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

Sporting News logo Sporting News 11/17/2021 Simon Borg

We're now into the second half of the qualifying schedule and it's Canada at the top of the CONCACAF 2022 World Cup qualifying standings.

A 2-1 home win over Mexico allowed the Canadians to overtake the USA atop the eight-team table. Canada is the only remaining unbeaten team in qualifying as it continues to push to qualify for its first World Cup since 1986.

The USA (2nd, 15 points) and Mexico (3rd, 14 points), long the powers of the region, are now chasing. Meanwhile, Panama continued its surge with another dramatic come-from-behind victory to go level with Mexico on 14 points. The top three teams earn automatic berths to the World Cup, while fourth-place earns passage to a play-in series for one of the final spots in Qatar 2022.

The other half of the table is in precarious position. A group of three teams — Costa Rica (5th), Jamaica (6th), El Salvador (7th) — is now between 5-8 points behind Panama for fourth place. Meanwhile, it's looking unlikely that Honduras will be able to recover from its last-place point total. 

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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 1-7 follow at the bottom of this post.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Standings & Results

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Canada 16 8 4 0 4 13 5 +8
2. USA 15 8 4 1 3 12 5 +7
3. Mexico 14 8 4 2 2 11 7 +4
4. Panama 14 8 4 2 2 11 9 +2
5. Costa Rica 9 8 2 3 3 6 7 -1
6. Jamaica 7 8 1 3 4 6 10 -4
7. El Salvador 6 8 1 4 3 4 10 -6
8. Honduras 3 8 0 5 3 5 15 -10

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

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

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

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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