Africa Cup of Nations 2021


January 24, 2022

Africa Cup of Nations 2021 is the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations, which started on January 9 and will end on February 6, 2022 in Cameroon. Initially, three countries competed to host the tournament: Algeria, Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea. As a result, the application of Côte d'Ivoire won, and Guinea received the right to host the African Cup of Nations 2023. But due to the outbreak of uprisings in Cameroon, Egypt undertook to host the African Cup of Nations 2019. Thus, all subsequent tournaments were shifted by two years: Cameroon will host in 2021, Côte d'Ivoire in 2023 and Guinea in 2025. Due to the coronavirus pandemic that broke out around the world in 2020, the tournament was postponed to January 2021. It was later rescheduled again, this time to January-February 2022.

Qualifying Tournament

Tournament Format

At the first stage, 24 teams will be distributed by lot into 6 groups of 4 teams each. The teams that take the first and second places in the groups, as well as the four best teams that take third places, advance to the playoffs (teams coming out of third place are determined by the number of points scored in the group). Additional indicators in case of equality of points for 2 or more teams. From the 1/8 finals, matches will be played according to the knockout system. In the event of a draw, the teams will play an additional two halves of 15 minutes each. If the winner is not revealed in extra time, the winner is determined in the penalty shoot-out.




Group Stage

The top two teams from each group, along with the top four third-placed teams, advance to the Round of 16. Times are local, West African time (UTC+1).


Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and in case of a tie, the following tie-break criteria for ranking are applied (Regulation Article 74): Points in matches among equal teams; Goal difference in head-to-head matches between equal teams; Goals in matches among equal teams; If more than two teams are tied and still tied after applying all of the above criteria, all of the above criteria apply�

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