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||E. Palos (GK)|
|6||J. Torres Nilo|
|Coach: Ricardo Ferretti|
|90' +6||The referee blows for full time and Tigres are victorious over Real Estelí 4-0.|
|90' +4||Acuña blasts a volley over the Real goal from 8 yards out.|
|90' +2||5 minutes to be added at the end of this second half.|
|90' +1||Hernández takes the corner for Tigres and Rivas collects at the back post and beats his defender and the keeper as he dribbles the ball into the Real goal. Tigres lead 4-0.|
|90'||J. Rivas has scored a goal for Tigres UANL!|
|88'||A cross to the back post finds Guarch who heads it toward goal! Guarch's header hits the cross bar and Edno attempts to volley the rebound, but his effort is just wide of the goal.|
|87'||A long ball from Wilson nearly finds a Real attacker, but Palos collects for Tigres.|
|84'||Lazo takes a speculative shot from well out that sails over Tigres' goal.|
|80'||T. Guarch has scored a goal for Tigres UANL! Assist by Edno.|
|Edno delivers a low cross that is out of Lorente's reach and Guarch taps the ball in at the back post! Tigres lead 3-0.|
|79'||Hernández blasts a shot from 20 yards out that is directly at Lorente who collects for Real.|
|77'||Tigres deliver a dangerous cross from a free kick that is headed toward goal, but Lorente makes a fantastic save!|
|75'||A cross is curled in by Tigres from the right flank and Lorente punches clear for Real.|
|74'||S. Garcia enters the game and replaces M. Rosas.|
|73'||F. Acuña enters the game and replaces F. Navarro.|
|Dueñas lifts his shot over the Real goal from 20 yards out.|
|71'||Wilson blasts a shot from the top right corner of the box that goes high and wide of Tigres' goal.|
|70'||Hernández pulls his left footed shot from the top of the area just wide of Lorente's goal.|
|67'||Tigres continue to control possession and are pressuring the Real goal.|
|63'||T. Guarch enters the game and replaces A. Pulido.|
|N. Lazo enters the game and replaces R. Calero.|
|Lazo comes in for Real and replaces Calero. Tigres also make a change as Pulido makes way for Guarch.|
|61'||Navarro drives a volley from 25 yards that is wide right of the goal.|
|59'||A high cross field ball nearly finds Navarro on the right flank, but it is cut out by the Real defense.|
|56'||A through ball by Tigres is off target and rolls out for a Real goal kick.|
|52'||Tigres make a change as Toledo is replaced by Dueñas.|
|51'||J. Barrera enters the game and replaces F. Álves.|
|J. Dueñas enters the game and replaces J. Toledo.|
|Acosta breaks down the left flank and wins a corner for Tigres. Álves makes way for Barrera for a Real substitution.|
|49'||Tigres were on the attack before a clearance by the Real defense pushed them back.|
|46'||Tigres kick off and the second half is underway! Real are looking to recover after falling 2 goals behind in the first half.|
|45' +2||The referee blows for half time and Tigres lead 2-0.|
|45'||1 minute to be added to the first half of play, which has been dominated by Tigres.|
|42'||F. Navarro has scored a goal for Tigres UANL!|
|Navarro has space at the top of the Real box and drives a low shot to the bottom left corner of the Real goal! Navarro scores! Tigres lead 2-0.|
|40'||Acosta drills a cross in front of goal that is collected by Lorente.|
|35'||Edno has scored a goal for Tigres UANL! Assist by A. Pulido.|
|Acosta curls in a cross to the far post. Pulido heads the ball at the far post past Lorente and Edno puts the ball into an open net for a Tigres goal! Tigres lead 1-0.|
|34'||A speculative shot by Tigres is well over the Real goal for a goal kick.|
|30'||The corner is defended successfully by Real, who continue to frustrate the Tigres attackers.|
|29'||Hernández breaks down the right flank and wins a corner for Tigres.|
|27'||Acosta curls in a cross from a free kick that looked dangerous, but no Tigres player is able to connect and Real are awarded a goal kick.|
|24'||Real were beginning to pressure before Wilson lost control of the ball and gave away a Tigres throw in.|
|21'||Tigres are controlling possession, as well as attacking opportunities early in this match.|
|18'||Edno is played into the box by Pulido. Edno blasts a shot just wide to the left of Lorente's goal from 6 yards out.|
|15'||Edno takes the free kick for Tigres and drives a shot from 40 yards out that Lorente collects.|
|14'||S. Wilson gets yellow.|
|Wilson receives a yellow for a challenge near midfield. Free kick to Tigres.|
|13'||R. Quintero gets yellow.|
|A cross is driven in by Acosta, but it is headed clear by the defense.Quintero is given a yellow card for a late challenge.|
|10'||Hernández delivers a high lofty cross into the Real area that is headed clear by the defense. Tigres have an attempt on goal from 20 yards out that is collected easily by Lorente.|
|8'||Tigres are awarded a free kick to the Left of Lorente's goal. The delivery into the box from the free kick is headed clear by the Real defense.|
|5'||A free kick is awarded to Real to the right of Tigres' goal about 30 yards out. The free kick is well over the Tigres' goal for a goal kick.|
|4'||Hernández blasts a shot over Lorente's goal from 15 yards out for a Real goal kick.|
|2'||A speculative cross field pass intended for Hernández goes out for a Real Estelí throw in.|
|1'||Real Estelí kick off and this match is underway!|
|Welcome to Estadio Universitario de Nuevo León for this group match between Tigres UANL and Real Estelí. Your official for this clash is Paul Ward of Canada.|