Although the next FIFA World Cup is three years away, preparations for the tournament are underway. 54 Nations across Africa will discover their fate as the World Cup qualifying draw takes place on Thursday 13th July. In this article, we'll provide live streaming options for the draw, whilst taking a look at the new format.
So @CAF_Media moved the date and city of the African World Cup qualifying draw and didn’t publicly inform anyone, what a lovely bunch they are 😂
Thursday 13 July at 16:00 in Abidjan, see you all there… unless they move it again 👀 pic.twitter.com/Lf3PSYJnlh
— Dean Ammi (@AlgerianFooty) July 10, 2023
FIFA World Cup Draw Format
We would like to point out that the previous seven editions of the FIFA World Cup featured 32 teams; and as such, there were five available spots for the African continent. However, things are different this time, as a total of 48 teams will participate in the World Cup for the first time in history. With that expansion in mind, the African continent will get a total of nine spots, rather than the usual five.
It may interest you to know that there were two World Cup qualifying rounds in the past; and the victors of the first round would meet in another round of five groups, with the group leaders advancing to the World Cup.
That said, there will be one qualifying round this time; as 54 African countries will be split into nine groups, each containing six teams. Moreover, the leaders of each group will secure a spot in the next edition of the FIFA World Cup.
It's also worth noting that four of the second-placed teams will meet in a continental play-off. Whoever wins this round will represent the continent in another play-off round; they'll battle teams from other continents for one of two available spots. If the African representative prevails in the Intercontinental playoffs, then there will be 10 African teams in the next FIFA World Cup.
There will be six pots in the draw, with each pot containing nine teams. Teams are seeded according to their place in the FIFA rankings; which means the top 9 teams will not meet each other in the qualifying rounds. These teams are Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali and Cote D'Ivoire. It's worth mentioning that Ghana's Black Stars will be in pot B, alongside teams like Burkina Faso and South Africa.
FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifying draw 🏆
Pot 1: 🇲🇦 🇸🇳 🇹🇳 🇩🇿 🇪🇬 🇳🇬 🇨🇲 🇲🇱 🇨🇮
Pot 2: 🇧🇫 🇬🇭 🇿🇦 🇨🇻 🇨🇩 🇬🇳 🇿🇲 🇬🇦 🇬🇶
Pot 3: 🇺🇬 🇧🇯 🇲🇷 🇰🇪 🇨🇬 🇲🇬 🇬🇼 🇳🇦 🇦🇴
Pot 4: 🇲🇿 🇬🇲 🇸🇱 🇹🇬 🇹🇿 🇿🇼 🇨🇫 🇲🇼 🇱🇾
Pot 5: 🇳🇪 🇰🇲 🇸🇩 🇷🇼 🇧🇮 🇪🇹 🇸🇿 🇧🇼 🇱🇷
Pot 6: 🇱🇸 🇸🇸 🇲🇺 🇹🇩 🇸🇹 🇩🇯 🇸🇨 🇪🇷 🇸🇴
— Dean Ammi (@AlgerianFooty) July 11, 2023
Where to watch the FIFA World Cup qualifying draw in Africa
To be fair, there aren't many live streaming options for the draw. However, fans in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda can watch the draw live on Supersport. It's also worth mentioning that people who live in most countries in West, East and South Africa can watch the draw on Supersport as well.
✅🌍🏆 OFFICIAL : The six pots for the African qualifying draw for the 2026 World Cup!
📍Pot1: Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon and Mali and Ivory Coast.
— Olt Sports (@oltsport_) June 29, 2023
For fans in Ghana, the draw will be available on Max TV GH, the country's biggest sports channel. Also, fans in most North African countries can watch the draw live on BeIn Sports. It may also interest you to know that you can live-stream the draw even if you live outside Africa. The FIFA World Cup qualifying draw will be available on CAF's official website, as well as their YouTube channel.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago