CAF announce starting dates for 2021/22 competitions


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have announced on Tuesday the dates for the start of the associations’ club competitions for season 2021/22 in addition to some regulations to be applied on games for next term.

CAF competitions have seen several delays and confusion in dates in the past couple of years after the outbreak of coronavirus in early 2020 which caused the 2020/21 competition to be postponed.

The African association had proposed new starting and ending dates for the club competitions and tournaments was scheduled to be concluded in June 2020, however the suspension of football action all over the world caused the competition to conclude in November when Al Ahly triumphed last season’s edition.

The 2021 edition’s final is set to take place is set to be played on July 17.

CAF have released a statement announcing that the 2022 competitions, Champions League and Confederation Cup, will start in September 2021 with the qualifying rounds, with the group stages to commence on February 2022.

CAF also added that the temporarily introduced five substitutions rule will be extended to next season to continue for the third season in a row.

Additionally, each club will be allowed to register 40 players in their respective squads instead of 30 with every team authorised to keep up to nine players on the bench per game instead of seven.


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