CONCACAF has announced the format for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Confederation Qualifiers.
The restructured competition will be composed of two parts, which will take place simultaneously during the FIFA-match windows in 2020 and 2021.
The first part of the Concacaf qualifiers, which will be played in a Hexagonal format, will be contested between the top six ranked Concacaf Member Associations.
This will be based on the FIFA Ranking published after the FIFA window of June 2020.
After home-and-away round robin play during the FIFA Match windows the top three teams will qualify directly to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The second part of the qualifiers, played across a Group Stage and knockout phase, will involve the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 7-35.
For the group stage, these 29 participating Concacaf Member Associations will be divided into eight groups.
After home-and-away round robin play during the FIFA Match windows the eight group will qualify for the knock out stage.
The quarter finals, semifinals and final matches of the knock out phase will all be played in a home-and-away direct elimination format.
The winner of the knockout phase will face the fourth-place finisher of the Hexagonal group to determine the Concacaf representative in the FIFA intercontinental playoff.