Le Chic Foot d'Afrique

Thoughts and views about African football!

Glossary

To save time, we use a few abbreviations on Le Chic Foot D’Afrique to be concise. Below is all of our “technical terms”, as well as brief descriptions of commonly occurring events.

International Federations

FIFA – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Français) / International Federation of Association Football (English)

CAFConfederation of African Football (English)Confédération Africaine de Football (Français) 

UEFA – Union of European Football Associations (English) / Union des Associations Européennes de Football (Français)

CONMEBOL – Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (Español) / South American Football Confederation (English)

OFC – Oceania Football Confederation 

CONCACAF – Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football 

IOC – International Olympic Committee

AUAfrican Union

CONIFA – Confederation of Independent Football Associations 

ANOCA – Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (English) /   Association des Comités Nationaux Olympiques d’Afrique (Français

African Regional Federations

UNAF –  Union of North African Football Federations (English)Union Nord-Africaine de Football (Français) (Consists of Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia)

WAFU – West African Football Union (Consists of Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra-Leone, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo)

WAFU-UFOA – West African Football Union – Union des Fédérations Ouest-Africaines de Football – full abbreviation of the West African Confederation. UFOA also stands for the Portuguese  União das Federações Oeste Africanas.

UNIFFAC – Union des Fédérations de Football d’Afrique Centrale (Francais)Central African Football Federations’ Union (English) – (Consists of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, DR Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and São Tomé and Príncipe)

CECAFA – Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations – (Consists of Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zanzibar)

COSAFA – Council of Southern Africa Football Associations – (Consists of Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Réunion is only an associate member.)

UAFA – Union of Arab Football Associations (English)Union des associations de football arabe (Français) Trans-continental Federation for Arab countries. (African members consist of Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, and Tunisia.)

UEMOA – Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (Français) – Consists of  Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Togo.

International Competitions

AFCON African Cup of Nations – Africa’s biennial footballing tournament, hosted in every odd year – i.e 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.. Officially referred to as Total Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons.

Africa Women Cup of Nations – Formerly known as the African Women’s Championship, this tournament is the women’s edition of AFCON. Officially referred to as Total Africa Women Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons. Held biennially every even year – i.e 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.. Also serves as the qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the three best teams qualifying.

African Games – Continental multi-sport event hosted every four years. Just like the Olympics, a football tournament is hosted with every edition, but only U-23 players may be selected. Also referred to as Football at the African Games, there are tournaments for both Men’s and Women’s teams.

CAN – Coupe d’Afrique des Nations – Official French name for the African Cup of Nations.

CHAN – African Nations Championship – A biennial tournament where clubs can only play footballers that currently play in their country’s national league. Held every even year – i.e 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.. Officially referred to as Total African Nations Championship for sponsorship reasons.

CECAFA Cup – Annual cup competition held by CECAFA. The oldest international tournament in Africa, after beginning as the Gossage Cup in the 60’s.

COSAFA Cup – COSAFA Cup or COSAFA Senior Challenge is an annual tournament for teams from COSAFA.

Olympic Games – At every Summer Olympic Games there is a football tournament. In the men’s tournament, only players under the age and of the age of 23 can participate, apart from three designated players that can be over the age of 23. Africa sends three countries to the men’s competition and two sides to the women’s tournament.

Africa U-23 Cup of Nations – Effectively the qualifiers for the Olympic games, this tournament is hosted every four years, with the top three sides qualifying for the Olympic Games. All players must be 23 years or under to be able to play. Known as the Total Africa U-23 Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons.

CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Similar to the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, this tournament is held every four years to decide which two countries will represent Africa at the Summer Olympics. Unlike the men’s version, there are no selection restrictions.

Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations – Biennial tournament held to qualify teams to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The winners and runners-up both qualify. Held in every even year – i.e 2018, 2020, 2022 etc..

Africa Futsal Cup of Nations – Futsal tournament hosted every four years, also serving as a qualifier for the FIFA Futsal World Cup. The top three teams go to the World Cup. Officially referred to as the Total Africa Futsal Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons.

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations – Biennial tournament for U-20 teams, which also serves as a qualifier for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, also held every two years. The top four teams qualify. Held every two years in odd years – i.e 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.. Officially referred to as the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons.

Africa U-17 Cup of Nations – Biennial tournament for U-17 teams, which also serves as a qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, also held every two years. The top four teams qualify. Held every two years in odd years – i.e 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.. Officially referred to as the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons.

African U-20 Cup of Nations for Women – Biennial tournament for U-20 Women’s teams, also serving as a qualifier for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Despite being named similarly to other African Cup of Nations tourneys, there is no final and thus no winner. This means there is no continental champion for U-20 Women’s sides. Also referred to as African U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Held every even year – i.e 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.. However, the early rounds begin in the preceding year.

African U-17 Cup of Nations for Women – Biennial tournament for U-17 Women’s teams, also serving as a qualifier for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Despite being named similarly to other African Cup of Nations tourneys, there is no final and thus no winner. This means there is no continental champion for U-17 Women’s sides. Also referred to as African U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Held every even year – i.e 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.. However, the early rounds begin in the preceding year.

Arab Nations Cup – Transcontinental competition that is irregularly held. African members of UAFA compete.

UEMOA Tournament – Coupe de l’intégration ouest africaine (FrançaisIrregularly held competition for West African teams in UEMOA. Similar to CHAN, where only domestic players can be selected.

Club Competitions

CAF Champions League – Annual competition for African Club sides. All league winners enter, as well as the runners-ups in Africa’s top twelve leagues, creating a 64 side tournament (in theory, as regularly, countries do not send any representatives, with the highest ever turnout being 60 sides.) The winners qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup, as well as the CAF Super Cup, where they play the winners of the CAF Confederation Cup. Officially referred to as Total CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons.

CAF Confederation Cup – Annual competition for African Club sides. Winners of a country’s’ domestic cup are eligible to enter, as well as the third-placed side from the twelve best leagues in Africa. Sixteen teams knocked out of the First Round of the CAF Champions League also take part. The eventual winner qualifies to the CAF Super Cup. Officially referred to as Total CAF Confederation Cup for sponsorship reasons.

CAF Super Cup – Annual match between the winners of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. For sponsorship reasons it is officially referred to as the Total CAF Super Cup.

FIFA Club World Cup – Annual tournament where the winners of each continental competition face off against each other. Africa’s participant is that year’s winner of the CAF Champions League.

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