2011
Colombia
(24)
2013
Turkey
(24)
2015
New Zealand
(24)
2017
South Korea
(24)
2019
Poland
(24)
2021
Indonesia
(24)
Years
 Algeria × QF × × × 1
 Angola × × × × × × R2 1
 Benin × × × × × × × × × × × × R1 × × 1
 Burkina Faso × × × × × × × × × × R2 1
 Burundi × × × × × × × × × R1 × × × × 1
 Cameroon × R1 R1 QF R2 R1 R2 6
 Congo × × × × × × × × × × × × × R2 1
 Egypt QF R1 3rd R2 R1 R2 R2 R1 8
 Ethiopia × × × R1 × × × × 1
 Gambia × × × × × × × × × × R2 1
 Ghana × × × × 2nd 4th QF 2nd 1st 3rd R2 7
 Guinea R1 × × R1 2
 Ivory Coast R1 × × R1 R1 × R1 R2 5
 Mali × × × × × × R1 3rd R1 R1 R1 3rd QF 7
 Morocco R1 R2 4th 3
 Nigeria × R1 3rd R1 2nd QF 2nd QF R2 QF R2 R2 R2 12
 Senegal × × × × × 4th R2 QF 3
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × R1 R2 R1 R1 4
 Togo × × × R1 × × × × × × × × 1
 Tunisia R1 R1 2
 Zambia × × × × × × R1 R2 QF 3
Total (21 teams) 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 26

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Team 2002
Canada
(12)
2004
Thailand
(12)
2006
Russia
(16)
2008
Chile
(16)
2010
Germany
(16)
2012
Japan
(16)
2014
Canada
(16)
2016
Papua New Guinea
(16)
2018
France
(16)
2021
Costa Rica
Panama
(16)
Years
 DR Congo GS GS 2
 Ghana GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Nigeria GS QF QF QF 2nd 4th 2nd GS QF 9
Total (3 teams) 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 18

FIFA U-17 World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Team 1985
China
(16)
1987
Canada
(16)
1989
Scotland
(16)
1991
Italy
(16)
1993
Japan
(16)
1995
Ecuador
(16)
1997
Egypt
(16)
1999
New Zealand
(16)
2001
Trinidad and Tobago
(16)
2003
Finland
(16)
2005
Peru
(16)
2007
South Korea
(24)
2009
Nigeria
(24)
2011
Mexico
(24)
2013
United Arab Emirates
(24)
2015
Chile
(24)
2017
India
(24)
2019
Brazil
(24)
2021
Peru
(24)
Years
 Algeria R1 1
 Angola × × × × × R2 1
 Burkina Faso R1 3rd R2 R1 4
 Cameroon R1 R1 2
 Congo R1 R1 R2 3
 Gambia R1 R1 2
 Ghana R1 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd R1 4th QF 9
 Guinea 4th R1 R1 R1 R1 X 6
 Ivory Coast 3rd R1 R2 QF 4
 Malawi R1 1
 Mali QF R1 QF 2nd 4th 5
 Morocco R2 1
 Niger R2 1
 Nigeria 1st 2nd QF 1st QF 2nd R1 1st 2nd 1st 1st R2 12
 Rwanda R1 1
 Senegal R2 1
 Sierra Leone R1 1
 South Africa R1 1
 Sudan R1 1
 Togo R1 1
 Tunisia R1 R2 R2 3
Total (21 teams) 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4
    • Note 1: Original hosts Peru were stripped of the right to host the 2019 event in February 2019.[24]

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Team 2008
New Zealand
(16)
2010
Trinidad and Tobago
(16)
2012
Azerbaijan
(16)
2014
Costa Rica
(16)
2016
Jordan
(16)
2018
Uruguay
(16)
2021
India
(16)
Years
 Cameroon × × GS GS 2
 Gambia × × R1 × × 1
 Ghana R1 R1 3rd QF QF QF 6
 Nigeria R1 QF QF QF GS 5
 South Africa R1 GS 2
 Zambia × GS × 1
Total (6 teams) 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 20

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Team 1989
Netherlands
(16)
1992
Hong Kong
(16)
1996
Spain
(16)
2000
Guatemala
(16)
2004
Taiwan
(16)
2008
Brazil
(20)
2012
Thailand
(24)
2016
Colombia
(24)
2021
Lithuania
(24)
Years
 Algeria R1 1
 Angola q 1
 Egypt R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 QF q 7
 Libya R1 R1 2
 Morocco R1 R1 q 3
 Mozambique R1 1
 Nigeria R1 1
 Zimbabwe R1 1
Total (8 teams) 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 17

