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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 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 2014–2018 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 – 5
  • 2017 – 4
  • 2016 – 3
  • 2015 – 2
  • 2014 – 1

TeamsEdit

Associations are shown according to their 2014–2018 CAF 5-Year Ranking (to be confirmed by CAF) – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.

Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
Association Team Qualifying method
TBD Title holders (2018–19 CAF Champions League winners)[Note TH]
  Morocco (1st – 124 pts) 2018–19 Botola champions
2018–19 Botola runners-up
  Tunisia (2nd – 120.5 pts) 2018–19 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champions
2018–19 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runners-up
  Egypt (3rd – 111 pts) 2018–19 Egyptian Premier League champions
2018–19 Egyptian Premier League runners-up
  DR Congo (4th – 95 pts) AS Vita Club 2018–19 Linafoot champions or runners-up
TP Mazembe 2018–19 Linafoot champions or runners-up
  Algeria (5th – 93 pts) 2018–19 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champions
2018–19 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runners-up
  South Africa (6th – 66 pts) 2018–19 South African Premier Division champions
2018–19 South African Premier Division runners-up
  Sudan (7th – 40.5 pts) 2018–19 Sudan Premier League champions
2018–19 Sudan Premier League runners-up
  Zambia (8th – 39 pts) 2019 Zambia Super League champions
2019 Zambia Super League runners-up
  Angola (9th – 24 pts) 2018–19 Girabola champions
2018–19 Girabola runners-up
  Nigeria (10th – 23 pts) 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League champions
2019 Nigeria Professional Football League runners-up
  Guinea (11th – 19 pts) 2018–19 Guinée Championnat National champions
2018–19 Guinée Championnat National runners-up
  Ivory Coast (12th – 17.5 pts) SO de l'Armée 2018–19 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champions
FC San Pédro 2018–19 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 runners-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
Association Team Qualifying method
  Mozambique (13th – 17 pts) 2019 Moçambola champions
  Congo (14th – 15 pts) 2018–19 Congo Ligue 1 champions
  Libya (15th – 14.5 pts) 2018–19 Libyan Premier League champions
  Uganda (16th – 14 pts) KCCA 2018–19 Uganda Premier League champions
  Rwanda (17th – 10 pts) 2018–19 Rwanda Premier League champions
  Eswatini (18th – 9 pts) 2018–19 Eswatini Premier League champions
  Ethiopia (19th – 8 pts) 2018–19 Ethiopian Premier League champions
  Cameroon (20th – 7 pts) 2019 Elite One champions
  Ghana (T-21st – 5.5 pts) 2019 Ghanaian Premier League champions
  Mali (T-21st – 5.5 pts) 2019 Malian Première Division champions
  Botswana (T-23rd – 5 pts) 2018–19 Botswana Premier League champions
  Kenya (T-23rd – 5 pts) 2018–19 Kenyan Premier League champions
  Togo (T-23rd – 5 pts) 2018–19 Togolese Championnat National champions
  Tanzania (T-26th – 4 pts) 2018–19 Tanzanian Premier League champions
  Zimbabwe (T-26th – 4 pts) 2019 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champions
  Gabon (28th – 2 pts) 2019 Gabon Championnat National D1 champions
  Benin 2018–19 Benin Premier League champions
  Burkina Faso 2018–19 Burkinabé Premier League champions
  Burundi Aigle Noir 2018–19 Burundi Premier League champions
  Cape Verde 2019 Cape Verdean Football Championships champions
  Central African Republic 2019 Central African Republic League champions
  Chad 2019 Chad Premier League champions
  Comoros 2019 Comoros Premier League champions
  Djibouti 2018–19 Djibouti Premier League champions
  Equatorial Guinea 2019 Equatoguinean Primera División champions
  Eritrea 2019 Eritrean Premier League champions
  Gambia 2018–19 GFA League First Division champions
  Guinea-Bissau 2018–19 Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau champions
  Lesotho 2018–19 Lesotho Premier League champions
  Liberia 2019 Liberian First Division League champions
  Madagascar 2019 THB Champions League champions
  Malawi 2019 Malawi Premier Division champions
  Mauritania FC Nouadhibou 2018–19 Ligue 1 Mauritania champions
  Mauritius 2018–19 Mauritian Premier League champions
  Namibia 2018–19 Namibia Premier League champions
  Niger 2018–19 Niger Premier League champions
  Réunion 2019 Réunion Premier League champions
  São Tomé and Príncipe 2019 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champions
  Senegal 2018–19 Senegal Premier League champions
  Seychelles 2019 Seychelles First Division champions
  Sierra Leone 2019 Sierra Leone National Premier League champions
  Somalia 2019 Somali First Division champions
  South Sudan 2019 South Sudan Football Championship champions
  Zanzibar 2018–19 Zanzibar Premier League champions
Notes
  1. ^ Title holders (TH): The association of the title holders is not allowed to enter more than the eligible number of teams according to the CAF 5-Year Ranking. As a result, if the title holders do not qualify through their domestic competitions but choose to defend their title, they will replace a team from their association, either the league champions if the association is eligible to enter one team, or the league runners-up if the association is eligible to enter two teams (Regulations IV. 5).[4]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[8]

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 c "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. ^ "Interclubs competition calendar; seasons 2018/19, 2019/20 & 2020/21" (PDF). CAF.

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