2019 Africa Cup of Nations

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations
Coupe d'Afrique des Nations 2019
2019 Africa Cup of Nations logo.png
Tournament details
Host country  Cameroon
Dates 7–30 June[2]
Teams 24[1] (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 6 (in 5 host cities)
2017
2021

The Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (also referred to as AFCON 2019 or CAN 2019) is scheduled to be the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon.[3] The competition will be held in June and July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July for the first time. It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams.[4]

For the first time since the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon will host the competition. They are also the title holders after winning the previous edition.

Host selection[edit]

After the CAF Executive Committee meeting on 24 January 2014, it was announced that there were six official candidates for the 2019 edition:[5]

Bids:

Rejected Bids:

This list was different from the list of the host nation bids for both the 2019 and 2021 edition of the Cup of Nations as announced by CAF in November 2013, with Gabon also on the original list, but Cameroon not on it.[6] Among the six official candidates, Algeria, Guinea and Ivory Coast also bid for hosting the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Democratic Republic of Congo had originally put themselves forward as host candidates but withdrew in July 2014.[7] Security concerns and threats from various militant groups particularly in the eastern part of the country were an early issue with a Congolese bid.[8] Before bidding solo Guinea was part of a four-way joint bid with Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone and Liberia, similarly Zambia was originally part of a joint bid with Malawi and Zimbabwe. Other nations who expressed early interest in hosting were 2013 champions Nigeria, Senegal, and a joint bid of Kenya and Uganda.[9][10][11][12]

The decision of the host country was postponed from early 2014 to grant each bidding country adequate time to receive the inspection delegation.[5] After the final vote at the CAF Executive Committee meeting, on 20 September 2014, the CAF announced the hosts for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 AFCON tournaments: 2019 to Cameroon, 2021 to Ivory Coast, and 2023 to Guinea.[13]

Sponsorship[edit]

In July 2016, Total has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to support 10 of its principal competitions. Total started with the Africa Cup of Nations that was held in Gabon in 2017 therefore renaming it Total Africa Cup of Nations.[14]

Qualification[edit]

  Qualified
  Failed to qualify
  Withdrew or did not enter
  Not part of CAF

Due to Morocco withdrawing from being hosts of the 2015 edition, the CAF banned the national team of Morocco from entering the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cups of Nations.[15] However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco may enter the tournament.[16]

Due to the withdrawal of Chad during 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, they are banned from entering the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[17]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following teams qualified for the tournament.

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event
 Cameroon Hosts 20 September 2014 19th 2017 Winners
(1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017)

Venues[edit]

With the Africa Cup of Nations expanded to 24 teams, six venues are expected to be used. FECAFOOT has claimed Cameroon has already three stadia ready and three others to be built or renovated. Furthermore, many venues were used during the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations.[18][19][20]

The CAF has established the following requirements for stadiums:[21]

Number Of Stadiums Capacity
(Minimum)
2 Stadiums 40,000
2 Stadiums 20,000
2 Stadiums 15,000
Yaoundé
Paul Biya Stadium Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 42,500
Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium.jpg
Douala
Stade Omnisport de Douala
Capacity: 50,000
Bafoussam
Kouekong Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Stade Omnisport de Bafoussam.jpg
Limbe Garoua
Stade Municipal de Limbe Roumdé Adjia Stadium
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,000
Stade Omnisport de Limbé.jpg No image available.svg


Squads[edit]

Each team can register a squad of 23 players (Regulations Article 72).[22]

Format[edit]

Only the hosts will receive an automatic qualification spot, the other 23 teams will qualify through a qualification tournament. At the finals, the 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third teams will advance to the round of 16. The winners will advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal losers will play in third place match, while semifinal winners will play in final.[22] The format is exactly the one which was applied to the 1986, 1990, and 1994 FIFA World Cups, as well as UEFA Euro 2016.

Draw[edit]

Procedure to be confirmed. The 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams. The hosts will be seeded in Group A.[22]

Group stage[edit]

The top two teams of each group, along with the best four third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.

All times are local, WAT (UTC+1).

Tiebreakers[edit]

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 74):[22]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Drawing of lots.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Cameroon (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2019. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

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Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2019. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

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Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2019. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

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Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2019. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

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Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 E1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification
4 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2019. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

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Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2019. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

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Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Third place group A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 B Third place group B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C Third place group C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Third place group D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 E Third place group E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F Third place group F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on June 2019. Source: CAF
Rules for classification:

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary, except for the third place match where penalty shoot-out (no extra time) is used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 75).[22]

Bracket[edit]

 
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                           
 
June –
 
 
 
 
July –
 
 
 
 
 
June –
 
 
 
 
 
July –
 
 
 
 
 
June –
 
 
 
 
 
July –
 
 
 
 
 
June –
 
 
 
 
 
July – Yaoundé
 
 
 
Winner SF1
 
June –
 
Winner SF2
 
 
 
July –
 
 
 
 
 
June –
 
 
 
 
 
July –
 
 
 
 
 
June –
 
 
 
 
 
July –
 
 
 
 
 
June –
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Round of 16[edit]

June 2019 (2019-06)
RD1

June 2019 (2019-06)
RD2

June 2019 (2019-06)
RD3

June 2019 (2019-06)
RD4

June 2019 (2019-06)
RD5

June 2019 (2019-06)
RD6

June 2019 (2019-06)
RD7

June 2019 (2019-06)
RD8

Quarter-finals[edit]

July 2019 (2019-07)
QF1

July 2019 (2019-07)
QF2

July 2019 (2019-07)
QF3

July 2019 (2019-07)
QF4

Semi-finals[edit]

July 2019 (2019-07)
SF1

July 2019 (2019-07)
SF2

Third place play-off[edit]

July 2019 (2019-07)
Loser SF1 v Loser SF2

Final[edit]

July 2019 (2019-07)
Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations moved to June and July and expanded to 24 teams". bbc.com. 20 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "CAMEROON TO HOST 2019, COTE D'IVOIRE FOR 2021, GUINEA 2023". Confédération Africaine de Football. 20 September 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Total to sponsor CAF competitions for the next eight years". Africa News. Africa News. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Morocco Fined, Banned From Two AFCON Tournaments". CAF Online. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Morocco win appeal over Afcon 2017 and 2019 bans". BBC Sport. 2 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Withdrawal of Chad from AFCON 2017 qualifiers". CAF. 27 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Blaise Moussa : « à Rabat, il n'a été fait aucun débat sur la CAN 2019 »" (in French). Camfoot. 19 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "2019 AFCON: Cameroon in the heat of preparations". CRTV. 21 July 2017. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
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  21. ^ "CAN 2019 : ce que prévoit le nouveau cahier de charges" (in French). Camfoot. 13 August 2017. 
  22. ^ a b c d e "Regulations of the Africa Cup of Nations" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 

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