• Wed. Oct 4th, 2023

2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: CAF announces kick off date, format.

Cote D’Ivoire to host 2023 women’s champions league

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the format and the draw date for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the continent.

CAF announced at the Executive Committee meeting held Thursday may 18 in Algiers that the Official Draw of the FIFA World Cup 2026 African Qualifiers will be on Wednesday 12 July 2023 in Cotonou, Benin – the night before the 45th CAF Ordinary General Assembly.

The Executive Committee also approved the format and dates of the Qualifiers. The new format according to the EXCO has been adapted in line with FIFA’s expanded FIFA World Cup format and will involve all the 54 Member Associations of CAF who will be divided into nine (9) Groups.

Winners of each Group will automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026. The four best runners-up (from the Groups) will play in a CAF Play-Off tournament. The winner (CAF Play-Off tournament) will play in the FIFA Play-off Tournament.

The Executive Committee also announced Côte d’Ivoire as the host country of the CAF Women’s Champions League 2023.

Recall that Morocco earlier in the week withdrew to host the tournament citing support for Cote D’Ivoire. The staging of the CAF Women’s Champions League 2023 will enable Côte d’Ivoire to test the facilities that will be used for next year’s TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023.

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