|Host country||United States|
|Teams||9 (from 2 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Mexico (2nd title)|
|Third place||United States|
|Goals scored||42 (3.23 per match)|
|Attendance||487,439 (37,495 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Eric Wynalda (4 goals)|
The 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the third edition of the Gold Cup, the football (soccer) championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF).
The tournament returned to the United States and California; the games were hosted by Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim. The format of the tournament changed from 1993: it was expanded to nine teams, separated into three groups of three and played in January as opposed to the 1993 edition which was played in July.
The top team in each group, plus the best second-place finisher would advance to the semifinals. For the first time, a non-CONCACAF team was invited: Brazil, who sent their under-23 side. Mexico won their second straight Gold Cup, beating the Brazilians 2–0 in the final.
|Team||Qualification||Appearances||Last Appearance||Previous best performance||FIFA Ranking|
|North American zone|
|Mexico (TH)||Automatic||3rd||1993||Champions (1993)||12|
|United States||Automatic||3rd||1993||Champions (1991)||19|
|Canada||Automatic||3rd||1993||Group Stage (1991,1993)||65|
|Caribbean zone qualified through the 1995 Caribbean Cup|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Winners||2nd||1991||Group Stage (1991)||57|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Runners-up||1st||None||Debut||95|
|Central American zone qualified through the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup|
|Guatemala||Runners-up||2nd||1991||Group stage (1991)||145|
|El Salvador||Third Place||1st||None||Debut||85|
|Anaheim||Los Angeles||San Diego|
|Anaheim Stadium||Memorial Coliseum||Jack Murphy Stadium|
|Capacity: 64,593||Capacity: 93,607||Capacity: 60,836|
Main article: 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup squads
The 9 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 20 players; only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.
|1||Mexico||2||2||0||0||6||0||+6||6||Advance to Knockout stage|
|3||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2||0||0||2||0||8||−8||0|
|Mexico||5–0||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|L. García 29', 37'
Peláez 70', 90'
A. Garcia 80'
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||0–3||Guatemala|
|1||Brazil||2||2||0||0||9||1||+8||6||Advance to Knockout stage|
Holness 27', 63'
|André Luis 3'
Leandro Machado 86'
|Caio 9', 81'
Jamelli 31', 61'
|1||United States||2||2||0||0||5||2||+3||6||Advance to Knockout stage|
|3||Trinidad and Tobago||2||0||0||2||4||6||−2||0|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2–3||El Salvador|
|Latapy 59', 64'||Report||Díaz Arce 34', 72' (pen.)
|United States||3–2||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Wynalda 15', 34'
|Report||Dwarika 6', 43'|
|January 18 – Los Angeles|
|January 21 – Los Angeles|
|January 19 – San Diego|
|January 21 – Los Angeles|
|Report||Balboa 79' (o.g.)|
Main article: 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
|1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners|