Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for North, Central America and the Caribbean. A total of 34 teams took part (out of 35 eligible – only Puerto Rico declined to participate), competing for 3.5 places in the World Cup.

The qualification process was divided in three stages. In the first stage, the 34 teams were divided in 10 groups of three teams each and two groups of two teams each. Groups with three teams had two rounds, with the best ranked team according to FIFA in each group entering the competition in the second round. In each group, teams were paired 2-by-2 and played home-and-away matches.

The 12 winners of the first stage advanced to the second stage, where they were divided into three groups of four teams each. Teams in each group would play against each other home-and-away, and the two teams with most points in each group would advance to the Final Round.

In the third stage, the six teams were put in a single group, and played against each other home-and-away. The three teams with most points qualified to the World Cup. The fourth placed team advanced to the AFC–CONCACAF play-off against the winner of a play-off between third placed teams in the Third Round of Asia.


The First and Second Rounds reduced the 34 entrants to 24 and 12 teams, respectively. The remaining 12 teams were then placed into three Third Round groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the Fourth and final qualification group. The Third Round began in August 2004 and ended in November 2004. The top three teams from the Fourth Round group of six (held from February 2005 to October 2005) qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The fourth-placed team competed in a home-and-away play-off against the fifth-placed team from Asia.

First round

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
Grenada 8–1 Guyana5–03–1
Bermuda 20–0 Montserrat13–07–0
Haiti 7–0 Turks and Caicos Islands5–02–0
British Virgin Islands 0–10 Saint Lucia0–10–9
Cayman Islands 1–5 Cuba1–20–3
Aruba 2–10 Suriname1–21–8
Antigua and Barbuda 2–3 Netherlands Antilles2–00–3
Dominica 4–2 Bahamas1–13–1
U.S. Virgin Islands 0–11 Saint Kitts and Nevis0–40–7
Dominican Republic 6–0 Anguilla0–06–0

Second round

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
United States 6–2 Grenada3–03–2
El Salvador 4–3 Bermuda2–12–2
Haiti 1–4 Jamaica1–10–3
Panama 7–0 Saint Lucia4–03–0
Cuba 3–3 (a) Costa Rica2–21–1
Suriname 2–4 Guatemala1–11–3
Netherlands Antilles 1–6 Honduras1–20–4
Canada 8–0 Belize4–04–0
Dominica 0–18 Mexico0–100–8
Barbados 2–5 Saint Kitts and Nevis0–22–3
Dominican Republic 0–6 Trinidad and Tobago0–20–4
Nicaragua 3–6 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines2–21–4

Third round

Group 1

 United States6330133+1012
 El Salvador6114211−94
El Salvador 0–32–10–2
Jamaica 0–01–21–1
Panama 3–01–11–1
United States 2–01–16–0

Group 2

 Costa Rica6312128+410
Canada 1–30–21–1
Costa Rica 1–05–02–5
Guatemala 0–12–11–0
Honduras 1–10–02–2

Group 3

 Trinidad and Tobago6402129+312
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines6204512−76
 Saint Kitts and Nevis6006224−220
Mexico 8–07–03–0
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0–50–31–2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0–11–00–2
Trinidad and Tobago 1–35–12–1

Fourth round

 United States10712166+1022
 Costa Rica105141514+116
 Trinidad and Tobago104151015−513
Costa Rica 3–21–22–12–03–0
Guatemala 3–10–22–15–10–0
Mexico 2–05–25–02–02–1
Panama 1–30–01–10–10–3
Trinidad and Tobago 0–03–22–12–01–2
United States 3–02–02–02–01–0
  • United States finished ahead of Mexico based on results between tied teams which were the first tiebreaker.
  • Mexico, United States and Costa Rica advanced to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  • Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the AFC-CONCACAF play-off.

Inter-confederation play-offs

The Fourth Round winner then played the fifth-placed team of the AFC qualifying group, Bahrain, in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 Bahrain1–11–0


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