CAF 5-Year Ranking

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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[edit]

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 winner, 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[edit]

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), Côte d'Ivoire (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[edit]

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[edit]

In December 2010 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]

Criteria for awarding points[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Competition 6 Points 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point
Competitions used in current rankings
CAF Champions League
1997-
Champion Runner-up Semi-finalist 3rd in Group Stage 4th in Group Stage
CAF Confederation Cup
2004-
Champion Runner-up Semi-finalist 3rd in Group Stage
4th in Group Stage
Competitions used in previous rankings
CAF Super Cup
1992-2010
Champion
FIFA Club World Cup
2005-2010
Champion Runner up
3rd Place
4th Place

Weighting factor[edit]

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 2009–2013, the points are multiplied by a coefficient according to the year as follow:[5]

  • 2013 – 5
  • 2012 – 4
  • 2011 – 3
  • 2010 – 2
  • 2009 – 1

Rankings by year since 2011[edit]

Legend

Ranking for 2011 CAF competitions[edit]

Ranking for 2011 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2005 to 2009.[2]

Association 2005
(× 1)
2006
(× 2)
2007
(× 3)
2008
(× 4)
2009
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
Tunisia Tunisia 5 1 4 6 6 4 0 8 2 0 98
Egypt Egypt 8 3 5 0 4 1 6 2 0 3 83
Nigeria Nigeria 2 3 2 0 0 3 3 0 7 2 75
Sudan Sudan 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 2 4 0 50
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 5 1 46
Algeria Algeria 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 27
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 2 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 22
Morocco Morocco 3 4 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 20
Mali Mali 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 20
Cameroon Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 19
Angola Angola 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 18
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 17
Ghana Ghana 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 12
South Africa South Africa 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 10
Zambia Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10
Libya Libya 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Gabon Gabon 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Guinea Guinea 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Note: The published rankings from CAF showed different totals to those shown here - namely Tunisia 96, Egypt 87, Sudan 54, Côte d'Ivoire 18.[2]

Ranking for 2012 CAF competitions[edit]

Ranking for 2012 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2006 to 2010.[2]

Association 2006
(× 1)
2007
(× 2)
2008
(× 3)
2009
(× 4)
2010
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
Tunisia Tunisia 4 6 6 4 0 8 2 0 4 3 97
Egypt Egypt 5 0 4 1 6 2 0 3 5 1 81
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 0 1 0 2 2 0 5 1 5 0 60
Nigeria Nigeria 2 0 0 3 3 0 7 2 1 0 58
Sudan Sudan 0 0 3 3 1 2 4 0 0 2 47
Algeria Algeria 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 5 0 45
Morocco Morocco 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 27
Mali Mali 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 21
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 18
Libya Libya 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 16
Cameroon Cameroon 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 14
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 13
Angola Angola 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 13
Zambia Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 13
Ghana Ghana 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
Niger Niger 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
South Africa South Africa 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Note: CAF did not publish any tiebreaking criteria for determining the 12th ranked association. Côte d'Ivoire received two entries in each of the 2012 tournaments, while Angola and Zambia only received a single entry in each.

Ranking for 2013 CAF competitions[edit]

Ranking for 2013 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2007 to 2011.[2]

Association 2007
(× 1)
2008
(× 2)
2009
(× 3)
2010
(× 4)
2011
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
Tunisia Tunisia 6 4 0 8 2 0 4 3 5 3 100
Nigeria Nigeria 0 3 3 0 7 2 1 0 3 3 70
Egypt Egypt 4 1 6 2 0 3 5 1 2 0 64
Morocco Morocco 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 4 62
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 0 2 2 0 5 1 5 0 0 1 49
Sudan Sudan 3 3 1 2 4 0 0 2 3 0 47
Algeria Algeria 2 0 0 1 0 3 5 0 1 1 43
Cameroon Cameroon 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 19
Angola Angola 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 18
Mali Mali 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 16
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11
Libya Libya 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 11
Zambia Zambia 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 10
Niger Niger 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Ghana Ghana 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
South Africa South Africa 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Note: CAF did not publish any tiebreaking criteria for determining the 12th ranked association. Côte d'Ivoire received two entries in each of the 2013 tournaments, while Libya only received a single entry in each.

Ranking for 2014 CAF competitions[edit]

Ranking for 2014 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2008 to 2012.[2]

Association 2008
(× 1)
2009
(× 2)
2010
(× 3)
2011
(× 4)
2012
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
Tunisia Tunisia 0 8 2 0 4 3 5 3 4 0 85
Egypt Egypt 6 2 0 3 5 1 2 0 6 0 70
Nigeria Nigeria 3 0 7 2 1 0 3 3 3 0 63
Sudan Sudan 1 2 4 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 54
Morocco Morocco 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 4 0 1 53
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 2 0 5 1 5 0 0 1 3 0 48
Algeria Algeria 0 1 0 3 5 0 1 1 2 0 40
Mali Mali 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 31
Republic of the Congo Congo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 20
Angola Angola 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 18
Cameroon Cameroon 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12
Ghana Ghana 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 11
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
Zambia Zambia 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6
Libya Libya 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
Niger Niger 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3

Ranking for 2015 CAF competitions[edit]

