Union of North African Football Federations

Union of North African Football Federations
اتـحـاد شـمـال إفـريـقـيـا لـكـرة الـقـدم
Union nord-africaine de football
Formation 2005
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Tunis, Tunisia
Region served
North Africa
Official language
Arabic, English and French
Tunisia Wadii Jari
Algeria Mohamed Raouraoua
Egypt Samir Zaher
Libya Salah El Arbi
Tunisia Annouar Haddad
Affiliations CAF, FIFA
Website www.UNAFonline.org

The Union of North African Football Federations (Arabic: اتحاد شمال إفريقيا لكرة القدم; French: Union nord-africaine de football) abbreviated to UNAF is an association football organising body. It was launched in 2005 by the North African members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The post of president will be rotated among the five founding nations.[1]


The Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF) was founded in 2005 and includes the countries of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia and is continued to the Confederation of African Football that have 53 national football associations distributed into 6 regions. The UNAF is the sixth region of the continent by division accredited to the CAF and the Union has presided over in the first parliamentary period immediately following its founding by Mr. Samir Zaher a former president of the Egyptian Football Association, the president is elected during a plenary session for a period of 4 years by the members of the Union and are the heads of the five unions and the president-elect proposes as his deputy from among the immediate superiors five national unions during the first meeting of an executive office following the election as General Assembly by the Executive Office to determine the heads and members of the committees.

The recent president elected is Mr. Wadii Jari, a president of the Tunisian Football Federation. He was unanimously elected chairman of the UNAF for a term of four years and during the electoral general assembly, which was held on Saturday 25 October 2014 in Tunis. He was also selected Mr. Gamal Allam, a head of the Egyptian Football Association as a vice-president of the UNAF unanimously. On the other hand, the General Assembly approved in particular on the administrative and financial reports of the UNAF as well as the adoption of the estimated budget of the Union project for the year 2015 and the report of the Finance Committee meeting held on 23 October 2014. The program was approved on the North African Union's activities for the year 2015.[2]


Member Associations

All associations were founding members of UNAF and are members of the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA).

Association Joining year Men's team Women's team League
Algeria Algeria 2005 Algeria Algeria Algerian Ligue 1
Egypt Egypt 2005 Egypt Egypt Egyptian Premier League
Libya Libya 2005 Libya Libya Libyan Premier League
Morocco Morocco 2005 Morocco Morocco Botola
Tunisia Tunisia 2005 Tunisia Tunisia Tunisian Ligue 1

Men's National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.[3]

UNAF FIFA Country Points +/
1 19  Algeria 941 Steady
2 34  Tunisia 768 Decrease 2
3 52  Egypt 606 Increase 3
4 82  Morocco 391 Increase 2
5 94  Libya 345 Increase 2

Last updated August 6, 2015

Women's National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA based on matches played over the last four years.[4]

UNAF FIFA Country Points +/
1 79  Algeria 1321 Steady
2 81  Morocco 1316 Decrease -1
3 82  Tunisia 1314 Decrease -1
4 89  Egypt 1278 Decrease -1
5 n/a  Libya No FIFA recognition

Last updated July 10, 2015


President Years
Egypt Samir Zaher 2005–2008
Algeria Mohamed Raouraoua 2008–2011
Morocco Ali Fassi-Fihri 2011–2014
Tunisia Wadii Jari 2014–2018


UNAF runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth, clubs and futsal.

CompetitionHoldersCurrent event
UNAF Women's Tournament Tunisia 2009
North African Futsal Tournament Libya 2010
UNAF U-23 Tournament Saudi Arabia 2011
UNAF U-20 Tournament Senegal 2014
UNAF U-17 Tournament Mauritania 2015
UNAF Club CupMorocco Raja Casablanca 2015
UNAF Women's Club TournamentMorocco FC Berrechid 2010

Defunct Competitions

North African Cup of Champions 2008–2010
North African Cup Winners Cup 2008–2010
North African Super Cup 2008–2010


On 19 November 2009, the Egyptian Football Association withdrew its membership[5] citing the incidents that accompanied the playoff between Egypt and Algeria,[6] but returned in 2011.

See also


  1. Shaheen, Amr (20 February 2005). "North Africa to get federation". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  2. "تاريخ إتحاد شمال إفريقيا". UNAF official website.
  3. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men) - CAF Region". FIFA. 4 June 2015.
  4. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women) - CAF Region". FIFA. 2011-12-23.
  5. "EFA suspends membership in UNAF". Egypt State Information. November 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  6. "Egypt retire from UNAF" (in French). El Watan. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
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