This time the info comes from Mr. Alfredo Hawit Banegas, member of CONCACAF's Executive Committee.
There's also this article in LaPrensa.hn, with the info provided by Mario Monterrosa, CONCACAF's deputy secretary.
- Preliminary round (if needed) to trim the number of teams to 32.
- 8 groups of 4 teams. Top two in each group through to the next round.
- 4 groups of 4 teams. Top two in each group through to the next round.
- 2 groups of 4 teams. If CONCACAF will have 3.5 spots, the winners of the groups will qualify directly to the World Cup, while the second placed teams will play-off against each other first, then against a team from another confederation (CONMEBOL). If CONCACAF gets 4 spots as they hope, the top two teams in each group will qualify to the World Cup.
The system needs to be approved by FIFA's Executive Committee in September and I can't see why FIFA wouldn't approve it. Also according to Mr. Hawit, the allocation of places for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be announced in October. Mr. Monterrosa, however, thinks the allocation will be known in December.