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 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[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]

Season 2017 expansion[edit]

Starting from 2017 season, the group stage of both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup will be expanded from eight to 16 teams, divided into four groups of four.[4][5] The CAF have yet to announce the ranking system based on the new format.

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.[6] 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.[7]

Competition 6 Points 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point
Competitions used in current 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
Competitions used in previous rankings
CAF Super Cup
1992–2010
Champions
FIFA Club World Cup
2005–2010
Champions Runners-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:[8]

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

Association ranking[edit]

Ranking for 2017 CAF competitions[edit]

Ranking for 2017 CAF Champions League and 2017 CAF Confederation Cup will be based on results from each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup) from 2011 to 2015.[2]

Legend
Rank Association 2011
(× 1)
2012
(× 2)
2013
(× 3)
2014
(× 4)
2015
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
1 Tunisia Tunisia 5 3 4 0 3 7 5 1 0 6 100
2 Egypt Egypt 2 0 6 0 7 0 1 4 1 4 80
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo 0 1 3 0 0 3 7 0 5 0 69
4 Algeria Algeria 1 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 7 0 64
5 Sudan Sudan 3 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 6 0 51
6 South Africa South Africa 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 27
7 Republic of the Congo Congo 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 24
7 Morocco Morocco 5 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 24
9 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 23
9 Mali Mali 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 23
11 Cameroon Cameroon 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 19
12 Nigeria Nigeria 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
13 Angola Angola 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7
14 Ghana Ghana 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
14 Libya Libya 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
14 Zambia Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
17 Ethiopia Ethiopia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3

Ranking for 2018 CAF competitions[edit]

Ranking for 2018 CAF Champions League and 2018 CAF Confederation Cup will be based on results from each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup) from 2012 to 2016.[2]

Legend
Rank Association 2012
(× 1)
2013
(× 2)
2014
(× 3)
2015
(× 4)
2016
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
1 Egypt Egypt 6 0 7 0 1 4 1 4 6 0 85
2 Tunisia Tunisia 4 0 3 7 5 1 0 6 0 2 76
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo 3 0 0 3 7 0 5 0 0 4 70
4 Algeria Algeria 2 0 0 1 5 0 7 0 0 3 62
5 South Africa South Africa 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 45
6 Morocco Morocco 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 3 41
7 Sudan Sudan 0 5 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 35
8 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 21
9 Zambia Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 18
10 Republic of the Congo Congo 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 16
11 Mali Mali 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 15
12 Nigeria Nigeria 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 13
13 Cameroon Cameroon 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 12
14 Libya Libya 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8
15 Ghana Ghana 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7
16 Tanzania Tanzania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
17 Angola Angola 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
18 Ethiopia Ethiopia 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Historical rankings since 2011[edit]

Legend
  •   Associations ranked 1–12 and eligible to enter two teams in each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup)
  • T–: Tied rank
  • NR: No rank
Association Rank (Points)
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Egypt Egypt 2 (83) 2 (81) 3 (64) 2 (70) 2 (80) 2 (81) 2 (80) 1 (85)
Tunisia Tunisia 1 (98) 1 (97) 1 (100) 1 (85) 1 (106) 1 (105) 1 (100) 2 (76)
Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo 5 (46) 3 (60) 5 (49) 6 (48) 3 (46) 3 (63) 3 (69) 3 (70)
Algeria Algeria 6 (27) 6 (45) 7 (43) 7 (40) T–7 (32) 4 (44) 4 (64) 4 (62)
South Africa South Africa T–14 (10) T–16 (5) 17 (1) NR 11 (20) 12 (16) 6 (27) 5 (45)
Morocco Morocco T–8 (20) 7 (27) 4 (62) 5 (53) 4 (44) 7 (29) T–7 (24) 6 (41)
Sudan Sudan 4 (50) 5 (47) 6 (47) 4 (54) 6 (37) 5 (33) 5 (51) 7 (35)
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 7 (22) T–12 (13) T–12 (11) T–15 (6) 13 (13) 6 (30) T–9 (23) 8 (21)
Zambia Zambia T–14 (10) T–12 (13) 14 (10) 14 (7) T–16 (4) T–15 (6) T–14 (4) 9 (18)
Republic of the Congo Congo NR NR NR 9 (20) T–9 (21) T–8 (26) T–7 (24) 10 (16)
Mali Mali T–8 (20) 8 (21) 10 (16) 8 (31) T–7 (32) T–8 (26) T–9 (23) 11 (15)
Nigeria Nigeria 3 (75) 4 (58) 2 (70) 3 (63) 5 (41) 11 (22) 12 (12) 12 (13)
Cameroon Cameroon 10 (19) 11 (14) 8 (19) 11 (12) T–9 (21) T–8 (26) 11 (19) 13 (12)
Libya Libya 16 (9) 10 (16) T–12 (11) T–15 (6) T–16 (4) 14 (7) T–14 (4) 14 (8)
Ghana Ghana 13 (12) 15 (6) 16 (2) 12 (11) 14 (8) T–15 (6) T–14 (4) 15 (7)
Tanzania Tanzania NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 16 (5)
Angola Angola 11 (18) T–12 (13) 9 (18) 10 (18) 12 (17) 13 (11) 13 (7) 17 (3)
Ethiopia Ethiopia NR NR NR NR 15 (5) 17 (4) 17 (3) 18 (2)
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 17 (2) 18 (1) NR NR NR NR NR NR
Gabon Gabon T–18 (1) NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Guinea Guinea T–18 (1) NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Niger Niger NR T–16 (5) 15 (4) 17 (3) 19 (2) T–18 (1) NR NR
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 12 (17) 9 (18) 11 (13) 13 (8) 18 (3) T–18 (1) NR NR

