Confederation of African Football
the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is the governing body of African football with its headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. CAF is comprised of 53 member state associations. Its governing structure is comprised of the General Assembly (legislative body), the Executive Committee (executive body), the Secretariat (administrative body) and the Disciplinary and Appeals Boards (legal bodies).
General Assembly: the General Assembly is the supreme authority of CAF. It defines general policies, makes decisions for their implementation, and amends Statutes and the Rules of Procedure of the CAF General Assembly. It is composed of representatives from the member state associations, members of the CAF Executive Committee, honorary presidents and members, and delegates from the zonal unions. It elects the President of CAF and members of the Executive Committee.
Executive Committee: the Executive Committee is elected by the General Assembly and is composed of one President and 12 other members. CAF groups its members into 6 geographical zones and each of the six zones has the right to 2 members on the CAF Executive Committee. The Executive Committee meets twice a year, although it may also be convened at the request of the President or of 7 of its members. The Executive Committee resolutions are adopted by a simple majority and are binding with the immediate effect. The Executive Committee is responsible for the execution of the policies and decisions of the General Assembly, the management and the administration of CAF. It is also authorized to act on all matters that do not fall within the sphere of responsibility of the General Assembly or other bodies of CAF.
Secretariat: the Secretariat attends to all administrative work under the direction of the Secretary General who is appointed by the Executive Committee on the proposal of the President. The Secretary General administers and implements the decisions of the General Assembly and the Executive and Emergency Committees under the authority of the President. He is also responsible for managing finances of CAF.
Disciplinary and Appeal Boards: the Disciplinary and Appeal Boards are the legal bodies of CAF. The Disciplinary Board and the Appeal Board are each composed of one Chairman, one vice Chairman and the number of members deemed necessary. The Disciplinary Board may impose sanctions against Members, Clubs, Officials, and Players in accordance with CAF and FIFA Statutes. The Appeal Board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeal of the Disciplinary and other Committees. Decisions taken by the Appeal Board are final and binding on all the parties concerned and subject to appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
President: the President is the legal representative of CAF and is elected by the General Assembly. The President presides over all meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive and Emergency Committees. He is also responsible for implementing, through the Secretariat and CAF administration, the decisions taken by the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.