24 teams from the 40 CONCACAF member countries qualify for the competition:
12 teams from the 7 UNCAF countries (2 teams each from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama; and 1 team each from Nicaragua and Belize);
9 teams from the 3 NAFU countries (4 teams each from the United States and Mexico and 1 team from Canada);
3 teams from the 30 CFU countries (3 teams from the CFU Club Championship).
Belize does not enter a team, since the country lacks an adequate stadium. As a result, El Salvador gets a 3rd team in the competition.
24 teams are drawn into 8 groups of 3 teams.
Teams are seeded into 3 pots of 8 teams each, based on their country and ranking from their own championship as follows:
pot A: 2 teams each from the United States and Mexico; and 1 team each from Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama;
pot B: 2 teams each from the United States and Mexico; and 1 team each from Canada, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras;
pot C: the 3 CFU representatives; 2 teams from El Salvador and 1 team each from Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua.
Each of the groups consists of one team from each of the three pots.
Teams from the same country cannot be drawn into the same group (does not apply for the additional team from El Salvador that replaces the Belize representative).
Teams from the United States and Mexico cannot be drawn into the same group.
Each team plays the others from its own group twice - home and away - for a total of 4 games each, over 6 game weeks.
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
1. points won; 2. points in head-to-head matches; 3. goal difference in hth matches; 4. away goals in hth matches; 5. total goal difference; 6. total goals scored; 7. total away goals scored; 8. draw.
<b>Qualification for the Knockout stage:</b>
1 place of each group: qualify for the Knockout stage
8 teams from the Group stage contest the winner in a knockout format.
Teams are ranked 1st to 8th based on their Group stage record.
8 teams are paired as follows:
1st ranked vs 8th ranked (match 1);
2nd ranked vs 7th ranked (match 2);
3rd ranked vs 6th ranked (match 3);
4th ranked vs 5th ranked (match 4);
Winners are decided over two legs, with the higher ranked teams hosting the second legs.
4 teams are paired as follows:
winner match 1 vs winner match 4 (match A);
winner match 2 vs winner match 3 (match B).
Winners are decided over two legs, with the winners of matches 1 and 2 hosting the second legs.
The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming 2012/2013 CONCACAF Champions League winner.
Winner is decided over two legs, with the winner of match A hosting the second leg.
<b>Tie-breakers for the knockout matches over two legs:</b>
1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2.* away goals, 3. extra time, 4. penalties.
* - the away goals rule does not apply during extra time.
<b>Qualification for FIFA competitions:</b>
winner: 2013 FIFA Club World Cup</p>
|1||J. Orozco (GK)|
|10||Á. Reyna||45' 78' 88'|
|16||C. De la Peña||76'|
|9||A. de Nigris|
|Coach: V. Vucetich|
|90' +2||Full time whistle blows to the relief of Chorrillo as Monterrey, the defending champions, open their account in fine style with 5 goals.|
|90' +1||Carreño gets on the end of a cross at the top of the 6-yard box but Mosquera makes a fine save.|
|90'||2 minutes of additional time to play.|
|88'||Á. Reyna has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by N. Cardozo.|
|Goal Monterrey. Cardozo slides the ball to Reyna inside the box and he makes no mistake from 8-yards.|
|87'||Monterrey should have had five as 3 Monterrey forwards had chances to pull the trigger, the final effort was over the bar.|
|85'||S. Meza enters the game and replaces J. Zavala.|
|Five minutes to go to this second half and Monterrey in full control.|
|83'||A. Carreño has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by J. Zavala.|
|Goal Monterrey. Zavala this time the provider as he lays the back to Carreño who turns inside the penalty area and finishes with ease.|
|81'||Monterrey cruising now and they are continuing to look for more goals.|
|78'||Á. Reyna has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by J. Zavala.|
|Goal Monterrey. Zavala with a superb ball into the path of Reyna who chips over the advancing keeper, 3-0 to Monterrey.|
|76'||C. De la Peña gets yellow.|
|Coming together in center field as De la Peña lashes out at James and he receives a yellow card.|
|75'||A. James gets yellow.|
|Carreño latches onto a decent through ball and just drags his shot wide of the post.|
|72'||Monterrey pressing for a third as Ayoví's effort is blocked. Monterrey player goes down in box, referee says no penalty and play continues.|
