CAF Champions League 2018 – Live Stream

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The 2018 CAF Champions League (officially the 2018 Total CAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) will be the 54th edition of Africa’s premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 22nd edition under the current CAF Champions League format.

The winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League will qualify as the CAF representative at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup in the 2019 CAF Super Cup. Wydad Casablanca are the defending champions.

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Group stage

The draw for the group stage will be held on 21 March 2018. The 16 teams, all winners of the first round of qualifying, are drawn into four groups of four. The teams are seeded by their performances in the CAF competitions for the previous five seasons (CAF 5-Year Ranking points shown in parentheses).

In the group stage, each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the quarter-finals of the knockout stage.

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, the eight teams play a single-elimination tournament. Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score is tied after the second leg, the away goals rule is applied, and if still tied, extra time is not played, and the penalty shoot-out is used to determine the winner (Regulations III. 26 & 27).

Quarter-finals

In the quarter-finals, the winners of one group play the runners-up of another group (teams from same group cannot play each other), with the matchups decided by draw, and the group winners hosting the second leg.

Semi-finals

In the semi-finals, the four quarter-final winners play in two ties, with the matchups and order of legs determined by the quarter-final draw.

Final

In the final, the two semi-final winners play each other, with the order of legs determined by the quarter-final draw.

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