2026 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
Tournament details
Dates7 September 2023 – September 2025
Teams10 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored55 (1.83 per match)
Attendance1,276,042 (42,535 per match)
Top scorer(s)Uruguay Darwin Núñez
(5 goals)
2022
2030
All statistics correct as of 21 November 2023.

The South American section of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification will act as qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be held in Canada, the United States, and Mexico for national teams who are members of CONMEBOL. A total of 6 direct slots in the final tournament and 1 inter-confederation play-off slot are available for CONMEBOL teams.[1][2]

CONMEBOL is the first confederation to begin its qualification process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with Paraguay-Peru being the first match of the global qualification process.[3][4]

Format

On 22 August 2022, the CONMEBOL sent a request to FIFA asking to keep the current qualification format that has been used since the 1998 World Cup qualification in South America.[5][6][7] This was confirmed, with the first games of the qualifiers tentatively to be played in March or June 2023.[8][9][10]

On 27 February 2023, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Domínguez announced that the qualifiers would start in September 2023,[11][12] which was ratified by the CONMEBOL Council in the run-up to the 73rd FIFA Congress held on 16 March in Kigali, Rwanda.[13][14]

The qualification structure will remain the same as in previous editions, despite the increase of slots available to CONMEBOL teams. The ten teams play in a league of home-and-away round-robin format.[15]

Prior to the commencement of the qualification competition, Ecuador were deducted 3 points for falsifying birth documents for Byron Castillo in the previous World Cup qualification cycle.[16]

Schedule

The qualifying matches are being held in a total of 18 matchdays on dates that fall within the FIFA International Match Calendar.[17] The match schedule is the same that was used in the previous edition of the competition. Six matchdays will be played in 2023, six in 2024 and also six in 2025.[15]

2023
Matchday Date Ref.
Matchday 1 7–8 September 2023 [18][19]
Matchday 2 12 September 2023
Matchday 3 12 October 2023 [20][21]
Matchday 4 17 October 2023
Matchday 5 16 November 2023 [22][23]
Matchday 6 21 November 2023
2024
Matchday Date Ref.
Matchday 7 2–10 September 2024
Matchday 8
Matchday 9 7–15 October 2024
Matchday 10
Matchday 11 11–19 November 2024
Matchday 12
2025
Matchday Date Ref.
Matchday 13 17–25 March 2025
Matchday 14
Matchday 15 2–10 June 2025
Matchday 16
Matchday 17 1–9 September 2025
Matchday 18

Entrants

All 10 national teams from CONMEBOL entered qualification.

Team July 2023
FIFA World Rankings[24]
 Argentina 1
 Brazil 3
 Uruguay 16
 Colombia 17
 Peru 21
 Chile 32
 Ecuador 40
 Paraguay 49
 Venezuela 57
 Bolivia 83

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Argentina Uruguay Colombia Venezuela Ecuador Brazil Paraguay Chile Bolivia Peru
1  Argentina 6 5 0 1 8 2 +6 15 2026 FIFA World Cup 0–2 Jun '25 Sep '25 1–0 Mar '25 1–0 Sep Oct Nov
2  Uruguay 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13 Mar '25 Nov Jun '25 Oct 2–0 Sep 3–1 3–0 Sep '25
3  Colombia 6 3 3 0 6 3 +3 12 Sep 2–2 1–0 Nov 2–1 Mar '25 Oct Sep '25 Jun '25
4  Venezuela 6 2 3 1 6 3 +3 9 Oct Sep Sep '25 0–0 Nov 1–0 3–0 Jun '25 Mar '25
5  Ecuador[a] 6 3 2 1 5 3 +2 8 Sep '25 2–1 0–0 Mar '25 Jun '25 Oct 1–0 Nov Sep
6  Brazil 6 2 1 3 8 7 +1 7 0–1 Nov Mar '25 1–1 Sep Jun '25 Sep '25 5–1 Oct
7  Paraguay 6 1 2 3 1 3 −2 5 Inter-confederation play-offs Nov Jun '25 0–1 Oct Sep '25 Sep Mar '25 1–0 0–0
8  Chile 6 1 2 3 3 7 −4 5 Jun '25 Sep '25 0–0 Nov Mar '25 Oct 0–0 Sep 2–0
9  Bolivia 6 1 0 5 4 14 −10 3 0–3 Mar '25 Oct Sep 1–2 Sep '25 Nov Jun '25 2–0
10  Peru 6 0 2 4 1 8 −7 2 0–2 Oct Sep 1–1 Jun '25 0–1 Sep '25 Nov Mar '25
Updated to match(es) played on 21 November 2023. Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. ^ Ecuador were deducted 3 points for falsifying birth documents for Byron Castillo in the previous World Cup qualification cycle.[25]

Matches

Matchday 1

Paraguay 0–0 Peru
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Colombia 1–0 Venezuela
  • Borré 46'
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Argentina 1–0 Ecuador
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Uruguay 3–1 Chile
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 49,713
Referee: Darío Herrera (Argentina)

Brazil 5–1 Bolivia
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Mangueirão, Belém
Attendance: 48,183
Referee: Juan Gabriel Benítez (Paraguay)

Matchday 2

Bolivia 0–3 Argentina
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Ecuador 2–1 Uruguay
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Venezuela 1–0 Paraguay
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Monumental, Maturín
Attendance: 48,523
Referee: Andrés Rojas (Colombia)

