Qualifying to the World Cup from South America is one of the most grueling paths to the biggest tournament in global soccer.
Each of the 10 nations plays a total of 18 matches over the course of the qualification process and the top four nations earn berths to the World Cup. The fifth-place team heads to an intercontinental playoff.
We reach the halfway point of qualifying on Thursday, Sept. 9 when the ninth matchday is played and it will be an important day for the teams in the middle of the pack. Brazil and Argentina are expected to continue to plough ahead with home matches, though Peru could give Brazil some fits. The big match is Uruguay vs. Ecuador, which pits fourth- and third-place teams. Colombia and Chile will be looking to make up ground on one or both of those two in the standings.
The top four teams will advance directly to the Qatar World Cup scheduled to be played from Nov. 21 through Dec. 18, 2022. The fifth-placed team will be involved in an intercontinental playoff.
How to watch CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying in USA
Every World Cup qualifying match in South America can be streamed exclusively on fuboTV in English and Spanish.
WATCH: South American World Cup qualifiers on fuboTV (stream live)
The matches are also available on a pay-per-view basis via cable and satellite TV providers.
CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying Standings
Updated as of Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 (Note: Goal difference is first tiebreaker)
PTS=Points, GP=Games Played, W=Wins, L=Losses, D=Draws, GF=Goals For, GA=Goals Allowed, GD=Goal Difference
Upcoming CONMEBOL qualifying schedule
|Sept. 9||Brazil||Peru||8:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 27, 2022||Chile||Argentina||TBD|
|Jan. 27, 2022||Colombia||Peru||TBD|
|Jan. 27, 2022||Ecuador||Brazil||TBD|
|Jan. 27, 2022||Paraguay||Uruguay||TBD|
|Jan. 27, 2022||Venezuela||Bolivia||TBD|
|Feb. 1, 2022||Argentina||Colombia||TBD|
|Feb. 1, 2022||Bolivia||Chile||TBD|
|Feb. 1, 2022||Brazil||Paraguay||TBD|
|Feb. 1, 2022||Peru||Ecuador||TBD|
|Feb. 1, 2022||Uruguay||Venezuela||TBD|
|March 24, 2022||Argentina||Venezuela||TBD|
|March 24, 2022||Brazil||Chile||TBD|
|March 24, 2022||Colombia||Bolivia||TBD|
|March 24, 2022||Paraguay||Ecuador||TBD|
|March 24, 2022||Uruguay||Peru||TBD|
|March 29, 2022||Bolivia||Brazil||TBD|
|March 29, 2022||Chile||Uruguay||TBD|
|March 29, 2022||Ecuador||Argentina||TBD|
|March 29, 2022||Peru||Paraguay||TBD|
|March 29, 2022||Venezuela||Colombia||TBD|
CONMEBOL Qualifying Results
How CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying works
It’s not complicated in South America. All 10 nations play in a round-robin format with each country playing the other nine teams at home and away (total of 18 matches). It’s three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for every loss.
After 18 matches, the top four teams in the standings qualify directly to Qatar 2022, while the fifth-place team will advance to an intercontinental playoff with a ticket to Qatar on the line.