Caf congress approves new format for club competitions

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The decision is part of the implementation of the resolutions passed in the Football symposium held last year in Morocco

Confederation of African Football (Caf) has ratified major reforms to the continents club competitions.

The decision is part of the implementation of the resolutions passed in the Football symposium held last year in Morocco. The members proposed a change in periodicity of the competitions to run from September to May like the European format.

According to Caf, the next continental tournaments, would commence in December and end May 2019. The current calendar for the club competitions commences in February and ends in December the same year.

It is however, expected to run a full cycle by 2019, as the season would then run from September to May of the following year. This was ratified by the Executive Committee of the continent's football body, held in Casablanca, Morocco, on Wednesday.

Caf added that, the new transition would be executed with a more rigorous application of the club licensing regulations and also approved a calendar of the inter club competitions for the year 2018, with modification of the regulations and an additional draw before the quarter-finals stage.

2018 fixtures: The 2018 season will kick-off on the weekend of 9-11 February and end on December 2nd. 

Preliminaries rounds of Caf CL/CC – February 9-11 and 20-21 for return leg

Round of 32 Caf CL/CC – March 6-7 and 16-18 for return leg 

Round of 32 Caf CC – April 6-8 and 17-18 (this involves teams that dropped from Caf CL and teams that won their ties in Caf CC round of 32)

Group Matches:

Match day 1- May 4-6

Match day 2 – May 15-16

Match day 3 – July 17-18

Match day 4 – July 27-29

Match day 5 – August 17-19

Match day 6 – August 28-29

Quarter finals CL/CC – Sept 14-16 and 21-23 for return leg

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Semi-finals – October 2-3 and 23-24 for return leg

Caf CL final – November 2-4 and 9-11 for return leg

Caf CC – November 23-25 and November 30-December 2 for return leg.

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