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

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

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

1. Canada168404135+8
2. USA158413125+7
3. Mexico148422117+4
4. Panama148422119+2
5. Costa Rica9823367-1
6. Jamaica78134610-4
7. El Salvador68143410-6
8. Honduras38053515-10

Matchday 8

Tues, Nov. 16, 2021Jamaica 1 , USA 1Highlights
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021Costa Rica 2 , Honduras 1Highlights
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021Panama 2 , El Salvador 1Highlights
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021Canada 2, Mexico 1 

Matchday 9

DateMatchTime (ET)Stream
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022Honduras vs. CanadaTBDTBD
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022USA vs. El SalvadorTBDTBD
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022Costa Rica vs. PanamaTBDTBD
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022Jamaica vs. MexicoTBDTBD

Matchday 10

DateMatchTime (ET)Stream
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022Canada vs. USATBDTBD
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022Honduras vs. El SalvadorTBDTBD
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022Mexico vs. Costa RicaTBDTBD
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022Panama vs. JamaicaTBDTBD

Matchday 11

DateMatchTime (ET)Stream
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022El Salvador vs. CanadaTBDTBD
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022USA vs. HondurasTBDTBD
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022Mexico vs. PanamaTBDTBD
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022Jamaica vs. Costa RicaTBDTBD

Matchday 12

DateMatchTime (ET)Stream
Thurs, March 24, 2022Costa Rica vs. CanadaTBDTBD
Thurs, March 24, 2022Panama vs. HondurasTBDTBD
Thurs, March 24, 2022Jamaica vs. El SalvadorTBDTBD
Thurs, March 24, 2022Mexico vs. USATBDTBD

Matchday 13

DateMatchTime (ET)Stream
Sun, March 27, 2022Canada vs. JamaicaTBDTBD
Sun, March 27, 2022Honduras vs. MexicoTBDTBD
Sun, March 27, 2022El Salvador vs. Costa RicaTBDTBD
Sun, March 27, 2022USA vs. PanamaTBDTBD

Matchday 14

DateMatchTime (ET)Stream
Wed, March 30, 2022Panama vs. CanadaTBDTBD
Wed, March 30, 2022Jamaica vs. HondurasTBDTBD
Wed, March 30, 2022Mexico vs. El SalvadorTBDTBD
Wed, March 30, 2022Costa Rica vs. USATBDTBD

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying results & highlights

Matchday 1

Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021Canada 1, Honduras 1Highlights
Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021Panama 0, Costa Rica 0Highlights
Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021Mexico 2, Jamaica 1Highlights
Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021El Salvador 0, USA 0Highlights

Matchday 2

Sun, Sept. 5, 2021Jamaica 0, Panama 3Highlights
Sun, Sept. 5, 2021Costa Rica 0, Mexico 1Highlights
Sun, Sept. 5, 2021El Salvador 0, Honduras 0Highlights
Sun, Sept. 5, 2021USA 1, Canada 1Highlights

Matchday 3

Wed, Sept. 8, 2021Canada 3, El Salvador 0Highlights
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021Panama 1, Mexico 1Highlights
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021Costa Rica 1, Jamaica 1Highlights
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021Honduras 1, USA 4Highlights

Matchday 4

Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021USA 2, Jamaica 0Highlights
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021Honduras 0, Costa Rica 0Highlights
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021Mexico 1, Canada 1Highlights
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021El Salvador 1, Panama 0Highlights

Matchday 5

Sun, Oct. 10, 2021Panama 1, USA 0Highlights
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021Jamaica 0, Canada 0Highlights
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021Costa Rica 2, El Salvador 1Highlights
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021Mexico 3, Honduras 0Highlights

Matchday 6

Wed, Oct. 13, 2021USA 2, Costa Rica 1Highlights
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021Canada 4, Panama 1Highlights
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021Honduras 0, Jamaica 2Highlights
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021El Salvador 0, Mexico 2Highlights

Matchday 7

Fri, Nov. 12, 2021Honduras 2 , Panama 3Highlights
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021USA 2 , Mexico 0Highlights
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021Canada 1 , Costa Rica 0Highlights
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021El Salvador 1 , Jamaica 1Highlights

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.