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World Cup Football Qualifiers South America
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In FIFA Zone CONMEBOL, the qualification for the FIFA World Cup is scheduled from September 7, 2023 to September 9, 2025. In South America, the 2026 World Cup qualifiers consist of a main round with eighteen matchdays. This is followed by the FIFA intercontinental play-offs. A total of ten FIFA / CONMEBOL countries will participate in the South American World Cup football qualifiers. Six to seven of these South American countries qualify for the final round. They will be among a record 48 national teams taking part in the finals of the 2026 World Cup football in North America. The schedule and the (single) qualification group of the CONMEBOL countries for the FIFA World Cup soccer, with all matches, dates, times, and locations, are listed here.

  • 10 countries participate in the South American qualifiers;
  • Main Round | September 7, 2023 – September 9, 2025
    Ten participants; each plays home and away against each of the other countries;
  • Numbers 1-6 will qualify directly
  • Number 7 will join the FIFA intercontinental play-offs;
  • Intercontinental FIFA play-offs | November, 2025
    One more CONMEBOL country may qualify;
  • Six to seven CONMEBOL countries will be part of the 2026 World Cup schedule.

Round 1 | World Cup football qualifiers South America

September 7, 2023 – September 9, 2025


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12-10-’2315:30 (UTC-5)Colombia – Uruguay2-2
12-10-’2319:00 (UTC-4)Bolivia – Ecuador1-2
12-10-’2320:00 (UTC-3)Argentina – Paraguay1-0
12-10-’2321:00 (UTC-3)Chile – Peru2-0
12-10-’2320:30 (UTC-4)Brazil – Venezuela1-1
17-10-’2317:00 (UTC-4)Venezuela – Chile3-0
17-10-’2319:30 (UTC-3)Paraguay – Bolivia1-0
17-10-’2318:30 (UTC-5)Ecuador – Colombia0-0
17-10-’2321:00 (UTC-3)Uruguay – Brazil2-0
17-10-’2321:00 (UTC-5)Peru – Argentina0-2
16-11-’2316:00 (UTC-4)Bolivia – Peru2-0
16-11-’2318:00 (UTC-4)Venezuela – Ecuador0-0
16-11-’2319:00 (UTC-5)Colombia – Brazil2-1
16-11-’2321:00 (UTC-3)Argentina – Uruguay0-2
16-11-’2321:30 (UTC-3)Chile – Paraguay0-0
21-11-’2320:00 (UTC-3)Paraguay – Colombia0-1
21-11-’2320:30 (UTC-3)Uruguay – Bolivia3-0
21-11-’2318:30 (UTC-5)Ecuador – Chile1-0
21-11-’2321:30 (UTC-3)Brazil – Argentina0-1
21-11-’2321:00 (UTC-5)Peru – Venezuela1-1
09-’2400:00Uruguay – Paraguay
09-’2400:00Peru – Colombia
09-’2400:00Brazil – Ecuador
09-’2400:00Bolivia – Venezuela
09-’2400:00Argentina – Chile
09-’2400:00Colombia – Argentina
09-’2400:00Venezuela – Uruguay
09-’2400:00Paraguay – Brazil
09-’2400:00Chile – Bolivia
09-’2400:00Ecuador – Peru
10-’2400:00Peru – Uruguay
10-’2400:00Venezuela – Argentina
10-’2400:00Bolivia – Colombia
10-’2400:00Chile – Brazil
10-’2400:00Ecuador – Paraguay
10-’2400:00Uruguay – Ecuador
10-’2400:00Colombia – Chile
10-’2400:00Brazil – Peru
10-’2400:00Paraguay – Venezuela
10-’2400:00Argentina – Bolivia
11-’2400:00Uruguay – Colombia
11-’2400:00Peru – Chile
11-’2400:00Venezuela – Brazil
11-’2400:00Paraguay – Argentina
11-’2400:00Ecuador – Bolivia
11-’2400:00Colombia – Ecuador
11-’2400:00Brazil – Uruguay
11-’2400:00Bolivia – Paraguay
11-’2400:00Argentina – Peru
11-’2400:00Chile – Venezuela
03-’2500:00Uruguay – Argentina
03-’2500:00Peru – Bolivia
03-’2500:00Brazil – Colombia
03-’2500:00Paraguay – Chile
03-’2500:00Ecuador – Venezuela
03-’2500:00Colombia – Paraguay
03-’2500:00Venezuela – Peru
03-’2500:00Bolivia – Uruguay
03-’2500:00Argentina – Brazil
03-’2500:00Chile – Ecuador
06-’2500:00Colombia – Peru
06-’2500:00Venezuela – Bolivia
06-’2500:00Paraguay – Uruguay
06-’2500:00Chile – Argentina
06-’2500:00Ecuador – Brazil
06-’2500:00Uruguay – Venezuela
06-’2500:00Peru – Ecuador
06-’2500:00Brazil – Paraguay
06-’2500:00Bolivia – Chile
06-’2500:00Argentina – Colombia
09-’2500:00Uruguay – Peru
09-’2500:00Colombia – Bolivia
09-’2500:00Brazil – Chile
09-’2500:00Paraguay – Ecuador
09-’2500:00Argentina – Venezuela
09-’2500:00Peru – Paraguay
09-’2500:00Venezuela – Colombia
09-’2500:00Bolivia – Brazil
09-’2500:00Chile – Uruguay
09-’2500:00Ecuador – Argentina


