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>
|28||D. Escober (GK)|
|4||Fabio de Souza|
|Coach: D. Tosello|
|90' +1||The referee doesn't wait for any additional time and blows for full time. Sensible thing to do as the surface had become completely unplayable. Olimpia win the match 3-0.|
|89'||Reyna manages to control the ball in these wet conditions and sends a shot just wide of Arroyo's post.|
|86'||The game becoming a little farcical at this point with the state of the pitch. García is stretchered off under a heavy challenge.|
|85'||Five minutes left and FAS send in a free kick that Escober catches just under his bar.|
|81'||Pitch beginning to get waterlogged now, certain parts almost unplayable.|
|80'||D. Valle enters the game and replaces J. Águila.|
|Corner to Olimpia taken short and the cross to the back post dealt with by the FAS defense.|
|78'||Douglas Caetano enters the game and replaces Luciano Emílio.|
|77'||3-0 to Olimpia and the Honduran's looking good now. FAS held on gamely deep into this second half but couldn't put the ball away.|
|75'||R. Rojas has scored a goal for Olimpia!|
|Goal Olimpia. García with the cross into the 18-yard box and after a scramble the ball falls to Rojas who pokes the ball home.|
|74'||Another long range effort from the corner of the penalty area has the busy Arroyo saving smartly.|
|70'||Reyna with a corner kick into the 6-yard box, Arroyo punches the ball directly into the path of Palacios who inexplicably blazes over the bar with the goal at his mercy.|
|69'||N. Renderos goes off after a red card!|
|C. Mejía enters the game and replaces S. Rosano.|
|Renderos receives a red card for a late high challenge on Rojas.|
|66'||Rain absolutely pouring down now which is making the surface slippery, should see some thrills and spills in the closing twenty five minutes or so.|
|63'||R. Ulloa enters the game and replaces A. Bentos.|
|Two corner kicks in quick succession for Olimpia ends with a fine effort from distance whistling past Arroyo's left hand post.|
|62'||The substitute gets straight into the action as his run and shot balloons off a defender for a corner kick.|
|61'||R. Rojas enters the game and replaces J. Mejía.|
|A deep cross comes in from Olimpia that Arroyo elects to punch clear when the catch looked like the easier option.|
|57'||The game at a bit of a stalemate at this juncture. FAS still pressing to get back in this game but Olimpia stifling any promising attacks.|
|54'||E. Sánchez enters the game and replaces J. Morán.|
|Reyna punches in the free kick but a form FAS header clears the danger.|
|53'||A. Bentos gets yellow.|
|Rosano is just about the trigger and is barged over by De la Cruz who earns a yellow card for his efforts, free kick Olimpia.|
|52'||Eventually Olimpia wake up from their half time slumber and Tilguath blistering effort from the edge of the box is tipped over for a corner. Portillo's corner is easily cleared by the FAS defense.|
|50'||Another free kick to FAS is sent into the 18-yard box and Escober's less than convincing punch clears the danger.|
|47'||Álvarez has a free kick that he blasts into the lone man in the wall and the follow up effort is inches wide of Escober's left hand upright.|
|46'||FAS get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows in this absorbing encounter. Olimpia are two goals to good up but FAS far from out of this encounter.|
|45' +1||Corner is sent into the 6-yard box and the busy Arroyo punches clear as the whistle blows for an infringement.|
|45'||Tilguath shoots with the outside of his boot that has Arroyo pulling off a superb save for a corner kick. One minute of additional time to be added to this first half.|
|42'||Another corner to Olimpia as they finish the half strong, this time FAS deal with the danger and the ball is cleared.|
|41'||A great cross finds Mejia at the back post for Olimpia but his header is disappointingly over the bar. Should have at least got that on target.|
|40'||Corner kick taken short and Olimpia eventually win a goal kick.|
|39'||Figueroa with a nice run and shot that Fabio de Souza deflects out for a corner kick.|
|37'||Another decent shot comes in from Olimpia that Arroyo spectacularly punches clear.|
|35'||Olimpia win a corner kick that is cleared for a throw in. It's all Olimpia at this stage as they pour forward looking for more goals.|
|34'||Portillo sets his sights on goal this time and his effort is wide of the post. Olimpia looking to add a third.|
|32'||A super strike from Olimpia stings the hands of Arroyo and they win a corner. The corner is sent into the near post and FAS clear the danger.|
|28'||A great move by FAS as De la Cruz is played through on goal, he can't get his foot around the ball though and his shot is straight into the arms of Escober.|
|24'||At the other end Rosano for Olimpia lines one up from outside the area but his effort is well wide.|
|23'||FAS manage an effort on goal but the shot is weak and trundles through to Escober.|
|22'||FAS to their credit keeping the ball nicely and trying to produce something on the edge of the Olimpia box. Nothing doing at this stage though.|
|20'||Renderos was on the wrong end of a challenge there and got winded, he's back up and looking to join the game.|
|18'||Olimpia comfortably 2-0 up at this stage and cruising.|
|17'||J. García has scored a goal for Olimpia! Assist by I. Reyna.|
|16'||Goal Olimpia. Reyna with a corner kick into the center and García with a nicely taken header downwards that gives Arroyo no chance.|
|13'||Olimpia win a corner and it's swung into the danger area and met with a solid defensive header out. Plenty of action in these opening minutes.|
|12'||Straight down the other end and Beckeles strikes one just over the FAS bar.|
|11'||FAS still on the attack as a long range effort comes in that Escober makes a fine save.|
|10'||J. Palacios gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Palacios for a high elbow off the ball, FAS have a free kick around 30-yards out. Álvarez sends in the free kick and Olimpia head clear.|
|7'||FAS beginning to find their feet as they win a corner. Taken short and Olimpia are all over it and clear up field.|
|3'||Fabio de Souza had the original shot that Arroyo saved well before Luciano Emílio pounced for that goal. A right scramble in there and the home side have an early lead.|
|2'||Luciano Emílio has scored a goal for Olimpia!|
|Goal Olimpia. Rosano with a corner kick and after a scramble inside the 18-yard box the ball spills to Luciano Emílio who heads into an empty net.|
|1'||Olimpia get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League Group 3 match between Olimpia from Honduras and FAS from El Salvador.|