The 12 teams qualified for the semi-final round are drawn into 3 groups of 4 teams, each playing in a round robin on a home-and-away basis. The two top teams of each group will
advance to the final round.
Mexico is seeded in Group C, Jamaica in Group D and USA in Group E (based on FIFA World Cup 1998 participation). Costa Rica also directly qualified for semi-final round.
The 6 qualified teams of the semi-final round form one final group, playing a round robin on a home-and-away basis. The 3 top teams of that final group are qualified for the final
competition of the 2002 World Cup Korea/Japan.