FIFA and Concacaf conducted the official draw for the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The Live Event, held at the home of FIFA in Zurich, was conducted by FIFA’s Director of Tournaments and Interim Competitions, Jaime Yarza.
The new Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA Worlds Cup Qatar 2022 are comprised of three rounds and provide all participating Member Associations with the chance to compete for the Confederation’s three and a half World Cup spots.
The First Round will be played between the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 6-35 based on the FIFA Men’s Ranking as of July 16, 2020. The 30 men’s national teams have been drawn into six groups of five.
Each team will play every other team in their group once, playing a total of four matches; two home and two away. These games will be played in the FIFA match windows of October 2020 and November 2020. At the end of the First Round the six group winners will progress to the Second Round.
The Second Round (six teams) will be played between the group winners from the First Round, with the matchups pre-determined as follows:
- Group A winner vs Group F winner
- Group B winner vs Group E winner
- Group C winner vs Group D winner
The teams will play home and away in a direct elimination format in the FIFA match window of March 2021. The three winners will progress to the Final Round.