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As we head into November’s two World Cup qualifying matchdays in the CONCACAF region, the big three are occupying the top spots, but it likely won’t remain that way given the head-to-head matchups coming up.

First there’s the big USA vs. Mexico showdown (Nov. 12), which is always a highlight on the CONCACAF qualifying calendar. That will be followed by an equally compelling Canada vs. Mexico qualifier just four days later in Edmonton. Mexico (1st, 14 points) enters the tough upcoming stretch ahead of both the USA (2nd, 11 points) and Canada (3rd, 10 points) in the standings. 

Under new head coach Hernan ‘Bolillo’ Gomez, last-place Honduras (8th, 3 points) will look to revive its World Cup hopes in a must-win at home against Panama (4th, 8 points), with the winner of the matchup between El Salvador (6th, 5 points) and Jamaica (7th, 5 points) seeking to take advantage and catch Panama in the standings. The fourth-place spot will be worth a berth to a World Cup play-in series for the team that can land it.

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The top three teams in the standings earn a direct berth to the 2022 Qatar World Cup, while the fourth-place team advances to an intercontinental playoff. 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 follows at the end of this post.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Standings & Results

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

Matchday 7

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Stream
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 Honduras vs. Panama 8 p.m. Universo fuboTV, Paramount+
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 USA vs. Mexico 9 p.m. ESPN2, Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 Canada vs. Costa Rica 9 p.m. Telemundo, Paramount+
Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 El Salvador vs. Jamaica 9 p.m. Telemundo, Paramount+

Matchday 8

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Stream
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Jamaica vs. USA 5 p.m. Universo fuboTV, Paramount+
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Costa Rica vs. Honduras 8 p.m. Telemundo, Paramount+
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Panama vs. El Salvador 8 p.m. Telemundo, Paramount+
Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Canada vs. Mexico 9 p.m. Telemundo fuboTV, Paramount+

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

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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