2022 World Cup qualifying: Concacaf publicizes new format, FIFA rankings to find out Hexagonal members

2022 World Cup qualifying: Concacaf publicizes new format, FIFA rankings to find out Hexagonal members

The brand new format may also see two Concacaf sides face off for the area’s intercontinental playoff spot

Concacaf goes to get straight to the good things for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. 

The Hexagonal, beforehand the ultimate spherical of an extended qualification course of, will start in September 2020, with the six highest-ranked Concacaf teams within the post-June 2020 FIFA rankings collaborating. The highest three teams from round-robin play will qualify for Qatar. 

Concurrently, competitors between the 7-35 ranked members of Concacaf will start with a bunch stage (comprised of 5 teams of 4 teams and three teams of three). The eight group winners will transfer right into a knockout stage. These teams will play two-legged contests within the quarterfinals, semifinals and ultimate with the winner of that event taking on the fourth-place finisher from the Hex for the correct to participate within the intercontinential playoff for Concacaf’s potential fourth World Cup slot. 

The qualifiers will start within the September 2020 FIFA window with extra matches going down in October 2020, November 2020, March 2021 and September 2021. The playoff between the fourth-place Hex finisher and the winner of the event involving lower-ranked teams will probably be within the October 2021 FIFA window.  

At present, Mexico, the USA, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Honduras and El Salvador make up the highest six Concacaf teams within the FIFA rankings, that means 2018 World Cup participant Panama is among the many teams that would want to qualify by the second portion of the competitors. So too would Haiti after its run to the Gold Cup semifinals. Nonetheless, these rankings had been final up to date in the midst of June reasonably than after Concacaf’s most essential event. 

The modifications are meant to position extra significance and an even bigger sense of event on every match. It additionally will give teams extra matches general. Beforehand, teams within the decrease rungs of the confederation would play just a few matches in World Cup qualification every cycle after which sit idle for 4 years.

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Now, with the Nations League set to start in September and the qualification format modified, the lower-ranked teams will probably be taking part in extra frequent official matches. They will additionally, nevertheless, face a protracted highway to earn a single slot to doubtlessly qualify for the World Cup with a bunch stage plus profitable 5 home-and-away ties if they will make the game’s greatest stage.

“The love for the sport on this area is rising quickly and our numerous and dynamic communities desire a clear pathway to world-class football. By our freshly designed codecs — throughout FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Concacaf Nations League and Concacaf Gold Cup — we’re staging extra aggressive worldwide matches than ever earlier than to assist these communities fulfill their potential,” Concacaf president Victor Montagliani stated in a information launch.  
“This new FIFA World Cup qualifying format, primarily based on the FIFA rankings, makes each aggressive match rely. Alongside the Concacaf Nations League, and our expanded Gold Cup, it would increase requirements of play to unprecedented ranges and develop the game throughout the area, making the main Concacaf nations stronger on the worldwide stage, whereas giving our rising footballing nations the prospect to pursue their desires of taking part in at a World Cup. 

After a four-window qualification course of, the Nations League correct begins in September, one yr earlier than the beginning of the World Cup qualification cycle. The timing and website for the World Cup qualification draw will probably be introduced later this yr. 

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