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Introduction of the rankingEdit

Prior to 2004, CAF organised three club tournaments (the CAF Champions League, the African Cup Winners' Cup, and the CAF Cup) with each association allowed to enter a single side in each tournament.

Starting from the 2004 season, the Cup Winners' Cup and CAF Cup were combined into a new tournament, the CAF Confederation Cup. Rather than limiting all associations to just two positions in CAF tournaments, CAF decided to allow the leading nations two entries into the new tournament, and also allow them a second entry in the Champions League.

As with the UEFA ranking used for their club tournaments, the CAF ranking is based on the results obtained in each of the past five completed club seasons (each weighted equally). There are some differences, notably:

  • More tournaments are included (the CAF Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup also allow teams to obtain points)
  • The annual results are not averaged by the number of entrants an association has (so highly ranked associations have a greater ability to obtain points)
  • Points are not awarded for the results of individual matches, only the final level of advancement (such as winners, or position in a group stage) determines ranking points
  • Only teams that advance to the final eight teams in each club tournament can obtain points

The initial ranking systemEdit

The initial classification (for 2004 tournaments) was made according to the performance of the associations in the previous 5 years (1998 to 2002) in club competitions held by the Confederation of African Football.

According to this system the associations selected were Tunisia (36 points), Egypt (31 points), Ivory Coast (27 points), Morocco (24 points), South Africa (17 points), Algeria (17 points), Cameroon (14 points), Ghana (12 points), Angola (12 points), Nigeria (10 points), Congo DR (8 points), and Senegal (6 points).

Season 2005 controversyEdit

In July 2004 the Confederation of African Football informed its members that the ranking system for admission to the various cups for the 2005 season would be done according to the same 1998-2002 ranking used for the 2004 season. It is unknown why CAF did not calculate a 1999-2003 ranking (following UEFA's practice of updating its rankings each season), as there would seem to have been enough time to do this.[1] Since then, it has become CAF's policy to adopt a year older ranking for the competitions of the new season. So, for the 2012 season, rankings were based on results from 2006 to 2010.

Season 2011 changeEdit

In December 2010, the CAF altered the ranking system, removing the components from the Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, and weighting more recent results more highly. For 2011 competitions, results from seasons 2005 to 2009 were still used, but the points from 2009 were multiplied by 5, from 2008 by 4 and so on.[2][3]

Season 2017 expansionEdit

Starting from 2017 season, the group stage of both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup was expanded from eight to 16 teams, divided into four groups of four, and a quarter-final stage was added after the group stage.[4][5] The CAF announced the ranking system based on the new format in March 2018.[6]

Criteria for awarding pointsEdit

CAF approved its basic criteria, based on the criteria used in the election of the CAF Clubs of the 20th Century on 2000, for awarding points in 2003. Since then the only change (added in 2005) has been the addition of criteria that rewards clubs that advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup.[7] This methodology has also been used to create an all-time ranking for CAF clubs (adding the points that would have been obtained by each club based on its results since 1965).

The table below shows the years during which the tournament was run (although for the CAF 5-year rankings only results since 1998 have counted). Since 2011 the Super Cup and FIFA World Cup Club have been excluded.[8]

Competition 6 Points 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point 0.5 Point
Competitions used in current rankings[6]
CAF Champions League Champions Runners-up Semi-finalist Quarter-finalist
(from 2017)
3rd in Group Stage 4th in Group Stage
CAF Confederation Cup Champions Runners-up Semi-finalist Quarter-finalist
(from 2017)
3rd in Group Stage 4th in Group Stage
Competitions used in previous rankings
CAF Champions League
1997–2016
Champions Runners-up Semi-finalist 3rd in Group Stage 4th in Group Stage
CAF Confederation Cup
2004–2016
Champions Runners-up Semi-finalist 3rd in Group Stage
4th in Group Stage
CAF Super Cup
1992–2010
Champions
FIFA Club World Cup
2005–2010
Champions Runners-up
3rd Place
4th Place

Weighting factorEdit

Since the 2011 CAF competitions, when computing the rankings, points have been weighted according to the year of the results. For example, for the ranking points calculated based on performances in continental club championships for the period 2013–2017, the points are multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follow:[9]

  • 2017 – 5
  • 2016 – 4
  • 2015 – 3
  • 2014 – 2
  • 2013 – 1

Association rankingEdit

Ranking for 2018–19 CAF competitionsEdit

Ranking for 2018–19 CAF Champions League and 2018–19 CAF Confederation Cup will be based on results from each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup) from 2013 to 2017.

