CAF 5-Year Ranking

The CAF 5-Year Ranking is used by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to determine the number of clubs that each CAF member association may enter in Africa's club football competitions, the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup. At present, those associations ranked in the top twelve may enter two sides into each of the two continental tournaments, while the remaining associations are limited to a single side in each competition.

Introduction of the ranking

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 system

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 controversy

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 change

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 expansion

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 points

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 factor

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 ranking

Ranking for 2019–20 CAF competitions

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
RankAssociation2015
(× 1)
2016
(× 2)
2017
(× 3)
2018
(× 4)
2018–19
(× 5)
Total
CLCCCLCCCLCCCLCCCLCC
1 Tunisia 0603759086 154
2 Morocco 2044635757 153
3 Egypt 167070.55345 120.5
4 Algeria 8004425251 92
5 DR Congo 6005153450 87
6 South Africa 046034.52060 76.5
7 Zambia 0040222002.5 40.5
8 Sudan 80003200.502 35
9 Nigeria 002000.50321 32.5
10 Guinea 0000013030 30
11 Angola 0000014000.5 21.5
12 Tanzania 0000.50000.530 18
13 Ivory Coast 0010000210 15
14 Kenya 0000000102 14
15 Mozambique 0000300100 13
16 Congo 0100000200.5 11.5
17 Uganda 0000012000 11
18 Libya 0000.5300000 10
19 Ghana 00010000.501 9
20 Rwanda 0000000200 8
20 Zimbabwe 0000100010 8
22 Eswatini 0000011000 7
23 Ethiopia 0000200000 6
24 Botswana 0000001000 4
24 Togo 0000001000 4
26 Cameroon 0000100000 3
26 Mali 01000000.500 3
28 Burkina Faso 0000000000.5 2.5
29 Gabon 000000.50000 1.5

Ranking for 2020–21 CAF competitions

Ranking for 2020–21 CAF Champions League and 2020–21 CAF Confederation Cup will be based on results from each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup) from 2016 to 2019–20.

Legend

Updated after CAF Champions League/Confederation Cup matches on 5 November 2019, points which may increase marked by ≥.

  •   Currently in top 12 but may finish outside top 12
  •   Currently outside top 12 but may finish in top 12
RankAssociation2016
(× 1)
2017
(× 2)
2018
(× 3)
2018–19
(× 4)
2019–20
(× 5)
Total
CLCCCLCCCLCCCLCCCLCC
1 Morocco 44635757≥2≥1 125
2 Tunisia 03759086≥20 120
3 Egypt 7070.55345≥2≥1.5 99.5
4 Algeria 04425251≥2≥0.5 73.5
5 DR Congo 05153450≥2≥0.5 70.5
6 South Africa 6034.52060≥1≥0.5 58.5
7 Zambia 40222002.5≥1≥0.5 35.5
8 Nigeria 2000.503210≥1 29
9 Angola 00014000.5≥20 26
10 Guinea 000130300≥0.5 25.5
11 Sudan 003200.502≥10 24.5
12 Tanzania 00.50000.53000 14
13 Ivory Coast 100002100≥0.5 13.5
14 Kenya 0000010200 11
14 Zimbabwe 00100010≥10 11
16 Libya 00.53000000≥0.5 9
16 Mozambique 0030010000 9
18 Congo 00000200.500 8
18 Uganda 0001200000 8
20 Ghana 010000.50100 6.5
21 Rwanda 0000020000 6
22 Eswatini 0001100000 5
23 Ethiopia 0020000000 4
23 Mali 000000.5000≥0.5 4
25 Botswana 0000100000 3
25 Togo 0000100000 3
27 Benin 0000000000.5 2.5
27 Mauritania 0000000000.5 2.5
29 Burkina Faso 00000000.500 2
29 Cameroon 0010000000 2
31 Gabon 0000.5000000 1

