After a poor showing at South Africa 2010, the continent will have to redeem its image with a strong delegation at the Brazilian tournament
The continental football governing body says 52 out of 53 of its member associations will battle it out in a total of 154 qualifying games over the next two years, ending in November 2013.
Five countries will represent Africa in South America.
According to the Issa Hayatou-led organisation, the qualifiers begin with a preliminary round involving the 24 lowest Fifa-ranked teams, of which the best 12 join the remaining 28 teams, on a bye for the next phase.
The top team from each of the 10 groups will qualify for the final play-off, and will play in a round-robin to determine the five representatives.