CAF announces dates of AFCON 2025, WAFCON 2024 to be both hosted by Morocco

The Executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced Friday the dates of Africa’s most popular and competitive football competition, the CAF TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as well as the dates of CAF TotalEnergies WAFCON which will be both hosted by Morocco.

The final phases of the 35th edition of AFCON-2025 Morocco, will thus take place from 21 December 2025 to 18 January 2026, CAF announced on Friday on its website.

The opening match of “Africa’s most popular and competitive football competition”, the Africa Cup of Nations, to be held in Morocco, will take place on Sunday December 21, 2025, while the final game will be held on Sunday January 18, 2026, CAF stated in the post.

The President of CAF Patrice Motsepe expressed confidence that the AFCON Morocco 2025 will be “extremely successful and will be the best AFCON in the history of this competition.”

“We will continue to make significant progress in developing and ensuring that African Football is globally competitive and amongst the best in the World,” Motsepe said, adding that CAF is grateful to King Mohamed VI to the Government and people of Morocco, and to Royal Federation of Moroccan Football for hosting the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 as well as the CAF TotalEnergies WAFCON Morocco 2024.

Actually, the CAF Executive Committee also announced Friday the dates for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2024 that will also be hosted by Morocco.

The opening match of this competition, which is “growing exponentially”, will be held on Saturday 5 July 2025, and the final match on Saturday 26 July 2025.

CAF Chief said in this connection: “I am also impressed by the enormous growth of Women’s Football in Africa and I am expecting the CAF TotalEnergies WAFCON Morocco 2024 to be immensely successful.”

President of the FRMF Fouzi Lekjaa on his part said: “We hope that the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 will be the best event to honor Africa, and Morocco will make available the best conditions to host the rest of Africa and the World.”

The draw for the qualifiers for the AFCON 35th edition will take place on July 4 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A total of 48 nations will be divided into 12 groups of four teams each.

It was also decided to hold the 46th Ordinary General Assembly of CAF in Kinshasa on October 10, the Confederation said.