FIFA2026: African Qualifiers Official Draw To Hold On Thursday

The official Draw of the FIFA World Cup 2026 African Preliminaries Qualifiers will be conducted on Thursday, 13 July in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The draw will take place a few hours after the 45th CAF Ordinary Assembly that will also be held in Abidjan.

For the Draw, the Member Associations of CAF 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 of the CAF Play-Off Tournament will play in the FIFA Play-off Tournament.

The qualifiers are scheduled to start in November this year, with Match Day One and Two scheduled for between 13-21 November, while the third and fourth match days are scheduled for June 2024.

The last match day will be in the week of October 6-14 while the Continental play-off will be staged between 10-18 November 2025 at a venue to be communicated later.

The FIFA Play-off tournament is scheduled for March 2026.

For the first time, the FIFA World Cup will include 48 teams, an expansion by 16 compared with the previous seven tournaments.

In the previous edition of the World Cup held in Qatar, Africa was represented by Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, and Tunisia.

The tournament will take place from a yet to be determined date in June to July 2026, and will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries:

Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The tournament will be the first hosted by three nations.

Argentina are the defending champions.

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