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup[edit]

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Team 1995
Brazil
(8)
1996
Brazil
(8)
1997
Brazil
(8)
1998
Brazil
(10)
1999
Brazil
(12)
2000
Brazil
(12)
2001
Brazil
(12)
2002
Brazil
(8)
2003
Brazil
(8)
2004
Brazil
(12)
2005
Brazil
(12)
2006
Brazil
(12)
2007
Brazil
(16)
2008
France
(16)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(16)
2011
Italy
(16)
2013
French Polynesia
(16)
2015
Portugal
(16)
2017
The Bahamas
(16)
2019
Paraguay
(16)
2021
Russia
(16)
Years
 Cameroon R1
14th
R1
16th
2/20
 Ivory Coast R1
11th
R1
16th
2/20
 Madagascar R1
14th
1/20
 Nigeria R1
9th
QF
6th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
12th
R1
16th
6/20
 Senegal QF
5th
R1
9th
QF
7th
R1
13th
R1
13th
QF
6th
QF
6th
7/20
 South Africa R1
12th
R1
12th
2/20
Total (6 teams) 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2

Former tournaments[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
(4)
1995
Saudi Arabia
(6)
1997
Saudi Arabia
(8)
1999
Mexico
(8)
2001
South Korea
Japan
(8)
2003
France
(8)
2005
Germany
(8)
2009
South Africa
(8)
2013
Brazil
(8)
2017
Russia
(8)
Years
 Cameroon GS 2nd GS 3
 Egypt GS GS 2
 Ivory Coast 4th 1
 Nigeria 4th × × GS 2
 South Africa × GS 4th 2
 Tunisia GS 1
Total (6 teams) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 11

CAF Best Footballers of the Century[edit]

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".[25]

CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players poll[edit]

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.[26]

CAF resolutions[edit]

International Top Goal Scorers[edit]

As of 21 November 2019

This table is for players with more than 30 goals. Players in bold are still active at international level

Indicates the CAF top scorer.
Indicates the top scorer of the respective nation.
Rank Player Nation Goals Matches Ratios Span
1 Godfrey Chitalu  Zambia 79 111 0.71 1968–1980
2 Kinnah Phiri  Malawi 71 115 0.62 1973–1981
3 Hossam Hassan  Egypt 70 169 0.41 1985–2006
4 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast 65 105 0.62 2002–2014
5 Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon 56 118 0.47 1997–2014
6 Asamoah Gyan  Ghana 51 109 0.47 2003–present
7 Abdoulaye Traore  Ivory Coast 49 88 0.57 1984–1996
8 Roger Milla  Cameroon 43 77 0.56 1973–1994
9 Alex Chola  Zambia 43 102 0.42 1975–1985
10 Hassan El-Shazly  Egypt 42 62 0.68 1961–1975
11 Mohamed Salah  Egypt 41 67 0.61 2011–present
12 Fawzi Al-Issawi  Libya 40 90 0.44 1977–1985
13 Akwa  Angola 39 78 0.5 1995–2006
14 Kalusha Bwalya  Zambia 39 87 0.45 1983–2006
15 Peter Ndlovu  Zimbabwe 38 74 0.51 1991–2007
16 Mohamed Aboutrika  Egypt 38 100 0.38 2001–2013
17 Rashidi Yekini  Nigeria 37 58 0.64 1984–1998
18 Abdelhafid Tasfaout  Algeria 36 79 0.46 1990–2002
19 Issam Jemâa  Tunisia 36 84 0.43 2005–2014
20 Moumouni Dagano  Burkina Faso 34 83 0.41 1998–2014
21 Dennis Oliech  Kenya 34 72 0.47 2002–2016
22 Patrick M'Boma  Cameroon 33 55 0.6 1995–2004
23 Abedi Pele  Ghana 33 67 0.49 1982–98
24 Ahmed Hassan  Egypt 33 184 0.18 1995–2004
25 Benni McCarthy  South Africa 32 80 0.4 1997–2011
26 Emmanuel Adebayor  Togo 32 87 0.37 2000–present
27 Amr Zaki  Egypt 30 63 0.48 2004–2013
28 Tico-Tico  Mozambique 30 94 0.32 1995–2010

See also[edit]

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