AFCON 2025 To Be Held In 2026 Due To FIFA Club World Cup

The Africa Cup of Nations 2025 has been delayed to early 2026 because of the FIFA Club World Cup dates. The new FIFA Club World Cup is scheduled to be played from 15 June to 13 July that postponing the AFCON 2025 to early 2026.

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AFCON 2025 will be the 35th edition of Africa’s biggest football competition. Morocco will host the tournament in early 2026 as the FIFA Club World Cup will be held in mid-2025. For the second time, Morocco will be hosting the tournament.

How many teams will play in AFCON 2025?

24 teams including host Morocco will play in the next edition of AFCON. Being the host nation, Morocco has already qualified for the Final tournament and the remaining 23 teams will qualify through qualification games.

AFCON 2025 matches were due to be played in June 2025 but that clashed with FIFA Club World Cup 2025 which will be held in the United States next year.

The African Football Confederation (CAF) was asked about the clash but failed to offer a solution. Veron Mosengo-Omba, the General Secretary of CAF told BBC that the AFCON would be played in 2026.

We can play after the Club World Cup, but is this good for the interests of the players who have played all the season and then they travel to America to play (and then) immediately come to play Afcon? Scheduling is a nightmare for everybody.

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How many African teams will play in the Club World Cup?

As of now, it is confirmed that 4 African football clubs and many African players will play in the 2025 Club World Cup. These players will probably be chosen for the national sides in the AFCONs as well.

The qualification matches for the AFCON 2025 have been started and the last qualification game will be played on 19 November 2024. So we can say that we’ll have all 24 qualified teams in the competition in November this year.

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