Rabat – For the first time ever, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) will broadcast the African Qualifiers for Qatar’s World Cup 2022 for free. The games will be live streamed on both FIFA’s website and their YouTube channel, announced FIFA today, September 4, on their website.
The first round of the African Qualifiers to the World Cup start today, September 4, and will end on September 10. Twenty-eight teams will be playing against each other, and only 14 will qualify to the group stage of the World Cup Qualifiers.
FIFA’s investment in the production and broadcasting of these games aims to support football development in Africa. It also underscores FIFA’s initiatives for a digital transformation.
“The live streams and on-demand replays of these first-round encounters will be on FIFA.com and FIFA’s YouTube channel. Bringing this exciting action to a global audience for the first time underscores FIFA’s ongoing digital transformation and its ongoing efforts to support football development in Africa and connect more fans with the beautiful game,” announced FIFA on their website.
The matches confirmed for live streaming so far are Burundi vs Tanzania, South Sudan vs Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia vs Lesotho, Sao Tome e Principe vs Guinea Bissau, Liberia vs Sierra Leone, and Mauritius vs Mozambique.
Morocco is exempted from participating in this first round of the World Cup Qualifiers, for being one of the top 26 teams in Africa. The Atlas Lions will start their journey to the World Cup at the group stage.