2019 Africa Cup of Nations

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations
كأس الأمم الأفريقية 2019
2019 Africa Cup of Nations.png
Tournament details
Host countryEgypt
Dates21 June – 19 July
Teams24 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)6 (in 5 host cities)
2017
2021

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, known as the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, 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 competition will be held from 21 June to 19 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.[1] It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams.[2][3]

The tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon.[4] Cameroon would have hosted the competition for the first time since 1972. They were also the title holders after winning the previous edition. On 30 November 2018, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations[5] due to infrastructural delays, the Boko Haram insurgency and the Anglophone Crisis.[6] On 8 January 2019, Egypt were chosen by the CAF Executive Committee as the host nation of the competition.[7] The tournament have also been moved from the original dates of 15 June – 13 July to 21 June – 19 July due to Ramadan,[8] despite the Islamic holy month already ending on 3 June.

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:[9]

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.[10] Among the six official candidates, Algeria, Guinea and Ivory Coast also bid for hosting the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Democratic Republic of the Congo had originally put themselves forward as host candidates but withdrew in July 2014.[11] Security concerns and threats from various militant groups particularly in the eastern part of the country were an early issue with a Congolese bid.[12] 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.[13][14][15][16]

The decision of the host country was postponed from early 2014 to grant each bidding country adequate time to receive the inspection delegation.[9] 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.[17]

New bid process[edit]

It was expected that Cameroon will host this edition but it was sidelined by the CAF on 30 November 2018 in Accra, Ghana for non-compliance with the specifications, [18] CAF announced that they would be receiving applications for the new hosts until 14 December 2018.

Bids:

The organization of the competition was finally awarded to Egypt on 8 January 2019 by the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Voters had a choice between two countries after Morocco's sports minister confirmed that his country was not interested in hosting: Egypt and South Africa.[19]

North Africa will host the tournament for the first time in 13 years after being hosted by Egypt also in 2006.

This is the fifth time that Egypt will host the African Cup after 1959, 1974 1986 and 2006 to be the most host country in the continent.

Results
Nation(s) Votes
 Egypt 16
 South Africa 1
Abstained 1
Total votes 18

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.[20]

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, CAF banned the national team of Morocco from entering the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cups of Nations.[21] However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco, having qualified for this edition of the African Cup of Nations, can participate in the tournament.[22]

Due to the withdrawal of Chad during 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, they are banned from entering the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[23]


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
 Egypt Hosts 16 October 2018 24th 2017 Winners (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Madagascar Group A top two 16 October 2018 1st None Debut
 Tunisia Group J top two 16 October 2018 19th 2017 Winners (2004)
 Senegal Group A top two 16 October 2018 15th 2017 Runners-up (2002)
 Morocco Group B top two 17 November 2018 17th 2017 Winners (1976)
 Nigeria Group E top two 17 November 2018 18th 2013 Winners (1980, 1994, 2013)
 Uganda Group L winners 17 November 2018 7th 2017 Runners-up (1978)
 Mali Group C top two 17 November 2018 11th 2017 Runners-up (1972)
 Guinea Group H winners 18 November 2018 12th 2015 Runners-up (1976)
 Algeria Group D winners 18 November 2018 18th 2017 Winners (1990)
 Mauritania Group I top two 18 November 2018 1st None Debut
 Ivory Coast Group H runners-up 18 November 2018 23rd 2017 Winners (1992, 2015)
 Kenya Group F top two 30 November 2018 6th 2004 Group stage (1972, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004)
 Ghana Group F top two 30 November 2018 22th 2017 Winners (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)

Venues[edit]

With the Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams, at least six venues were expected to be used.

After being awarded the bid, initially Egypt chose eight stadiums to host the tournament. The eight stadiums were Cairo International Stadium and Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Alexandria Stadium and Haras El Hodoud Stadium in Alexandria, Egyptian Army Stadium and Suez Stadium in Suez, Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia and Al Masry Club Stadium in Port Said. Later, Al Salam Stadium was replaced with 30 June Stadium, which is another stadium located in Cairo. It was expected that the famous Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria and Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium in Cairo would be used in the tournament, but they weren't selected.

