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How Will AFCON Impact the 23/24 FPL Season?

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Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers face disruption to their seasons in the New Year thanks to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). Here Marc from Fantasy Football Scout looks at how will AFCON impact the 23/24 FPL season.

The 2023 edition of the AFCON tournament will now take place in January 2024, having been delayed due to the adverse summer weather concerns in host nation Ivory Coast.

Here we look at which players, teams and Gameweeks will be affected.

WHEN IS AFCON 2023?

AFCON will take place between Saturday 13 January and Sunday 11 February 2024, covering Gameweeks 21 to 24 in FPL

Thankfully, when it comes to pre-tournament call-ups, the week before this is dedicated to the FA Cup and EFL Cup. 

Gameweek 20 starts in the final days of December.

The dates for the AFCON knockout round ties haven’t yet been announced, so we can’t yet pinpoint when eliminated players will return to club action.

AFCON + FPL CALENDAR

WEEKEND 1Sat 13 JanSun 14 JanGAMEWEEK 21 (first half of split week)
MIDWEEK 1Tues 16 JanWed 17 Jan
WEEKEND 2Sat 20 JanSun 21 JanGAMEWEEK 21 (second half of split week)
MIDWEEK 2Tues 23 JanWed 24 Jan
WEEKEND 3Sat 27 JanSun 28 JanFA CUP FOURTH ROUND
MIDWEEK 3Tues 30 JanWed 31 JanGAMEWEEK 22
WEEKEND 4Sat 3 FebSun 4 FebGAMEWEEK 23
MIDWEEK 4Tues 6 FebWed 7 Feb
WEEKEND 5Sat 10 FebSun 11 FebGAMEWEEK 24

This season sees the return of the winter break, so the first two-and-a-half weeks of AFCON will only see competing players miss one Premier League encounter.

To read the rest of the article on how AFCON will impact the 23/24 FPL season click here.


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