Football

Inaugural Women’s Champions League to Accommodate 8 Teams

In order to improve on the development of women football on the continent, the Confederation of African Football announced the introduction of CAF Champions League competition for women.

The inaugural edition was initially slated for this year before being postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and will have up to eight participating teams.

There shall be a series of qualification games to reach the final tournament with clubs playing in their respective zones where the winners of each of the six zones will qualify for the tournament.

These zones include the North Zone, Zone West A, Zone West B, Central Zone, Central-East Zone and the Southern Zone.

Each respective winner from the six zones will be joined by one team as the host country and one other team to make a total of eight participating teams.

However, for subsequent editions, the host country will have only one representative whilst the Zonal Union of the defending champion will qualify two teams as confirmed by CAF.

‘’Each of the Six CAF Zones will organize qualifiers to determine the finalists for the eight (8) team tournament. The breakdown is as one team from each zone, one team from the host country and one additional team. For the maiden edition, the zonal union of the host country will have two representatives. However, for subsequent editions, the host country will have only one representative whilst the Zonal Union of the defending champion will qualify two teams,” read the CAF statement.

The eight qualified teams will be drawn into two groups of four teams each in accordance with the regulations.

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The competition will be held annually and during the second half of the year.

CAF also confirmed that the first edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will be played in July 2022.

This year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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