So, what’s next?
If you, Canadian soccer supporter, were left wondering that Tuesday night after the Canadian men’s national team defeated Haiti to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying final round – you’re not alone.
Canada is set to face the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Honduras, Panama, and El Salvador in the final round – known as the “octagon” – with Concacaf announcing a full slate of matches for the eight-team round for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 early Wednesday morning.
John Herdman’s side will open the final round against Honduras at home on Thursday, Sept. 2 – one of three games in the opening window. Canada will have five windows and 14 matches to finish in the top three for automatic qualification for Qatar – a fourth-place finish would put them in an intercontinental playoff with a representative from another FIFA confederation for a potential fourth Concacaf spot.
Here’s Canada’s schedule broken down by window.
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Canada vs. Honduras – Thursday, Sept. 2
United States vs. Canada – Sunday, Sept. 5
Canada vs. El Salvador – Wednesday, Sept. 8
Mexico vs. Canada – Thurs. Oct. 7
Jamaica vs. Canada – Sunday, Oct 10
Canada vs. Panama – Wednesday, Oct. 13
Canada vs. Costa Rica – TBD
Canada vs. Mexico – TBD
Honduras vs. Canada – Thursday, Jan 27
Canada vs. United States – Sunday, Jan. 30
El Salvador vs. Canada – Wednesday, Feb, 2
Costa Rica vs. Canada – Thursday, March 24
Canada vs. Jamaica – Sunday, March 27
Panama vs. Canada – Wednesday, March 30