CAF has expanded the AFCON from 16 to 24 teams and switched tournament dates to mid-year.
And CAF has also changed the calendar dates for its continental club competitions.
The bi-annual tournament has been contested for by 16 teams since 1996.
CAF made the decision during its 1st CAF African Football Symposium held from July 18 -19
in Morocco to add eight more teams.
The tournament will now also be held during the European offseason June and July.
This is in order to avoid the club versus country rows that have existed when the tournament was held in the middle of the European season in January.
Meanwhile, CAF also confirmed that CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup dates will adopt the European format and run from August to May.
However, CAF has not stated when this will come into effect.
The decision means Zambian representatives face challenging times ahead and will have no break over two seasons as the FAZ Super Division runs over a calendar year.