The 35 teams in the Concacaf region are preparing to battle it out for 3.5 places at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The first round of qualifying will be played between the member associations ranked 6th to 35th in their region based on the FIFA Ranking from 16 July 2020. At the end of the first round, the six group winners will move into the second round to compete for a place at the finals. Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras have already qualified directly for the third round.
But do you know how many World Cup qualifiers El Tri have already played, or how long the Reggae Boyz from Jamaica have been waiting for a win on home turf?
Ahead of the Concacaf qualifying draw for Qatar 2022™, FIFA.com takes a look at a few interesting facts and records.
wins have been recorded by the Cayman Islands in World Cup qualifying, although the team are undefeated in their last three matches. Other sides still waiting for their first victory are the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Anguilla.
goal is all that Bermuda have conceded in their past four World Cup qualifying campaigns. Unfortunately, this outstanding defensive record has never been enough for them to progress.
penalty shootouts have decided St. Lucia’s fate in previous years. No other Concacaf team has ever been involved in two spot-kick showdowns during World Cup qualifying. They were beaten by Suriname in their bid to reach the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ and defeated Aruba in qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
home World Cup qualifiers in a row have ended without defeat for Belize, although they have resulted in three draws and just one win for the hosts.
of ten away games have ended in victory for Barbados in World Cup qualifying.
goals on average were scored whenever St. Vincent and the Grenadines were in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers.
successive wins gave Nicaragua cause to celebrate in their qualifying campaigns for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups. Overall, the team have recorded seven victories in 22 matches.
qualifying campaigns in a row ended with a ticket to the FIFA World Cup™ finals for USA. However, the Stars and Stripes missed out on their eighth successive tournament when they failed to qualify for Russia 2018.
goals were scored in Guyana’s 4-4 draw against St. Vincent and the Grenadines during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, making it one of the highest-scoring draws in Concacaf World Cup qualifying history (editor’s note: there have been five other 4-4 draws).
World Cup qualifiers have been contested by Montserrat, fewer than any other team. They made their debut in the campaign for the 2002 World Cup.
goals were scored and none conceded in Grenada’s biggest-ever victory in World Cup qualifying against the US Virgin Islands in their bid to reach South Africa 2010.
Concacaf teams have competed in at least one World Cup so far. Panama became the 11th team to reach the finals in 2018, matching the achievements of Costa Rica (5), El Salvador (2), Haiti (1), Honduras (3), Jamaica (1), Canada (1), Cuba (1), Mexico (16), USA (10), and Trinidad and Tobago (1).
World Cup qualifying campaigns have been contested by Suriname to date, and the road to Qatar 2022™ will be their 15th. This means that they have only missed the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers since making their debut in 1962.
October 2012 – a date that Jamaica’s fans still remember well almost eight years on. It marks the last time the Reggae Boyz won a World Cup qualifier, as they defeated Antigua and Barbuda 4-1.
victories is the milestone Guatemala could reach during qualification for Qatar 2022™. They currently have 49 World Cup qualifying wins to their name. Guatemala could also pass the 200-goal mark if they notch up six strikes during this year’s campaign.
goals have been scored by St. Kitts and Nevis in 30 World Cup qualifiers – an average of 2.13 goals per game. Only Mexico can boast a better scoring rate (2.49 goals per game).
matches – no Concacaf team have more World Cup qualifiers under their belt than Mexico. El Tri have also featured at 16 World Cup finals – more than any other national team from the region.