Chuck Blazer complained about not having enough FIFA dates for the old format, yet the hex format needs two extra FIFA dates (24 compared to the 22 needed by the old format).
According to press reports, the March 2011 FIFA ranking will be used to seed the teams.
- The bottom 10 teams will be involved in a home and away KO round in June 2011.
- The top 6 (USA, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba according to the March 2011 FIFA ranking) get a bye to the next round. The other 24 teams are split in 6 groups of 4. Only the winners advance to the next round.
- The twelve teams will be split in 3 groups of 4 teams. The top two in each group will advance to the hexagonal.
- The hexagonal - top 3 qualify to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The 4th team advances to an intercontinental playoff against a team from AFC, CONMEBOL or OFC - it will be decided on July 30, 2011.
CONCACAF are forcing FIFA's hand with regards to the intercontinental playoffs. FIFA said "Sufficient time will be allowed between the home and away legs of these (intercontinental) play-offs". Most likely the first leg of the intercontinental playoffs will be played in October 2013, with the second leg scheduled for November 2013, much like the AFC - OFC playoff for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, the hex only finishes in October 2013.