South American qualifiers to Qatar 2022: how and where to watch the matches

With Brazil and Argentina escaped to the front of the classification, the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup they were lit with the second wind that took some selections that until a few weeks ago seemed eliminated. Find out how and when to watch the October 2021 matches.

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With one game less, Brazil and Argentina remain firm in the forward positions. If there is no surprise of proportions, they are the only countries that seem to have secured a place for the next World Cup. At the low end, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela hope to stay in the race.

How the South American qualifiers of Qatar 2022 are played

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The South American qualifying rounds of Qatar 2022 bring together the 10 teams affiliated with Conmebol (South American Football Confederation), who face each other in a league format of all against all in round-trip matches (home and away) spread over 18 dates.

The first four teams qualify directly for the World Cup, while the one that finishes in fifth position must play a playoff against a country from another confederation (which has not yet been defined).

Two games played on the triple date of October 2021, this is how the classification went:

  1. Brazil 28 points
  2. Argentina 22 points
  3. Ecuador 16 points
  4. Uruguay 16 points
  5. Colombia 15 points
  6. Paraguay 12 points
  7. Peru 11 points
  8. Chile 10 points
  9. Bolivia 9 points
  10. Venezuela 7 points

The league-like format has been used uninterruptedly since the 1998 World Cup qualifiers in France and replaced the group systems that had been used – with some variations depending on the number of participants – since the 1954 Swiss qualifiers.

Qatar 2022 South American qualifying schedule

The Ecuadorian Leonardo Campana and the Uruguayan Lucas Torreira dispute the ball for the South American qualifiers.
The Ecuadorian Leonardo Campana and the Uruguayan Lucas Torreira dispute the ball for the South American qualifiers. Getty Images

The October 2021 program includes the matches corresponding to the eleventh and twelfth rounds of the qualifiers, in addition to the matches of the fifth date, which was to be played in March 2021 but was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, October 7
Game Outcome Place
Paraguay – Argentina 0-0 Asuncion, Paraguay
Uruguay – Colombia 0-0 Montevideo, Uruguay
Venezuela – Brazil 1-3 Caracas Venezuela
Ecuador – Bolivia 3-0 Guayaquil, Ecuador
Peru – Chile 2-0 Lima Peru
Sunday October 10
Game Outcome Place
Bolivia – Peru 1-0 La Paz, Bolivia
Venezuela – Ecuador 2-1 Caracas Venezuela
Colombia – Brazil 0-0 Barranquilla, Colombia
Argentina – Uruguay 3-0 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chile – Paraguay 2-0 Santiago, Chile
Thursday October 14
Game Local time Hour ET Time PT Place
Bolivia – Paraguay 16:00 16:00 13:00 La Paz, Bolivia
Colombia – Ecuador 16:00 17:00 14:00 Barranquilla, Colombia
Argentina – Peru 20:30 19:30 16:30 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chile – Venezuela 21:00 20:00 17:00 Santiago, Chile
Brazil – Uruguay 21:30 20:30 17:30 Manaus, Brazil

Where to watch the playoffs on streaming and traditional TV

Arturo Vidal before the brand of Paraguayan Jorge Morel
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The chances of watching the South American qualifiers will depend on the rights assigned for each game, which are mostly in the hands of traditional television channels and their online streaming platforms.

Either way, there are some options to follow some of the matches on the platforms of streaming. In the United States, for example, FuboTV acquired the rights to broadcast all the South American qualifying games.

Next, we detail the channels that have rights to broadcast the games in each of the countries of the region:

Country Channels
Argentina TyC Sports, Public TV / TyC Sports Play (streaming)
Chile Chilevision, TNT Sports HD / TNT Sports Stadium, Clear Video (streaming)
Colombia snail / Caracol Play (streaming)
Ecuador The Soccer Channel, DirecTV / ECDF YouTubee
Spain Movistar Champions League 1, #Let’s go / Movistar + (streaming)
USA Fubo TV
Mexico Sky HD / Blue To Go (streaming)
Peru America TV, Movistar Sports
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras Sky HD
Uruguay VTV
Venezuela Direct TV Sport

Qualifiers with historical dominance of Brazil and Argentina

Peru and Colombia accompanied the traditional Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in Russia 2018. GettyImages

Brazil is not only the country that has won the most World Cups (5), but it is also the only team that has participated in the 21 World Cups played until Russia 2018. Further back are Argentina, with 17 participations, and Uruguay, with 13.

The three teams are the only ones that participated in the last three World Cups (Russia 2018, Brazil 2014 and South Africa 2010).

At the other extreme are Bolivia and Ecuador, with three participations, and Venezuela, which has never achieved a place for a soccer World Cup.

Country Participations World
Brazil 21 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.
Argentina 17 1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.
Uruguay 13 1930, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018.
Chile 9 1930, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1998, 2010, 2014.
Paraguay 8 1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010.
Colombia 6 1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014, 2018.
Peru 5 1930, 1970, 1978, 1982, 2018.
Bolivia 3 1930, 1950, 1994.
Ecuador 3 2002, 2006, 2014.
Venezuela 0

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