St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been drawn in Group F alongside El Salvador, Suriname, Puerto Rico and the winner of the Play off between the Turks and Caicos Islands and Anguilla of the Concacaf World Cup play-offs.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines outfit which has already begun local preparations, will be part of the Second Round of the Qualifiers.
The Second Round runs between June 2024 and June 2025 where 30 countries will vie for spots in the final round which will be played between September and November 2025 for five spots in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, to be hosted by Concacaf teams Mexico, USA and Canada.
The rest of the draws shows Group A, comprising Honduras, Antigua/Barbuda, Cuba, Bermuda, Cayman Islands; Group B – Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts/Nevis, Grenada, Bahamas; Group C is made up of Haiti, Curacao, St. Lucia, Barbados and Aruba.
In Group D are Panama, Nicaragua, Guyana, Montserrat, Belize and Group E – Jamaica, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Dominica and the winner of a playoff between the BVI and the US Virgin Islands.
Like the other teams, the Vincentians will play a single round-robin format within the group, i.e. two home matches and two away matches.
The group winners and their runners up will then be placed in three groups of four, which will constitute the Final Round.
A separate draw will be convened to determine the groups in the Final Round. Teams in the Final Round will play Home and Away.
At the conclusion of the Final Round, the three group winners advance to the FIFA World Cup 2026, joining hosts USA, Mexico and Canada.
But it is not done for the Concacaf teams, as the two best runners- up from the Final Round will go to the FIFA Play Off Tournament. At this Play Off Tournament, another two Concacaf can earn berths to the World Cup Final.