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CAF Confederation Cup: All you need to know
If the CAF Champions League is the highest football competition in Africa, the CAF Confederation Cup is considered the second-highest division. Accompany betimate and find out some interesting things about the cup tournament.
CAF Confederation Cup in a nutshell
The below section focuses on providing readers with an overview of the CAF Confederation Cup so that all the information about its origin and competing rules will be broken into pieces.
What is the CAF Confederation Cup?
The CAF Confederation Cup is a young club association football competition that is held every year in Africa. It is ranked below the CAF Champions League in this region. The CAF Confederation Cup is also run by the Confederation of African Football (abbreviated as CAF). Due to sponsorship reasons, the CAF Confederation Cup is also referred to as the Total CAF Confederation Cup.
CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup
The origin of the CAF Confederation Cup
This competition was established 17 years ago, in 2004. Initially, in the founding year, the CAF Confederation Cup was known as the result of the combination of the CAF Cup and the African Cup Winners’ Cup.
How does the cup work?
Like how it was made, the format of the CAF Confederation Cup is also a combination of different competing systems. It doesn’t follow a specific format throughout the whole competition from the beginning to the end.
Teams that qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup are chosen based on their performances in their national leagues and cup tournaments. The competition is then divided into two stages as below:
This stage of the CAF Confederation Cup includes the Preliminary, First Round, and Playoff. These rounds are played over the knock-out format. Each team plays with the other twice, one home and away basis. The Away goal rule will be applied when they end up equal. That means teams that scored more goals on the away venue will advance to the next round.
16 teams that are eliminated from the 16 finals of the CAF Champions League will qualify for the additional playoff in the CAF Confederation Cup.
In this stage, 16 teams are split into four groups of four. In each group, one team meets the other three teams twice, so they join six matches in total. The 3-1-0 system is applied, in which winning teams receive three points, losing teams obtain zero points, and both teams get one point for a tied match.
The top and second teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and finals, which are held over two-legged ties and knock-out format. Again, the Away goals rule will be used to break the tie if necessary. If the number of away goals is also equal, teams will play penalty shots to determine the winner.
The champion of the CAF Confederation Cup will meet the triumph of the CAF Champions League in the following year of the CAF Super Cup at the CAF Champions League champion’s stadium.
CAF Confederation Cup moment
Titles by clubs
The above table has shown us the achievement of CAF Confederation Cup members who have had at least one time lifting the trophy. It seems that the title is equally shared to 13 teams in the CAF Confederation Cup, in which the most successful team only got three titles in their career in this competition. CS Sfaxien were the champions in the 2007, 2008, and 2013 seasons. Étoile du Sahel and TP Mazembe share two times winning the titles, in 2006, 2015, and 2016, 2017 respectively.
The prize money for the top 16 clubs in the CAF Confederation Cup has been increased since 2017. The above table is what the top 16 in the period of 2017-2020 can receive in a single season of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.
Where to watch the CAF Confederation Cup?
If you are wondering which channels will broadcast the CAF Confederation Cup, the table below will list out some typical countries or regions and the respective media broadcasters so that wherever you live, you will never miss out on a single match.
The CAF Confederation Cup
Since 2004, the CAF Confederation Cup, officially known as the Total CAF Confederation Cup, has been an annual club association football tournament organized by the CAF. Clubs qualify for the tournament based on their results in their respective national leagues and cup competitions. It is Africa's second-tier club football tournament, ranked below the CAF Champions League. The winner of the competition will compete in the CAF Super Cup the next season against the winner of the CAF Champions League.
The Preliminary and 1/32nd round matches are played in a knockout format, with ties being broken using the Away Goals Rule. The sixteen teams that were excluded from the CAF Champions League 1/16th finals will automatically qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup 1/16th finals round.
The sixteen teams that qualified for the group matches from the 1/16th finals will be split into four groups of four. Per team will play six games against the other three teams, one at home and one away, with points awarded according to the 3-1-0 system.
The group winners and runners-up advance to the knockout rounds, which will be contested in two games, one at home and one away, over three rounds (quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals). If the two teams score the same number of goals during the two games, the side with the most away goals is considered the winner. If the number of goals scored in both home and away matches is equal, penalty kicks will be taken from the penalty spot.
2.The CAF Supercup
The winner of the CAF Confederation Cup will compete in the CAF Super Cup against the CAF Champions League champion. The match will be played on the CAF Champions League champion's venue in the following year to that of the concerned game, in one round.
The winner takes home 1.25 million USD while the runner-up, semi-finalist, quarter-finalist and 3/4rd places earn 652k USD,450k USD,350k USD and 275k USD respectively
4.List of winners