Costa Rica narrowly emerged as champions on goal difference to win their third title and participate in their first World Cup ever. The United States finished runners-up by virtue of one goal, but qualified for their first World Cup in forty years after beating Trinidad and Tobago in 1–0, with a goal dubbed "The Shot Heard around the World".
A total of sixteen CONCACAF teams entered the competition. However, FIFA rejected the entry of Belize due to debts to FIFA. The North, Central American and Caribbean zone was allocated 2 places (out of 24) in the final tournament.
^The El Salvador–Trinidad and Tobago match was played on neutral ground in Honduras instead of in El Salvador.
^The El Salvador–United States match was played on neutral ground in Honduras instead of in El Salvador.
^ abBoth matches between El Salvador and Guatemala were originally scheduled to be played in Guatemala; later it was agreed that they would not be played, due to their lack of importance (neither team could have qualified for the World Cup by winning both matches).