2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

The CONCACAF qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of four rounds of competition, in which the 35 member nations competed for three automatic berths at the finals in Brazil.

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)
Tournament details
Dates15 June 2011 – 15 October 2013
Teams35 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played144
Goals scored444 (3.08 per match)
Attendance2,205,645 (15,317 per match)
Top scorer(s)Belize Deon McCaulay (11 goals)
2010
2018
  Country qualified
  Country failed to qualify

The United States, Costa Rica, and Honduras qualified. The fourth-place finisher, Mexico, played a two-game series against New Zealand, the first-placed team from Oceania and qualified to the Finals.

FormatEdit

In March 2011, following news that CONCACAF would not receive four spots in the 2014 World Cup, officials within CONCACAF indicated that the first format proposed would be revised.[1] Several days later, officials within CONCACAF announced the qualifying format they would present to FIFA. The proposed format, which was subsequently accepted by FIFA, consists of 4 stages.[2]

  1. Round One. Teams ranked 26–35 will play-off to reduce the number of entrants to 30.
  2. Round Two. 6 groups of 4 teams. This round includes the 5 qualifiers from the preliminary round plus teams ranked 7–25. The top team in each group advances to the next stage.
  3. Round Three (Semifinal round). 3 groups of 4. Teams ranked 1–6 face off against the 6 group winners from the previous round. The top two in each group advance.
  4. Round Four (Hexagonal). The top two teams in each group from the semifinal round compete in one group of 6. The top three teams advance to the World Cup finals, while the 4th place team advances to an intercontinental play-off.

EntrantsEdit

All 35 FIFA-affiliated national teams from CONCACAF entered qualification. The seeding – used to draw the first three rounds of the qualifiers – was based on the FIFA World Rankings of March 2011.[3] (World rankings shown in parentheses)[4]

Bye to third round
(Ranked 1st to 6th)
Bye to second round
(Ranked 7th to 25th)
Competing in first round
(Ranked 26th to 35th)
  1.   United States (19)
  2.   Mexico (27)
  3.   Honduras (38)
  4.   Jamaica (48)
  5.   Costa Rica (53)
  6.   Cuba (64)
  1.   Panama (68)
  2.   Canada (84)
  3.   El Salvador (92)
  4.   Grenada (94)
  5.   Trinidad and Tobago (95)
  6.   Haiti (99)
  7.   Antigua and Barbuda (101)
  8.   Guyana (109)
  9.   Suriname (114)
  10.   Saint Kitts and Nevis (119)
  11.   Guatemala (125)
  12.   Dominica (130)
  13.   Puerto Rico (131)
  14.   Barbados (137)
  15.   Curaçao (146)
  16.   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (148)
  17.   Cayman Islands (158)
  18.   Nicaragua (164)
  19.   Bermuda (165)
  1.   Belize (166)
  2.   Dominican Republic (166)
  3.   British Virgin Islands (177)
  4.   Saint Lucia (182)
  5.   Turks and Caicos Islands (193)
  6.   Bahamas (193)
  7.   Aruba (199)
  8.   U.S. Virgin Islands (200)
  9.   Anguilla (202)
  10.   Montserrat (202)

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition was as follows.[3][5]

Round Matchday Date
First round First leg 15 June – 17 July 2011
Second leg
Second round Matchday 1 2–18 September 2011
Matchday 2
Matchday 3 7–15 October 2011
Matchday 4
Matchday 5 11–15 November 2011
Matchday 6
Third round Matchday 1 8–12 June 2012
Matchday 2
Matchday 3 7–11 September 2012
Matchday 4
Matchday 5 12–16 October 2012
Matchday 6
Round Matchday Date
Fourth round Matchday 1 6 February 2013
Matchday 2 22–26 March 2013
Matchday 3
Matchday 4 4–18 June 2013
Matchday 5
Matchday 6
Matchday 7 6–10 September 2013
Matchday 8
Matchday 9 11–15 October 2013
Matchday 10

The inter-confederation play-off between the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (Mexico) and the winning team from OFC (New Zealand) was played between 13 and 20 November 2013.[5]

First roundEdit

The first round of the CONCACAF qualifiers saw the bottom 10 teams being paired up into five home-and-away series, with the highest ranked team facing the lowest ranked team and so on. The winners of these series proceeded to the second round.

