Fifa has announced that it will be live-streaming all CAF qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup on its Fifa+ platform in most countries worldwide.
The live streaming of the CAF qualifying campaign, which got underway recently, comes after Fifa struck a deal in 2019 with the African football body to centralise the sale of rights to the matches.
According to the body, live streaming will be provided with English commentary and will be available worldwide except in the Middle East and North Africa, India and Portugal. Streaming in sub-Saharan Africa will also be geo-blocked except for Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Sao Tome e Principe, Seychelles, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The output builds on the live streaming on Fifa+ of the new African Football League.
Fifa reached an agreement with CAF members in August 2019 to centralise the sale of media rights to African qualifiers for the 2022 and 2026 World Cups. Fifa went to the market for the CAF qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup three months later, with IMG picking up the contract in most international territories.
A record nine African teams will compete at the expanded 48-team World Cup across the USA, Canada and Mexico, with a 10th side to compete in the Fifa playoff tournament.