The African Cup of Nations – Africa’s top football tournament – kicks off on Sunday 9th January. Reigning champions Algeria head into the showpiece as favourites, but seven-times winners Egypt will have their eye on the prize. UK viewers can watch 10 games – including the final – free on BBC iPlayer. Make sure you know how to watch an African Cup of Nations live stream from anywhere using a VPN. The 33rd African Cup of Nations will launch in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde. The first major football event of 2022 will see 24 teams bid for AFCON glory – a far cry from the inaugural Cup in 1957, when a mere three teams took part.
Plenty of Premier League stars will be in action this year, including Arsenal’s Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy (Senegal), Liverpool’s Mo Salah (Egypt), Manchester United’s Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast), and Tottenham Hotspur’s Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal).
There was talk of further postponing what is actually AFCON 2021 due to an outbreak in Cameroon, but the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, has said that the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations will “go ahead as planned”. Audiences will be capped at 80 per cent of capacity for games involving hosts Cameroon, and 60 per cent for all other matches.
Ready to watch the greatest African footballers on the planet? Lucky Aussie fans can watch every game for just AU$15 with Optus Sport. Make sure you know how to watch the 2022 African Cup of Nations from anywhere.
Eager to watch the African Cup of Nations stylized as AFCON 2022 in the USA and Canada? Sit tight as we explain every bit of what you should know about watching you favourite players.
The AFCON 2022 TV rights for the USA and Canada are held by beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Espanol and beIN SPORTS.
Compared to other International football competitions like the European Football Championship, the AFCON tournament also utilizes a bidding system for Media platforms.
How to watch the AFCON 2022 in the USA
Channel: beIN SPORTS
Channel: beIN SPORTS en Espanol
beIN Sports holds the exclusive rights to broadcast live games, highlights and replays of every AFCON match.
How to watch AFCON 2022 in Canada
Channel: beIN SPORTS
Online streaming services for every AFCON match in the US and Canada is available on fubo TV and Fanatiz.
To watch the AFCON 2022 in the USA and Canada, Fanatiz cost around 7.99 US Dollar per month and fuboTV through its family plan costs around 64.99 US Dollar per month.
Top AFCON players to watch
1. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
Mohamed Salah is arguably the biggest star on the list of players currently competing at the AFCON. The Liverpool forward would represent Egypt who’s the tournament most successful side with seven titles.
Salah is known for his creativity, quality style of play and perfect goal-scoring abilities. Currently, the Egyptian is ranked among the best footballers in the world right now.
2. Riyad Mahrez – Algeria
Mahrez scored the decisive goal that took Algeria to the AFCON finals in 2019. The Algerian is currently among Pep Guardiola’s most preferred options upfront at Manchester City.
Mahrez is known for his good goal scoring abilities. The Algerian could make the difference for the North Africans currently the defending Champions.
3. Sadio Mané
Sadio Mané, Liverpool forward was the main reason behind Senegal’s successful outing during the last edition that was held in Egypt.
Mané who’s currently ranked amongst the top 10 playmakers of the English Premier League poses a big threat for Senegal’s opponents.
This season, the stats speak well of him. Mané and Senegal finished second during the last AFCON in 2019 hosted by Egypt.
4. Said Benrahma
Benrahma is one of the big names to watch out for in Cameroon. The Algerian has provided five goals and four assists for West Ham United this season.
He’s currently an integral member of David Moyes first team at West Ham United.
5. Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen is a promising footballer lacing his boots for Italian Serie A outfit Napoli. The young Nigerian is one of the fast-rising players on the European continent.
He made a record-breaking switch from Ligue 1 side Lille to Napoli and have since proved his worth by scoring and contributing to the club.
Top AFCON teams to watch
Algeria, Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Tunisia, Ghana, Sudan, etc.
What the USA and Canada AFCON audience should expect
The AFCON promises to be better compared to the last edition hosted by Egypt in 2019. Cameroon is the host nation, expected to receive thousands of supporters across the world.
Watch the African Cup of Nations for free
In the UK, BBC iPlayer will live stream 10 games. These include: two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the 2022 AFCON final on 6th February.
In the USA, beIN Sports has the rights to all the games. Sling provides streaming access to beIN for $35 a month and new users a get a free 3-day trial. The channels is also covered by FuboTV in the States which has a free trial too.
Remember to use a VPN to access your local streaming service when travelling overseas.
In Australia, Optus will stream every game live. Subscription costs just AU$14.99 a month (around £8 / $11) and also includes access to Premier League football at the same time.
In Italy, Discovery has secured the rights to the African Cup of Nations 2022. The games will stream live on Discovery+. Subscription costs from €7.99 a month.
Again, you’ll need to use a VPN to access your local streaming service when outside your home country.
