From this Thursday, September 7, the South American qualifiers for the 2026 Soccer World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada officially begin. where the 10 teams of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) will seek at least six direct places to the maximum World Cup event.
The next World Cup will have 48 teams participating for the first time in history, for which reason Conmebol expanded its qualification quotas.
Since 1998, Conmebol offered four direct places and one to the international playoffs, but from these qualifiers there will be six South American teams that will qualify directly for the contestwhile the team that remains in seventh place will play the repechage.
The classification model remains the same: everyone against everyone in round-trip matches. In the event of equal points between two teams at the end of the qualifiers, the following tie-breaking criteria will be taken into account:
- Best goal difference in all games played.
- Greater number of goals scored in all the matches of the tie.
- Greater number of points obtained in the duels between the tied teams.
- Best goal difference in duels between tied teams.
- Greater number of goals scored in the duels between the tied teams.
- Greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the teams in question.
Thursday September 7
Paraguay vs. Peru – 6:30 p.m. ET.
Colombia vs. Venezuela – 7:00 p.m. ET.
Argentina vs. Ecuador – 8:00 p.m. ET.
Friday, September 8
Uruguay vs. Chile – 7:00 p.m. ET.
Brazil vs. Bolivia – 8:45 p.m. ET.
Tuesday September 12
Bolivia vs. Argentina – 4:00 p.m. ET.
Ecuador vs. Chile – 5:00 p.m. ET.
Venezuela vs. Paraguay – 6:00 p.m. ET.
Chile vs. Colombia – 8:30 p.m. ET.
Peru vs. Brazil – 10:00 p.m.
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