Historical rankings since 2011

Legend
  •   Associations ranked 1–12 and eligible to enter two teams in each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup)
  • — No rank (0 Points)
AssociationRank (Points)
201120122013201420152016201720182018–192019–20
 Tunisia1 (98)1 (97)1 (100)1 (85)1 (106)1 (105)1 (100)2 (76)1 (116)1 (154)
 Morocco8 (20)7 (27)4 (62)5 (53)4 (44)7 (29)7 (24)6 (41)4 (84)2 (153)
 Egypt2 (83)2 (81)3 (64)2 (70)2 (80)2 (81)2 (80)1 (85)2 (106.5)3 (120.5)
 Algeria6 (27)6 (45)7 (43)7 (40)7 (32)4 (44)4 (64)4 (62)5 (82.5)4 (92)
 DR Congo5 (46)3 (60)5 (49)6 (48)3 (46)3 (63)3 (69)3 (70)3 (90)5 (87)
 South Africa14 (10)16 (5)17 (1)11 (20)12 (16)6 (27)5 (45)6 (78.5)6 (76.5)
 Zambia14 (10)12 (13)14 (10)14 (7)16 (4)15 (6)14 (4)9 (18)8 (38)7 (40.5)
 Sudan4 (50)5 (47)6 (47)4 (54)6 (37)5 (33)5 (51)7 (35)7 (53)8 (35)
 Nigeria3 (75)4 (58)2 (70)3 (63)5 (41)11 (22)12 (12)12 (13)13 (10.5)9 (32.5)
 Guinea18 (1)18 (5)10 (30)
 Angola11 (18)12 (13)9 (18)10 (18)12 (17)13 (11)13 (7)17 (3)17 (6)11 (21.5)
 Tanzania16 (5)24 (2)12 (18)
 Ivory Coast7 (22)12 (13)12 (11)15 (6)13 (13)6 (30)9 (23)8 (21)10 (15)13 (15)
 Kenya14 (14)
 Mozambique10 (15)15 (13)
 Congo9 (20)9 (21)8 (26)7 (24)10 (16)15 (10)16 (11.5)
 Uganda18 (5)17 (11)
 Libya16 (9)10 (16)12 (11)15 (6)16 (4)14 (7)14 (4)14 (8)9 (19)18 (10)
 Ghana13 (12)15 (6)16 (2)12 (11)14 (8)15 (6)14 (4)15 (7)22 (4)19 (9)
 Rwanda20 (8)
 Zimbabwe12 (17)9 (18)11 (13)13 (8)18 (3)18 (1)18 (5)20 (8)
 Eswatini18 (5)22 (7)
 Ethiopia15 (5)17 (4)17 (3)18 (2)13 (10.5)23 (6)
 Botswana24 (4)
 Togo24 (4)
 Cameroon10 (19)11 (14)8 (19)11 (12)9 (21)8 (26)11 (19)13 (12)10 (15)26 (3)
 Mali8 (20)8 (21)10 (16)8 (31)7 (32)8 (26)9 (23)11 (15)16 (8)26 (3)
 Burkina Faso18 (1)28 (2.5)
 Gabon18 (1)23 (2.5)29 (1.5)
 Equatorial Guinea17 (2)18 (1)
 Niger16 (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 ranking

Ranking for 2019–20 CAF competitions

Club ranking is used for seeding in the CAF competitions.

Legend
RankClub2015
(× 1)
2016
(× 2)
2017
(× 3)
2018
(× 4)
2018–19
(× 5)
Total
1 Espérance de Tunis 0.50366 63.5
2 TP Mazembe 65534 63
2 Wydad Casablanca 04635 63
4 Al-Ahly 32553 57
5 Étoile du Sahel 53433 50
6 Mamelodi Sundowns 06324 49
7 Zamalek 35205 44
8 Horoya 00133 30
9 RS Berkane 00024 28
10 USM Alger 50420 25
10 Raja Casablanca 00051 25
12 ZESCO United 04220.5 24.5
13 AS Vita Club 00141 24
14 CS Sfaxien 0.50203 21.5
15 Al-Hilal 4010.52 19
15 Club Africain 00302 19
17 ES Sétif 20040 18
18 1º de Agosto 00040 16
18 Enyimba 02030 16
20 CS Constantine 00003 15
20 FUS Rabat 03300 15
20 Simba 00003 15
23 Gor Mahia 00012 14
23 Orlando Pirates 40002 14
25 Al-Masry 00030 12
25 SuperSport United 00400 12
27 ASEC Mimosas 01011 11
27 KCCA 00120 11
29 JS Saoura 00002 10
29 MC Alger 00210 10
29 Al-Ahli Tripoli 00.5300 10
29 Hassania Agadir 00002 10
29 Lobi Stars 00002 10
29 Al-Merrikh 40200 10
29 Nkana 00002 10
36 Ferroviário Beira 00300 9
37 MO Béjaïa 04000 8
37 CARA Brazzaville 00020 8
37 Difaâ El Jadidi 00020 8
37 Rayon Sports 00020 8
41 Mbabane Swallows 00110 7
42 Saint George 00200 6
42 Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 00200 6
42 Zanaco 00200 6
45 NA Hussein Dey 00001 5
45 Ismaily 00001 5
45 Asante Kotoko 00001 5
45 Enugu Rangers 00001 5
45 FC Platinum 00001 5
50 Township Rollers 00010 4
50 Williamsville AC 00010 4
50 UD Songo 00010 4
50 AS Togo-Port 00010 4
54 Recreativo do Libolo 00100 3
54 Coton Sport 00100 3
54 Young Africans 00.500.50 3
54 CAPS United 00100 3
58 Petro de Luanda 00000.5 2.5
58 Salitas 00000.5 2.5
58 AS Otôho 00000.5 2.5
58 Smouha 100.500 2.5
62 Aduana Stars 0000.50 2
62 Medeama 01000 2
62 Djoliba 0000.50 2
62 Moghreb Tétouan 20000 2
62 Kawkab Marrakech 01000 2
67 CF Mounana 000.500 1.5
67 Rivers United 000.500 1.5
67 Platinum Stars 000.500 1.5
70 MC El Eulma 10000 1
70 AC Léopards 10000 1
70 Stade Malien 10000 1

