It may not be met with the same glitz and glamour of the World Cup draw or UEFA Champions League draw, but the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying hexagonal draw will be made available for all to see live as it happens.
CONCACAF will stream Wednesday's draw at 8 p.m. local time in Miami live on its website (www.CONCACAF.com) as the schedule and fixture list for the final round of World Cup qualifying is determined and the six remaining nations learn their fate for the coming year. Representatives from all six countries vying for places in the 2014 FIFA World Cup -- United States, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica -- will be on hand for the draw.
USA's Jurgen Klinsmann and Panama's Julio Dely Valdes will be the only coaches present, according to a CONCACAF release. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will also be representing the USA, while Mexico will be represented by federation president Justino Compean. Jamaican federation president Capt. Horace Burrell, Panamanian federation president Pedro Chaluja, Costa Rican federation general secretary Alvaro Mesen and Honduran federation general secretary Alfredo Hawit will also be at the W Hotel in South Beach.
CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, general secretary Enrique Sanz, and FIFA head of Olympic and World Cup qualifying Gordon Savic will be the high-ranking officials overseeing the event, which is slated to last about 30 minutes.
There will be two pots during the draw: One with all of the team names and another with match calendar positions. One ball will be drawn from the first pot and be followed immediately by a ball drawn from the second one, and the process will be repeated five more times to determine the matchups for the 10-game qualifying round, with each team playing every other team home and away. The top three teams after the round will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place team will be entered into a playoff from the winner of the Oceania region for another potential place in the event finals.
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