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The 2019–20 CAF Champions League (officially the 2019–20 Total CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons)[1] will be the 56th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 24th edition under the current CAF Champions League title.

2019–20 CAF Champions League
2019–20 Total CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates9 August 2019 – 30 May 2020
TeamsMaximum 68 (from Maximum 56 associations)

This season will be the first to follow an August–to-May schedule, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.[2][3]

The winners of the 2019–20 CAF Champions League will qualify for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, and earn the right to play against the winners of the 2019–20 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2020 CAF Super Cup.[4]

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Association team allocationEdit

All 56 CAF member associations may enter the CAF Champions League, with the 12 highest ranked associations according to their CAF 5-Year Ranking eligible to enter two teams in the competition.[4] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 68 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.

For the 2019–20 CAF Champions League, the CAF uses the 2015–2019 CAF 5-Year Ranking, which calculates points for each entrant association based on their clubs’ performance over those 5 years in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. The criteria for points are the following:[5][6][7]

CAF Champions League CAF Confederation Cup
Winners 6 points 5 points
Runners-up 5 points 4 points
Losing semi-finalists 4 points 3 points
Losing quarter-finalists (from 2017) 3 points 2 points
3rd place in groups 2 points 1 point
4th place in groups 1 point 0.5 point

The points are multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follows:

  • 2018–19 – 5
  • 2018 – 4
  • 2017 – 3
  • 2016 – 2
  • 2015 – 1

This was announced by the CAF on 4 June 2019, as using the previous scheme, it would be based on results from 2014 to 2018. The only change for the top 12 associations is that Tanzania is included while Ivory Coast is excluded.[8][9]

TeamsEdit

Associations are shown according to their 2015–2019 CAF 5-Year Ranking as of 26 May 2019 (associations still competing in 2018–19 CAF Champions League or 2018–19 CAF Confederation Cup and whose points may increase are marked by ≥) – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.

Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
Association Team Qualifying method
  Morocco (1st – ≥153 pts) Wydad Casablanca 2018–19 Botola champions
Raja Casablanca 2018–19 Botola runners-up
  Tunisia (2nd – ≥149 pts) Espérance de Tunis 2018–19 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champions
Étoile du Sahel 2018–19 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runners-up
  Egypt (3rd – 120.5 pts) Al-Ahly 2018–19 Egyptian Premier League champions or runners-up
2018–19 Egyptian Premier League champions or runners-up
  Algeria (4th – 92 pts) USM Alger 2018–19 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champions
JS Kabylie 2018–19 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runners-up
  DR Congo (5th – 87 pts) TP Mazembe 2018–19 Linafoot champions
AS Vita Club 2018–19 Linafoot runners-up
  South Africa (6th – 76.5 pts) Mamelodi Sundowns 2018–19 South African Premier Division champions
Orlando Pirates 2018–19 South African Premier Division runners-up
  Zambia (7th – 40.5 pts) ZESCO United 2019 Zambia Super League champions
Green Eagles 2019 Zambia Super League runners-up
  Sudan (8th – 35 pts) Al-Merrikh 2018–19 Sudan Premier League champions
Al-Hilal 2018–19 Sudan Premier League runners-up
  Nigeria (9th – 32.5 pts) Enyimba 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League champions
Kano Pillars 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League runners-up
  Guinea (10th – 30 pts) Horoya 2018–19 Guinée Championnat National champions
Hafia 2018–19 Guinée Championnat National runners-up
  Angola (11th – 21.5 pts) 1º de Agosto 2018–19 Girabola champions
Petro de Luanda 2018–19 Girabola runners-up
  Tanzania (12th – 18 pts) Simba 2018–19 Tanzanian Premier League champions
Young Africans 2018–19 Tanzanian Premier League runners-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
Association Team Qualifying method
  Ivory Coast (13th – 15 pts) SO de l'Armée 2018–19 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champions
  Kenya (14th – 14 pts) Gor Mahia 2018–19 Kenyan Premier League champions
  Mozambique (15th – 13 pts) UD Songo 2018 Moçambola champions
  Congo (16th – 11.5 pts) AS Otôho 2018–19 Congo Ligue 1 champions
  Uganda (17th – 11 pts) KCCA 2018–19 Uganda Premier League champions
  Libya (18th – 10 pts) 2018–19 Libyan Premier League champions
  Ghana (19th – 9 pts) Asante Kotoko 2019 GFA Normalisation Committee Special Competition Tier 1 winners
  Rwanda (T-20th – 8 pts) Rayon Sports 2018–19 Rwanda Premier League champions
  Zimbabwe (T-20th – 8 pts) FC Platinum 2018 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champions
  Eswatini (22nd – 7 pts) Green Mamba 2018–19 Eswatini Premier League champions
  Ethiopia (23rd – 6 pts) Mekelle 70 Enderta 2018–19 Ethiopian Premier League champions
  Botswana (T-24th – 4 pts) Township Rollers 2018–19 Botswana Premier League champions
  Togo (T-24th – 4 pts) ASC Kara 2018–19 Togolese Championnat National champions
  Cameroon (T-26th – 3 pts) UMS de Loum 2019 Elite One champions
  Mali (T-26th – 3 pts) 2019 Malian Première Division champions
  Burkina Faso (28th – 2.5 pts) Rahimo 2018–19 Burkinabé Premier League champions
  Gabon (29th – 1.5 pts) Cercle Mbéri Sportif 2019 Gabon Championnat National D1 champions
  Benin Buffles du Borgou 2018–19 Benin Premier League champions
  Burundi Aigle Noir 2018–19 Burundi Premier League champions
  Cape Verde CS Mindelense 2019 Cape Verdean Football Championships champions
  Central African Republic AS Tempête Mocaf 2019 Central African Republic League champions
  Chad Elect-Sport 2019 Chad Premier League champions
  Comoros Fomboni 2019 Comoros Premier League champions
  Djibouti AS Port 2018–19 Djibouti Premier League champions
  Equatorial Guinea Cano Sport 2018–19 Equatoguinean Primera División champions
  Eritrea 2019 Eritrean Premier League champions
  Gambia Brikama United 2018–19 GFA League First Division champions
  Guinea-Bissau UDIB 2018–19 Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau champions
  Lesotho Matlama 2018–19 Lesotho Premier League champions
  Liberia LPRC Oilers 2019 Liberian First Division League champions
  Madagascar Fosa Juniors 2019 THB Champions League champions
  Malawi Big Bullets 2018 Malawi Premier Division champions
  Mauritania FC Nouadhibou 2018–19 Ligue 1 Mauritania champions
  Mauritius Pamplemousses 2018–19 Mauritian Premier League champions
  Namibia Black Africa 2018–19 Namibia Premier League champions
  Niger AS SONIDEP 2018–19 Niger Premier League champions
  Réunion JS Saint-Pierroise 2018 Réunion Premier League champions
  São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA 2018 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champions
  Senegal Génération Foot 2018–19 Senegal Premier League champions
  Seychelles Côte d'Or 2018 Seychelles First Division champions
  Sierra Leone East End Lions 2019 Sierra Leone National Premier League champions
  Somalia Dekedaha 2019 Somali First Division champions
  South Sudan Atlabara 2019 South Sudan Football Championship champions
  Zanzibar KMKM 2018–19 Zanzibar Premier League champions

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[10]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round TBC 2019 9–11 August 2019 23–25 August 2019
First round 13–15 September 2019 27–29 September 2019
Group stage Matchday 1 9 October 2019 29 November – 1 December 2019
Matchday 2 6–8 December 2019
Matchday 3 27–29 December 2019
Matchday 4 14–16 February 2020
Matchday 5 21–23 February 2020
Matchday 6 6–8 March 2020
Knockout stage Quarter-finals 11 March 2020 3–5 April 2020 10–12 April 2020
Semi-finals 24–26 April 2020 1–3 May 2020
Final 15–16 May 2020 29–30 May 2020

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Total, Title Sponsor of the Africa Cup of Nations and Partner of African Football". CAF. 21 July 2016.
  2. ^ "DECISIONS OF CAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 20 JULY 2017". CAF. 20 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Change in dates for Caf club competitions will begin in 2018". BBC Sport. 13 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "CAF Champions League regulations" (PDF). CAF.
  5. ^ "16 Clubs for Group Phase of CC and CL effective 2017". CAF. 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ "New adopted format for Club Competitions". CAF. 30 May 2016.
  7. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Timu 4 za Tanzania kushiriki Mashindano ya CAF 2019/2020". tff.or.tz. 4 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Sport: Pour la saison 2019-2020, le FC San Pedro ne jouera plus la ligue des champions Africaines (Caf), voici les raisons". akody.com. 5 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Interclubs competition calendar; seasons 2018/19, 2019/20 & 2020/21" (PDF). CAF.

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