Legend
Rank Association 2013
(× 1)
2014
(× 2)
2015
(× 3)
2016
(× 4)
2017
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
1   Tunisia 4 9 6 0.5 0 6 0 3 7 5 116
2   Egypt 8 0 1 5 1 6 7 0 7 0.5 106.5
3   DR Congo 0 4 9 0 6 0 0 5 1 5 90
4   Morocco 0 1 0 0 2 0 4 4 6 3 84
5   Algeria 0 0.5 6 0 8 0 0 4 4 2 82.5
6   South Africa 5 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 3 4.5 78.5
7   Sudan 0 0 2 0 8 0 0 0 3 2 53
8   Zambia 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 2 2 38
9   Libya 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.5 3 0 19
10   Cameroon 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 15
10   Ivory Coast 2 0 0 4.5 0 0 1 0 0 0 15
10   Mozambique 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 15
13   Ethiopia 0 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10.5
13   Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.5 10.5
15   Congo 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 10
16   Mali 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8
17   Angola 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
18   Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
18   Eswatini 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
18   Uganda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
18   Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5
22   Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
23   Gabon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 2.5
24   Tanzania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 0 0 2

Ranking for 2019–20 CAF competitionsEdit

Ranking for 2019–20 CAF Champions League and 2019–20 CAF Confederation Cup will be based on results from each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup) from 2015 to 2018–19. 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.[10][11]

Legend
Rank Association 2015
(× 1)
2016
(× 2)
2017
(× 3)
2018
(× 4)
2018–19
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
1   Tunisia 0 6 0 3 7 5 9 0 8 6 154
2   Morocco 2 0 4 4 6 3 5 7 5 7 153
3   Egypt 1 6 7 0 7 0.5 5 3 4 5 120.5
4   Algeria 8 0 0 4 4 2 5 2 5 1 92
5   DR Congo 6 0 0 5 1 5 3 4 5 0 87
6   South Africa 0 4 6 0 3 4.5 2 0 6 0 76.5
7   Zambia 0 0 4 0 2 2 2 0 0 2.5 40.5
8   Sudan 8 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.5 0 2 35
9   Nigeria 0 0 2 0 0 0.5 0 3 2 1 32.5
10   Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 30
11   Angola 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0.5 21.5
12   Tanzania 0 0 0 0.5 0 0 0 0.5 3 0 18
13   Ivory Coast 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 15
14   Kenya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 14
15   Mozambique 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 13
16   Congo 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.5 11.5
17   Uganda 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 11
18   Libya 0 0 0 0.5 3 0 0 0 0 0 10
19   Ghana 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.5 0 1 9
20   Rwanda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8
20   Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 8
22   Eswatini 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 7
23   Ethiopia 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6
24   Botswana 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
24   Togo 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
26   Cameroon 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
26   Mali 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 0 0 3
28   Burkina Faso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 2.5
29   Gabon 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 0 0 0 0 1.5

