Canada has only competed in one FIFA World Cup for men. This may not be the case right now.
Les Rouges are in first place in CONCACAF World Cup qualification with eight games remaining. Canada has a chance to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. There’s still a lot to be done with four clubs vying for one of the three direct spots.
At the end of the month, the two teams will square off. The United States lags behind the leaders by one point. That means things might quickly change, especially with three games in seven days coming up at the end of January.
The ninth matchday is critical. Because the top four teams are separated by only two points, one poor performance might completely change the qualifying picture.
Canada Qualifying Direction
Then, how can Canada score 1.8-1.9 points per game and get into the tournament? Or, if people want to dream big, how might they break the 2.0 PPG ceiling?
For the last six games, we thought the results would be less good so we could figure out how much it would take to comfortably qualify. This means that Canada has a perfect record. It only has two home games left (against the United States, and against Jamaica), and four trips to Central America.
After that, the team lost one game and drew three. In order to qualify for the World Cup, the USA is likely to lose at home to the US and draw in Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras. With 25 points, or 1.8 points per game, that should be enough.
But if there was a mistake in any of the matches, it would make things more difficult for us. A tie with Jamaica or El Salvador would leave Canada vulnerable (1.6 PPG) if the other teams kept winning. This would happen even if Canada won. It’s clear that a result (maybe even a win) against the United States at home would help ease these fears.
If Canada wins in Panama, they’ll hope that their team doesn’t have to play in Qatar.
Only one FIFA men’s World Cup has been held in Canada’s history, but that might change in Qatar in 2022.
Canada has a chance to go to the World Cup for the first time since 1986 if they win their last eight CONCACAF matches. There’s still work to be done with four teams vying for three direct places.
United States and Canada will meet at the end of the month to discuss their respective standings. With just two points separating Mexico and Panama, anything can happen at the end of January, especially with three matches in seven days.
On Matchday 9, the stakes could not be higher. If one of the top four teams loses to one of the bottom four teams, it might have an enormous impact on the tournament’s conclusion.
There are six matches left in the qualification round, and the top four teams are separated by two points.
The top four teams are well defined, with a large difference between fourth and fifth. There are only three guaranteed places, therefore the fourth-place finisher will face an intercontinental playoff against Oceania’s representative, possibly New Zealand.
The Maple Leafs are unblemished in eight games, with four wins and four ties, and winning on the road has been crucial. They drew away to the USA, Mexico, and Jamaica. With a 4W-0L-1D home record, including a 2-1 triumph against Mexico, the points have poured in.
With four of its last six games on the road, Canada will need to adopt a road warrior attitude. Its final two home games against the USA and Jamaica are crucial.
The results of the forthcoming three-match series, which includes a home encounter against the USA, will allow Canada to control its own fate moving into the final international window.