|70'||A. Carreño enters the game and replaces A. de Nigris.|
|A host of substitution action as Suazo and De Negris going off for Monterrey.|
|69'||F. Vence enters the game and replaces A. Dixon.|
|N. Cardozo enters the game and replaces H. Suazo.|
|68'||De Negris powers toward goal but loses control which sums up his night.|
|65'||E. Solís gets yellow.|
|Yellow card for Solís for a challenge on Quintero.|
|62'||Suazo floats a delightful ball into the box and De Negris should have scored with his header that drifts wide.|
|61'||Suazo makes room on the edge of the Chorrillo box and Monterrey hit the post as the whistle blows for off side.|
|60'||M. Lasso enters the game and replaces A. Rojas.|
|Somewhat subdued first 15 minutes to this second, Chorrillo slightly edging the play so far.|
|57'||Chorrillio player Rojas down receiving extensive treatment and is carried off.|
|53'||Phillips with a free kick for Chorrillo floated in but Orozco climbs and catches the ball.|
|51'||Some patient build up from Monterrey finds Ayoví in space and his rasping shot was always going high.|
|50'||Rojas tries to find room on the edge of the Monterrey box but his through ball runs through to Orozco.|
|49'||C. Vergara gets yellow.|
|Free kick to Monterrey finds Reyna at the top of the box but he slices his shot wide.|
|48'||Chorrillio break again and Phillips has a golden chance but makes a complete hash of his shot as Orozco claims with ease.|
|47'||Chorrillo press forward in the opening minutes, a decent cross cut out by the Monterrey defense.|
|46'||J. Ruiz enters the game and replaces R. Addles.|
|Monterrey get the second half underway.|
|45' +1||Half time whistle blows and that late goal seals a comfortable 2-0 advantage going into the break.|
|45'||Á. Reyna has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by C. De la Peña.|
|Goal Monterrey. Reyna carries the ball to the edge of the Chorrillo box and lets loose with a beauty that sneaks into the bottom right corner of Mosquera's post.|
|43'||Addles has a pop from 30-yards that sails past Orozco's right hand post.|
|40'||Corner kick comes to nothing but Chorrillo were almost level from that effort.|
|39'||Addles has a fine effort for Chorrillo that Orozco pushes around the post for a corner kick.|
|37'||Corner to Monterry swung in by Suazo and headed over by De Negris. That header took a deflection and Suazo's second corner is cleared with ease.|
|35'||Chorrillo have a couple of attempts on goal with Mosquera's effort being blocked by a well marshaled Monterrey defense.|
|33'||De Nigris in on goal again, shrugs off his defender but his shot is weak and Mosquera makes a fine save.|
|31'||Reyna with the perfect cross into the Chorrillo box and De Nigris point blank header is saved well by Mosquera.|
|30'||Suazo with the corner kick into the danger area but no Monterrey forwards on hand to nod the ball home.|
|29'||Pérez again finds space and his cross is cut out for a corner.|
|27'||Chorrillo with another corner this time to the back post and Monterrey head clear. From the clearance Monterrey push forward and De la Peña finds Suazo in the box and his shot is charged down.|
|25'||Phillips sends in a corner for Chorrillo to the near post but Monterrey clear with ease.|
|24'||Monterrey come close again, a good looking cross comes in and Suazo just about gets a foot to it but Chorrillo hoof the ball out of danger.|
|23'||Pérez ghosts into a dangerous area but his cross is disappointing and Chorrillo clear.|
|21'||Just past the 20 minute mark and Monterrey bossing proceedings. Chorrillo just can't get anything going at this juncture.|
|18'||De Nigris almost gets on the end of a decent through ball but Mosquera is quick off his line to claim.|
|17'||Monterrey win a free kick in a promising position just outside the Chorrillo area. Suazo swings in a dangerous looking cross that drifts out.|
|15'||Great start from Monterrey in these opening 15 minutes.|
|10'||Chorrillo try for the early response but an effort from distance sails past Orozco's post.|
|7'||J. Basanta has scored a goal for Monterrey! Assist by H. Suazo.|
|Goal Monterrey. Monterrey win the first corner of the night. The corner by Suazo into the box finds the head of Basanta who nods down onto the left hand corner of Mosquera's goal.|
|5'||It has been all Monterrey in the opening five minutes but they have given the ball away needlessly when in a promising position.|
|3'||Monterrey the defending champions trying to find their feet in the opening minutes, Chorrillo holding the ball up well.|
|1'||We are underway in this first half.|
|Welcome to Estadio Tecnológico Monterrey, Mexico for tonight's coverage of a Group 7 preliminary round match between Monterrey of Mexico and Chorrillo of Panama.|