This edition of the tournament was supposed to be the third time taking place in the Northern Hemisphere summer since the 2019 edition to reduce scheduling conflicts with European club teams and competitions. On 3 July 2022, CAF postponed this edition to 13 January – 11 February 2024 due to the adverse summer weather concerns in Ivory Coast, whilst retaining the name 2023 Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship purposes. This also meant for the first time in AFCON history, the tournament was forced to be moved twice after the earlier edition.
Ivory Coast (originally awarded AFCON 2021, but was later pushed forward to 2023 following Cameroon hosting the 2021 edition. However Ivory Coast later requested to CAF for AFCON to be hosted in January-February 2024 to avoid a terrible West and Central African rain season which reaches its peak around June-July)
Guinea (originally awarded AFCON 2023, but hosting duties were pushed back to 2025 after Cameroon hosted in 2021 instead of 2019 owning to non-readiness at the time, however Guinea could not be ready and was later stripped AFCON 2023 hosting rights on 30 September 2022)
CAF announced the hosts for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 editions of AFCON after the final vote at its executive committee meeting on 20 September 2014: 2019 to Cameroon, 2021 to Ivory Coast and 2023 to Guinea.
The announcement of the 2023 hosts was unscheduled. Guinea was one of the bidders for the 2019 and 2021 editions, whose host countries were scheduled to be announced on that day. A CAF spokesperson told BBC News that, on the basis of Guinea's presentation "and commitment", the committee "decided to exercise its power to make an immediate decision."
On 30 November 2018, CAF stripped Cameroon from hosting the 2019 edition due to lack of speed of progress in hosting preparations, but accepted former CAF President Ahmad Ahmad's request to stage the following edition in 2021. Consequently, the original hosts of 2021, Ivory Coast, would host the 2023 edition, and the original hosts of 2023, Guinea would host the 2025 edition, which until then was yet to have a host.
On 30 January 2019, CAF President confirmed the timetable shift, after a meeting with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
CAF established the following requirements for the expected six stadiums for this edition of the tournament:
Number of stadiums
In September 2017, the government of Ivory Coast launched a public tender for the venues of the competition. This includes public tender requested bids for renovating and expanding the existing Stade Félix-Houphouët Boigny and Stade de la Paix (Peace Stadium) of Bouaké, and building new stadiums in the cities of Korhogo, San Pedro and Yamoussoukro. The three new stadiums were to have a capacity of 20,000 each.
In addition to the renovation or construction of stadiums, the tender included the renovation or construction of training facilities in the host cities: 8 in Abidjan, and 4 in Bouaké, Korhogo, Yamoussoukro and San Pedro. It also included the construction of 96 villas (5 rooms per villa) in the cities of Bouaké, Korhogo, Yamoussoukro and San Pedro. In addition, bids were to be submitted to build a 3-star hotel of 50 rooms in the city of Korhogo.
On 12 September 2023 a total of 32 referees,33 assistants,4 video assistant referees(V.A.R) and 6 technical and physical instructors where shortlisted for the preparatory course ahead of the AFCON.