(CBS Local)- CBS Sports announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to a deal with IMG that makes Paramount+ the exclusive English-language home in the United States of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 for the CONCACAF region, which includes the United States and Mexico men’s national teams. The deal includes six away matches for both of those teams as well as media rights to all of the other matches played in the region.
Under the terms of the deal, 79 games will stream live on Paramount+ with CBS Sports having the ability to air select matches on linear platforms.
The first round of qualifying matches begin tonight involving teams ranked 6-35 in the FIFA rankings. Matches scheduled for tonight on Paramount+ feature the Dominican Republic taking on Dominica at 7:05 p.m. ET and Guatemala going up against Cuba at 8:05 p.m. ET.
The top five ranked CONCACAF teams: Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras will join in the qualifying action in the third round of qualifying.
“We’re excited to make Paramount+ the home of Concacaf Men’s World Cup Qualifiers and look forward to bringing these intense and competitive national team competitions to fans,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Sports Digital in a statement. “With the addition of these qualifiers, Paramount+ will be the destination for a diverse and passionate fanbase eager to cheer for their national teams on the road to the FIFA World Cup.”
The first round of qualifying sees those teams ranked 6-35 drawn into six groups of five playing single round-robin matches with group winners moving to the next round. Those matches begin tonight and also play out in June. In the second round, the six group winners play a two-leg home and away series with the three winners of those moving on to the final round to join the top five teams in the region.
In September, October and November of this year and January and March of 2022, the third round of qualifying will play out in home and away matches with the top three teams in the region qualifying for the World Cup in 2022. The fourth place team in the region plays in inter-confederation playoffs for the chance to earn a spot in the World Cup. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be held from November 21 through December 18 of 2022.
Below is the full schedule of qualifying matches on Paramount+ this month.
(CBS Local) – CBS Sports announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with IMG that will make Paramount+ the exclusive English-language home venue in the U.S. for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Qatar for the CONCACAF region, which includes the U.S. and Mexican men’s national teams. The deal includes six away games for both teams, as well as media rights for all other games in the region.
As part of the deal, 79 games will be broadcast live on Paramount+, with CBS Sports having the option to broadcast select games on linear platforms.
The first round of qualifying, which involves teams ranked between 6th and 35th in the FIFA rankings, begins today. Tonight’s matches on Paramount+ are scheduled for 7:05pm against the Dominican Republic. ET and Guatemala takes on Cuba at 20:05. IT.
CONCACAF teams are in the top five: Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras will all participate in the third qualifying round.
We are excited to make Paramount+ the home of the Concacaf Men’s World Cup Playoffs and look forward to bringing these intense and competitive national team events to fans, said Jeffrey Gerttula, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Sports Digital in a statement. With the addition of these qualifying matches, Paramount+ becomes a destination for diverse and passionate fans to cheer on their national teams on their way to the World Cup.
In the first qualifying round, teams ranked 6th through 35th will be divided into six groups of five to play a knockout round, with the group winners advancing to the next round. These games begin tonight and also take place in June. In the second round, the six group winners will play a series of two home and away games. The three winners will advance to the final round to compete against the best five teams in the region.
In September, October and November, and then in January and March 2022, the third round of the qualifying tournament will feature home and away games against the three best teams from the region preparing for the 2022 World Cup. The team ranked fourth in the region advances to the inter-conference playoffs for a chance to qualify for the championship. The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022.
Below is the full schedule of this month’s qualifiers on Paramount+.
|Wednesday, 24. March||Dominique c. Dominica.||7:05 P.M. ET.|
|Wednesday, 24. March||Guatemala vs. Cuba||20:05, ET.|
|Thursday 25. March||Haiti vs. Belize||5:00 PM, EN|
|Thursday 25. March||Curaçao v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.||18:05, ET|
|Thursday 25. March||Trinidad and Tobago v. Guyana||7:05 P.M. ET.|
|Thursday 25. March||Panama vs Barbados||7:55 P.M. ET.|
|Thursday 25. March||Canada vs Bermuda||20:05, ET.|
|Thursday 25. March||El Salvador – Grenada||10:25 PM ET.|
|Saturday 27. March||Turks and Caicos Islands v. Nicaragua||4:35 PM, ET.|
|Saturday 27. March||British Virgin Islands v. Guatemala||18:05, ET|
|Saturday 27. March||Anguilla v Dominican Republic||18:05, ET|
|Saturday 27. March||Aruba vs. Suriname||20:05, ET.|
|Sunday 28. March||Dominica – Panama||16:05, ET.|
|Sunday 28. March||Cayman Islands and Canada||16:05, ET.|
|Sunday 28. March||Puerto Rico v Trinidad and Tobago||17:05, ET.|
|Sunday 28. March||Montserrat v. El Salvador||18:05, ET|
|Tuesday, 30. March||Barbados – Anguilla||7:35 PM ET.|