1981 CONCACAF Championship qualification

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A total of 15 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. The 15 teams were divided into 3 zones, based on geographical considerations, as follows:

  • North American Zone had 3 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner and runner-up would advance to the Final Round.
  • Central American Zone had 5 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner and runner-up would advance to the Final Round.
  • Caribbean Zone had 7 teams, which would be divided into 2 groups - Group A had 4 teams and Group B had 3 teams. 2 teams in Group A played in the Preliminary Round, against each other on a home-and-away basis, with the winner advancing to Group A proper. The 3 teams in each group would then play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.

North American Zone[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Canada 5 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1
2  Mexico 4 4 1 2 1 8 5 +3
3  United States 3 4 1 1 2 4 8 −4





Canada and Mexico advanced to the finals.

Central American Zone[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Honduras 12 8 5 2 1 15 5 +10
2  El Salvador 12 8 5 2 1 12 5 +7
3  Guatemala 9 8 3 3 2 10 2 +8
4  Costa Rica 6 8 1 4 3 6 10 −4
5  Panama 1 8 0 1 7 3 24 −21



















Honduras and El Salvador advanced to the finals..

Caribbean Zone[edit]

Group A Preliminary Round[edit]

Guyana advanced to Group A.

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Cuba 7 4 3 1 0 7 0 +7
2  Suriname 5 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
3  Guyana 0 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9





Cuba advanced to the finals.

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Haiti 5 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2
2  Trinidad and Tobago 4 4 1 2 1 1 2 −1
3  Netherlands Antilles 3 4 0 3 1 1 2 −1





Haiti advanced to the finals.