Confederation of African Football
The Confederation of African Football, or CAF for short (French: Confédération Africaine de Football, Arabic: الاتحاد الأفريقي لكرة القدم, romanized: al-Ittiḥād al-Afrīqī li-Kurat al-Qadam), is the administrative and controlling body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Africa. It was established on 8 February 1957 at the Grand Hotel in Khartoum, Sudan by the national football associations of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sudan, following formal discussions between the aforementioned associations at the FIFA Congress held on 7 June 1956 at Avenida Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal.
|Founded||8 February 1957|
|Founded at||Khartoum, Sudan|
|Type||Football and Futsal Administration|
|Headquarters||6th of October City, Giza, Egypt|
|54 member associations|
|AFC, CAF, CONCACAF|
|CONMEBOL, OFC, UEFA|
One of the six continental confederations of world football governing body, FIFA, CAF represents the national football associations of Africa, runs national team and club continental competitions and controls the prize money, regulations and broadcast rights to such competitions. CAF will be allocated 9 spots in the FIFA World Cup starting from 2026 and could have an opportunity of 10 spots with the addition of an intercontinental play-off tournament involving six teams to decide the last two FIFA World Cup places (46+2).
The headquarters of CAF was situated in Khartoum for within the first months of formation until a fire outbreak in the offices of the Sudanese Football Association when the organization was moved near Cairo, Egypt. Youssef Mohamad was the first general secretary and Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem, the first president. Since 2002, the administrative center is situated in 6th of October City in Cairo, Egypt. CAF currently has 54 member associations which are full members, while Zanzibar and Réunion are associate members (see the CAF Members and Zones section below). The current president is Patrice Motsepe from South Africa, who was elected on 12 March 2021 in an unopposed elections held in Rabat, Morocco.