1977 CONCACAF Championship qualification
Listed below are the dates and results for the tournament qualification. A total of 17 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. Honduras withdrew before the matches were played. The remaining 16 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 4 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 9 teams, which would be divided into 2 groups of 4 or 5 teams. The teams played in a knockout tournament, with matches on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
CONCACAF North American Zone
|24 September 1976||Canada||1 – 1||United States||Empire Field Vancouver, Canada|
|Bolitho 77'||Bandov 8'||Referee: Dorantes García (Mexico)
|3 October 1976||United States||0 – 0||Mexico||Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, United States|
|Referee: Maglio (Canada)
|10 October 1976||Canada||1 – 0||Mexico||Empire Field Vancouver, Canada|
|Parsons 32'||Referee: Kibritjian (United States)
|15 October 1976||Mexico||3 – 0||United States||Estadio Cuauhtémoc Puebla, Mexico|
Dávila 83' (pen.)
|Referee: Winsemann (Canada)
|20 October 1976||United States||2 – 0||Canada||Kingdome Seattle, United States|
|Referee: Rubio Vasquez (Mexico)
|27 October 1976||Mexico||0 – 0||Canada||Nemesio Díez Toluca, Mexico|
|Referee: Landauer (United States)
Canada and United States finished level on points and goal difference, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.
|22 December 1976||Canada||3 – 0||United States||Stade Sylvio Cator Port-au-Prince, Haiti|
|Referee: Velasquez Ramírez (Colombia)
Mexico and Canada advanced to the tournament.
CONCACAF Central American Zone
|4 April 1976||Panama||3 – 2||Costa Rica||Panama City, Panama|
|Referee: Cedillos (Honduras)
|2 May 1976||Panama||1 – 1||El Salvador||Panama City, Panama|
|Referee: Rojas Luis (Costa Rica)
|11 July 1976||Costa Rica||3 – 0||Panama||San José, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Sazo Alvarez (Nicaragua)
|1 August 1976||El Salvador||4 – 1||Panama||San Salvador, El Salvador|
|Referee: Rubio Vasquez (Mexico)
|17 September 1976||Panama||2 – 4||Guatemala||Panama City, Panama|
|Referee: Alvarez Morales (Costa Rica)
|26 September 1976||Guatemala||7 – 0||Panama||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Referee: Avendano Ruiz (El Salvador)
|1 December 1976||El Salvador||1 – 1||Costa Rica||San Salvador, El Salvador|
|Referee: Méndez Molina (Guatemala)
|5 December 1976||Costa Rica||0 – 0||Guatemala||San José, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Archundia (Mexico)
|8 December 1976||Guatemala||3 – 1||El Salvador||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Valencia||Referee: Siles Calderón (Costa Rica)
|12 December 1976||Guatemala||1 – 1||Costa Rica||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Sandoval||Salgado||Referee: Andino Pinel (Honduras)
|15 December 1976||Costa Rica||1 – 1||El Salvador||San José, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Mollinedo (Guatemala)
|19 December 1976||El Salvador||2 – 0||Guatemala||San Salvador, El Salvador|
|Referee: Segura (Mexico)
Guatemala and El Salvador advanced to the tournament.
CONCACAF Caribbean Zone
|4 July 1976||Guyana||2 – 0||Suriname||Georgetown, Guyana|
|Referee: Gay (Trinidad and Tobago)
|29 August 1976||Suriname||3 – 0
(3 – 2 agg.)
|Referee: Wooding (Trinidad and Tobago)
Suriname advanced to the Second Round.
|15 August 1976||Barbados||2 – 1||Trinidad and Tobago||Bridgetown, Barbados|
|Clarke||David||Referee: Steeman (Suriname)
|31 August 1976||Trinidad and Tobago||1 – 0
(2 – 2 agg.)
|Barbados||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Referee: Koetsier (Netherlands Antilles)
The aggregate score was tied 2–2, and a play-off was played to decide who would advance to the Second Round.
|14 September 1976||Trinidad and Tobago||3 – 1||Barbados||Bridgetown, Barbados|
|Referee: Calderón Castro (Cuba)
Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the Second Round, via the play-off.
|14 November 1976||Suriname||1 – 1||Trinidad and Tobago||Paramaribo, Suriname|
|Roy George||Steve David||Referee: Chandler (Barbados)
|28 November 1976||Trinidad and Tobago||2 – 2
(3 – 3 agg.)
|Suriname||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Selris Figaro (pen.)
|Referee: Llobregat Vicedo (Venezuela)
The aggregate score was tied 3–3, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the tournament.
|18 December 1976||Suriname||3 – 2
|Trinidad and Tobago||Cayenne, French Guiana|
|Steve David||Referee: Llobregat Vicedo (Venezuela)
Suriname advanced to the tournament, via the play-off.
|2 April 1976||Dominican Republic||0 – 3||Haiti||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|Referee: Wuertz (United States)
|17 April 1976||Haiti||3 – 0
(6 – 0 agg.)
|Dominican Republic||Port-au-Prince, Haiti|
|Referee: Villarejo Ramírez (Puerto Rico)
Haiti advanced to the First Round.
|30 July 1976||Netherlands Antilles||1 – 2||Haiti||Aruba, Netherlands Antilles|
|Referee: Chaplin (Jamaica)
|14 August 1976||Haiti||7 – 0
(9 – 1 agg.)
|Netherlands Antilles||Port-au-Prince, Haiti|
|Referee: Montane Bosch (Puerto Rico)
Haiti advanced to the Second Round.
|15 August 1976||Jamaica||1 – 3||Cuba||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Referee: De la Puente (Dominican Republic)
|29 August 1976||Cuba||2 – 0
(5 – 1 agg.)
|Referee: Pastor (Dominican Republic)
Cuba advanced to the Second Round.
|11 December 1976||Haiti||1 – 1
(2 – 2 agg.)
|Sanon||Perreira||Referee: Montane Bosch (Puerto Rico)
The aggregate score was tied 2–2, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.
|29 December 1976||Haiti||2 – 0||Cuba||Panama City, Panama|
|Sanon||Referee: Dorantes Garcia (Mexico)
Haiti advanced to the tournament, via the play-off.