AFCON 2022 schedule: Complete list of dates, times, TV channels to watch and stream matches

Written By Simon Borg
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Organizers may have been forced to push the competition back a year, but the Africa Cup of Nations is finally happening in Cameroon, with 24 nations battling for the crown of best team in Africa, a title currently held by a dominant Algeria team. The complete schedule for the tournament follows below.

Algeria, which also added the FIFA Arab Cup to its trophy case in December, is expected to face the biggest challenge to its title defense from Senegal, the team it beat in the final of the last edition. The Senegalese are in search of their first AFCON championship.

Egypt has won the tournament more often than any other nation (seven), but it hasn't hoisted the trophy since 2010. Fans of the Pharaohs will hope Liverpool superstar forward Mohamed Salah can carry the team far. Ivory Coast has a deep and experienced squad, while host Cameroon will like its chances to pull off a surprise and replicate its 2017 title run.

MORE: AFCON 2022 updated group standings

Cameroon is hosting the tournament for the first time since 1972, and given the recent COVID-19 surge, matches will be played in front of reduced-capacity crowds with fans in attendance required to show proof of vaccination. But there will be no postponements and coaches will have expanded 28-man rosters and five substitutes (and a sixth in extra time) to help manage any outbreaks.

AFCON 2022 TV & streaming in USA, Canada

  • Dates: Jan. 9 through Feb. 6 (52 matches)
  • Times: 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. ET
  • TV channels: beIN Sports, beIN Sports XTRA
  • Spanish-language TV: beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports XTRA en Espanol
  • Streaming: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect, and other platforms

The AFCON tournament will be carried by beIN Sports in the USA and Canada, and coverage will be available in both English and Spanish.

Cable and satellite TV channels beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol will air the majority of matches, and others will be broadcast on free channel beIN Sports XTRA followed by a tape-delayed showing on the main TV channels.

Fans can access all of these beIN broadcasts via fuboTV, which is available for new users via a free trial

AFCON 2022 schedule

Sunday, Jan. 9

Match  
Cameroon 2, Burkina Faso 1
(Group A)
Highlights
Ethiopia 0, Cape Verde 1
(Group A)
Highlights

Monday, Jan. 10

Match  
Senegal 1, Zimbabwe 0
(Group B)
Highlights
Guinea 1, Malawi 0
(Group B)
Highlights
Morocco 1, Ghana 0
(Group C)
Highlights
Comoros 0, Gabon 1
(Group C)
Highlights

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Match
Algeria 0, Sierra Leone 0
(Group E)
Highlights
Nigeria 1, Egypt
(Group D)
Highlights
Sudan 0, Guinea-Bissau 0
(Group D)
Highlights

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Match  
Tunisia 0, Mali 1
(Group F)
Highlights
Mauritania 0, Gambia 1
(Group F)
Highlights
Equ. Guinea 0, Ivory Coast 1
(Group E)
Highlights

Thursday, Jan. 13

Match  
Cameroon 4, Ethiopia 1
(Group A)
Highlights
Cape Verde 0, Burkina Faso 1
(Group A)
Highlights

Friday, Jan. 14

Match  
Senegal 0, Guinea 0
(Group B)
Highlights
Malawi 2, Zimbabwe 1
(Group B)
Highlights
Morocco 2, Comoros 0
(Group C)
Highlights
Gabon 1, Ghana 1
(Group C)
Highlights

Saturday, Jan. 15

Match  
Nigeria 3, Sudan 1
(Group D)
Highlights
Guinea-Bissau 0, Egypt 1
(Group D)
Highlights

Sunday, Jan. 16

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Gambia 1, Mali 1
(Group F)
Highlights    
Tunisia 4, Mauritania 0
(Group F)
Highlights    
Ivory Coast 2, Sierra Leone 2
(Group E)
Highlights    
Algeria 0, Equ. Guinea 1
(Group E)
     

Monday, Jan. 17

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Burkina Faso vs. Ethiopia
(Group A)
11 a.m. beIN SPORTS
beIN SPORTS Espanol
fuboTV
Cape Verde vs. Cameroon
(Group A)
11 a.m. beIN SPORTS XTRA
beIN SPORTS XTRA Espanol
fuboTV

