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World Cup Football Qualifiers North America, Central America, Caribbean
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In FIFA Zone CONCACAF, the qualification for the FIFA World Cup is scheduled from March 18, 2024 to November 18, 2025. In North America, Central America and the Caribbean, the 2026 World Cup qualifiers consist of three rounds. This is followed by the FIFA intercontinental play-offs. A total of 32 of the 35 FIFA / CONCACAF countries will participate in the World Cup football qualifiers. World Cup host nations USA, Canada and Mexico are already automatically qualified. Six, seven or eight North American, Central American, and the Caribbean countries will qualify for the final round, including USA, Canada and Mexico. They will be among a record 48 teams taking part in the finals of the 2026 World Cup football in North America. The schedule and the groups of the qualification of the CONCACAF countries for the FIFA World Cup soccer, with all matches, dates, times, and locations, are listed here.

  • 32 countries participate in the North American, Central American, and the Caribbean qualifiers;
  • Hosts USA, Canada and Mexico do not have to qualify for the World Cup;
  • Round 1 | March 18 – 26, 2024
    Four participants; each plays against one of the other countries. Both winners will advance;
  • Round 2 | June 3-11, 2024 – June 2-10, 2025
    Thirty participants, of which 28 incoming countries, play in six groups of five. Twelve will advance;
  • Round 3 | September 1-9, October 6-14, November 10-18, 2025
    Twelve remaining participants. They play in three groups of four. The three group winners have qualified. The two best runners-up join the intercontinental play-offs;
  • Intercontinental play-offs | November, 2025
    One or two more CONCACAF countries may qualify;
  • Six to eight CONCACAF countries including the USA, Canada and Mexico, will be part of the 2026 World Cup schedule.

Round 1 | World Cup football qualifiers North America, Central America, Caribbean

March 18 – 26, 2024

Note: the three 2026 FIFA World Cup football host countries – USA, Canada, and Mexico – don’t have to play qualifying games.

Fixtures & Results

CONCACAF ROUND 1TIMEMATCHRESULT
March 18 – 26, 202400:00Turks and Caicos Islands – Anguilla
March 18 – 26, 202400:00British Virgin Islands – US Virgin Islands
March 18 – 26, 202400:00AnguillaTurks and Caicos Islands
March 18 – 26, 202400:00US Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands

Format CONCACAF qualifiers Round 1

In the first round of the CONCACAF World Cup football qualification, four countries participate. These are the four that are lowest in the FIFA Ranking, logically only looking at the CONCACAF nations. It concerns places 29, 30, 31 and 32 of the South American, Central American and Caribbean part of the FIFA world ranking, with measuring point November 2023. Excluded of this are World Cup hosts USA, Canada and Mexico, as they qualify automatically. The four teams in the South American, Central American, and Caribbean Round 1 each play two games: home and away against the same opponent. Numbers 29 and 32 face each other, as do numbers 30 and 31. Both winners advance to Round 2.


Round 2 | World Cup football qualifiers North America, Central America, Caribbean

June 3-11, 2024 – June 2-10, 2025

Standings

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5Cayman Islands000000-0
GROUP BCONCACAF ROUND 2PWDLPTSGD
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2Trinidad and Tobago000000-0
3St. Kitts and Nevis000000-0
4Grenada000000-0
5Bahamas000000-0
GROUP CCONCACAF ROUND 2PWDLPTSGD
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2Curaçao000000-0
3St. Lucia000000-0
4Barbados000000-0
5Aruba000000-0
GROUP DCONCACAF ROUND 2PWDLPTSGD
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2Nicaragua000000-0
3Guyana000000-0
4Montserrat000000-0
5Belize000000-0
GROUP ECONCACAF ROUND 2PWDLPTSGD
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2Guatemala000000-0
3Dominican Republic000000-0
4Dominica000000-0
5Winner play-off 2:
British Virgin Islands / US Virgin Islands
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GROUP FCONCACAF ROUND 2PWDLPTSGD
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2Suriname000000-0
3Puerto Rico000000-0
4St. Vincent and the Grenadines000000-0
5Winner play-off 1:
Turks and Caicos Islands / Anguilla
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Fixtures

Match round 1TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
Match round 2TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
Match round 3TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
Match round 4TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
Match round 5TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawA
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawB
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawC
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawD
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawE
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF
06.2024 06.202500:00After drawF

Results

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Format CONCACAF qualifiers Round 2

The CONCACAF qualifiers second round is a group stage and will consist of thirty nations. The numbers 1 to 28 (not including World Cup football hosts USA, Canada and Mexico) of the CONCACAF countries on the FIFA Ranking of November 2023 will join the two winners from the first round. In six groups of five, each team plays four matches: one single match against each of the four group opponents. Each country plays twice at home and twice away. The twelve numbers one and two proceed to Round 3.


