2018 CAF Champions League

2018 CAF Champions League
2018 Total CAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates March – November 2018
Teams Maximum of 69 (from Maximum of 56 associations)

The 2018 CAF Champions League (officially the 2018 Total CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons)[1] will be the 54th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 22nd edition under the current CAF Champions League format.

The winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League will qualify as the CAF representative at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2019 CAF Super Cup.[2]

Association team allocation

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. The title holders can also enter.[2] As a result, theoretically a maximum of 69 teams could enter the tournament – although this level has never been reached.

For the 2018 CAF Champions League, the CAF uses the 2012–2016 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]

CAF Champions League CAF Confederation Cup
Winner 5 points 4 points
Runner-up 4 points 3 points
Losing semi-finalists 3 points 2 points
3rd place in groups 2 points 1 point
4th place in groups 1 point 1 point

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


Teams in bold receive a bye to the first round (to be confirmed after number of entries are known). The other teams enter the preliminary round.

Associations are shown according to their 2012–2016 CAF 5-Year Ranking – those with a ranking score have their rank and score indicated.

Association Team Qualifying method
TBC Title holders (2017 CAF Champions League winner)
Associations eligible to enter two teams (Ranked 1–12)
Egypt Egypt
(1st – 85 pts)
2016–17 Egyptian Premier League champion
2016–17 Egyptian Premier League runner-up
Tunisia Tunisia
(2nd – 76 pts)
2016–17 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
2016–17 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR
(3rd – 70 pts)
2016–17 Linafoot champion
2016–17 Linafoot runner-up
Algeria Algeria
(4th – 62 pts)
2016–17 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 champion
2016–17 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runner-up
South Africa South Africa
(5th – 45 pts)
2016–17 South African Premier Division champion
2016–17 South African Premier Division runner-up
Morocco Morocco
(6th – 41 pts)
2016–17 Botola champion
2016–17 Botola runner-up
Sudan Sudan
(7th – 35 pts)
2017 Sudan Premier League champion
2017 Sudan Premier League runner-up
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(8th – 21 pts)
2016–17 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 champion
2016–17 Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 runner-up
Zambia Zambia
(9th – 18 pts)
2017 Zambian Premier League champion
2017 Zambian Premier League runner-up
Republic of the Congo Congo
(10th – 16 pts)
2017 Congo Ligue 1 champion
2017 Congo Ligue 1 runner-up
Mali Mali
(11th – 15 pts)
2017 Malian Première Division champion
2017 Malian Première Division runner-up
Nigeria Nigeria
(12th – 13 pts)
2017 Nigeria Professional Football League champion
2017 Nigeria Professional Football League runner-up
Associations eligible to enter one team
Cameroon Cameroon
(13th – 12 pts)
2017 Elite One champion
Libya Libya
(14th – 8 pts)
2017 Libyan Premier League champion
Ghana Ghana
(15th – 7 pts)
2017 Ghanaian Premier League champion
Tanzania Tanzania
(16th – 5 pts)
2016–17 Tanzanian Premier League champion
Angola Angola
(17th – 3 pts)
2017 Girabola champion
Ethiopia Ethiopia
(18th – 2 pts)
2016–17 Ethiopian Premier League champion
Benin Benin 2017 Benin Premier League champion
Botswana Botswana 2016–17 Botswana Premier League champion
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 2016–17 Burkinabé Premier League champion
Burundi Burundi 2016–17 Burundi Premier League champion
Cape Verde Cape Verde 2017 Cape Verdean Football Championship champion
Central African Republic Central African Republic 2017 Central African Republic League champion
Chad Chad 2017 Chad Premier League champion
Comoros Comoros 2017 Comoros Premier League champion
Djibouti Djibouti 2016–17 Djibouti Premier League champion
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 2016–17 Equatoguinean Primera División champion
Eritrea Eritrea 2017 Eritrean Premier League champion
Gabon Gabon 2016–17 Gabon Championnat National D1 champion
The Gambia Gambia 2016–17 GFA League First Division champion
Guinea Guinea 2016–17 Guinée Championnat National champion
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 2017 Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau champion
Kenya Kenya 2017 Kenyan Premier League champion
Lesotho Lesotho 2016–17 Lesotho Premier League champion
Liberia Liberia 2017 Liberian First Division League champion
Madagascar Madagascar 2017 THB Champions League champion
Malawi Malawi 2017 Malawi Premier Division champion
Mauritania Mauritania 2016–17 Ligue 1 Mauritania champion
Mauritius Mauritius 2016–17 Mauritian League champion
Mozambique Mozambique 2017 Moçambola champion
Namibia Namibia 2016–17 Namibia Premier League champion
Niger Niger 2016–17 Niger Premier League champion
Réunion Réunion 2017 Réunion Premier League champion
Rwanda Rwanda 2016–17 Rwanda National Football League champion
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 2017 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship champion
Senegal Senegal 2016–17 Senegal Premier League champion
Seychelles Seychelles 2017 Seychelles First Division champion
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 2017 Sierra Leone National Premier League champion
Somalia Somalia 2016–17 Somali First Division champion
South Sudan South Sudan 2017 South Sudan Football Championship champion
Swaziland Swaziland 2016–17 Swazi Premier League champion
Togo Togo 2017 Togolese Championnat National champion
Uganda Uganda 2016–17 Uganda Super League champion
Zanzibar Zanzibar 2017 Zanzibar Premier League champion
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 2017 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champion

See also


  1. "Total, Title Sponsor of the Africa Cup of Nations and Partner of African Football". CAF. 21 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  3. "16 Clubs for Group Phase of CC and CL effective 2017". CAF. 11 May 2016.
  4. "New adopted format for Club Competitions". CAF. 30 May 2016.
  5. "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.

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