On Wednesday 19 August, Concacaf's road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ reached an important milestone as the draw for the qualifying competition took place at the Home of FIFA.
Fans can watch a full replay of the event, which was hosted in Zurich, Switzerland on FIFA.com above and on FIFA's official YouTube page.
The live stream was not available in the following countries and territories:
Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen and Palestine. (The Draw was aired on www.beINsports.com and beIN Connect.)
Puerto Rico, United States of America and American Samoa. (The Draw was aired on www.telemundodeportes.com.)
Concacaf’s road to Qatar 2022™ will feature 35 teams vying for 3.5 slots to the World Cup.
Here are the results of today’s draw:
Group A: El Salvador, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Montserrat and US Virgin Islands
Group B: Canada, Suriname, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Aruba
Group C: Curacao, Guatemala, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba and British Virgin Islands
Group D: Panama, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Dominica and Anguilla
Group E: Haiti, Nicaragua, Belize, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos Islands
Group F: Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Puerto Rico and Bahamas
The six group winners from the first round will play in a home-and-away, direct-elimination format:
1A v 1F - winner will be W1
1B v 1E - winner will be W2
1C v 1D - winner will be W3
The three winners above will then join the five highest-ranked nations in Concacaf, according to the FIFA Ranking on 16 July 2020, in the final round of qualifying: Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras.
After home-and-away, round-robin play, the top three teams will qualify directly for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, while the fourth-placed team will represent Concacaf in the FIFA intercontinental play-off in June 2022. During Wednesday's event, the fixtures for Matchday 1 were drawn as follows:
W2 v Honduras
W1 v USA
W3 v Costa Rica
Mexico v Jamaica