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. Contreras (GK)|
|Coach: A. Castillo|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and Houston fully deserve their 3-1 victory. Ching started the scoring on 12 minutes followed by further efforts on 19 and 60 minutes, Águila replied for FAS on 64 minutes.|
|90' +3||Ulloa almost through on goal but his first touch lets him down and Houston concede a throw in.|
|90' +1||Three minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|90'||Corner to Houston is a looping effort to the back post, Contreras makes a commanding catch.|
|88'||Deric comes off his line and makes a brave save at the feet of Ulloa.|
|87'||The ball bobbing around the 18-yard box, the ball falls to Águila and his powerful shot is saved well by Deric.|
|86'||J. Soto enters the game and replaces C. Clark.|
|85'||W. Reyes enters the game and replaces C. Álvarez.|
|84'||T. Deric gets yellow.|
|Free kick specialist Larín with another chance that is just over Deric's bar. Deric receives a yellow card for taking his time with the goal kick.|
|80'||B. Davis enters the game and replaces Luiz Camargo.|
|This is Houston Dynamo’s opening match in Group 3, their next opponent will be away to Honduran side Olimpia.|
|78'||FAS with a free kick just outside the box, Larín with a cracking effort into the side netting.|
|77'||Corner to FAS causes some confusion as a hint of hand ball has the FAS players appealing. Nothing doing though and Houston clear.|
|76'||The resulting corner comes to nothing as Houston earn a goal kick and some breathing space.|
|75'||E. Sánchez enters the game and replaces Emerson Reis.|
|A. Moffat gets yellow.|
|Moffat receives a yellow card for the late challenge on Larín. Larín from 25-yards has Deric making a spectacular save.|
|72'||Águila lets loose from just inside the Houston area but scuffs his effort and Deric can collect.|
|70'||Houston back to full strength as the substitute comes on.|
|69'||W. Bruin enters the game and replaces W. Creavalle.|
|Creavalle is led off the field with an injury, no substitute replacement ready though.|
|67'||FAS firing on all cylinders now as Mendoza has two efforts on goal, the latter is just wide.|
|64'||J. Águila has scored a goal for FAS!|
|Goal FAS. A complete mess inside the Houston box and a cheeky flick from the substitute Águila some how sneaks in, 3-1 Houston.|
|63'||J. Águila enters the game and replaces A. Bentos.|
|Early days yet, but Olimpia top group 3 at start of play tonight thanks to a 3-0 opening day win against FAS.|
|60'||J. Watson has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo! Assist by N. Sturgis.|
|Goal Houston. Sturgis with a corner kick to the heart of the FAS area and Sarkodie with a free header to make it 3-0.|
|58'||Corner kick to FAS taken to the top of the 18-yad box, no FAS attackers following up and Houston clear.|
|57'||Larín with another left foot shot that whistles past Deric's left hand post. FAS getting closer.|
|55'||Figueroa wants too many touches on the edge of the Houston box, he is finally closed down and Houston break the attack up.|
|53'||Larín has an opening from 22-yards, his low shot is saved well by Deric.|
|50'||W. Creavalle gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Creavalle for leaving his foot in when challenging for the ball with Carrillo.|
|48'||Three quick corners in succession has Contreras punching on all three, the latter punch finally clearing the danger as FAS move up field.|
|46'||FAS get the second half underway.|
|45' +3||Half time whistle blows and Houston go into the break two goals to the good. Brian Ching opened the scoring on 12 minutes and Weaver doubled the advantage on 19 minutes.|
|45' +1||Bentos races clear and with just the keeper to beat he pulls his shot wide. Fourth official holds up the board which tells us we have another two minutes of additional time to this first half.|
|45'||Free kick to Houston 35-yards out, Clark's effort is poor and the ball just trundles out for a FAS goal kick.|
|44'||C. Carrillo gets yellow.|
|Carrillo receives a yellow card for the tackle from behind on Brian Ching.|
|42'||Emerson Reis creates himself some room at the top of the box, once more his effort is well over Deric's bar.|
|40'||Clark latches onto a through ball inside the box but his shot is high over the angle of the goal and FAS have a goal kick.|
|38'||A neat ball into the path of Bentos creates an opening, Sturgis brings him down inside the box but the referee is having none of it.|
|34'||Emerson Reis with a slight opening on the edge of the 18-yard box, the shot is weak and Deric holds on.|
|33'||Álvarez with a free kick from 35-yards or more is wasted, too long from Álvarez as Houston earn a goal kick.|
|29'||FAS coming more into this game as the first half reaches the thirty minute mark. important they get on the score sheet before the break.|
|28'||FAS break again, the ball crossed into the 18-yard box where Ulloa can't get a boot to it.|
|25'||Moscoso for FAS with a speculative effort from 35-yards balloons over Deric's bar.|
|23'||Ulloa sprints free down the left flank but his cross is cut out and Houston clear up field.|
|20'||Simple for Houston, two goals up and both from similar situations. Dream start for the Texas outfit.|
|19'||C. Weaver has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo! Assist by K. Sarkodie.|
|Goal Houston. Watson plays in Sarkodie and his cross is nodded home by Weaver.|
|18'||Larín delivers a great free kick into the box and Ulloa's header is just over. FAS come close there.|
|16'||A blistering shot from Bentos has Deric shuffling across his goal but the ball is over the bar.|
|15'||Perfect start for Houston on the road. Ching gobbles up those chances all day long.|
|12'||B. Ching has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo! Assist by C. Clark.|
|Goal Houston. Clark with the perfect cross into the 18-yard box and Ching is there with a downward header.|
|10'||FAS, electing not to play in their traditional home stadium tonight, are opting to play instead in the more intimidating Estadio Cuscatlán, which is the largest stadium in Central America with a capacity of 39,023.|
|6'||A bright opening five minutes from both clubs. Should be goals in this one tonight.|
|3'||A neat ball into Bentos almost creates an opening but the referee blows for off side.|
|2'||Free kick to Houston out wide right. Clark swings it in but Contreras is there to collect.|
|1'||Houston get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 3 match between FAS from El Salvador and Houston Dynamo from the USA.|