GUYANA’s ‘Golden Jaguars’, the country’s senior Men’s National Football team, will kick off their Qatar World Cup campaign in October, according to CONCACAF’s latest announcement and updated men’s international calendar, which includes a new format for the Concacaf Qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and updates on the Nations League and 2021 Gold Cup.
According to a release from the confederation responsible for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, the new CONCACAF Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 comprise three rounds and provide all participating Member Associations with the chance to compete for the Confederation’s three and a half World Cup spots.
The First Round (30 teams) will be played between the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 6-35 based on the FIFA rankings as of July 16, 2020.
Guyana is currently ranked 16 in CONCACAF and 166 across FIFA, according to the latest global rankings.
The 30 men’s national teams will be drawn into six groups of five in a seeded draw. The six highest ranked teams, El Salvador, Canada, Curacao, Panama, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago will be pre-seeded into groups A to F respectively.
Each team will play every other team in their group once, playing a total of four matches– two home and two away. These games will be played in the FIFA match windows of October 2020 and November 2020.
At the end of the first round, the six group winners will progress to the second round.
The second round (six teams) will be played between the group winners from the first round, with the match-ups pre-determined where Group A winner will play the winner of Group F; winner of Group B will collide with Group E winner; and Group C winner will face the winner of Group D.
The teams will play home and away in a direct elimination format in the FIFA match window of March 2021. The three winners will progress to the final round.
The final round (eight teams) of the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will see the three winners from the second round join the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 1-5 (Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Honduras and Jamaica) based on the FIFA rankings as of July 16, 2020.
The national teams ranked 1-5 had already gained enough FIFA ranking points to guarantee their place in the final round prior to the development of a new format.
Final round teams: (1) Mexico (2) USA (3) Costa Rica (4) Jamaica (5) Honduras (6) Second Round winner (7) Second Round winner (8) Second Round winner.
The final round will begin in the double FIFA match window in June 2021 and continue in the FIFA match windows of September, October, November 2021 and January and March 2022.
The eight teams will play each other on a home-and-away basis, with each team playing 14 matches.
At the end of the final round, the top three finishing teams will qualify directly to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The fourth placed team will qualify for the FIFA Intercontinental Playoff, scheduled to be played in June 2022.