There are only six matches left in CONCACAF regional World Cup qualifying and things are looking good for the top four nations entering the Jan. 27 match slate. The top three teams earn automatic berths to the 2022 World Cup, while fourth-place advances to a play-in match against a team from Oceania.

Undefeated Canada (1st, 16 points) surprisingly leads the qualifying table with a trip on tap to face the last-place team. But road matches in Honduras have been a struggle for the Canadians in the past, and they will travel without superstar Alphonso Davies, who will miss the next three matches with post-COVID myocarditis.

Traditional powers USA and Mexico are right behind Les Rouges in the standings. The Americans (2nd, 15 points) can take advantage of any slip-up by Canada when they host El Salvador in Ohio. Mexico (3rd, 14 points) will have a trickier test on the road at Jamaica, which played El Tri tough in the first meeting on Mexican soil. 

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Panama (4th, 14 points) will seek to insert itself in one of those top three places for an automatic berth. But the Canaleros will be facing a desperate Costa Rica (5th, 9 points) team likely looking at its last best chance to make a case for the fourth-place position currently occupied by the Panamanians.

The remaining teams are in precarious position. Jamaica (6th, 7 points) and El Salvador (7th, 6 points) have little margin for error and need to string together wins to keep dreaming. Meanwhile, it’s unlikely that Honduras will be able to recover from its paltry three-point haul and it will be playing the role of spoiler from here on out.

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 1-8 follow at the bottom of this post.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Standings & Results

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1.* Canada 16 8 4 0 4 13 5 +8
2.* USA 15 8 4 1 3 12 5 +7
3.* Mexico 14 8 4 2 2 11 7 +4
4.* Panama 14 8 4 2 2 11 9 +2
5. Costa Rica 9 8 2 3 3 6 7 -1
6. Jamaica 7 8 1 3 4 6 10 -4
7. El Salvador 6 8 1 4 3 4 10 -6
8. Honduras 3 8 0 5 3 5 15 -10

* The top three teams earn direct berths to Qatar 2022, while fourth place will head to an intercontinental playoff against a nation from Oceania.

Matchday 9

Date Match Time (ET) TV Stream
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 USA vs. El Salvador 7 p.m. ESPN2, UniMas, TUDN fuboTV, ESPN+
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 Jamaica vs. Mexico 7 p.m. CBSSN, Telemundo fuboTV, Paramount+
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 Honduras vs. Canada 8:05 p.m. Paramount+
Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 Costa Rica vs. Panama 9:05 p.m. Universo fuboTV, Paramount+

Matchday 10

Date Match Time (ET) TV Stream
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Canada vs. USA 3:05 p.m. Telemundo, Universo fuboTV, Paramount+
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Mexico vs. Costa Rica 6 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Panama vs. Jamaica 6:05 p.m. Universo fuboTV, Paramount+
Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Honduras vs. El Salvador 7:05 p.m. Universo fuboTV, Paramount+

Matchday 11

Date Match Time (ET) TV Stream
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 Jamaica vs. Costa Rica 7 p.m. Universo fuboTV, Paramount+
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 USA vs. Honduras 7:30 p.m. FS1, Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 El Salvador vs. Canada 9 p.m. Universo fuboTV, Paramount+
Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 Mexico vs. Panama 10 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+

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

Matchday 7

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

Matchday 8

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