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

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

The third of 14 matchdays in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 8 and the games feature teams under real pressure to obtain results.

The USA (5th on 2pts) hopes to avoid another slow start in World Cup qualifying by winning in Honduras (4th on 2pts), which will be no easy task (LIVE BLOG). 

After its draw on U.S. soil on Sunday, Canada moved into second place thanks to a big 3-0 home win over El Salvador. Atiba Hutchinson, Jonathan David and Tajon Buchanan got the goals to close out September with five points from a possible nine. It’s a strong start for a Canadian side bidding to make its first World Cup since 1986.

Panama and Mexico tied 1-1 in a battle of the top two teams in the standings entering the matchday. El Tri was the only perfect team in qualifying, but it needed a Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona goal to equalize a first-half goal by Panama’s Rolando Blackburn. Mexico wraps up the September qualifiers atop the standings.

MORE: Why the USMNT is off to another slow start in qualifying

The bottom two teams didn’t help their cause as Costa Rica could only tie Jamaica 1-1 at home. The Ticos took the lead through a third-minute Jimmy Marin goal, but the Reggae Boyz equalized in the second half through Shamar Nicholson for their first point in the qualifying campaign.

The top three teams 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 below.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Standings & Results

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

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 Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Canada 3, El Salvador 0      
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Panama 1, Mexico 1      
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Costa Rica 1, Jamaica 1      
Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Honduras vs. USA 10:30 p.m. Telemundo, Universo fuboTV, Paramount+

Matchday 4

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Stream
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 USA vs. Jamaica 7:30 p.m.    
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 Honduras vs. Costa Rica 8:05 p.m.   Paramount+
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 Mexico vs. Canada 10:15 p.m.   Paramount+
Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 El Salvador vs. Panama 10:35 p.m.   Paramount+

Matchday 5

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Stream
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Jamaica vs. Canada 6:05 p.m.   Paramount+
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Costa Rica vs. El Salvador 6:05 p.m.   Paramount+
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Mexico vs. Honduras 6:30 p.m.   Paramount+
Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Panama vs. USA 9:05 p.m.   Paramount+

Matchday 6

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Stream
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 USA vs. Costa Rica 7 p.m.    
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 Canada vs. Panama 7:30 p.m.   Paramount+
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 Honduras vs. Jamaica 8:05 p.m.   Paramount+
Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 El Salvador vs. Mexico 10:35 p.m. CBSSN fuboTV , Paramount+

Matchday 7

Date Match Time (TV channels) Stream
Nov. 2021 Canada vs. Costa Rica TBD TBD
Nov. 2021 Honduras vs. Panama TBD TBD
Nov. 2021 El Salvador vs. Jamaica TBD TBD
Nov. 2021 USA vs. Mexico TBD TBD

Matchday 8

Date Match Time (TV channels) Stream
Nov. 2021 Canada vs. Mexico TBD TBD
Nov. 2021 Costa Rica vs. Honduras TBD TBD
Nov. 2021 Panama vs. El Salvador TBD TBD
Nov. 2021 Jamaica vs. USA TBD TBD

Matchday 9

Date Match Time (TV channels) 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 (TV channels) 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 (TV channels) 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 (TV channels) 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 (TV channels) 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 (TV channels) 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

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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