AFCON qualifiers 2023: Fixtures, results, groups, teams, and how it works ahead of Ivory Coast 2024
The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is the premier international men’s football competition in Africa. It is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) every two years since 1963. The 34th edition of the tournament, the 2023 AFCON, will be held in Ivory Coast from June 23 to July 19, 2024.
Qualifying for AFCON 2023
A total of 52 teams will enter the qualifying process for AFCON 2023, with 48 teams competing for 24 spots in the final tournament. The qualifying process will be divided into two rounds:
- Round 1: The 12 lowest-ranked teams according to the FIFA rankings will play in a two-legged knockout format. The six winners of these matches will advance to Round 2.
- Round 2: The remaining 42 teams will be divided into 12 groups of four. Each team will play each other team in their group twice, once at home and once away. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the final tournament.
Teams qualified for AFCON 2023
The following teams have already qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in January 2024:
- Ivory Coast (Hosts)
- Burkina Faso
- South Africa
- Equatorial Guinea
- Cape Verde
- DR Congo
- Group C
- Group C
AFCON 2023 qualifier fixtures, results
The qualifying matches for AFCON 2023 began on March 23, 2023, and will end on September 10, 2023. The fixtures and results can be found on the CAF website.
AFCON 2023 groups
The 24 qualified teams will be divided into six groups of four for the final tournament. The groups will be drawn on December 19, 2023.
AFCON 2023 format
The final tournament will consist of a group stage and a knockout stage. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage, where they will be joined by the four best third-placed teams. The knockout stage will consist of a quarter-finals, semi-finals, third-place match, and a final.
AFCON 2023 prize money
The winner of AFCON 2023 will receive $5 million in prize money. The runner-up will receive $2.5 million, and the third-place team will receive $2 million.
AFCON 2023 broadcasters
The matches of AFCON 2023 will be broadcast live on a number of television channels around the world. In Africa, the matches will be broadcast on CAF TV, SuperSport, and Canal+.
The Africa Cup of Nations is one of the most prestigious international football tournaments in the world. The 2023 edition of the tournament is sure to be an exciting and entertaining event.