12-09-’2300:00Bolivia – Argentina0-3
12-09-’2300:00Ecuador – Uruguay2-1
12-09-’2300:00Venezuela – Paraguay1-0
12-09-’2300:00Chile – Colombia0-0
12-09-’2300:00Peru – Brazil0-1
07-09-’2300:00Paraguay – Peru0-0
07-09-’2300:00Colombia – Venezuela1-0
07-09-’2300:00Argentina – Ecuador1-0
07-09-’2300:00Uruguay – Chile3-1
07-09-’2300:00Brazil – Bolivia5-1

Format CONMEBOL qualifiers Round 1 | Main Round

The CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup qualifying Main Round consists of eighteen matchdays. The ten countries that are part of this FIFA continent all play in the same group. Each country plays once at home and once away against each of the other nine countries. This double round-robin schedule has a total of ninety games. The numbers one through six qualify directly. The country that finishes as number seven in this single CONMEBOL qualifying round will be part of the FIFA intercontinental play-offs.

FIFA Intercontinental play-offs with 1 South American nation

November 2025

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The number seven in the South American qualifying series still has a chance to qualify for the World Cup football. This country will represent the FIFA Zone CONMEBOL during the intercontinental World Cup 2026 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 2026 World Cup 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 participants from CONMEBOL could reach seven.

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 World Cup tickets.

World Cup football qualification in South America: overview

The qualifying series in the FIFA zone CONMEBOL for the 2026 Football World Cup runs from September 2023 to September 2025. Apart from the intercontinental FIFA World Cup 2026 play-offs in November 2025. In the qualifying zone of the South American Football Confederation, ten countries compete for six to seven tickets for the World Cup in North America.

Main Round

The ten CONMEBOL countries all play in the same group. Each country plays once at home and once away against each of the other nine countries. In other words, it is a double round-robin schedule. This consists of eighteen match rounds, with a total of ninety games. The numbers one through six qualify directly. In addition, there is a resit for one CONMEBOL country. Namely, the number seven in the CONMEBOL qualifying series will play the intercontinental FIFA World Cup 2026 play-offs. Will that representative from South America finish in the top two of that play-off mini-tournament? Then in 2026 there will be seven South American countries at the World Cup football in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

When: September 7, 2023 – September 9, 2025

Note: Ecuador starts qualifying for the World Cup with 3 points deducted. FIFA and the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol have imposed this penalty because of incorrect information on the birth certificate of international Byron Castillo.

CONMEBOL countries qualifying for the World Cup football

From CONMEBOL, a minimum of six, a maximum of seven 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.

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

10 CONMEBOL nations in the 2026 World Cup football qualifiers

The following countries come from the FIFA Zone of the South American Football Confederation. They all aim for a ticket for the final round of the World Cup football. This includes the current world champion, the winner of the 2022 World Cup football: Argentina. In addition to Lionel Messi’s blue-white formation, South America nations Brazil (quarter-final), Ecuador (first round) and Uruguay (first round) were also present at the last World Cup in Qatar. Towards the FIFA World Cup football 2026, these are the ten nations which are part of the CONMEBOL qualifiers:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

See also: the positions of the CONMEBOL country teams in the FIFA Ranking.

Draw qualification World Cup football in the CONMEBOL zone

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Looking at the World Cup football draw for CONMEBOL: for the countries on the football continent of South America, it has already been determined who plays against whom. Namely, all ten CONMEBOL countries play against each other in one World Cup qualifying group, home and away. Therefore, there was no preliminary draw for the classification of the World Cup qualification in this zone.

World Cup football draw

Meanwhile, FIFA and the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol have determined the final program with the dates and order of the ninety mutual meetings in the main round. This can be found on top of this CONMEBOL World Cup qualification page. The South American nations that eventually qualify for the finals, will be part of the main 2026 World Cup football draw. Click for info, date and location.

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

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