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||L. Moreira (GK)|
|Coach: Odir Jacques|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and Herediano hold onto their 1-0 advantage from the first half. Aguilar's 14th minute strike proving decisive in this group 2 match.|
|90' +3||Free kick to RSL just outside the 18-yard area. Morales sends one into the back post and Moreira scoops the ball off the head of the attacker and claims at the second attempt.|
|90' +1||Y. Ruiz gets yellow.|
|90'||3 minutes of additional time to be played in this second half.|
|89'||Free kick to RSL floated into the box by Morales but Moreira jumps and collects with ease.|
|87'||Saborío is down after landing awkwardly after a challenge. Play continues though as the Costa Rican shakes himself down and continues.|
|86'||J. Alvarado enters the game and replaces E. Ramírez.|
|Late sub for Herediano as Ramírez leaves the field.|
|84'||Herediano now seeing plenty of the ball, making the extra man count at the right time. RSL beginning to look a little tired at this juncture.|
|80'||J. Steele enters the game and replaces W. Johnson.|
|M. Díaz enters the game and replaces E. Aguilar.|
|Ten minutes of regular time left for RSL to conjure up something special to level this match.|
|78'||RSL playing the ball around with ease but not much punch in the final third of the field.|
|74'||Herediano come close inside the RSL 18-yard box, Wingert with the important interception.|
|73'||RSL's turn to break and Grabavoy gets the ball tangled in his feet and Herediano clear the danger.|
|71'||Herediano press forward and Hernández has a speculative effort from distance that does not trouble Rimando in the RSL goal.|
|68'||D. Johnson enters the game and replaces I. Gómez.|
|A. Mansally enters the game and replaces F. Espíndola.|
|Saborío has a long range effort for RSL that was wide and weak.|
|65'||Gómez shoots for Herediano that strikes the hand of Beltran, referee says no and Herediano feel aggrieved.|
|63'||K. Watson-Siriboe enters the game and replaces J. Olave.|
|62'||Olave looks like he can't continue as he pulls up with hamstring trouble.|
|60'||No complaints from Borchers after that challenge. Shame though, RSL was just beginning to grip on this game.|
|58'||N. Borchers goes off after a red card!|
|Red card for Borchers for a two-footed challenge on Aguilar.|
|56'||Espíndola with a neat cross to the back post and Saborío's header is over the bar.|
|53'||Saborío lets loose from just outside the Herediano area that fizzes past the upright. RSL pushing for the equalizer here.|
|52'||Quick corner taken by RSL that is cleared.|
|51'||Morales with a corner kick cleared again by Herediano. The ball is straight back in and Grabavoy's effort is saved around the post by Moreira.|
|48'||Free kick to RSL is sent in by Morales but defended well by Herediano.|
|46'||Herediano get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and the home side Herediano will take a slender 1-0 advantage into the second half thanks to that 14th minute Aguilar effort.|
|45' +1||One minute of additional time to be played in this first half.|
|45'||Herediano with a free kick chance, Aguilar sends the ball in too deep and Rimando collects with ease.|
|43'||K. Beckerman gets yellow.|
|Beckerman receives a yellow card for the challenge on Gómez. A little harsh on the RSL man, looked like he was trying to pull out of that challenge.|
|41'||Sánchez runs at goal and shoots as Wingert makes a challenge, Rimando saves well.|
|38'||RSL pressing in these last five minutes, Beckerman has a half chance inside the area but can't get purchase on his shot and Moreira collects.|
|35'||Second corner for RSL is sent in by Morales, Herediano player goes down in the area and the referee blows for a free kick.|
|31'||At the other end Gómez has a shot that Rimando saves well for a corner kick. Corner kick comes to nothing and RSL breath a sigh of relief.|
|30'||Espíndola through on goal and shoots past an advancing Moreira and the ball just shaves the post.|
|28'||RSL win a free kick in a dangerous position just outside the Herediano box. Morales shoots but well over the bar.|
|25'||Aguilar takes a knee from Morales and is stretchered off for treatment.|
|22'||The corner is an out swinger and Beltran has a shot blocked.|
|21'||Saborío plays in Johnson and his effort is deflected out for a corner.|
|18'||The Costa Ricans in full control at this juncture, can RSL respond?|
|17'||Real Salt Lake now putting pressure on Herediano's defense in an attempt to level the score as soon as possible.|
|14'||E. Aguilar has scored a goal for Herediano! Assist by Y. Ruiz.|
|Goal Herediano! The home side take the lead as Aguilar strikes from outside the penalty area and beats goalkeeper Rimando to make it 1-0.|
|12'||Reminder: This year's Champions League group phase consists of eight groups of three teams each. All teams play a total of four group games.|
|10'||Real Salt Lake have been dominant in the opening ten minutes but a real chance has yet to be created.|
|8'||A ball is played deep into the box for Espíndola to pick up but the angle is too difficult for the attacker and the shot goes wide.|
|7'||Á. Saborío gets yellow.|
|Saborío gets a yellow card for a foul on Herediano's Sánchez.|
|4'||Herediano get the first corner kick of the match but the defense easily clears the danger.|
|1'||Real Salt lake kick off the first half.|
|Welcome to Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José for tonight Champions league encounter between Herediano from Costa Rica and Real Salt Lake from the USA.|