Historical rankings since 2011Edit

Legend
  •   Associations ranked 1–12 and eligible to enter two teams in each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup)
  • — No rank (0 Points)
Association Rank (Points)
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018–19 2019–20
  Morocco 8 (20) 7 (27) 4 (62) 5 (53) 4 (44) 7 (29) 7 (24) 6 (41) 4 (84) 1 or 2 (≥153)
  Tunisia 1 (98) 1 (97) 1 (100) 1 (85) 1 (106) 1 (105) 1 (100) 2 (76) 1 (116) 1 or 2 (≥149)
  Egypt 2 (83) 2 (81) 3 (64) 2 (70) 2 (80) 2 (81) 2 (80) 1 (85) 2 (106.5) 3 (120.5)
  Algeria 6 (27) 6 (45) 7 (43) 7 (40) 7 (32) 4 (44) 4 (64) 4 (62) 5 (82.5) 4 (92)
  DR Congo 5 (46) 3 (60) 5 (49) 6 (48) 3 (46) 3 (63) 3 (69) 3 (70) 3 (90) 5 (87)
  South Africa 14 (10) 16 (5) 17 (1) 11 (20) 12 (16) 6 (27) 5 (45) 6 (78.5) 6 (76.5)
  Zambia 14 (10) 12 (13) 14 (10) 14 (7) 16 (4) 15 (6) 14 (4) 9 (18) 8 (38) 7 (40.5)
  Sudan 4 (50) 5 (47) 6 (47) 4 (54) 6 (37) 5 (33) 5 (51) 7 (35) 7 (53) 8 (35)
  Nigeria 3 (75) 4 (58) 2 (70) 3 (63) 5 (41) 11 (22) 12 (12) 12 (13) 13 (10.5) 9 (32.5)
  Guinea 18 (1) 18 (5) 10 (30)
  Angola 11 (18) 12 (13) 9 (18) 10 (18) 12 (17) 13 (11) 13 (7) 17 (3) 17 (6) 11 (21.5)
  Tanzania 16 (5) 24 (2) 12 (18)
  Ivory Coast 7 (22) 12 (13) 12 (11) 15 (6) 13 (13) 6 (30) 9 (23) 8 (21) 10 (15) 13 (15)
  Kenya 14 (14)
  Mozambique 10 (15) 15 (13)
  Congo 9 (20) 9 (21) 8 (26) 7 (24) 10 (16) 15 (10) 16 (11.5)
  Uganda 18 (5) 17 (11)
  Libya 16 (9) 10 (16) 12 (11) 15 (6) 16 (4) 14 (7) 14 (4) 14 (8) 9 (19) 18 (10)
  Ghana 13 (12) 15 (6) 16 (2) 12 (11) 14 (8) 15 (6) 14 (4) 15 (7) 22 (4) 19 (9)
  Rwanda 20 (8)
  Zimbabwe 12 (17) 9 (18) 11 (13) 13 (8) 18 (3) 18 (1) 18 (5) 20 (8)
  Eswatini 18 (5) 22 (7)
  Ethiopia 15 (5) 17 (4) 17 (3) 18 (2) 13 (10.5) 23 (6)
  Botswana 24 (4)
  Togo 24 (4)
  Cameroon 10 (19) 11 (14) 8 (19) 11 (12) 9 (21) 8 (26) 11 (19) 13 (12) 10 (15) 26 (3)
  Mali 8 (20) 8 (21) 10 (16) 8 (31) 7 (32) 8 (26) 9 (23) 11 (15) 16 (8) 26 (3)
  Burkina Faso 18 (1) 28 (2.5)
  Gabon 18 (1) 23 (2.5) 29 (1.5)
  Equatorial Guinea 17 (2) 18 (1)
  Niger 16 (5) 15 (4) 17 (3) 19 (2) 18 (1)

Note: For associations which have the same number of points, they are listed as having the same rank as CAF did not publish any tiebreaking criteria. In two occasions there was a tie for determining the 12th ranked association:

  • In 2012, Ivory Coast received two entries in each tournament, while Angola and Zambia only received one entry in each.
  • In 2013, Ivory Coast received two entries in each tournament, while Libya only received one entry in each.

Club rankingEdit

Ranking for 2018–19 CAF competitionsEdit

Club ranking is used for seeding in the CAF competitions.

