I figured this deemed discussion. I didn't see it being discussed elsewhere. Seems like a big change. I know it is not MLS specifically related but we have threads on Gold Cup and other topics. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019...hanges-world-cup-qualifying-format-2022-cycle The way I read it: - Top 6 FIFA ranked teams automatically get into the Hex. No qualifying for them to make it into HEX. Top 3 Hex finishers qualify for WC. - The rest of the teams ranked 7-35 play in a group stage followed by knock out rounds. Winner of this plays the 4th place Hex finisher. - Winner of this game plays the FIFA intercontinental playoff to possibly get into WC. So top 6 ranked teams get 50% chance of making World Cup and all other teams have 1 in 29 chance to play 4th place Hex team for a chance to play team from another region. That is a long path to make it to the WC for those teams. I am sure I will be blasted for this thought, but I have wondered why the new CONCACAF Nations League can't just be used as WCQ also. I guess it all comes down to money. I would like to see an actual competition decide our World Cup teams and not just FIFA rankings.