St. John’s, Antigua – After weeks of anticipation the Benna Boys opponent in the next round of FIFA’s 2018 World Cup Qualifying will be Guatemala.
According to CONCACAF’s Website:
“The next two rounds of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup were mapped out on Saturday during the Preliminary Draw at Konstantin Palace.
Overseen by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, the proceedings produced some intriguing third-round pairings and potentially tricky fourth-round groups.
A pair of Caribbean standouts from the Gold Cup — finalist Jamaica and quarter finalist Haiti — will make their competition debuts in the third round, joining the winners of the 10 second-round series. The teams were divided into two pots according to their FIFA ranking as of July 2015 and paired against each other. Matches will take place between August 31 and September 8.
Curacao v El Salvador
Grenada v Haiti
St. Vincent & the Grenadines v Aruba
Canada v Belize
Jamaica v Nicaragua
Antigua & Barbuda v Guatemala
Should the Benna Boys advance in September a Group with the United States and Trinidad awaits them.
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent & the Grenadines or Aruba
Antigua & Barbuda or Guatemala
The top two teams in each group advance to the fifth and final round of qualification that is slated to take place from November 7, 2016 to October 10, 2017. The top three teams will have earned automatic places at Russia 2018, while the fourth-place side will enter into an Intercontinental Play-off against a representative from the Asian Football Confederation.