Chile 0–0 Colombia
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Peru 0–1 Brazil
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Nacional, Lima
Attendance: 36,328
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)

Matchday 3

Colombia 2–2 Uruguay
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Bolivia 1–2 Ecuador
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz
Attendance: 34,200
Referee: Cristian Garay (Chile)

Argentina 1–0 Paraguay
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Chile 2–0 Peru
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Brazil 1–1 Venezuela
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 39,018
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)

Matchday 4

Venezuela 3–0 Chile
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Monumental, Maturín
Attendance: 50,932
Referee: Flavio de Souza (Brazil)

Paraguay 1–0 Bolivia
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción[note 2]
Attendance: 30,681
Referee: Gustavo Tejera (Uruguay)

Ecuador 0–0 Colombia
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Uruguay 2–0 Brazil
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 52,477
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)

Peru 0–2 Argentina
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Nacional, Lima
Attendance: 37,675
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)

Matchday 5

Bolivia 2–0 Peru
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (Ecuador)

Venezuela 0–0 Ecuador
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
Estadio Monumental, Maturín
Attendance: 51,083
Referee: Juan Gabriel Benítez (Paraguay)

Colombia 2–1 Brazil
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Argentina 0–2 Uruguay
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)
La Bombonera, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 51,900
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

Chile 0–0 Paraguay
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Matchday 6

Paraguay 0–1 Colombia
Report (FIFA)

Uruguay 3–0 Bolivia
Report (FIFA)
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 46,100
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)

Ecuador 1–0 Chile
Report (FIFA)

Brazil 0–1 Argentina
Report (FIFA)
Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 68,138
Referee: Piero Maza (Chile)

Peru 1–1 Venezuela
Report (FIFA)
Estadio Nacional, Lima
Attendance: 27,323
Referee: Darío Herrera (Argentina)

Matchday 7

Uruguay Match 31 Paraguay

Peru Match 32 Colombia

Brazil Match 33 Ecuador

Bolivia Match 34 Venezuela

Argentina Match 35 Chile

Matchday 8

Colombia Match 36 Argentina

Venezuela Match 37 Uruguay

Paraguay Match 38 Brazil

Chile Match 39 Bolivia

Ecuador Match 40 Peru

Matchday 9

Peru Match 41 Uruguay

Venezuela Match 42 Argentina

Bolivia Match 43 Colombia

Chile Match 44 Brazil

Ecuador Match 45 Paraguay

Matchday 10

Uruguay Match 46 Ecuador

Colombia Match 47 Chile

Brazil Match 48 Peru

Paraguay Match 49 Venezuela

Argentina Match 50 Bolivia

Matchday 11

Uruguay Match 51 Colombia

Peru Match 52 Chile

Venezuela Match 53 Brazil

Paraguay Match 54 Argentina

Ecuador Match 55 Bolivia

Matchday 12

Colombia Match 56 Ecuador

Brazil Match 57 Uruguay

Bolivia Match 58 Paraguay

Argentina Match 59 Peru

Chile Match 60 Venezuela

Matchday 13

Uruguay Match 61 Argentina

Peru Match 62 Bolivia

Brazil Match 63 Colombia

Paraguay Match 64 Chile

Ecuador Match 65 Venezuela

Matchday 14

Colombia Match 66 Paraguay

Venezuela Match 67 Peru

Bolivia Match 68 Uruguay

Argentina Match 69 Brazil

Chile Match 70 Ecuador

Matchday 15

Colombia Match 71 Peru

Venezuela Match 72 Bolivia

Paraguay Match 73 Uruguay

Chile Match 74 Argentina

Ecuador Match 75 Brazil

Matchday 16

Uruguay Match 76 Venezuela

Peru Match 77 Ecuador

Brazil Match 78 Paraguay

Bolivia Match 79 Chile

Argentina Match 80 Colombia

Matchday 17

Uruguay Match 81 Peru

Colombia Match 82 Bolivia

Brazil Match 83 Chile

Paraguay Match 84 Ecuador

Argentina Match 85 Venezuela

Matchday 18

Peru Match 86 Paraguay

Venezuela Match 87 Colombia

Bolivia Match 88 Brazil

Chile Match 89 Uruguay

Ecuador Match 90 Argentina

Inter-confederation play-offs

Main article: 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)

The seventh-placed team will join one team each from AFC, CAF, and OFC and two from CONCACAF in the inter-confederation play-offs. The teams will be ranked according to the FIFA Men's World Ranking, with the four lowest-ranked teams playing in two single-elimination matches. The winners will meet the two highest-ranked teams in another set of single-elimination matches, with the winners of these matches qualifying for the World Cup in United States, Canada, and Mexico.[28]

Goalscorers

There have been 55 goals scored in 30 matches, for an average of 1.83 goals per match (as of 21 November 2023).

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Notes

  1. ^ The Bolivia v Ecuador match, originally scheduled at 16:00 local time,[21] was rescheduled to 19:00 local time by decision of the Bolivian Football Federation.[26][27]
  2. ^ The Paraguay v Bolivia match, originally scheduled at Estadio Antonio Aranda, Ciudad del Este,[21] was rescheduled at Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción by decision of the Paraguayan Football Association.[26][27]

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