The expected change to CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying format could be bad news for plenty of National Teams including Bermuda.
During an interview last week on the Fox Sports show “Indoor Soccer,” CONCACAF president and FIFA VP Victor Montagliani once again suggested that the “Hexagonal” — the six-team round-robin that has served as the region’s qualifying scheme since the 1990s — will be replaced by a different one whenever international soccer returns amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
The plan most likely to be adopted involves 12 nations split into three four-team groups, multiple sources confirmed to Yahoo Sports. If it happens, the USMNT’s road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would become a whole lot bumpier.
If CONCACAF goes with three groups, there would presumably be a lifeline for the best second-place finisher. CONCACAF is allocated 3.5 spots for 2022; the region’s No. 4 team will participate in an intercontinental playoff to determine who gets to go to the main event.