COSAFA is the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations and is responsible for managing 5 tournaments annually across different age groups and genders. All participating nations are from the SADC region, with certain nations being invited to participate on special occasions. COSAFA was re-branded in 2014
COSAFA It brings together 14 nations of Southern Africa under a single umbrella, with the goal of developing the game of football in the region. This is not just from a playing point of view, but also with respects referees and the administration of the game. The 14 member countries of COSAFA are Angola, Botswana, Comores, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Associate Member Reunion.
From 2016 the 5 competitions run by COSAFA includes the Under-20 and Under-17 age-group, a women’s football tournament, a Beach Soccer tournament, with the flagship event being the COSAFA Castle Cup.
COSAFA Castle Cup
The showpiece event, the COSAFA Castle Cup is held annually in May/June. The event brings together the best 14 Nations in the SADC region and is seen as a key tournament in preparing squads for the AFCON and World Cup. The recently finished 2016 edition was held in Windhoek, Namibia with South Africa being crowned champions after defeating Botswana 3-2 in a fiercely contested final.
COSAFA U/20 Youth Championship
The U/20 Youth Championships are used to develop the next stars for the national teams, exposing them to international football and preparing them for their professional careers. This event will next be hosted in South Africa in December 2016.
COSAFA U/17 Youth Championship
The U/17 Youth Championships are used to provide players exposure to competitive international football for the first time. The event provides a platform to test the best rising youth players and as well as an opportunity to be scouted by top clubs. The next edition will be hosted in Mauritius in July 2016. South Africa are currently the cup-holders having won the last contested back in 2012.
COSAFA Woman’s Championship
The COSAFA Woman’s Championship provides the respective nations of COSAFA a chance to develop their women’s football. The event provides the players with international experience before key events such as the AFCON Woman’s Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. The next event will be hosted in Seychelles in March 2017.
COSAFA Beach Soccer
The newly created COSAFA Beach Soccer Cup was created due to the growing strength of the teams in the SADC region. Madagascar became the first ever winners from COSAFA of the CAF Beach Soccer Championship when they triumphed over Senegal in the final in the Seychelles in April 2015. The Beach tournament is the first of its kind and aims to develop athletes in preparation for the Beach Soccer World Cup.
Each event has its own sponsorship package, with many already taken across various levels for all tournaments. COSAFA has developed a unique commercial structure that creates individualised packages for the sponsors across the events where the sponsor will benefit most from exposure. This model allows COSAFA to segment its various brand areas into 3 or 4 distinctive categories: Senior, Junior and Female Competitions. This creates added value & opportunities for sponsors to choose from.
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