More than 32,000 enthusiastic fans enjoyed the dual- bracket, two-stadium, five nation event. Santa Clara University defeated the team from Germany in the finals 2-1 before more than 8,000 fans.
This eight team format continued in 1991 as the World Collegiate Soccer Championship™ extended its reach to the Soviet Union and the lineup of international teams represented six countries on two continents. Participating teams included Santa Clara University, (defending champion), the University of Stuttgart, (Germany), the University of British Columbia, (Canada) and the University of Colima, (Mexico), the University of Lausanne, (Switzerland) and the Moscow Power Engineering Institutes, (Russia),
UCLA (NCAA champion) and West Virginia Wesleyan (NAIA champion). The finals paired two California teams, Santa Clara and UCLA, with the Bruins defeating the Broncos, 3-1 before 8,500 fans at Aggie Memorial Stadium. More than 33,000 people witnessed this exciting soccer action.
The ninth annual event marked the final year of the World Collegiate Soccer Championship™, which relocated once again, this time to El Paso, the headquarters of the sponsoring organization, Soccerfest International, Inc. The addition of Japan marked the expansion of the participant base into the Asia.
The Germans showed strong but it was Canada and Brazil in the world finals. Canada struggled against the much older Brazilian players, who took home the trophy to South America.