Legend
Rank Club 2014
(× 1)
2015
(× 2)
2016
(× 3)
2017
(× 4)
2018
(× 5)
Total
1   TP Mazembe 4 6 5 5 3 66
2   Al-Ahly 5 3 2 5 5 62
3   Wydad Casablanca 0 0 4 6 3 51
4   Étoile du Sahel 0.5 5 3 4 3 50.5
5   Espérance de Tunis 2 0.5 0 3 6 45
6   Mamelodi Sundowns 0 0 6 3 2 40
7   USM Alger 0 5 0 4 2 36
8   ES Sétif 6 2 0 0 4 30
8   Zamalek 1 3 5 2 0 30
8   ZESCO United 0 0 4 2 2 30
11   AS Vita Club 5 0 0 1 4 29
12   Raja Casablanca 0 0 0 0 5 25
13   FUS Rabat 0 0 3 3 0 21
13   Enyimba 0 0 2 0 3 21
15   1º de Agosto 0 0 0 0 4 20
16   Horoya 0 0 0 1 3 19
17   Al-Hilal 2 4 0 1 0.5 16.5
18   SuperSport United 0 0 0 4 0 16
18   Al-Merrikh 0 4 0 2 0 16
20   Al-Masry 0 0 0 0 3 15
21   KCCA 0 0 0 1 2 14
22   Al-Ahli Tripoli 0 0 0.5 3 0 13.5
23   MC Alger 0 0 0 2 1 13
23   CS Sfaxien 4 0.5 0 2 0 13
25   MO Béjaïa 0 0 4 0 0 12
25   Ferroviário Beira 0 0 0 3 0 12
25   Club Africain 0 0 0 3 0 12
28   CARA Brazzaville 0 0 0 0 2 10
28   Difaâ El Jadidi 0 0 0 0 2 10
28   RS Berkane 0 0 0 0 2 10
28   Rayon Sports 0 0 0 0 2 10
32   Mbabane Swallows 0 0 0 1 1 9
33   ASEC Mimosas 0.5 0 1 0 1 8.5
34   Saint George 0 0 0 2 0 8
34   Orlando Pirates 0 4 0 0 0 8
34   Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 0 0 0 2 0 8
34   Zanaco 0 0 0 2 0 8
38   Coton Sport 3 0 0 1 0 7
39   Township Rollers 0 0 0 0 1 5
39   AC Léopards 3 1 0 0 0 5
39   Williamsville AC 0 0 0 0 1 5
39   Gor Mahia 0 0 0 0 1 5
39   UD Songo 0 0 0 0 1 5
39   AS Togo-Port 0 0 0 0 1 5
45   Recreativo do Libolo 0 0 0 1 0 4
45   Séwé Sport 4 0 0 0 0 4
45   Smouha 0 1 0 0.5 0 4
45   Moghreb Tétouan 0 2 0 0 0 4
45   Young Africans 0 0 0.5 0 0.5 4
45   CAPS United 0 0 0 1 0 4
51   Medeama 0 0 1 0 0 3
51   Kawkab Marrakech 0 0 1 0 0 3
53   Aduana Stars 0 0 0 0 0.5 2.5
53   Djoliba 0 0 0 0 0.5 2.5
55   MC El Eulma 0 1 0 0 0 2
55   CF Mounana 0 0 0 0.5 0 2
55   Stade Malien 0 1 0 0 0 2
55   Rivers United 0 0 0 0.5 0 2
55   Platinum Stars 0 0 0 0.5 0 2
60   Al-Ahly Benghazi 1 0 0 0 0 1
60   AS Real Bamako 1 0 0 0 0 1
60   Nkana 1 0 0 0 0 1

Ranking for 2019–20 CAF competitionsEdit

Club ranking is used for seeding in the CAF competitions.

