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

Sporting News logo Sporting News 10/14/2021 Simon Borg

With six of 14 World Cup qualifiers in the books in the CONCACAF region, the big three will be occupying the top three spots in the standings heading into November: Mexico, USA, and Canada.

After suffering its first 2022 qualifying loss, the U.S. national team rebounded with a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Costa Rica. It's a win that came after the Americans conceded in the opening minute. 

After four draws in its first five matches, Canada beat Panama 4-1 in Toronto after it also conceded first. The home win against a direct competitor like Panama was imperative for Canada's World Cup hopes and it delivered, as did an electric BMO Field.

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Mexico (11 points) will like its chances of staying atop the standings when it travels to 6th-place El Salvador (5 points), while the battle between the bottom teams Honduras vs. Jamaica will be one where only the winner will realistically survive. The loser will likely have too much ground to make up. And a draw would hurt both sides. 

The top three teams in the standings below earn a direct berth to the 2022 Qatar World Cup, while the fourth-place team advances to an intercontinental playoff. 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 follows below.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Standings & Results

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Mexico 14 6 4 0 2 10 3 +7
2. USA 11 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5
3. Canada 10 6 2 0 4 10 4 +6
4. Panama 8 6 2 2 2 6 6 0
5. Costa Rica 6 6 1 2 3 4 5 -1
6. El Salvador 5 6 1 3 2 2 7 -5
7. Jamaica 5 6 1 3 2 4 8 -4
8. Honduras 3 6 0 3 3 2 10 -8

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 Time (ET) Stream
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 Honduras vs. Panama 8 p.m. TBD
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 USA vs. Mexico 9 p.m. TBD
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 Canada vs. Costa Rica 9 p.m. TBD
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 El Salvador vs. Jamaica 10 p.m. TBD

Matchday 8

Date Match Time (ET) Stream
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Jamaica vs. USA 5 p.m. TBD
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Costa Rica vs. Honduras 8 p.m. TBD
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Canada vs. Mexico 9 p.m. TBD
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Panama vs. El Salvador 9 p.m. TBD

Matchday 9

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

Matchday 10

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

Matchday 11

Date Match Time (ET) Stream
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 El Salvador vs. Canada TBD TBD
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 USA vs. Honduras TBD TBD
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 Mexico vs. Panama TBD TBD
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 Jamaica vs. Costa Rica TBD TBD

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

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 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.  

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