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Zimbabwe vs. Guinea
(Group B)
11 a.m. beIN SPORTS Connect  
Malawi vs. Senegal
(Group B)
11 a.m. beIN SPORTS XTRA
beIN SPORTS XTRA Espanol
fuboTV
Gabon vs. Morocco
(Group C)
2 p.m. beIN SPORTS
beIN SPORTS Espanol
fuboTV
Ghana vs. Comoros
(Group C)
2 p.m. beIN SPORTS XTRA
beIN SPORTS XTRA Espanol
fuboTV

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Egypt vs. Sudan
(Group D)
2 p.m. beIN SPORTS XTRA
beIN SPORTS XTRA Espanol
fuboTV
Guinea-Bissau vs. Nigeria
(Group D)
2 p.m. beIN SPORTS
beIN SPORTS Espanol
fuboTV

Thursday, Jan. 20

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Ivory Coast vs. Algeria
(Group E)
11 a.m. beIN SPORTS XTRA
beIN SPORTS XTRA Espanol
fuboTV
Sierra Leone vs. Equ. Guinea
(Group E)
11 a.m. beIN SPORTS Connect  
Mali vs. Mauritania
(Group F)
2 p.m. beIN SPORTS
beIN SPORTS Espanol
fuboTV
Gambia vs. Tunisia
(Group F)
2 p.m. beIN SPORTS XTRA
beIN SPORTS XTRA Espanol
fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 23 (Round of 16)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Round of 16 No. 1: A2 vs. C2 11 a.m. TBD fuboTV
Round of 16 No. 2: D1 vs. B3/E3/F3 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

Monday, Jan. 24 (Round of 16)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Round of 16 No. 3: B2 vs. F2 11 a.m. TBD fuboTV
Round of 16 No. 4: A1 vs. C3/D3/E3 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

Tuesday, Jan. 25 (Round of 16)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Round of 16 No. 5: B1 vs. A3/C3/D3 11 a.m. TBD fuboTV
Round of 16 No. 6: C1 vs. A3/B3/F3 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

Wednesday, Jan. 26 (Round of 16)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Round of 16 No. 7: E1 vs. D2 11 a.m. TBD fuboTV
Round of 16 No. 8: F1 vs. E2 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

Saturday, Jan. 29 (Quarterfinals)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Quarterfinal 1: Round of 16 No. 3 vs. Round of 16 No. 4 11 a.m. TBD fuboTV
Quarterfinal 2: Round of 16 No. 1 vs. Round of 16 No. 2 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 30 (Quarterfinals)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Quarterfinal 3: Round of 16 No. 7 vs. Round of 16 No. 6 11 a.m. TBD fuboTV
Quarterfinal 4: Round of 16 No. 5 vs. Round of 16 No. 8 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

Wednesday, Feb. 2 (Semifinal)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Semifinal 1: Quarterfinal 2 vs. Quarterfinal 4 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

Thursday, Feb. 3 (Semifinal)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Semifinal 2: Quarterfinal 3 vs. Quartefinal 1 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Feb. 6 (Third place, final)

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Third-place match 11 a.m. TBD fuboTV
Championship final 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

AFCON 2022: Tournament format

Similar to other continental championships and World Cup tournaments, the Africa Cup of Nations begins with a group stage, followed by knockout rounds all the way to the final. And for the first time in the competition's history, all 52 matches will feature video review and the use of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

MORE: Ranking the top 10 players at AFCON

Group stage: The 24 nations are divided into six groups of four nations each. At the conclusion of round-robin group play — with three points awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss — the top two teams in each group based on points (and tiebreakers, if necessary) advance to the knockouts. The remaining slots in the Round of 16 will be filled out by the four best third-place finishers.

Knockout stage: A predetermined knockout bracket will be played out all the way through to the final. If any knockout match ends in a tie after 90 minutes, the teams will play 30 minutes of extra time. If the draw persists, a penalty-kick shootout will determine the team to move on. The third-place match is the only one that would skip extra time and move straight to the shootout in case of a draw. 

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