Curaçao and Suriname start this week with many well-known names in their selection on the hunt for their first World Cup participation ever.

An overview of the phases that both countries must go through to be there at the final tournament in Qatar at the end of 2022.

Curaçao and Suriname are both part of the CONCACAF, the football federation of North and Central America.

The qualification series for the World Cup is divided into three rounds, in which a total of 35 countries participate.

1. The group stage

For this round, the top five CONCACAF countries (Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras) have an exemption.

Curaçao and Suriname are not in the top five of that ranking, which is based on the FIFA ranking of July 16, 2020.

The other thirty CONCACAF countries are divided into six groups of five countries, with everyone in the group playing against each other once.

Based on the FIFA ranking, the Curaçao of national coach Guus Hiddink is one of the group heads and hits Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba and the British Virgin Islands.

Suriname plays against Canada, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Aruba.

Only the six group winners qualify for the second round.

The first round games will be played this month and early June.

2. The second round

In this round, the group winners will meet in a diptych.

It has already been drawn which group winners will play against each other.

Curaçao and Suriname cannot meet each other in this round yet.

The three winners of the June games reach the final round, joining Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras at that stage, meaning there are eight countries left.

3. The final round

The final round is a full competition, starting in September and ending in March 2022.

The countries in the final round play against each other twice and the top three of the rankings qualify for the World Cup.

If Curaçao or Suriname reaches the final round and falls outside the top three, then it does not have to be the end of the story.

The number four in the rankings is in a play-off against a country from another continent.

Bond coach Dean Gorré has access to a number of players trained in the Netherlands for the first time in Suriname, including Ryan Donk, Kelvin Leerdam and Diego Biseswar.

Bond coach Dean Gorré has access to a number of players trained in the Netherlands for the first time in Suriname, including Ryan Donk, Kelvin Leerdam and Diego Biseswar.

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Selection Curaçao

  • Goalkeepers: Eloy Room, Tyrick Bodak, Zeus de la Paz

  • Defenders: Cuco Martina, Juriën Gaari, Suently Alberto, Shermar Martina, Roshon van Eijma, Michaël Maria

  • Midfielders: Jeremy de Nooijer, Juninho Bacuna, Vurnon Anita, Leandro Bacuna, Kenji Gorré, Roly Bonevacia, Shermaine Martina

  • Attackers: Rangelo Janga, Gevaro Nepomuceno, Anthony van den Hurk, Jeremy Antonisse, Elson Hooi, Charlison Benschop, Jarchinio Antonia, Rigino Cicilia

  • National coach: Guus Hiddink

Selection Suriname

  • Goalkeepers: Warner Hahn, Claidel Kohinor, Ishan Kort

  • Defenders: Damil Dankerlui, Kelvin Leerdam, Ramon Leeuwin, Ryan Donk, Myenty Abena, Shaquille Pinas, Roscello Vlijter

  • Midfielders: Dion Malone, Roland Alberg, Mitchell Donald, Tjaronn Chery, Miquel Darson, Sergino Eduard, Jerrel Wijks

  • Attackers: Diego Biseswar, Dimitrie Apai, Sylvano Comvalius, Florian Jozefzoon, Nigel Hasselbaink, Gleofilo Vlijter

  • National coach: Dean Gorré