Legend
Rank Club 2015
(× 1)
2016
(× 2)
2017
(× 3)
2018
(× 4)
2018–19
(× 5)
Total
1   Espérance de Tunis 0.5 0 3 6 6 63.5
2   TP Mazembe 6 5 5 3 4 63
2   Wydad Casablanca 0 4 6 3 5 63
4   Al-Ahly 3 2 5 5 3 57
5   Étoile du Sahel 5 3 4 3 3 50
6   Mamelodi Sundowns 0 6 3 2 4 49
7   Zamalek 3 5 2 0 5 44
8   Horoya 0 0 1 3 3 30
9   RS Berkane 0 0 0 2 4 28
10   USM Alger 5 0 4 2 0 25
10   Raja Casablanca 0 0 0 5 1 25
12   ZESCO United 0 4 2 2 0.5 24.5
13   AS Vita Club 0 0 1 4 1 24
14   CS Sfaxien 0.5 0 2 0 3 21.5
15   Al-Hilal 4 0 1 0.5 2 19
15   Club Africain 0 0 3 0 2 19
17   ES Sétif 2 0 0 4 0 18
18   1º de Agosto 0 0 0 4 0 16
18   Enyimba 0 2 0 3 0 16
20   CS Constantine 0 0 0 0 3 15
20   FUS Rabat 0 3 3 0 0 15
20   Simba 0 0 0 0 3 15
23   Gor Mahia 0 0 0 1 2 14
23   Orlando Pirates 4 0 0 0 2 14
25   Al-Masry 0 0 0 3 0 12
25   SuperSport United 0 0 4 0 0 12
27   ASEC Mimosas 0 1 0 1 1 11
27   KCCA 0 0 1 2 0 11
29   JS Saoura 0 0 0 0 2 10
29   MC Alger 0 0 2 1 0 10
29   Al-Ahli Tripoli 0 0.5 3 0 0 10
29   Hassania Agadir 0 0 0 0 2 10
29   Lobi Stars 0 0 0 0 2 10
29   Al-Merrikh 4 0 2 0 0 10
29   Nkana 0 0 0 0 2 10
36   Ferroviário Beira 0 0 3 0 0 9
37   MO Béjaïa 0 4 0 0 0 8
37   CARA Brazzaville 0 0 0 2 0 8
37   Difaâ El Jadidi 0 0 0 2 0 8
37   Rayon Sports 0 0 0 2 0 8
41   Mbabane Swallows 0 0 1 1 0 7
42   Saint George 0 0 2 0 0 6
42   Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 0 0 2 0 0 6
42   Zanaco 0 0 2 0 0 6
45   NA Hussein Dey 0 0 0 0 1 5
45   Ismaily 0 0 0 0 1 5
45   Asante Kotoko 0 0 0 0 1 5
45   Enugu Rangers 0 0 0 0 1 5
45   FC Platinum 0 0 0 0 1 5
50   Township Rollers 0 0 0 1 0 4
50   Williamsville AC 0 0 0 1 0 4
50   UD Songo 0 0 0 1 0 4
50   AS Togo-Port 0 0 0 1 0 4
54   Recreativo do Libolo 0 0 1 0 0 3
54   Coton Sport 0 0 1 0 0 3
54   Young Africans 0 0.5 0 0.5 0 3
54   CAPS United 0 0 1 0 0 3
58   Petro de Luanda 0 0 0 0 0.5 2.5
58   Salitas 0 0 0 0 0.5 2.5
58   AS Otôho 0 0 0 0 0.5 2.5
58   Smouha 1 0 0.5 0 0 2.5
62   Aduana Stars 0 0 0 0.5 0 2
62   Medeama 0 1 0 0 0 2
62   Djoliba 0 0 0 0.5 0 2
62   Moghreb Tétouan 2 0 0 0 0 2
62   Kawkab Marrakech 0 1 0 0 0 2
67   CF Mounana 0 0 0.5 0 0 1.5
67   Rivers United 0 0 0.5 0 0 1.5
67   Platinum Stars 0 0 0.5 0 0 1.5
70   MC El Eulma 1 0 0 0 0 1
70   AC Léopards 1 0 0 0 0 1
70   Stade Malien 1 0 0 0 0 1

Club resultsEdit

Club results of the current season and previous five seasons, based on the current points system.[6]

6 points 5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point 0.5 point
2014 CL   ES Sétif   AS Vita Club    
CC     Al-Ahly   Séwé Sport  
2015 CL   TP Mazembe   USM Alger    
CC     Étoile du Sahel   Orlando Pirates  
2016 CL   Mamelodi Sundowns   Zamalek    
CC     TP Mazembe   MO Béjaïa  
2017 CL   Wydad Casablanca   Al-Ahly  
CC     TP Mazembe   SuperSport United
2018 CL   Espérance de Tunis   Al-Ahly  
CC     Raja Casablanca   AS Vita Club
2018–19 CL   Espérance de Tunis   Wydad Casablanca  
CC     Zamalek   RS Berkane
  1. ^ ES Sétif were disqualified from the 2016 CAF Champions League during the group stage.[12] As a result, they did not obtain a position for that tournament and thus were not counted when computing the ranking of Algeria.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CAF 5-Year Ranking". RSSSF. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  2. ^ CAF Club Competitions entry procedures for 2011 released
  3. ^ "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  4. ^ "16 Clubs for Group Phase of CC and CL effective 2017". CAF. 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ "New adopted format for Club Competitions". CAF. 30 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Draw Procedures for Interclubs Group Phase". CAF. 20 March 2018.
  7. ^ "African clubs ranking". CAF. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Two South African clubs for each Interclub Competition". CAF. 29 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Ranking of clubs for 2nd 1/8th Final Draw of CC 2014" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 31 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Timu 4 za Tanzania kushiriki Mashindano ya CAF 2019/2020". tff.or.tz. 4 June 2019.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "Disqualification of ES Sétif". CAF. 23 June 2016.

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