WCQs: Qualifying News from Rest of World


As FIFA World Cup qualifying finished its main phase in Europe, the two sections of the Americas also played out their final group matches to confirm the remaining two spots (and playoff entrants) across the two continents.

North America
C/Rica 0-2 Canada, Honduras 1-1 Jamaica, Mexico 3-1 USA

One final spot was up for grabs in the CONCACAF section, with Mexico and the United States already having the top two places sewn up at the weekend. Jamaica went into the matches tonight in the driving seat, but being held to a draw wasn’t good enough as Canada consigned Costa Rica to finishing bottom and booked their place at a first World Cup since 1986.

Jamaica finished 4th and will enter the four-continent playoffs phase.

South America
Chile 3-3 Bolivia, Ecuador 1-1 Colombia, and
Uruguay 1-0 Peru, Venezuala 2-2 Paraguay

Before tonight, the top three positions were held by Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, who all knew they would be at next summer’s tournament and the race was between Uruqguay and Paraguay for the final automatic spot. With Uruguay the only side on the continent to win, they booked their trip to Brazil and Paraguay will have to face a two-leg playoff.


World Cup Playoffs

  • Jamaica v. New Zealand
  • Paraguay v. Australia

The three nations that narrowly missed-out on automatic qualification from the CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and AFC (Asia) zones are joined by OFC (Oceania) group winners New Zealand for a pair of two-leg playoffs, the two winners of which will qualify for Brazil. The matches will be played on 15/11 and 19/11, the same days as the UEFA (Europe) playoffs.

Elsewhere, the CAF (Africa) zone plays the second legs of its final stage playoffs on the 15/11 to confirm their five entrants at next summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil.


BRAZIL       ENGLAND        CANADA           Ivory Coast/Ghana
BELGIUM      SPAIN          ARGENTINA        Tunisia/Morocco    
ITALY        IRAN           CHILE            Bulgaria/Sweden
GERMANY      JAPAN          COLOMBIA         France/Croatia
NETHERLANDS  SOUTH KOREA    URUGUAY          Slovakia/Poland
NORWAY       SAUDI ARABIA   Algeria/SAfrica  Switzerland/Russia
PORTUGAL     MEXICO         Cameroon/Guinea  Jamaica/N.Zealand
BOSNIA & H.  UNITED STATES  Egypt/Senegal    Paraguay/Australia