The International Year of African Football (IYoAF) is to be launched in Addis Ababa on 29 January in a special ceremony to coincide with the opening session of the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital. The IyoAF marks the 50th anniversary of the Confederation of African Football, the body representing international football on the continent and which organises the biannual African Cup of Nations, and aims to create a new awareness of the contribution that football and sport in general can make to development programmes in the areas of education, health, development and peace.

Besides the heads of state and of government of the African Union countries (all countries in Africa except for Morocco), the launch is to be attended by past and present African football stars including Ghana