2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

The 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, ran from 2000 to 2001 in order to determine the three representatives at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. For an overview of the qualification rounds, see 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 35 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. Guyana withdrew before playing and leaves 34 nations in the race. Mexico, USA, Jamaica and Costa Rica, the four highest-ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the semi-finals, while Canada advanced directly to the "play-offs" between Caribbean and Central teams. The remaining teams were divided into two zones, based on geographical locations, as follows:

  • Caribbean Zone: The 24 teams were divided into groups of eight teams each. The teams played in a three-round knockout tournament. The winners would advance to the semi-finals, while the runners-up would advance to the play-offs. Due to Guyana doesn't play, Antigua & Barbuda joins directly the second round.
  • Central American Zone: The six teams are divided into groups of three teams each. The teams played against each other. The winners of the group would advance to the semi-finals, while the runners-up would advance to the play-offs.
  • In the play-offs, Canada and the five concerned teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. A team from North or Central America would play against a team from the Caribbean, and the three winners would advance to the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals round, the 12 teams were divided into three groups of four teams each. They played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners and runners-up would advance to the final round.

In the final round, the six teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The top three teams would qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. This year there is no play-off against another continent.

Caribbean Zone

Group 1

  First Round Second Round Third Round
                                   
 Cuba 4 0 4  
 Cayman Islands 0 0 0  
   Cuba 1 0 1  
   Suriname 0 0 0  
 Saint Lucia 1 0 1(1)
 Suriname (p) 0 1 1(3)  
   Cuba 1 1 2(4)
   Barbados (p) 1 1 2(5)
 Aruba 4 2 6  
 Puerto Rico 2 2 4  
   Aruba 1 0 1
   Barbados 3 4 7  
 Barbados (aet) 2 3 5
 Grenada 2 2 4  

Group 2

In the first round, Guyana were suspended by FIFA, Antigua and Barbuda obtained a bye to Round 2.

  First Round Second Round Third Round
                                   
 Antigua and Barbuda (w/o)  
 Guyana  
   Antigua and Barbuda (aet) 0 1 1  
   Bermuda 0 1 1  
 British Virgin Islands 1 0 1
 Bermuda 5 9 14  
   Antigua and Barbuda 2 0 2
   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 4 5
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 9 5 14  
 U.S. Virgin Islands 0 1 1  
   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 2 3
   Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 1 1  
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 8 6 14
 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0 0  

Group 3

  First Round Second Round Third Round
                                   
 Trinidad and Tobago 5 1 6  
 Netherlands Antilles 0 1 1  
   Trinidad and Tobago 3 1 4  
   Dominican Republic 0 0 0  
 Dominican Republic 3 3 6
 Montserrat 0 1 1  
   Trinidad and Tobago 3 1 4
   Haiti 1 1 2
 Haiti 4 3 7  
 Dominica 0 1 1  
   Haiti 9 4 13
   Bahamas 0 0 0  
 Anguilla 1 1 2
 Bahamas 3 2 5  

Central American Zone

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
 El Salvador 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 10 Qualify for the semi-finals 1–1 5–0
 Guatemala 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 5 Advance to the play off 0–1 0–0
 Belize 4 0 1 3 2 10 8 1 1–3 1–2
Source:

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
 Panama 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 9 Qualify for the semi-finals 1–0 4–0
 Honduras 4 3 0 1 7 2 +5 9 Advance to the play off 3–1 3–0
 Nicaragua 4 0 0 4 0 10 10 0 0–2 0–1
Source:

Caribbean/Central American Play-offs

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cuba  0–1  Canada 0–1 0–0
Antigua and Barbuda  1–9  Guatemala 0–1 1–8
Honduras  7–1  Haiti 4–0 3–1

Semifinal round

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Trinidad and Tobago 6 5 0 1 14 7 +7 15 Advance to the final round 1–0 4–0 6–0
2  Mexico 6 4 1 1 17 2 +15 13 7–0 2–0 7–1
3  Canada 6 1 2 3 1 8 7 5 0–2 0–0 1–0
4  Panama 6 0 1 5 1 16 15 1 0–1 0–1 0–0
Source:

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Honduras 6 5 0 1 25 5 +20 15 Advance to the final round 1–0 5–0 6–0
2  Jamaica 6 4 0 2 7 4 +3 12 3–1 1–0 2–0
3  El Salvador 6 3 0 3 13 13 0 9 2–5 2–0 7–1
4  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6 0 0 6 2 25 23 0 0–7 0–1 1–2
Source:

Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 6 3 2 1 14 3 +11 11 Advance to the final round 0–0 1–0 7–0
2  Costa Rica 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 2–1 2–1 3–0
3  Guatemala 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 1–1 2–1 2–0
4  Barbados 6 1 0 5 3 20 17 3 0–4 2–1 1–3
Source:

Final round

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 10 7 2 1 17 7 +10 23 Qualified to the 2002 FIFA World Cup 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 3–0
2  Mexico 10 5 2 3 16 9 +7 17 1–2 1–0 3–0 4–0 3–0
3  United States 10 5 2 3 11 8 +3 17 1–0 2–0 2–3 2–1 2–0
4  Honduras 10 4 2 4 17 17 0 14 2–3 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–1
5  Jamaica 10 2 2 6 7 14 7 8 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0
6  Trinidad and Tobago 10 1 2 7 5 18 13 5 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–4 1–2
Source: FIFA

Qualified teams

The following three teams from CONCACAF qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
 Costa RicaFinal round winners5 September 20011 (1990)
 MexicoFinal round runners-up11 November 200111 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998)
 United StatesFinal round third place7 October 20016 (1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers

15 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
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