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||F. Patterson (GK)|
|Coach: H. Medford|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and Xelajú hold on for a decent victory over Guadalajara. 1-0 tonight thanks to that Chinchilla header on 68 minutes.|
|90' +3||Corner to Guadalajara is awful. Too short and Xelajú can clear, tense finish to this one.|
|90'||Three additional minutes to this second half. Fabián's 25-yard effort is just over the bar. Guadalajara getting closer.|
|89'||A decent looking cross is nodded out for a Guadalajara corner. Arellano's corner is disappointing and Xelajú are able to clear.|
|88'||Can Xelajú hang onto to this slender lead in what would be a pretty good scalp in this Champions league campaign.|
|86'||Fabián collects the ball inside the Xelajú area, jinks to his right and curls a shot wide of Patterson's post.|
|84'||A. Alemán enters the game and replaces A. Alpízar.|
|Chinchilla almost gets away on goal but a hint of hand ball has the referee reaching for his whistle.|
|81'||A crunching tackle involving Leal and Báez stops the game momentarily. treatment is administered and the game continues.|
|79'||Will the Guatemalans rue that miss?|
|77'||Alpízar misses an open goal, ball comes across the 6-yard box and a simple tap in for the Costa Rican but it goes wide.|
|76'||A probing cross has the Xelajú defense stretched as Fabián almost connects.|
|73'||P. Araújo gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Araújo for a very high challenge on the edge of the Xelajú 18-yard box.|
|72'||J. Estacuy enters the game and replaces K. Arriola.|
|M. Vázquez enters the game and replaces R. Márquez Lugo.|
|70'||This is Guadalajara’s opening match in Group 8 tonight, their next opponent will be at home to W Connection.|
|67'||E. Chinchilla has scored a goal for Xelajú! Assist by A. Alpízar.|
|Goal Xelajú. Michel performs heroics in goal keeping out two shots. The resulting corner from Alpízar is nodded home by Chinchilla glancing header.|
|66'||E. Torres enters the game and replaces C. Fierro.|
|64'||Since Arellano came on he has caused all sorts of problems for Xelajú, another good run almost creates an opening for the Mexican's.|
|62'||E. Chinchilla enters the game and replaces E. Villatoro.|
|This is Xelajú’s second match in Group 8 tonight, their first ended in a 2-2 draw at W Connection.|
|59'||A neat run from Arellano, his cross finds Fabián at the top of the 6-yard box and his shot shades the post. Guadalajara go close.|
|58'||M. Ponce gets yellow.|
|Another free kick to Xelajú as Ponce goes into the book for the challenge on Báez. Free kick sent in and a firm defensive header clears the danger.|
|54'||O. Arellano enters the game and replaces L. Pérez.|
|free kick to Xelajú just outside the 18-yard box. Nothing coming of it as the Guadalajara defense stands firm.|
|51'||Israel Silva finds Arriola inside the Guadalajara box but loses control at the vital time and the ball trundles out for a goal kick.|
|50'||End to end stuff at the start of this second half. Guadalajara have a half chance fluffed and straight down the other end a long range effort is well over Michel's bar.|
|48'||Alpízar has the ball in the net for Xelajú after getting on the end of a deep cross, but the linesman's flag is up and the goal is disallowed.|
|46'||Xelajú get the second half underway. Early free kick for Xelajú finds an attacker in the 18-yard box but the header is well wide.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and we have a stalemate in what has been an even game so far.|
|45'||One minute of additional time added to this first half.|
|44'||Tackles coming in thick and fast now as we come to the close of the first half.|
|42'||Fabián with the resulting free kick which hits the wall, poor free kick there.|
|39'||S. Morales gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Morales for scything down Ponce.|
|38'||León for Xelajú in a little space and tries his luck from 30-yards, well over Michel's bar though.|
|37'||Free kick to Xelajú is wasted as Morales over hits the ball and Guadalajara have a goal kick.|
|32'||Israel Silva with a free header that pulls out a great save from Michel, but the flag is up for off side.|
|31'||A long range effort from Xelajú is almost fumbled again by Michel, the Guadalajara keeper looking a little nervous tonight.|
|27'||Arriola goes down in a heap clutching his face, no card but a free kick to Xelajú is floated to the back post and Guadalajara clear.|
|25'||Guadalajara continue to press as they win another corner. Báez once more sends in the ball but Patterson is able to collect.|
|24'||A corner kick to Guadalajara falls to Fierro and he fluffs his shot as the goal beckons.|
|23'||Israel Silva for Xelajú sends in a shot from a tight angle, as Michel shepherds the ball out it just misses the post, a let off there for the Guadalajara keeper.|
|22'||Báez sends in another corner for Guadalajara this time to the near post, Xelajú once again clear with ease.|
|17'||Free kick to Guadalajara taken by Ponce, it hits the wall and Xelajú clear up field.|
|15'||A Guadalajara corner kick from Báez is met with a solid defensive header.|
|14'||A promising Xelajú attack is cut out by a well timed Reynoso interception.|
|9'||Leal tries his luck from distance that is just over Michel's bar.|
|7'||Fabián is sent through on goal but Patterson rushes out to make the save. Good start from Guadalajara.|
|6'||Good work from Guadalajara as Patterson makes a fine save to concede a corner kick. The corner comes to nothing as Xelajú are able to clear.|
|2'||Xelajú win an early corner that Alpízar sends to the back post, a firm defensive header clears the danger.|
|1'||The first half gets underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Mario Camposeco, Quetzaltenango for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 8 match between Xelajú from Guatemala and Guadalajara from Mexico.|