The African Nations Championship
This competition, of which the first edition took place in Ivory Coast in 2009, is characteristically African. It is contested among national club sides and exclusively brings together players that play in their national championships. Players who are playing abroad, in or out of the continent, are not eligible to take part in the tournament. From eight participants during its first edition, it moved directly to 16 at its 2nd edition, played in Sudan in 2011. Since 2014, at its 3rd edition in South Africa, the competition is recognised by FIFA, which has added it to the competitions that are considered when setting up FIFA classification.