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African competitions for 2020/2021 to start in November, says CAF

Local football associations are required to pick their representatives before 20 October

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Sep 2020
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday that its club competitions for the 2020/2021 season will start in November

The first legs of the Champions League and Confederation Cup preliminary rounds will be held from 20-22 November, with the second legs taking place one week later, the African governing body revealed.

CAF also said the group stage of the Champions League will start 23 February, 2021 and end on 11 April after introducing a congested schedule.

The quarter-finals will begin on 15 May while the semis will be played on 18 June as both rounds would be played over two legs.

The final is scheduled to be played on 17 July.

The Confederation Cup group stage will begin on 10 March, 2021 and end on 28 April.

The quarterfinals and the semis will be played on the same dates of the Champions League while the final is set for 10 July.

Meanwhile, the CAF revealed its criteria for the clubs who would be eligible to participate in its competitions, as follows:

- For MA’s that completed the 2019/20 season, the engaged teams shall be the teams qualified from their national competitions for 2019/20 in accordance with the criteria of engagement as stated in Articles 2 and 3 Chapter 4 of the regulations.

- For MAs that did not complete the 2019/20 season but set a criteria to classify the teams or homologate the standings in the national competitions for 2019/20, the engaged teams shall be the teams qualified from the national competitions 2019/20 in accordance with the criteria of engagement as stated in Articles 2 and 3 Chapter 4 of the regulations.

- For MAs that could not complete the 2019/20 season and considered the season canceled, the engaged teams will be the same representatives for the 2019/20 Interclubs season taking into consideration the quota of each association according to their ranking.

- For MAs yet to complete their season or unable to finish before the engagement deadline, they will be requested to choose one of the above-mentioned criteria to determine their representative(s) subject to the approval of CAF.

The CAF stressed that local football associations are required to pick their representatives before 20 October.

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