2019–20 CAF Champions League
The 2019–20 CAF Champions League (officially the 2019–20 Total CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) 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 Total CAF Champions League|
|Dates||9 August 2019 – 30 May 2020|
|Teams||Maximum 68 (from Maximum 56 associations)|
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. 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:
|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
NOTE: The following list of entrants is provisional, subject to confirmation by CAF. Teams listed below that have qualified for the competition may choose not to enter, or may be replaced by another team from the same association.
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.
- 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).
The schedule of the competition is as follows.
|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|
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