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. Michel (GK)|
|10||M. Fabián||53' 68' 90'|
|7||R. Márquez Lugo|
|Coach: J. van 't Schip|
|90' +5||Full time whistle blows and Guadalajara run out 4-0 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Fabián and an effort from Fierro. All the goals coming in the second half, a super performance from the Mexicans.|
|90' +3||M. Fabián has scored a goal for Guadalajara! Assist by L. Morales.|
|Goal Guadalajara. Fabián is clean though on goal, he rounds the keeper and slots home into an empty net.|
|90' +1||M. Bartholemew gets yellow.|
|M. Ponce gets yellow.|
|90'||Three minutes of additional time is held up on the board.|
|89'||Guadalajara pushing the ball with ease in these final moments. W Connection just didn't get going in this half.|
|86'||Guadalajara on the attack again in the closing stages, Márquez Lugo has a shot that Williams saves with his feet.|
|83'||L. Morales enters the game and replaces C. Fierro.|
|Fierro, the goal scorer is substituted, Guadalajara coasting at this juncture, three goals up to the good.|
|80'||W Connection’s all-time leading CONCACAF Champions League goal scorer is Fana Farias with 5 goals.|
|78'||Corner kick to Guadalajara is once again cleared with ease by W Connection.|
|76'||Free kick to W Connection 25-yards out. The ball is tapped to Jones, his shot breaks through the wall but is wide of the goal.|
|75'||M. Bartholemew enters the game and replaces H. Arcia.|
|73'||Pacheco tries his luck for W Connection from just outside the box, not too far off as Michel scampers across his goal to cover.|
|72'||Fabián is clean through again, he is rampant, this time his effort is just wide.|
|71'||Guadalajara have taken this game by the scruff of the neck in this second half. It's currently a goal blitz and more look likely. W Connection are going to have tighten up if they are to avoid a humiliation here tonight.|
|70'||A. Pacheco enters the game and replaces C. Viveros.|
|68'||M. Fabián has scored a goal for Guadalajara! Assist by E. Torres.|
|Goal Guadalajara. It's Fabián again, this time Márquez Lugo is the provider and he slots the ball home with aplomb.|
|67'||A. Gallardo enters the game and replaces X. Báez.|
|This is W Connection’s second match in Group 8 tonight, their first ended in a 2-2 home draw against Guatemalan’s Xelajú.|
|64'||C. Fierro has scored a goal for Guadalajara! Assist by E. Torres.|
|Goal Guadalajara. Long range effort comes in that Williams saves, the ball falls to Ponce whose effort is scuffed, Fierro is there to mop up and tap into an open net.|
|60'||Corner kick to Guadalajara is headed out, it falls to Fierro and his long range effort is inches over the bar.|
|59'||Jones almost scoops the ball over his head and the keepers to give W Connection the equalizer, but some drastic defending from Guadalajara clear the ball for a corner. The corner comes to nothing as the Mexican's clear with ease.|
|58'||Torres with a superb header inside the box that Williams dives to save well.|
|55'||This is Guadalajara’s second match in Group 8 tonight, their first ended in a 1-0 away defeat against Guatemalan’s Xelajú.|
|54'||J. Britto enters the game and replaces S. Rijssel.|
|53'||M. Fabián has scored a goal for Guadalajara!|
|Goal Guadalajara. Márquez Lugo has a vicious shot that Williams parries into the path of Fabián, he makes no mistake with his effort, finishing neatly to give the Mexican outfit the advantage.|
|51'||Guadalajara with some sustained pressure in and around the W Connection box. The ball eventually falls to Fierro and his shot is just over the bar.|
|47'||Winchester makes room for himself just inside the Guadalajara box, his curling shot is punched clear by Michel.|
|46'||A. Coronado enters the game and replaces O. Esparza.|
|Guadalajara get the second half underway.|
|45' +1||Half time whistle blows and we have a stalemate, Guadalajara with plenty of possession but are finding tough getting through a solid W Connection defense. 0-0 at half time.|
|45'||A speculative effort from a full 35-yards whistles well wide of Williams right hand post as the first half draws to a close.|
|42'||Plenty of crosses coming in from Guadalajara, so far, the W Connection defense handling them with ease.|
|39'||Guadalajara on the attack, a cross finds Fabián who chests down and bicycle kicks a super effort which Williams saves well.|
|37'||This is Guadalajara’s second match in Group 8 tonight, their first ended in a 1-0 away defeat against Guatemala’s Xelajú.|
|34'||A shot from the edge of the W Connection area has Williams diving to his right and grabbing the ball at the second attempt.|
|32'||Márquez Lugo and Gerard Williams clash center field, both players back on their feet and play continues.|
|29'||C. Viveros gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Viveros for tripping his opponent.|
|28'||Fierro with a shot across goal that Williams just gets a touch too to earn Guadalajara a corner kick. Corner taken deep and W Connection clear with ease.|
|25'||Báez with a corner for Guadalajara that finds a free man, a decent header rebounds off the post and W Connection clear.|
|22'||W Connection's Rijssel goes down under a heavy challenge from behind, physio is on but no card shown and play continues.|
|19'||Corner to Guadalajara, Ponce delivers to the top of the box and long range effort is well of target.|
|18'||Guadalajara win a free kick out wide left. Swung in to the top of the 18-yard box but a firm defensive header out clears the danger.|
|14'||Omnilife Stadium, formerly known as Chivas Stadium, is the 4th largest stadium in Mexico. The stadium has a seating capacity of 49,850, and hosted the 2011 Pan American Games opening and closing ceremonies.|
|11'||Torres tee's one up outside the W Connection box, but his effort is well wide.|
|9'||W Connection with a chance for themselves, the ball breaks and a decent shot is just over the bar.|
|7'||Guadalajara with the first chance of the match, a cross comes into the box and a free header is sent over the bar.|
|5'||W Connection win an early corner kick, taken too deep though and Guadalajara win back possession.|
|3'||Torres and Williams clash inside the W Connection box going for the same ball. Free kick to W Connection.|
|1'||W Connection get the first half underway|
|Welcome to Estadio Omnilife, Zapopan, Guadalajara for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 8 match between Guadalajara from Mexico and W Connection from Trinidad & Tobago.|