Watch the African Cup of Nations 2022 from abroad using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant AFCON 2022 rights holders, you won’t be able to access these streaming services when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. It creates a private connection between your device and the internet, and saves you money! What’s not to love?
How to use a VPN
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the AFCON, you may wish to choose ‘London’ for BBC iPlayer.
3. Then head over to BBC iPlayer on your browser or device and enjoy the free African Cup of Nations live stream.
If, for whatever reason, you can’t get it working, then do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark which offers 24 hour assistance.
African Cup of Nations 2022 live stream in the UK
Sky Sports has the rights to all 52 games of the 2022 African Cup of Nations. Sky subscribers can watch for free.
Not a subscriber? Cord-cutters can live stream the football with a Now Sports Pass (£10 a day or £34 a month).
It’s also worth noting that the BBC has the rights to show 10 games live in the UK. These include: two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final.
Remember: you’ll need to use a VPN to access BBC iPlayer when travelling outside the UK.
African Cup of Nations 2022 live stream in the USA
beIN Sports also has the rights to show every game of the 2022 African Cup of Nations live in the USA.
Subscription prices depend on your cable provider, but cord cutters can tune into beIN Sports via fuboTV and Sling. Better still, Sling is offering new users a free 3-day trial so you can try before you buy.
Streaming service Fanatiz looks like it could be another cheap way to stream the African Cup of Nations 2022 in the States. Subscription costs just $7.99 a month.
African Cup of Nations 2022 live stream in Australia
If you’re in Australia, local streaming service Optus Sport is the place to find live coverage of the African Cup of Nations 2022 for just AU$14.99 per month (or $68 for six months). The service also serves up live Premier football, so it’s a real bargain.
Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don’t forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.
African Cup of Nations 2022 live stream in South Africa
As ever, SuperSport is the place to watch the 2022 African Cup of Nations in South Africa. The online sports channel will broadcast all the games live via the DStv satellite platform. You can sign up to DStv here. Failing that, head to any local sports bar.
African Cup of Nations 2022 schedule & kick-off times
All times GMT
Sunday 9th January 2022
Group A – Cameroon vs Burkina Faso – 4pm
Group A – Ethiopia vs Cape Verde – 7pm
Monday 10th January 2022
Group B – Senegal vs Zimbabwe – 1pm
Group B – Guinea vs Malawi – 4pm
Group C – Morocco vs vs Ghana – 4pm
Group C – Comoros vs Gabon – 7pm
Tuesday 11th January 2022
Group E – Algeria vs Sierra Leone – 1pm
Group D – Nigeria vs Egypt – 4pm
Group D – Sudan vs Guinea-Bissau – 7pm
Wednesday 12th January 2022
Group F – Tunisia vs Mali – 1pm
Group F – Mauritania vs Gambia – 4pm
Group E – Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast – 7pm
Thursday 13th January 2022
Group A – Cameroon vs Ethiopia – 4pm
Group A – Cape Verde vs Burkina Faso – 7pm
Friday 14th January 2022
Group B – Senegal vs Guinea – 1pm
Group B – Malawi vs Zimbabwe – 4pm
Group C – Morocco vs Comoros – 4pm
Group C – Gabon vs Ghana – 7pm
Saturday 15th January 2022
Group D – Guinea-Bissau vs Egypt – 7pm
Sunday 16th January 2022
Group F – Gambia vs Mali – 1pm
Group E – Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone – 4pm
Group F – Tunisia vs Mauritania – 4pm
Group E – Algeria vs Equatorial Guinea – 7pm
Monday 17th January 2022
Group A – Burkina Faso vs Ethiopia – 4pm
Group A – Cape Verde vs Cameroon – 7pm
Tuesday 18th January 2022
Group B – Malawi vs Senegal – 4pm
Group B – Zimbabwe vs Guinea – 4pm
Group C – Gabon vs Morocco – 7pm
Group C – Ghana vs Comoros – 7pm
Wednesday 19th January 2022
Group D – Egypt vs Sudan – 7pm
Group D – Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria – 7pm
Thursday 20th January 2022
Group E – Ivory Coast vs Algeria – 4pm
Group E – Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea – 4pm
Group F – Gambia vs Tunisia – 7pm
Group F – Mali vs Mauritania – 7pm
ROUND OF 16:
23rd – 25th January 2022
29th – 30th January 2022
2nd – 3rd February 2022
6th February 2022
Where is AFCON 2022 being held?
This year’s tournament takes place across six venues in five Cameroonian cities. The Olembe Stadium and Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé’s capital, the Japoma Stadium in Douala, the Limbe Stadium in Limbe, the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam, and the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua have been chosen to host matches.
Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Limbe, Cameroon, has a capacity of 20,000 and stunning ocean views. Not something Premier League stars will be used to.
The opening match of the tournament as well as the showpiece final will take place at the Chinese-built, 60,000 seater Olembe Stadium in the capital.