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||C. Valdés (GK)|
|Coach: M. Mansilla|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and Municipal hold on for a vital 2-1 victory in group 7. Chorrillio now really up against it in the group having lost both their opening games.|
|90' +2||A good looking ball is sent into the Municipal box, Penedo punches clear but the off side flag is up on the far side.|
|90'||Ninety minutes are up and Chorrillio throwing everything at Municipal.|
|88'||P. Solorzano enters the game and replaces Leandrinho.|
|87'||Y. Arias has scored a goal for Municipal!|
|Goal Municipal. Barrios finds Arias and he smartly finishes to give Municipal a 2-1 advantage.|
|86'||C. Vergara gets yellow.|
|Vergara receives a yellow card for a clumsy challenge.|
|84'||Penedo making a couple of vital saves in quick succession to keep his team in this one.|
|83'||Chorrillio attacking at every opportunity and Municipal are holding on. Ruiz hits the cross bar and also shouts for a handball.|
|82'||This is Municipal’s fourth appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League, qualifying this season winning the 2011 Guatemalan Apertura championship.|
|80'||Quintero goes down in a heap inside the Municipal box, screams for a penalty are ignored and play continues.|
|79'||This is Chorrillo’s second match in Group 7 tonight, their first ended in a 5-0 defeat at Monterrey.|
|77'||Chorrillio now have a corner, it's taken to the near post and Municipal clear.|
|75'||M. Lasso enters the game and replaces A. Rojas.|
|J. Ruiz has scored a goal for Chorrillo! Assist by J. Jiménez.|
|Goal Chorrillio. Jiménez with some nice work down the right flank, his cross hits Ruiz but he makes no mistake with his second effort from close range.|
|73'||J. Jiménez enters the game and replaces E. Benitez.|
|Municipal with the breakthrough, Chorrillio now have to chase the game and they need goals.|
|70'||L. Rodríguez has scored a goal for Municipal! Assist by Y. Arias.|
|Goal Municpal. Corner drilled into the box by Arias and Rodríguez's downward header is in the back of the net.|
|69'||M. Rodríguez enters the game and replaces J. Valenzuela.|
|Chorrillo win a free kick taken to the top of the 18-yard box, once again a well drilled Municipal defense clears the danger.|
|66'||Municipal break forward and the cross is poor as Valdés catches with ease.|
|65'||This is Chorrillo’s first appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League, qualifying due to winning the 2011 Panamanian Apertura title.|
|62'||A. Dixon gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Dixon for a two-footed challenge.|
|61'||Corner to Municipal as they come more and more into this game. Samayoa delivers the corner into the box but Chorrillio are once again able to clear with ease.|
|60'||Y. Arias enters the game and replaces S. López.|
|56'||Chorrillo with another effort from the top of the box that Barrios saves well. The resulting corner kick is taken and Dixon's effort is well wide.|
|54'||In 1993 this stadium changed its name to Estadio Rommel Fernández in honor of Rommel Fernández, a Panamanian player who died in a car crash that year.|
|52'||Ruiz has the ball in the back in the net for Chorrillio, but a clear off side is called and the play is brought back.|
|50'||Some slack defending from Municipal lets in Quintero, he's effort balloons up and just over Barrios' bar.|
|47'||An early chance for Chorrillo which Barrios parries away.|
|46'||A. Phillips enters the game and replaces R. Addles.|
|Chorrillio get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and the teams will enter the break level on terms. Municipal with the slight edge in possession but they can't find a way through a stubborn Chorrillio defense.|
|44'||A dangerous header from Valenzuela sails only just wide of the post. Could have surprised the goalkeeper.|
|42'||Municipal get a corner kick. It's delivered by Samayoa but easily cleared by a defender.|
|40'||With about five minutes left to go in this half, neither side has shown to be particularly dominant so far.|
|37'||Some danger in front of Chorrillo's goal as the ball is played into the box but none of the Municipal attackers manages to control properly.|
|35'||Addles tries his luck from distance but the Chorrillo player misses the target and sends it well high of the crossbar instead.|
|34'||Chorrillo have a free kick on the left wing. It's swung into the area but it's too high and sails over everybody's heads for a goal kick.|
|31'||Quintero tries rush down the right wing but he finds two defenders in his path.|
|28'||Municipal are slightly dominant in this stage of the game.|
|25'||Free kick to Chorrillo floated in, Dixon is able to turn and shoot inside the box and he's effort is just wide.|
|22'||Chorrillio win another corner on the far side. Corner comes in to the heart of the area but a firm defensive header clears the danger.|
|19'||Chorrillo have the ball in the net from a Ruiz firm header, however, the linesman's flag is up and play is pulled back.|
|17'||Municipal on the break and Ávila puts in a cross which is headed inches over the bar.|
|15'||A decent looking corner to Chorrillo to the near post is flicked on, Municipal are able to clear the danger though.|
|12'||S. López goes down after a mid field clash, physio on and after a little treatment is back playing.|
|10'||Ten minutes gone and Chorrillo with most of the possession and a couple of chances to take the lead.|
|8'||Free kick to Chorrillo out wide, the ball is crossed in and a header is inches wide.|
|6'||A great ball across the face of the Municipal penalty area and Ruiz just can't get a toe to it. Close to the opening goal there.|
|5'||Chorrillo win their first corner which is headed clear by Municipal.|
|4'||Municipal win the first corner of the match, Cleared with a defensive header which falls to Valenzuela and his blistering shot stings the palms of Valdés.|
|1'||Municipal get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez, Panama for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 7 match between Chorrillo from Panama and Municipal from Guatemala.|