On 17 February 2019, it was confirmed that only six stadiums will be used. The six venues are Cairo International Stadium and 30 June Stadium in Cairo, Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria, Suez Stadium in Suez, Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia and Al Masry Club Stadium in Port Said.[24]

The CAF has established the following requirements for stadiums:[25][26]

Cairo Alexandria
Cairo International Stadium 30 June Stadium Alexandria Stadium
Capacity: 74,100 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 19,676
Cairo International Stadium.jpg No image available.svg GD-EG-Alex-Stade002.JPG
Suez Port Said Ismailia
Suez Stadium Al Masry Club Stadium Ismailia Stadium
Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 24,060 Capacity: 18,525
Suez Stadium.jpg No image available.svg Ismailia Stadium.jpg

Squads[edit]

Each team can register a squad of 23 players (Regulations Article 72).[27]

Officiating[edit]

Video assistant referees[edit]

The EFA announced the video assistant referees (VARs) will be introduced during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, starting from the Round of 16.[28]

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.[27]

Draw[edit]

The draw will take place on 12 April 2019, on a historic place facing the Sphinx and the Pyramids, near Cairo, Egypt.[29]

The 24 teams will be seeded into 4 pots based on the CAF National Team rankings. The 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams. The hosts will be seeded in Group A.[27]

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, EET (UTC+2).

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):[27]

  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  Egypt (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 21 June 2019. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Egypt v
v

v
v

v
v

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
v
v

v
v

v
v

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
v
v

v
v

v
v

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
v
v

v
v

v
v

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
v
v

v
v

v
v

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
v
v

v
v

v
v

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

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 a direct penalty shoot-out, without any extra time, is used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 75).[27]

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:[27]

Third-placed teams
qualify from groups
1A
vs
1B
vs
1C
vs
1D
vs
A B C D 3C 3D 3A 3B
A B C E 3C 3A 3B 3E
A B C F 3C 3A 3B 3F
A B D E 3D 3A 3B 3E
A B D F 3D 3A 3B 3F
A B E F 3E 3A 3B 3F
A C D E 3C 3D 3A 3E
A C D F 3C 3D 3A 3F
A C E F 3C 3A 3F 3E
A D E F 3D 3A 3F 3E
B C D E 3C 3D 3B 3E
B C D F 3C 3D 3B 3F
B C E F 3E 3C 3B 3F
B D E F 3E 3D 3B 3F
C D E F 3C 3D 3F 3E

Bracket[edit]

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
July –
 
 
Runner-up Group A
 
July –
 
Runner-up Group C
 
Winner Match 38
 
July –
 
Winner Match 41
 
Winner Group D
 
July –
 
3rd Group B/E/F
 
Winner Match 45
 
July –
 
Winner Match 46
 
Winner Group B
 
July –
 
3rd Group A/C/D
 
Winner Match 37
 
July –
 
Winner Match 44
 
Winner Group F
 
19 July – Cairo International Stadium
 
Runner-up Group E
 
Winner Match 49
 
July –
 
Winner Match 50
 
Winner Group E
 
July –
 
Runner-up Group D
 
Winner Match 43
 
July –
 
Winner Match 40
 
Winner Group C
 
July –
 
3rd Group A/B/F
 
Winner Match 47
 
July –
 
Winner Match 48Third place
 
Runner-up Group B
 
July – July –
 
Runner-up Group F
 
Winner Match 42Loser Match 49
 
July –
 
Winner Match 39Loser Match 50
 
Winner Group A
 
 
3rd Group C/D/E
 

Round of 16[edit]

RD1

RD2

RD3

RD4

RD5

RD6

RD7

RD8

Quarter-finals[edit]

QF1

QF2

QF3

QF4

Semi-finals[edit]

SF1

SF2

Third place play-off[edit]

Loser SF1vLoser SF2

Final[edit]

Winner SF1vWinner SF2

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