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July 1, 2016
HEXAGONAL DRAW
CONCACAF's final 6 in World Cup set for July 8


MIAMI -- CONCACAF announced Friday that the draw for the hexagonal -- qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will take place at CONCACAF headquarters on Miami Beach Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. ET. The draw will determine the schedule of matches for the six-team, round-robin qualifying round.

One team, Mexico, has secured its place in the final round of qualifying, while 10 other teams, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States remain in contention from the 12-team semifinal round.

Play will resume on Sept. 2 and 6 for the last two decisive match dates.

Two pots will be utilized for the final round draw. The first pot (teams), will contain six balls. Because the identity of the first and second place teams in each of the groups is yet to be confirmed, the balls will be labelled A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. A1, B1 and C1 will correspond to the team finishing first in the semifinal round group, while A2, B2 and C2 will be the runner-up in each group.

Pot two (positions) will contain six balls with the positions in the round-robin final group. Those will be labelled with positions 1-6.

The draw will begin with the selection of one ball from the teams pot, followed by the corresponding ball from the positions pot. The team that is drawn will be assigned the position denominated on the ball that is drawn immediately after. All six teams and position will be drawn with the same, straight-forward procedure.

Media and fans will be able to watch the draw live on CONCACAF.com and on the confederation’s Facebook page.

The hexagonal schedule:

Match day 1 (November 7-15, 2016)

Team 1 vs. Team 5
Team 3 vs. Team 2
Team 6 vs. Team 4

Match day 2 (November 7-15, 2016)

Team 4 vs. Team 1
Team 2 vs. Team 5
Team 3 vs. Team 6

Match day 3 (March 20-28, 2017)

Team 1 vs. Team 3
Team 6 vs. Team 2
Team 5 vs. Team 4

Match day 4 (March 20-28, 2017)

Team 2 vs. Team 1
Team 3 vs. Team 4
Team 6 vs. Team 5

Match day 5 (June 5-13, 2017)

Team 1 vs. Team 6
Team 4 vs. Team 2
Team 5 vs. Team 3

Match day 6 (June 5-13, 2017)

Team 5 vs. Team 1
Team 2 vs. Team 3
Team 4 vs. Team 6

Match day 7 (August 28 – September 5, 2017)

Team 1 vs. Team 4
Team 5 vs. Team 2
Team 6 vs. Team 3

Match day 8 (August 28 – September 5, 2017)

Team 3 vs. Team 1
Team 2 vs. Team 6
Team 4 vs. Team 5

Match day 9 (October 2-14, 2017)

Team 1 vs. Team 2
Team 4 vs. Team 3
Team 5 vs. Team 6

Match day 10 (October 2-14, 2017)

Team 6 vs. Team 1
Team 2 vs. Team 4
Team 3 vs. Team 5

Note: Match day 10 games will have a simultaneous kickoff

   
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