1989 CONCACAF Championship qualification

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A total of 16 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. However, FIFA rejected the entry of Belize due to debts to FIFA.

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: Canada, Honduras, El Salvador, United States and Mexico, the five best ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the Second Round directly. The remaining 10 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the Second Round.
  • Second Round: The 10 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the tournament.

CONCACAF First Round[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the Second Round, 5–0 on aggregate score.


Guatemala advanced to the Second Round, 2–1 on aggregate score.


Jamaica advanced to the Second Round, 3–1 on aggregate score.


Netherlands Antilles advanced to the Second Round, 4–1 on aggregate score.


Costa Rica advanced to the Second Round, 3–1 on aggregate score.

CONCACAF Second Round[edit]

El Salvador qualified, 6–0 on aggregate score.


United States qualified, 5–1 on aggregate score.


The aggregate score was tied at 1–1, however Trinidad and Tobago qualified on away goals.


Mexico was disqualified for fielding over-aged players in a youth tournament, so Costa Rica qualified automatically.


The aggregate score was tied at 3–3, however Guatemala qualified on away goals.