The matchups were announced by FIFA on 26 April 2011.[6] Early indications were that the matches would be played on 3 and 7 June 2011; However, the matches were postponed to scattered days in June and July, between 15 June and 17 July.[7] The 5 winners (in bold, below) advanced to the second round of the CONCACAF qualifiers: Belize, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Lucia, and the Bahamas.[8]

The two wins for the U.S. Virgin Islands were their first two ever in World Cup play, with their only other win prior to this coming in 1998.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Montserrat   3–8   Belize 2–5 1–3
Anguilla   0–6   Dominican Republic 0–2 0–4
U.S. Virgin Islands   4–1   British Virgin Islands 2–0 2–1
Aruba   6–6 (4–5 p)   Saint Lucia 4–2 2–4 (a.e.t.)
Turks and Caicos Islands   0–101   Bahamas 0–4 0–6
  • Note 1: Order of legs reversed from originally published draw.

Second roundEdit

In the second round, the teams ranked 7–25 were joined by the 5 winners from the first round. These teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 30 July 2011. The matches were played from 2 September to 15 November 2011.[2]

The top team from each group advanced to the third round.

SeedingEdit

Teams were seeded into four pots – designated Pots 4 to 7 in the draw.[2] Pot 4 included teams ranked 7–12, Pot 5 teams ranked 13–18, Pot 6 teams ranked 19–24, and Pot 7 the team ranked 25 along with the 5 first round winners.

Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6 Pot 7

  Panama
  Canada
  El Salvador
  Grenada
  Trinidad and Tobago
  Haiti

  Antigua and Barbuda
  Guyana
  Suriname
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  Guatemala
  Dominica

  Puerto Rico
  Barbados
  Curaçao
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  Cayman Islands
  Nicaragua

  Bermuda
  Belize
  Dominican Republic
  Saint Lucia
  Bahamas
  U.S. Virgin Islands

First round winners

GroupsEdit

Note: Scores marked by * are results awarded by FIFA.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
  El Salvador 6 6 0 0 20 5 +15 18 Advance to third round 3–2 4–0 4–0
  Dominican Republic 6 2 2 2 12 8 +4 8 1–2 1–1 4–0
  Suriname 6 2 1 3 5 11 −6 7 1–3 1–3 1–0
  Cayman Islands 6 0 1 5 2 15 −13 1 1–4 1–1 0–1

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
  Guyana 6 4 1 1 9 6 +3 13 Advance to third round 2–1 2–1 2–0
  Trinidad and Tobago 6 4 0 2 12 4 +8 12 3–0[a] 1–0 4–0
  Bermuda 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10 1–1 2–1 2–1
  Barbados 6 0 0 6 2 14 −12 0 0–2 0–2 1–2
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Match awarded

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification      
  Panama 4 4 0 0 15 2 +13 12 Advance to third round 5–1 3–0
  Nicaragua 4 2 0 2 5 7 −2 6 1–2 1–0
  Dominica 4 0 0 4 0 11 −11 0 0–5 0–2
  •   Bahamas withdrew from the tournament on 19 August 2011 and were not replaced.[9][10]

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
  Canada 6 4 2 0 18 1 +17 14 Advance to third round 0–0 4–0 4–1
  Puerto Rico 6 2 3 1 8 4 +4 9 0–3 1–1 3–0
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 6 1 4 1 6 8 −2 7 0–0 0–0 1–1
  Saint Lucia 6 0 1 5 4 23 −19 1 0–7[a] 0–4[a] 2–4
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Match awarded

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
  Guatemala 6 6 0 0 19 3 +16 18 Advance to third round 3–1 4–0 3–0
  Belize 6 2 1 3 9 10 −1 7 1–2 1–1 1–4
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6 1 2 3 4 12 −8 5 0–3 0–2 2–1
  Grenada 6 1 1 4 7 14 −7 4 1–4 0–3 1–1

