This is the final reminder from the CAF (African Football Confederation) to its member associations. The Authority has requested competition stadiums upgrading prior to resumption.
“The CAF recommends to use this outage period to improve game stadiums and other facilities at your respective sites as far as possible.” Reads a note dated July 26.
To follow up the progress of the recommendations, the CAF has issued a comprehensive document on Stadium requirements. This includes the minimum elements that a stadium must fulfill before being homologated.
“Quality stadiums are fundamental for the development and progress of African football. Several aspects must be thoroughly evaluated in African stadia. Related to the pitch, floodlights, comfort safety and security of the spectators, players, officials, media and marketing facilities, and other areas.” Continues the note from CAF.
Furthermore, “when a stadium in one country does not meet the requirements, its national team and/or clubs may be required to play their matches in the approved stadium in another country.”
Finally, to ensure that stadiums are approved, the CAF provides stadium inspectors.
In fact, this is just a reminder. Since last February and the forum in Rabat, this recommendation was already in order.