Round 3 | World Cup football qualifiers North America, Central America, Caribbean

September 1-9, October 6-14, November 10-18, 2025

Standings

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GROUP CCONCACAF ROUND 3PWDLPTSGD
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Fixtures

Match round 1TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawA
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawA
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawB
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawB
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawC
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawC
Match round 2TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawA
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawA
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawB
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawB
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawC
09 1-9, 202500:00After drawC
Match round 3TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawA
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawA
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawB
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawB
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawC
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawC
Match round 4TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawA
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawA
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawB
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawB
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawC
10 6-14, 202500:00After drawC
Match round 5TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawA
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawA
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawB
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawB
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawC
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawC
Match round 6TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawA
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawA
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawB
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawB
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawC
11 10-18, 202500:00After drawC

Results

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Format CONCACAF qualifiers Round 3

The third round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers consists of the twelve countries that have successfully passed the second round. The draw for this new group stage will form three groups of four. Each country plays six matches; both home and away against each of the three group opponents. In other words, it is a double round-robin format. The three group winners qualify directly for the World Cup football. The two best numbers two advance to the FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs.


FIFA Intercontinental play-offs with 2 North American, Central American and/or Caribbean nations

November, 2025

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The two best runners-up in the last round of the regular North American, Central American, and the Caribbean qualification phase, still have a chance to qualify for the World Cup football. These nations will represent the FIFA Zone CONCACAF during the intercontinental World Cup football qualification play-offs. Six countries are participating. They come from five of the six FIFA confederations: AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), OFC (Oceania), CONMEBOL (South America) and CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean). The European confederation, UEFA, will have no representative at these intercontinental World Cup football play-offs. World Cup host CONCACAF however will provide two countries. The six countries compete for the last two (of 48) tickets that entitle them to participate in the North American World Cup in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Including these cross-continental play-offs, the total number of World Cup football participants from CONCACAF could reach seven or eight.

Format cross-intercontinental playoffs
The format of the six-nation inter-confederation play-offs is as follows. The four (of the six) qualified countries that are, at that moment, lowest in the FIFA Ranking are linked by a draw. The two winners then play against the two countries that (of those six) are highest in the FIFA Ranking. The two winners of those last two games will eventually get the last 2026 World Cup football tickets.


World Cup football qualification in North America, Central America, Caribbean: overview

The qualifying series in the FIFA zone CONCACAF for the World Cup football runs from March 18, 2024 to November 18, 2025. Apart from the intercontinental FIFA World Cup 2026 play-offs in November 2025. In the qualifying zone of the North American, Central American, and the Caribbean Football Confederation, 32 countries compete for six to eight tickets for the World Cup football in North America. World Cup host nations the USA, Canada, and Mexico do not have to play qualifying matches.

Round 1

Four CONCACAF countries participate in the first round. These are the four countries that, looking at this FIFA Zone, are lowest in the FIFA Ranking. The measuring point of this world ranking will be November 2023. It concerns places 29, 30, 31 and 32. Three of the in total 35 CONCACAF countries – hosts USA, Canada and Mexico – are already certain to participate in the World Cup. The four teams in Round 1 each play two games at this stage of CONCACAF qualifiers: home and away against the same opponent. Numbers 29 and 32 face each other, as do numbers 30 and 31. Both winners advance to Round 2.

When: March 18 – 26, 2024

Round 2

In the second round the following teams will enter: the numbers 1 to 28 of the CONCACAF countries on the FIFA Ranking of November 2023. The two winners from the first round complete the field of 30 teams in this qualifying phase. A draw divides these thirty countries into six groups of five. In each group, each team plays a total of four matches: one against each of the four group opponents. Each country plays twice at home and twice away. Their goal is to finish in the group as number one or number two. The twelve countries that succeed in this proceed to the next qualifying round: Round 3.

When: June 3-11, 2024 – June 2-10, 2025

Round 3

In the third round there are twelve remaining teams: the numbers one and two of all six previous groups. A new draw divides them into three groups of four. In each group, a total of six matches are scheduled for each country. In accordance with the double round-robin format, each country plays against each of the three opponents both at home and away. The three group winners have reason to cheer: they qualify directly for the World Cup in North America. They join the three host countries of the 2026 World Cup in North America. The United States, Canada and Mexico are already part of the World Cup soccer schedule in 2026, without having to play qualifying matches.

When: 1-9 September, 6-14 October, 10-18 November 2025

There is also an interesting perspective for the two best group numbers two: they will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs. Via these FIFA play-offs, the ‘Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’ may provide one or two more countries. CONCACAF is the only FIFA Zone that will have two countries participating in these intercontinental play-offs. This means that the total number of countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean at the 2026 FIFA World Cup can reach seven or even eight.

CONCACAF countries qualifying for the World Cup football

From CONCACAF, a minimum of six, a maximum of eight countries will qualify for the World Cup. The total number of countries during the final round in 2026 is 48. This number is made up as follows.