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
  Antigua and Barbuda 6 5 0 1 28 5 +23 15 Advance to third round 1–0 5–2 10–0
  Haiti 6 4 1 1 21 6 +15 13 2–1 2–2 6–0
  Curaçao 6 2 1 3 15 15 0 7 0–3[a] 2–4 6–1
  U.S. Virgin Islands 6 0 0 6 2 40 −38 0 1–8 0–7 0–3
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Match awarded

Third roundEdit

The third round saw the top 6 seeds joined by the 6 group winners from the second round. These teams were drawn into three groups of four teams, at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 30 July 2011. These matches were played from 8 June to 16 October 2012.[2]

The top two teams from each group advanced to the fourth round.

SeedingEdit

As the draw for the third round was held before the previous matches were held, only the six teams with byes to the round were known at the time of the draw. Teams were seeded into three pots, with Pot 1 containing the top 3 seeds, Pot 2 seeds 4 to 6, and Pot 3 the 6 group winners from the second round. Each third round group contains one team from Pot 1, one team from Pot 2 and two teams from Pot 3.[2]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

  United States
  Mexico
  Honduras

  Jamaica
  Costa Rica
  Cuba

  El Salvador
  Guyana
  Panama
  Canada
  Guatemala
  Antigua and Barbuda

Second round winners whose identity was not known at the time of the draw

GroupsEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
  United States 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13 Advance to fourth round 1–0 3–1 3–1
  Jamaica 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 2–1 2–1 4–1
  Guatemala 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10 1–1 2–1 3–1
  Antigua and Barbuda 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1 1–2 0–0 0–1

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
  Mexico 6 6 0 0 15 2 +13 18 Advance to fourth round 1–0 2–0 3–1
  Costa Rica 6 3 1 2 14 5 +9 10 0–2 2–2 7–0
  El Salvador 6 1 2 3 8 11 −3 5 1–2 0–1 2–2
  Guyana 6 0 1 5 5 24 −19 1 0–5 0–4 2–3

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
  Honduras 6 3 2 1 12 3 +9 11 Advance to fourth round 0–2 8–1 1–0
  Panama 6 3 2 1 6 2 +4 11 0–0 2–0 1–0
  Canada 6 3 1 2 6 10 −4 10 0–0 1–0 3–0
  Cuba 6 0 1 5 1 10 −9 1 0–3 1–1 0–1

Fourth roundEdit

In the fourth round, the three group winners and three runners-up from the third round competed in a double round robin, including a home and away match against the other five teams between 6 February and 15 October 2013. The round is informally referred to as the 'Hexagonal' or just 'The Hex'.[11] The draw for 'The Hex' was conducted by FIFA on 7 November 2012.[12]

The top three teams qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, while the fourth-placed team, Mexico, played a home-away series against New Zealand, the winner of Oceania qualifying. Teams are ranked first by total points in all games, then, if tied, by best goal differential in all games, then by total goals in all games. If still tied, the same criteria are applied to games among the tied teams.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
  United States 10 7 1 2 15 8 +7 22 Qualification to 2014 FIFA World Cup 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
  Costa Rica 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
  Honduras 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
  Mexico 10 2 5 3 7 9 −2 11 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0
  Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 −4 8 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
  Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 −8 5 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1

Inter-confederation play-offsEdit

The winner of the OFC qualification tournament, New Zealand, played against CONCACAF's fourth-placed team, Mexico, in a home-and-away play-off. Mexico, the winner of this play-off, qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The first leg was played on 13 November 2013 in Mexico, and the second leg was played on 20 November 2013.[13]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mexico   9–3   New Zealand 5–1 4–2

Qualified teamsEdit

The following four teams from CONCACAF qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
  United States Fourth round winners 10 September 2013 9 (1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
  Costa Rica Fourth round runners-up 10 September 2013 3 (1990, 2002, 2006)
  Honduras Fourth round third place 15 October 2013 2 (1982, 2010)
  Mexico CONCACAF–OFC play-off winners 20 November 2013 14 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

There were 444 goals scored over 144 games, for an average of 3.08 goals per game.

11 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

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