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.
- 1 Introduction of the ranking
- 2 Criteria for awarding points
- 3 Rankings by year since 2011
- 4 Club results by year since 2009
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Introduction of the ranking
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
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
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. 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 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. 
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. 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
|Champion||Runner-up||Semi-finalist||3rd in Group Stage||4th in Group Stage|
|CAF Confederation Cup
|Champion||Runner-up||Semi-finalist||3rd in Group Stage
4th in Group Stage
|Competitions used in previous rankings|
|CAF Super Cup
|FIFA Club World Cup
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:
- 2013 – 5
- 2012 – 4
- 2011 – 3
- 2010 – 2
- 2009 – 1
Rankings by year since 2011
- CL - CAF Champions League
- CC - CAF Confederation Cup
- Associations in green - Eligible to enter two teams in each of Champions League and Confederation Cup (Ranked 1–12)
Ranking for 2011 CAF competitions
Ranking for 2011 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2005 to 2009.
Note: The published rankings from CAF showed different totals to those shown here - namely Tunisia 96, Egypt 87, Sudan 54, Côte d'Ivoire 18.
Ranking for 2012 CAF competitions
Ranking for 2012 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2006 to 2010.
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
Ranking for 2013 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2007 to 2011.
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
Ranking for 2014 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2008 to 2012.
Ranking for 2015 CAF competitions
Ranking for 2015 CAF competitions was based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2009 to 2013.
Provisional ranking for 2016 CAF competitions
Ranking for 2016 CAF competitions will be based on results from the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments from 2010 to 2014.
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.
Club results by year since 2009
- "CAF 5-Year Ranking". RSSSF. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- CAF Club Competitions entry procedures for 2011 released
- "CAF disowns club ranking published by some websites". Cafonline.com. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- "African clubs ranking". CAF. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
- "Ranking of clubs for 2nd 1/8th Final Draw of CC 2014". Confederation of African Football. 31 March 2014.
- "Disqualification of Etoile Sportive du Sahel from the 16th Edition of Orange CAF Champions League 2012". Confédération Africaine de Football. 26 August 2012.