2017 Africa Cup of Nations
|كأس الأمم الأفريقية لكرة القدم 2017
|Dates||January 2017 (expected)|
|Teams||16 (expected) (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||6 (in 3 host cities)|
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF). The tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Libya, for the second time. The first was in 1982, when the home team were runners-up. The competition is likely to be held in January 2017. The 2017 African champion will qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
This event is also part of the Africa Cup of Nations 60th Anniversary.
CAF received 3 bids before the 30 September 2010 deadline, to host either the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations or 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The three bids were from DR Congo, Morocco and South Africa. All three bids were originally put on a short list.
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 executive committee decided that Morocco will host 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, while 2017 edition will be held in South Africa. However due to the Libyan civil war, Libya and South Africa traded years with South Africa hosting in 2013 and Libya hosting in 2017.
|Country||Qualified as||Date qualification was secured||Previous appearances in tournament†|
|Libya||Hosts||28 September 2011||3+ (1982, 2006, 2012)|
† Bold indicates champion for that year
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.
The tournament will held in 6 stadiums in 3 cities: Tripoli, Benghazi and Misurata. Three of the venues are in Tripoli, including the Wadi Al Rabi Stadium which will stage the opening match and the final.
|Wadi Al Rabi Stadium||March 28 Stadium||Murbat Stadium|
(plans to expand to 80,000)
|June 11 Stadium||Al Kremiah Stadium||Martyrs of February Stadium|
(plans to expand to 30,000)
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