FIFA ZONEQUALIFY FOR WORLD CUP FOOTBALL 2026 | AVAILABLE SLOTS FIFA CONTINENTS
AFCMinimum 8, maximum 9 countries (possible +1 via intercontinental play-offs)
CONCACAFMinimum 6, maximum 8 countries (possible +2 via intercontinental play-offs)
Host countries USA, Canada and Mexico are already automatically qualified
CONMEBOLMinimum 6, maximum 7 countries (possible +1 via intercontinental play-offs)
OFCMinimum 1, maximum 2 countries (possible +1 via intercontinental play-offs)
CAFMinimum 9, maximum 10 countries (possible +1 via intercontinental play-offs)
UEFA16 countries

32 CONCACAF nations in the 2026 World Cup football qualifiers

The following countries are from the FIFA Zone of the North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Confederation. They all aim for a ticket for the final round of the World Cup football. Looking at the last edition: Canada, Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup in 2022. At the previous FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica stranded in the group stage. The United States reached the eighth finals, in which the Netherlands turned out to be too strong. Towards the FIFA World Cup football 2026, these are the 32 (35) nations which are part of the CONCACAF qualifiers:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada World Cup host, automatically qualified
  • Cayman Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico World Cup host, automatically qualified
  • Montserrat
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • US Virgin Islands
  • USA World cup host, automatically qualified

See also: the positions of the CONCACAF teams in the FIFA Ranking.

Draw qualification World Cup football in the CONCACAF zone

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Looking at the World Cup football draw for CONCACAF: which countries will play each other in the World Cup qualification at this continent? In FIFA Zone North America, Central America and the Caribbean, that partly depends on their position in the FIFA Ranking. Furthermore, a draw determines the CONCACAF groups in Round 2 and Round 3 and thus who will play against whom. See Preliminary Draw World Cup Football for the current dates of the qualifying rounds draws for CONCACAF.

World Cup football draw

FIFA and the North American, Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation determine the final program with the dates and matches of each round in the CONCACAF qualifiers. Each schedule will be published at this CONCACAF World Cup qualification page. The North -, Central-, and Caribbean nations that qualify for the finals, will be part of the 2026 World Cup football draw. Click for more info.

The information on this page is based on the official information from the North American, Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), current and subject to possible changes.

Read back: earlier updates World Cup qualifiers North America, Central America and Caribbean

Update February 28, 2023: These are the dates on which the qualifying races in this zone are scheduled. The CONCACAF qualifying schedule will begin with the first round in the period from March 18 to 26, 2024. The longer second round will take place from June 3, 2024 to June 2025. The third qualifying round will be in September, October and November 2025. After that, two countries from this region are still awaiting the intercontinental play-offs.

From the first qualifying rounds, three CONCACAF nations will qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, in addition to the host countries United States, Canada and Mexico. That makes a total of six. Moreover, after the last round of the World Cup qualifying phase in this FIFA Zone, two CONCACAF countries will advance to the cross-continental play-offs.

Update February 28, 2023: CONCACAF has announced the qualification format for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This qualifying series in North America, Central America and the Caribbean consists of three continental rounds: Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3. Read more on this page.

The world football association has, February 28, 2023, made a decision about the schedule. In the qualification zone of The North American, Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation, the countries compete for six (minus three assigned to the 2026 World Cup hosts) to eight tickets for the World Cup on their own continent: North America. In addition to the CONCACAF qualifying rounds, the intercontinental play-offs are scheduled for two countries from this FIFA Zone.

Update February 14, 2023: The FIFA council has determined that the three host countries Canada, Mexico and the United States have automatically qualified. This leaves 32 of the 35 entrants for the CONCACAF qualification. They compete for the three other direct World Cup tickets. In addition, two countries from this FIFA zone qualify for the inter-confederation play-offs.

The three host countries of the World Cup, the United States, Canada and Mexico, have already automatically qualified for the finals. This was officially confirmed at the FIFA Council on February 14, 2023. This decision is not only in line with the long standing tradition of having all hosts competing at the FIFA World Cup™, FIFA states, but also efficient on a sporting, organizational and operational level.

The previous qualification – for the 2022 World Cup – in the Zone CONCACAF
November 18, 2021: The FIFA continent of North America, Central America and the Caribbean has 35 member countries. The 2022 World Cup qualifying series consisted of three rounds: simply the first, the second and the third round. The five countries from this zone that were highest in the FIFA Ranking at that time were set free for the first round. They were allowed to only enter Round 3. The thirty countries that were sixth to 35th in the CONCACAF-relevant places on the FIFA Ranking at that time, started the first qualifying round.

That first World Cup qualifying phase consisted of six groups of five countries each. In accordance with the single round-robin system, they each played four games: two away games and two home games. The six group winners qualified for Round 2. In that second round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualification, these six countries were drawn against each other for three mutual knockout matches. Those knockouts consisted of a first and second leg. The three winners advanced to the third round.

In Round 3, the five countries that ranked highest in the FIFA Ranking of the CONCACAF teams also entered. The eight remaining countries played matches in one joint pool; home and away against each of the other seven remaining teams. After these last fourteen games, the balance was made. The numbers 1 to 3 qualified directly for the 2022 World Cup. These were the USA, Canada and Mexico; exactly the upcoming hosts of the 2026 World Cup in North America. Number 4, Costa Rica, advanced to the intercontinental playoffs. From there, Costa Rica also managed to qualify from FIFA Zone CONCACAF for the final round of the previous World Cup, in Qatar.


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