Zurich – FIFA and Concacaf on Wednesday conducted the official draw for the Concacaf Qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The live event, held at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, was conducted by FIFA’s Director of Tournaments and Interim Competitions, Jaime Yarza, with the assistance of Concacaf Legends Shaun Goater (Bermuda) and David Suazo (Honduras).
The new Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 are comprised of three rounds and provide all participating Member Associations with the chance to compete for the Confederations three and a half World Cup spots.
The First Round will be played between the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 6-35 based on the FIFA Mens Ranking as of July 16, 2020.
Each team will play every other team in their group once, playing a total of four matches, two home and two away. These games will be played in the FIFA match windows of Oct. 2020 and Nov. 2020. At the end of the First Round the six group winners will progress to the Second Round.
The Final Round of the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will see the three winners from the Second Round join the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 1-5. The eight teams will play each other home and away, with each team playing 14 matches.
The Final Round will begin in the double FIFA match window in Jun. 2021 and continue in the FIFA match windows of September, Oct, Nov. 2021 and Jan. and Mar. 2022.