The tournament consisted of two stages. In the group stage of the tournament finals, the seven teams competed for points in two round-robin groups, one of four teams and the other of three, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These four teams advanced to the semi-final stage, with the winners advancing to the final, while the losers contested a third-place match. The fifth-place match was played between the third-ranked teams from the group stage.
In the final, Costa Rica defeated defending championsHonduras 1–0, with Giancarlo González's goal in the 38th minute giving Costa Rica their seventh Central American title; they also became the first host nation to win the tournament since Costa Rica did it in 1999. The final between Costa Rica and Honduras, being the fifth time the two teams have contested final together, became the most frequent match-up at that stage. Belize made history in this tournament by managing to advance to the semifinals and qualifying to compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time.