CONMEBOL South American 2026 World Cup qualifying schedule announced


The schedule has been announced for CONMEBOL’s South American 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Argentina will play six World Cup qualifying matches in 2023 as CONMEBOL have released the entire fixture list for every team. The reigning World Cup champions will play two matches in September, two in October and two in November.

Lionel Scaloni’s team will start at home against Ecuador before playing away against Bolivia. After that comes a home match vs. Paraguay and away vs. Peru in October.

November will have matches against historic rivals. The first will be at home against Uruguay and the second is away against Brazil.

World Cup qualifying will be put on hold until September 2024 where Argentina will host Chile and after that away against Colombia. They continue in October with an away match against Venezuela and at home vs. Bolivia.

It will continue in November away against Paraguay and at home against Peru. In March 2025, it restarts away against Uruguay and at home against Brazil.

Qualifying will continue in June as they will be away vs. Chile and at home vs. Colombia. It will conclude in September 2025 at home against Venezuela and the last match will be away vs. Ecuador.


  1. Another three and a half years of building new hopes start. After the world cup, some players are continuing with the same form as when the cup concluded, some seem to have regained their lost form and some remain in status quo. If we dream of achieving the feat which was last achieved by Brazil in 1962, Scaloni needs to inject fresh blood into the team who would be hungrier, fitter and believers. A World Cup of 48 teams would be a trying adventure for all teams. Scaloni’s biggest challenge would be to decide about the future of Lionel Messi, Di Maria and Otamendi.

    • The only one I would bring on is Messi. The other two should be given farewell match for contribution to the team’s success. Imagine having 3 players past 38. That won’t look fair at all.

      • I think the fate of the 3 needs to be decided before 24 Copa which too would have more teams than previous editions. I am doubting even Messi because he himself admitted that things have changed since he won the World Cup. He has developed a feeling of having done everything. So I am not sure if he is hungry any more. He was not hungry against Bayern. A hungry Messi can be dangerous even at 42. Enzo, MacAllister, Alvarez, Romero, Licha, Molina, Garnacho (not proven yet in NT jersey), Lo Celso, Lautaro – I believe lot would depend on the hunger of these players. Lo Celso missed his dinner. Lautaro messed with his platter. Garnacho would be new to the party. And the others have dined well but still young enough to have a good appetite. I am not sure about De Paul. Messi and Di Maria make him look better than what he is capable of. He plays with his lungs and heart. But how long? My heart is a big fan of De Paul. My brain walks the other way. I see a big void on the left after Tagliafico and Acuna. Overall, interesting and hopeful times ahead. Can we make history after 1962?

  2. Ecuador will start with -3 points because of falsifying birth certificate for Byron Castillo in the previous WC qualifiers. I think the game won’t be easy for both teams. Argentina will have the pressure of championship and Ecuador will try to get at least a point to reduce their negative points. Vamos Argentina!

  3. Kicking of at home vs Ecuador seems to be a familiar story, no? Ecuador without Alfaro but with a new Spanish coach who coached Qatar until recently. They are a decent team but we are probably too much for them at home. The first real test is in La Paz where it’s always unpredictable given the hostile natural conditions.

    • in the last 2 world cup qualifiers we play against Ecuador away too in last matchday.
      Anyway there is not exist issues about us since with the first 6 teams qualify automatically the only way to not qualify in world cup of 2026 will be if we intentionally we will not want to qualify.
      How on earth we can make more than 10 losses in 18 games to have danger to stay out?
      Even if we fire Scaloni today and we hire Sampaoli imidietely there is no way to stay out of 2026 world cup.

  4. With 6 and half teams qualifying out of CONMEBOL for the next WC, I can’t see Argentina having any issue qualifying. They’d have to finish 8th or lower to be left out…Don’t see that happening

  5. Bolivia in La Paz. Always difficult because of the altitude.
    One of our biggest defeats (6-1) was in La Paz.

    Hopefully Scaloni uses the Bielsa tactic and sends a different, youthful squad to La Paz before the Ecuador game so they can get used to the different circumstances.

      • Last time nothing.
        This time it will be in September. Most players will only have played 1 or 2 competitive matches in their leagues.

    • Scaloni did well in that game vs Bolivia in La Paz, also Palacios had arguably his best performance in the NT shirt and bossed the midfield which is really hard to do in the oxygen deprived altitude. Lautaro and Joaquin Correa scored for us in that game. We won 1:2.

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