2015 Africa Cup of Nations
|كأس الأمم الأفريقية لكرة القدم 2015
|Dates||17 January – 8 February|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF), held from 17 January to 8 February 2015. For the second time, the tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Morocco, who previously hosted it in 1988.
The following countries expressed an interest in hosting the tournament:
CAF received 3 bids before 30 September 2010, the deadline, to host either the 2015 or 2017 Africa Cup of Nations from DR Congo, Morocco and South Africa. All three bids were originally put on a short list. However, Morocco was considered to be the most favorite to host the competition because of its highly developed infrastructure and advanced stadiums. CAF then began an inspection procedure, intending to visit each bidding country to view stadiums, infrastructure, and football interest. They inspected the DR Congo first. The inspection was intended to run from 12 to 15 November, but was cut short. Shortly after the inspection, DR Congo informed CAF that they would be withdrawing their bids for both the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
Morocco was the next country to be inspected, with CAF visiting the country in early November 2010. South Africa was inspected in December 2010.
On 29 January, during the 2011 CAF Super Cup, the CAF Board decided that Morocco will host the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
Qualification for the tournament will be made up of three stages, two preliminary rounds and a final group stage. The 21 best-ranked teams were given a bye to the group stage, while the next 26 teams will begin play in the second preliminary round, and four lowest ranked teams will start at the first round. The two preliminary rounds will be a series of playoffs, with the winners advancing.
at start of event
|Morocco||Hosts||29 January 2011||15th||2013||Winners (1976)|
Climate of host cities
|City||Average maximum temperature of January, °C (°F)||Average maximum temperature of February, °C (°F)|
|Tangier||16.2 °C (61.2 °F)||16.8 °C (62.2 °F)|
|Rabat||17.2 °C (63.0 °F)||17.7 °C (63.9 °F)|
|Marrakesh||18.4 °C (65.1 °F)||19.9 °C (67.8 °F)|
|Agadir||20.4 °C (68.7 °F)||21.0 °C (69.8 °F)|
On 23 September 2013, the CAF Executive Committee announced that the four host cities of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations are Rabat, Marrakesh, Agadir and Tangier. Casablanca will serve as an alternative venue.
|Moulay Abdellah Stadium||Marrakesh Stadium|
|Capacity: 52,000||Capacity: 45,240|
|Tangier Stadium||Agadir Stadium|
|Capacity: 45,000||Capacity: 45,480|
If the current format is used, 16 teams will be drawn in four groups. Only the hosts will gets an automatic qualification spot, the other 15 teams will qualify through qualification tournament. At the finals, the 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After group stage, the top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal losers will play in third place match, while winners will play in final.
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