Ranking for 2015 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Association 2009
(× 1)
2010
(× 2)
2011
(× 3)
2012
(× 4)
2013
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
Tunisia Tunisia 2 0 4 3 5 3 4 0 3 7 106
Egypt Egypt 0 3 5 1 2 0 6 0 7 0 80
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 5 1 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 46
Morocco Morocco 0 0 0 4 5 4 0 1 0 1 44
Nigeria Nigeria 7 2 1 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 41
Sudan Sudan 4 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 0 37
Algeria Algeria 0 3 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 32
Mali Mali 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2 32
Cameroon Cameroon 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 21
Republic of the Congo Congo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 21
South Africa South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 20
Angola Angola 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 17
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 13
Ghana Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8
Ethiopia Ethiopia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
Libya Libya 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Zambia Zambia 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Niger Niger 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Provisional ranking for 2016 CAF competitions[edit]

Ranking for 2016 CAF competitions will be based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2010 to 2014.[2]

Updated on 30 April 2014. Numbers in italics may increase as teams from that association are still active in the competition. Associations in yellow may still finish in the top twelve.

Association 2010
(× 1)
2011
(× 2)
2012
(× 3)
2013
(× 4)
2014
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
Tunisia Tunisia 4 3 5 3 4 0 3 7 3 1 95
Egypt Egypt 5 1 2 0 6 0 7 0 1 1 66
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 3 0 43
Morocco Morocco 0 4 5 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 29
Sudan Sudan 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 28
Mali Mali 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 1 26
Algeria Algeria 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 24
Nigeria Nigeria 1 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 22
Cameroon Cameroon 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 21
Republic of the Congo Congo 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 1 21
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 20
South Africa South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 16
Angola Angola 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 11
Libya Libya 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7
Ghana Ghana 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6
Zambia Zambia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
Ethiopia Ethiopia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Niger Niger 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Club results by year since 2009[edit]

5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 points
2009 CL Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe Nigeria Heartland Nigeria Kano Pillars
Sudan Al-Hilal
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
Zambia ZESCO United
Sudan Al-Merrikh
Zimbabwe Monomotapa United
CC   Mali Stade Malien Algeria ES Sétif Egypt ENPPI
Nigeria Bayelsa United
Angola Primeiro de Agosto
Angola Santos de Angola
Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club
Egypt Haras El-Hodood
2010 CL Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe Tunisia Espérance de Tunis Algeria JS Kabylie
Egypt Al-Ahly
Algeria ES Sétif
Egypt Ismaily
Nigeria Heartland
Zimbabwe Dynamos
CC   Morocco FUS Rabat Tunisia CS Sfaxien Libya Al-Ittihad
Sudan Al-Hilal
Egypt Haras El-Hodood
Mali Djoliba
Niger AS FAN
Zambia Zanaco
2011 CL Tunisia Espérance de Tunis Morocco Wydad Casablanca Nigeria Enyimba
Sudan Al-Hilal
Cameroon Coton Sport
Egypt Al-Ahly
Algeria MC Alger
Morocco Raja Casablanca
CC   Morocco MAS Fez Tunisia Club Africain Angola Inter de Luanda
Nigeria Sunshine Stars
Algeria JS Kabylie
Democratic Republic of the Congo Motema Pembe
Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas
Nigeria Kaduna United
2012 CL Egypt Al-Ahly Tunisia Espérance de Tunis Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
Nigeria Sunshine Stars
Algeria ASO Chlef
Ghana Berekum Chelsea
Egypt Zamalek
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel[A]
CC   Republic of the Congo AC Léopards Mali Djoliba Sudan Al-Hilal
Sudan Al-Merrikh
Angola Inter de Luanda
Mali Stade Malien
Morocco Wydad Casablanca
Sudan Al-Ahly Shendi
2013 CL Egypt Al-Ahly South Africa Orlando Pirates Cameroon Coton Sport
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Ivory Coast Séwé Sport
Egypt Zamalek
Angola Recreativo do Libolo
Republic of the Congo AC Léopards
CC   Tunisia CS Sfaxien Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe Mali Stade Malien
Tunisia CA Bizertin
Algeria ES Sétif
Ethiopia Saint George
Morocco FUS Rabat
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
2014 CL TBD TBD TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
Algeria ES Sétif
Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club
Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
Egypt Zamalek
Libya Al-Ahly Benghazi
Sudan Al-Hilal
Tunisia CS Sfaxien
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
CC   TBD TBD TBD
TBD
Cameroon Coton Sport
Republic of the Congo AC Léopards
Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas
Ivory Coast Séwé Sport
Egypt Al-Ahly
Mali AS Real Bamako
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
Zambia Nkana
  1. ^ Étoile du Sahel were disqualified from the 2012 CAF Champions League during the group stage.[6] As a result, they did not obtain a position for that tournament and thus were not counted when computing the ranking of Tunisia.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CAF 5-Year Ranking". RSSSF. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. ^ "African clubs ranking". CAF. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Ranking of clubs for 2nd 1/8th Final Draw of CC 2014". Confederation of African Football. 31 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Disqualification of Etoile Sportive du Sahel from the 16th Edition of Orange CAF Champions League 2012". Confédération Africaine de Football. 26 August 2012. 

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