2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round

The third round of CONCACAF matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification was played from 4 to 8 September 2015.[1][2]

FormatEdit

A total of twelve teams (teams ranked 7–8 in the CONCACAF entrant list and ten second round winners) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the fourth round.

SeedingEdit

The draw for the third round was held as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw on 25 July 2015, starting 18:00 MSK (UTC+3), at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.[1][3][4]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of August 2014 (shown in parentheses).[5] The twelve teams were seeded into two pots:

  • Pot 3 contained the teams ranked 1–6 (i.e., Jamaica and Haiti, ranked 7–8 in the CONCACAF entrant list, plus four higher-ranked second round winners).
  • Pot 4 contained the teams ranked 7–12 (i.e., six lower-ranked second round winners).

Each tie contained a team from Pot 3 and a team from Pot 4, with the order of legs decided by draw.

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the fourth round.

Pot 3 Pot 4
  1.   Jamaica (85)
  2.   Haiti (117)
  3.   Canada (122)
  4.   Aruba (124)
  5.   El Salvador (127)
  6.   Guatemala (134)
  1.   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (134)
  2.   Grenada (142)
  3.   Antigua and Barbuda (149)
  4.   Belize (162)
  5.   Nicaragua (175)
  6.   Curaçao (182)

Note: Guatemala were seeded into Pot 3 as they had more FIFA ranking points (203.24) than Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (202.53). In the FIFA World Rankings, teams shared the same ranking if their ranking points rounded to the same whole number.

MatchesEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Curaçao   0–2   El Salvador 0–1 0–1
Canada   4–1   Belize 3–0 1–1
Grenada   1–6   Haiti 1–3 0–3
Jamaica   4–3   Nicaragua 2–3 2–0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines   3–2   Aruba 2–0 1–2
Antigua and Barbuda   1–2   Guatemala 1–0 0–2
Curaçao  0–1  El Salvador
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El Salvador  1–0  Curaçao
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El Salvador won 2–0 on aggregate and advanced to the fourth round (Group A).


Canada  3–0  Belize
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Attendance: 10,400
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)
Belize  1–1  Canada
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Attendance: 2,500

Canada won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the fourth round (Group A).


Grenada  1–3  Haiti
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Haiti  3–0  Grenada
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Haiti won 6–1 on aggregate and advanced to the fourth round (Group B).


Jamaica  2–3  Nicaragua
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Nicaragua  0–2  Jamaica
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Jamaica won 4–3 on aggregate and advanced to the fourth round (Group B).


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  2–0  Aruba
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Aruba  2–1  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines won 3–2 on aggregate and advanced to the fourth round (Group C).


Antigua and Barbuda  1–0  Guatemala
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Guatemala  2–0  Antigua and Barbuda
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Guatemala won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the fourth round (Group C).

GoalscorersEdit

There were 29 goals scored in 12 matches, for an average of 2.42 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "CONCACAF to Hold Preliminary FIFA World Cup Qualifying Draw in Miami on January 15". CONCACAF. 12 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  2. ^ "USMNT to start 2018 World Cup qualifying in November of 2015". Sports Illustrated. 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Draw Procedures – North, Central American & Caribbean Zone" (PDF). FIFA.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "Draw shines light on CONCACAF's WCQ path". CONCACAF. 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ "FIFA Men's Ranking – August 2014 (CONCACAF)". FIFA.com. 14 August 2014. Archived from the original on December 2, 2014.

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