Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz Set Sights on 2026 Concacaf World Cup Qualification: Opponents Revealed in Group E Draw

Jamaica’s senior Reggae Boyz are set to navigate their path through Group E in the second round of the 2026 Concacaf World Cup qualification, as revealed in Thursday’s draw at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

The Boyz will face Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Dominica, and the winner of the playoff between British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands.

With automatic qualification secured by hosts Mexico, United States, and Canada, the remaining 32 FIFA-affiliated Concacaf member associations are now vying for their chance on the world stage.

The initial round of qualifying, slated for March 2024, will witness matchups between the four lowest-ranked Concacaf Member Associations based on the FIFA Men’s Rankings as of December 2023.

  

Playoff one will see British Virgin Islands take on US Virgin Islands, while in Playoff two, Turks and Caicos Islands will meet Anguilla. The victors from these playoff clashes will advance to join the remaining 28 participating member associations in the second round.

The second round will consist of 30 teams divided into six groups, each comprised of five teams.

After single round-robin matches, with two games at home and two away, the top two teams from each group will secure passage to the final round – a total of 12 teams.

 Jamaica finds itself in Group E, and while the opponents’ difficulty remains to be seen on the field, the Reggae Boyz are poised for the challenge.

Other groups in the second round include:

  • Group A: Honduras, Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Bermuda, Cayman Islands
  • Group B: Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Bahamas
  • Group C: Haiti, Curaçao, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Aruba
  • Group D: Panama, Nicaragua, Guyana, Montserrat, Belize
  • Group F: El Salvador, Suriname, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Winner Playoff 1 (Turks and Caicos Islands-Anguilla)

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