Note: CAF did not publish any tiebreaking criteria for determining the 12th ranked association. In 2012, Côte d'Ivoire received two entries in each tournament, while Angola and Zambia only received one entry in each. In 2013, Côte d'Ivoire received two entries in each tournament, while Libya only received one entry in each.

Club ranking[edit]

Club ranking is used for seeding in the CAF competitions.

Legend
Rank Club 2012
(× 1)
2013
(× 2)
2014
(× 3)
2015
(× 4)
2016
(× 5)
Total
1 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 3 3 3 5 4 58
2 Egypt Al-Ahly 5 5 4 2 2 45
3 Egypt Zamalek 1 2 1 2 4 36
4 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 0 1 1 4 2 31
5 Algeria ES Sétif 0 1 5 2 0 25
5 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 0 0 0 0 5 25
7 Tunisia CS Sfaxien 0 4 3 1 0 21
8 South Africa Orlando Pirates 0 4 0 3 0 20
8 Sudan Al-Hilal 2 0 2 3 0 20
8 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 4 3 2 1 0 20
11 Algeria USM Alger 0 0 0 4 0 16
11 Republic of the Congo AC Léopards 4 1 2 1 0 16
11 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 1 0 0 0 3 16
14 Algeria MO Béjaïa 0 0 0 0 3 15
14 Zambia ZESCO United 0 0 0 0 3 15
16 Sudan Al-Merrikh 2 0 0 3 0 14
17 Ivory Coast Séwé Sport 0 2 3 0 0 13
18 Cameroon Coton Sport 0 3 2 0 0 12
18 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club 0 0 4 0 0 12
18 Morocco FUS Rabat 0 1 0 0 2 12
21 Nigeria Enyimba 0 0 0 0 2 10
22 Mali Stade Malien 1 2 0 1 0 9
23 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 0 0 1 0 1 8
23 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan 0 0 0 2 0 8
25 Ghana Medeama 0 0 0 0 1 5
25 Libya Al-Ahli Tripoli 0 0 0 0 1 5
25 Morocco Kawkab Marrakech 0 0 0 0 1 5
25 Tanzania Young Africans 0 0 0 0 1 5
29 Algeria MC El Eulma 0 0 0 1 0 4
29 Egypt Smouha 0 0 0 1 0 4
29 Tunisia CA Bizertin 0 2 0 0 0 4
32 Libya Al-Ahly Benghazi 0 0 1 0 0 3
32 Mali AS Real Bamako 0 0 1 0 0 3
32 Mali Djoliba 3 0 0 0 0 3
32 Nigeria Sunshine Stars 3 0 0 0 0 3
32 Zambia Nkana 0 0 1 0 0 3
37 Algeria ASO Chlef 2 0 0 0 0 2
37 Angola Recreativo do Libolo 0 1 0 0 0 2
37 Ethiopia Saint George 0 1 0 0 0 2
37 Ghana Berekum Chelsea 2 0 0 0 0 2
41 Angola Inter de Luanda 1 0 0 0 0 1
41 Sudan Al-Ahly Shendi 1 0 0 0 0 1

Club results[edit]

Club results of the current season and previous five seasons.

5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
2011 CL Tunisia Espérance de Tunis Morocco Wydad Casablanca
CC   Morocco MAS Fez Tunisia Club Africain
2012 CL Egypt Al-Ahly Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
CC   Republic of the Congo AC Léopards Mali Djoliba
2013 CL Egypt Al-Ahly South Africa Orlando Pirates
CC   Tunisia CS Sfaxien Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
2014 CL Algeria ES Sétif Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita Club
CC   Egypt Al-Ahly Ivory Coast Séwé Sport
2015 CL Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe Algeria USM Alger
CC   Tunisia Étoile du Sahel South Africa Orlando Pirates
2016 CL South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns Egypt Zamalek
CC   Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe Algeria MO Béjaïa
  1. ^ Étoile du Sahel were disqualified from the 2012 CAF Champions League during the group stage.[9] As a result, they did not obtain a position for that tournament and thus were not counted when computing the ranking of Tunisia.[8]
  2. ^ ES Sétif were disqualified from the 2016 CAF Champions League during the group stage.[10] 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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CAF 5-Year Ranking". RSSSF. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c 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. ^ "African clubs ranking". CAF. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  7. ^ "Two South African clubs for each Interclub Competition". CAF. 29 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Ranking of clubs for 2nd 1/8th Final Draw of CC 2014" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 31 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Disqualification of Etoile Sportive du Sahel from the 16th Edition of Orange CAF Champions League 2012" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 26 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Disqualification of ES Sétif". CAF. 23 June 2016. 

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