Association football is probably the most popular sport played in Africa. The continent's governing body is the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and all member states except Réunion and Zanzibar are affiliate members of FIFA.
Compared to other continents, the general standard of football in Africa is quite low due to a lack of sponsorship and investment in its various domestic league and cup competitions. Only 13 of the 56 CAF member associations have ever made it to the FIFA World Cup, and of these 13 only Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal have ever reached the quarter-finals. In 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the tournament.
Currently, the top continental club championship in Africa is the annual CAF Champions League, whose record title-holders are Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who have lifted the trophy 8 times, doing so most recently in 2013. The CAF Confederation Cup is the continent's other annual championship, and has been won a record 3 times by Tunisian club CS Sfaxien, their most recent victory also coming in 2013. The winners of these two competitions face each other at the beginning of every year for the CAF Super Cup.
The continent's top international championship is the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), which is held every two years and contested by 16 national teams that advance from the qualification phase of the tournament. The continent's other international championship is the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which follows the same format as the CAN but can only contested by players in the respective countries' domestic championships.
The African Women's Championship is an international women's football competition held every two years and sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It was first contested in 1991, but was not held biennially until 1998. Nigeria is the most successful nation is the tournament's history, having won a record 8 titles, meaning they have won all but one of the previous tournaments.
The competition has served as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup every other year since its inception in 1991. In 2006, the final round of the competition took place in Nigeria for the third time, replacing Gabon, which was initially granted the right to host but later pulled out citing financial difficulties.