Video Assistance A Go As Africa Prepares for AFCON 2021 In 2022

The African Cup of Nations, also known as the Total Africa Cup of Nations after its headline sponsor, is the main international men's association football competition in Africa. It is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and was first held in 1957.

The tournament will host 24 teams in Cameroon from January 9, 2022 to February 6, 2021 and will see 52 matches played. For the first time ever, the Video Assistant Referee, VAR, will be used at all the matches and will review decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and headset communication. VAR has been decided on to provide a way for clear and obvious errors and serious missed incidents to be corrected.  

On January 15, 2020 CAF postponed the AFCON tournament which was supposed to have taken place in June and July 2021, citing "unfavourable climatic conditions". The tournament was moved to January 9 to February 6, 2021 but an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases across Africa saw the tournament rescheduled to January 9 to February 6, 2022. The tournament retains the name 2021 Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons.

 Algeria are the current Cup champions.

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