Ranking for 2020–21 CAF competitions

Club ranking is used for seeding in the CAF competitions.

Legend

Updated after CAF Champions League/Confederation Cup matches on 5 November 2019, points which may increase marked by ≥.

RankClub2016
(× 1)
2017
(× 2)
2018
(× 3)
2018–19
(× 4)
2019–20
(× 5)
Total
1 Espérance de Tunis 0366≥1 53
2 Wydad Casablanca 4635≥1 50
3 TP Mazembe 5534≥1 45
4 Al-Ahly 2553≥1 44
5 Mamelodi Sundowns 6324≥1 39
6 Étoile du Sahel 3433≥1 37
7 Zamalek 5205≥1 34
8 Horoya 0133≥0.5 25.5
9 RS Berkane 0024≥0.5 24.5
10 Raja Casablanca 0051≥1 24
11 AS Vita Club 0141≥1 23
12 ZESCO United 4220.5≥1 21
13 USM Alger 0420≥1 19
14 1º de Agosto 0040≥1 17
15 Al-Hilal 010.52≥1 16.5
16 CS Sfaxien 02030 16
17 Club Africain 03020 14
18 Enyimba 2030≥0.5 13.5
19 ES Sétif 00400 12
19 CS Constantine 00030 12
19 Simba 00030 12
22 Al-Masry 0030≥0.5 11.5
23 Gor Mahia 00120 11
24 Hassania Agadir 0002≥0.5 10.5
25 FUS Rabat 33000 9
25 FC Platinum 0001≥1 9
27 JS Saoura 00020 8
27 ASEC Mimosas 10110 8
27 Lobi Stars 00020 8
27 Orlando Pirates 00020 8
27 SuperSport United 04000 8
27 KCCA 01200 8
27 Nkana 00020 8
34 MC Alger 02100 7
34 Petro de Luanda 0000.5≥1 7
36 Al-Ahli Tripoli 0.53000 6.5
36 Enugu Rangers 0001≥0.5 6.5
36 Zanaco 0200≥0.5 6.5
39 CARA Brazzaville 00200 6
39 Difaâ El Jadidi 00200 6
39 Ferroviário Beira 03000 6
39 Rayon Sports 00200 6
43 JS Kabylie 0000≥1 5
43 Mbabane Swallows 01100 5
45 MO Béjaïa 40000 4
45 NA Hussein Dey 00010 4
45 Ismaily 00010 4
45 Saint George 02000 4
45 Asante Kotoko 00010 4
45 Djoliba 000.50≥0.5 4
45 Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 02000 4
45 Al-Merrikh 02000 4
53 Township Rollers 00100 3
53 Williamsville AC 00100 3
53 UD Songo 00100 3
53 AS Togo-Port 00100 3
57 Paradou AC 0000≥0.5 2.5
57 ESAE 0000≥0.5 2.5
57 DC Motema Pembe 0000≥0.5 2.5
57 FC San Pédro 0000≥0.5 2.5
57 Pyramids 0000≥0.5 2.5
57 Al-Nasr 0000≥0.5 2.5
57 FC Nouadhibou 0000≥0.5 2.5
57 Bidvest Wits 0000≥0.5 2.5
65 Recreativo do Libolo 01000 2
65 Salitas 0000.50 2
65 Coton Sport 01000 2
65 AS Otôho 0000.51 2
65 Young Africans 0.500.500 2
65 CAPS United 01000 2
71 Aduana Stars 000.500 1.5
72 Smouha 00.5000 1
72 CF Mounana 00.5000 1
72 Medeama 10000 1
72 Kawkab Marrakech 10000 1
72 Rivers United 00.5000 1
72 Platinum Stars 00.5000 1

Club results

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

Updated after CAF Champions League/Confederation Cup matches on 5 November 2019, points which may increase marked by ≥.

6 points 5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point 0.5 point
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
2019–20 CL  
CC  
  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 also

References

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