CONCACAF 2022 World Cup Qualifying: Schedule, standings, TV for soccer Octagonal

CONCACAF 2022 World Cup Qualifying: Schedule, standings, TV for soccer Octagonal

There are only three matches left in CONCACAF regional World Cup qualifying and the picture is growing pretty clear. Only the top three earn automatic berths to the 2022 World Cup, while fourth-place advances to a play-in match against a team from Oceania.

Undefeated Canada (1st, 25 points) continues its march to a first FIFA men’s World Cup berth since 1986, and after a perfect nine-point haul in the winter slate of matches, it is one victory away from clinching a berth to the November World Cup in Qatar.

Traditional powers USA and Mexico remain behind Les Rouges in the standings. The Americans (21 points) occupy second place after its home win over Honduras, and El Tri (21 points) only trails on goal difference after knocking off Panama at the Estadio Azteca.

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With the top three teams seemingly in line for the three automatic berths, that leaves Panama (17 points) and Costa Rica (16 points) battling it out for the fourth-place spot that brings with it a ticket to a World Cup play-in match in June. The Ticos have revived their World Cup hopes during the last three matches with seven points earned and no goals conceded.

Of the remaining teams, El Salvador (6th, 9 points) still has faint hope of catching fourth place, but one more misstep and they’re out. Jamaica (7th, 7 points) and Honduras (8th, 3 points) are already eliminated and look to play the role of spoiler the rest of the way.

The first standings tiebreakers are (1) goal difference, (2) goals scored, and (3) most points obtained from matches between teams that are tied. The full list of tiebreakers and results for Matchdays 1-9 follow at the bottom of this post.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Standings & Results

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1.* Canada 25 11 7 0 4 19 5 +14
2.* USA 21 11 6 2 3 16 7 +9
3.* Mexico 21 11 6 2 3 14 8 +6
4.* Panama 17 11 5 4 2 14 13 +1
5. Costa Rica 16 11 4 3 4 8 7 +1
6. El Salvador 9 11 2 6 3 6 13 -7
7. Jamaica (E) 7 11 1 6 4 9 16 -7
8. Honduras (E) 3 11 0 8 3 5 22 -17

*The top three teams earn direct berths to Qatar 2022, while fourth place will head to an intercontinental playoff against a nation from Oceania . Eliminated teams noted with an (E).

Matchday 11

Date Match  
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 Jamaica 0 , Costa Rica 1 Highlights
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 USA 3, Honduras 0 Highlights
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 El Salvador 0, Canada 2 Highlights
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 Mexico 1, Panama 0  

Matchday 12

Date Match Time (ET) Stream
Thurs, March 24, 2022 Costa Rica vs. Canada TBD TBD
Thurs, March 24, 2022 Panama vs. Honduras TBD TBD
Thurs, March 24, 2022 Jamaica vs. El Salvador TBD TBD
Thurs, March 24, 2022 Mexico vs. USA TBD TBD

Matchday 13

Date Match Time (ET) Stream
Sun, March 27, 2022 Canada vs. Jamaica TBD TBD
Sun, March 27, 2022 Honduras vs. Mexico TBD TBD
Sun, March 27, 2022 El Salvador vs. Costa Rica TBD TBD
Sun, March 27, 2022 USA vs. Panama TBD TBD

Matchday 14

Date Match Time (ET) Stream
Wed, March 30, 2022 Panama vs. Canada TBD TBD
Wed, March 30, 2022 Jamaica vs. Honduras TBD TBD
Wed, March 30, 2022 Mexico vs. El Salvador TBD TBD
Wed, March 30, 2022 Costa Rica vs. USA TBD TBD

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying results & highlights

Matchday 1

Date Match  
Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021 Canada 1 , Honduras 1 Highlights
Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021 Panama 0 , Costa Rica 0 Highlights
Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021 Mexico 2 , Jamaica 1 Highlights
Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021 El Salvador 0 , USA 0 Highlights

Matchday 2

Date Match  
Sun, Sept. 5, 2021 Jamaica 0 , Panama 3 Highlights
Sun, Sept. 5, 2021 Costa Rica 0 , Mexico 1 Highlights
Sun, Sept. 5, 2021 El Salvador 0 , Honduras 0 Highlights
Sun, Sept. 5, 2021 USA 1 , Canada 1 Highlights

Matchday 3

Date Match  
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Canada 3 , El Salvador 0 Highlights
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Panama 1 , Mexico 1 Highlights
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Costa Rica 1 , Jamaica 1 Highlights
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Honduras 1 , USA 4 Highlights

Matchday 4

Date Match  
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 USA 2 , Jamaica 0 Highlights
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 Honduras 0 , Costa Rica 0 Highlights
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 Mexico 1 , Canada 1 Highlights
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 El Salvador 1 , Panama 0 Highlights

Matchday 5

Date Match  
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Panama 1 , USA 0 Highlights
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Jamaica 0 , Canada 0 Highlights
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Costa Rica 2 , El Salvador 1 Highlights
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Mexico 3 , Honduras 0 Highlights

Matchday 6

Date Match  
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 USA 2 , Costa Rica 1 Highlights
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 Canada 4 , Panama 1 Highlights
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 Honduras 0 , Jamaica 2 Highlights
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 El Salvador 0 , Mexico 2 Highlights

Matchday 7

Date Match  
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 Honduras 2 , Panama 3 Highlights
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 USA 2 , Mexico 0 Highlights
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 Canada 1 , Costa Rica 0 Highlights
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 El Salvador 1 , Jamaica 1 Highlights

Matchday 8

Date Match  
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Jamaica 1 , USA 1 Highlights
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Costa Rica 2 , Honduras 1 Highlights
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Panama 2 , El Salvador 1 Highlights
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Canada 2 , Mexico 1 Highlights

Matchday 9

Date Match  
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 USA 1 , El Salvador 0 Highlights
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 Jamaica 1 , Mexico 2 Highlights
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 Honduras 0 , Canada 2 Highlights
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 Costa Rica 1 , Panama 0 Highlights

Matchday 10

Date Match  
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Canada 2 , USA 0 Highlights
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Panama 3 , Jamaica 2 Highlights
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Mexico 0 , Costa Rica 0 Highlights
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Honduras 0 , El Salvador 2 Highlights

How CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying works

Eight nations from the CONCACAF region (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) are competing for three automatic berths to the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the final “octagonal” qualifying round.

The eight countries are facing off in a round-robin format with each team playing the other seven opponents once at home and once on the road. The 14 total matches for each national team began in September 2021 and will wrap up in March 2022. 

The top three finishers will earn automatic berths to Qatar, while the fourth-place team will head to an intercontinental playoff  in June with a final ticket to Qatar on the line. Here are the standings tiebreakers for teams even on points:

  1. Goal difference in all group matches
  2. Most goals scored in all group matches
  3. Most points obtained from group matches between teams concerned
  4. Goal difference from group matches between teams concerned
  5. Most goals scored in group matches between teams concerned
  6. Goals scored away from home (if two teams tied)
  7. Discipline points (based on yellow/red cards)
  8. Drawing of lots by FIFA

The Qatar World Cup will be played from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2022.