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African Federations


The Confederation of Africa Football, better known to soccer fans around the world as the CAF, is the organizing body for soccer in Africa. The CAF was founded on February 8, 1957 and as grown to include 55 full national association members and 1 associate member, Réunion. It is 1 of 6 continental confederations that make up FIFA.

The CAF represents the national associations and runs the continental, national, and club competitions. The best known competition is the Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament is held every 2 years and crowns the champion of Africa, who represents the continent at the FIFA Confederations Cup every 4 years.

With the large number of top African players heading overseas to play club soccer, the CAF created the African Nations Championship in 2007. The tournament requires players on the roster to be actively playing in their home country’s domestic league. It is held every 2 years alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations.

The CAF also runs the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations as well as youth competitions.

On the domestic club front, the CAF hosts the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederations Cup, and the CAF Super Cup.