2014 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw: Draw Set For North America (CONCACAF) Qualification

The North American federation, CONCACAF, takes the cake for most roundabout and convoluted World Cup qualification system. Though the end result - the hexagonal - is fantastic, the way that we get there is less great. The first round has already taken place, with the 10 lowest ranked teams in CONCACAF having played a home and away playoff in the first round. That round eliminated Montserrat, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Aruba, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Second round qualifying includes the winners of those ties - Belize, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Lucia and Bahamas - and the 7th-25th ranked teams in CONCACAF, who receive a bye to the second round. The top six teams in the confederation - The United States, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba - receive a bye to the third round, which is the round before the hexagonal. The Second Round consists of six groups and the six group winners join the top six teams in CONCACAF in the second round.

The top three teams in the hexagonal go straight to the World Cup, while the team that finishes in fourth goes to a playoff with a team from Oceania.

Second Round

Group A

El Salvador

Suriname

Cayman Islands

Dominican Republic

Group B

Trinidad and Tobago

Guyana

Barbados

Bermuda

Group C

Panama

Dominica

Nicaragua

Bahamas

Group D

Canada

St. Kitts and Nevis

Puerto Rico

St. Lucia

Group E

Grenada

Guatemala

St. Vincent and Grenadines

Belize

Group F

Haiti

Antigua and Barbuda

Curacao

U.S. Virgin Islands

Third Round

Group A

United States

Jamaica

Winner - Group E, Second Round

Winner - Group F, Second Round

Group B

Mexico

Costa Rica

Winner - Group A, Second Round

Winner - Group B, Second Round

Group C

Honduras

Cuba

Winner - Group D, Second Round

Winner - Group C, Second Round

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