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>
|33||G. Samuel (GK)|
|29||R. Abu Bakr||87'|
|Coach: J. Shabazz|
|90' +3||The referee blows for full time and Seattle win 3-1 over Caledonia.|
|90'||3 minutes to be added on here in this match.|
|89'||Caledonia get play back underway as Moore returns to his feet.|
|88'||Play is stopped as Moore receives treatment after a tough challenge for a ball in the air near midfield.|
|87'||R. Abu Bakr gets yellow.|
|Tiffert has an effort on goal that goes across the face of goal for a Caledonia goal kick.|
|86'||C. Tiffert enters the game and replaces S. Ochoa.|
|Cato is fouled by Abu Bakr, who receives a yellow for his sliding tackle.|
|84'||A. Phillips enters the game and replaces J. Gay.|
|83'||Caledonia AIA drew 0-0 with Marathon in their second game in Group after losing their opening match to Seattle. They will be looking for at least a draw tonight to stay in this competition.|
|80'||Seattle maintaining possession as they look to maintain their lead for the ten minutes remaining in this match.|
|77'||David breaks down the left flank and delivers a high cross that goes through the area for a Seattle throw in.|
|74'||L. González enters the game and replaces F. Montero.|
|Should Seattle win tonight, they would take control of Group 4 with 6 points.|
|72'||C. Smith enters the game and replaces C. Stewart.|
|71'||J. Gay gets yellow.|
|Gay receives a yellow for his sliding challenge just outside the Seattle area.|
|69'||Caskey crosses low in to Montero and Montero slides the ball past Samuel for a Seattle goal! Seattle lead 3-1.|
|68'||F. Montero has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders! Assist by A. Caskey.|
|Caledonia is awarded another corner to be taken by Joseph.|
|67'||Joseph takes the penalty kick for Caledonia and drives the ball to the right of Gspurning and scores for Caledonia. Seattle lead 2-1.|
|66'||Penalty goal scored by K. Joseph for Caledonia AIA!|
|A penalty kick is awarded to Caledonia for a foul inside the Seattle area.|
|65'||A free kick is awarded to Caledonia just outside the top of the Seattle area.|
|63'||T. Caesar enters the game and replaces K. Ferguson.|
|Caskey delivers a corner to the front post that is out for another corner that results in a Seattle throw in.|
|62'||The substitute, Cato, breaks into the Caledonia area and wins a corner for Seattle.|
|60'||S. Ochoa has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders! Assist by F. Montero.|
|C. Cato enters the game and replaces M. Martínez.|
|Montero finds Ochoa at the top of the area and Ochoa shoots! Ochoa lifts his shot over Samuel into the roof of the net for a Seattle goal! Seattle lead 2-0.|
|57'||Caledonia takes their seventh corner of the match and Abu Bakr connects with a header at the back post, but his effort is off target for a goal kick.|
|56'||Ochoa takes an ambitious shot from 40 yards out that is well over the Caledonia goal.|
|54'||Stewart takes a driving shot from well out that rises over the Seattle goal for a goal kick.|
|51'||A through ball from Gay finds Joseph inside the area! Joseph's attempt is just off target to the right of Samuel's goal from 6 yards out.|
|49'||Joseph curls in a delivery from the free kick, but spurning gets enough on the delivery to clear the ball for Seattle.|
|48'||Scott concedes a free kick to Caledonia near the corner flag.|
|47'||Montero takes a shot from the top of the area that goes wide right of Samuel's goal.|
|46'||Seattle kick off and the second half is underway!|
|45' +1||The referee blows for half time, and Seattle lead 1-0 at half time.|
|45'||A. Caskey has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders! Assist by S. Ochoa.|
|Scott is played into the area to the right of the Caledonia goal, and plays a low cross that finds Caskey in front of goal! Caskey slides the ball past Samuel for a Seattle goal!|
|44'||Joseph takes the sixth corner for Caledonia. Gspurning is off his line to collect the cross at the front post for Seattle.|
|42'||Caskey takes another corner for Seattle. Seattle has a chance at the back post, but Caledonia clear the ball off the line!|
|41'||The free kick is delivered to the back post and headed over the goal line for a Seattle corner. The corner fails to find a Seattle attacker and Caledonia collect.|
|40'||Montero wins a free kick from 30 yards out, just to the left side of the goal.|
|39'||Theobald takes a speculative shot from well out that is well of target for a Seattle goal kick.|
|37'||A high ball to the back post nearly finds a Caledonia player at the back post, but Gspurning cuts out the cross at the last moment before Abu Bakr could connect.|
|36'||A free kick taken by Caledonia is delivered high to the back post and Hurtado heads the ball clear.|
|35'||This is the second time these teams have met in this competition. Seattle Sounders were victorious at home over Caledonia 3-1.|
|32'||Seattle has maintained the majority of possession, with 63% of the possession so far in this match.|
|30'||Joseph takes a long throw in for Caledonia and Hurtado heads the ball clear at the front post.|
|29'||Montero is brought down by Theobald just outside the top of the area. Theobald is given a yellow for the challenge. Montero touches the ball to Evans off the free kick, and Evans rockets his shot over the Caledonia goal.|
|28'||D. Theobald gets yellow.|
|27'||Caledonia are awarded their fourth corner of the match following a blocked cross. An in-swinging corner finds David at the back post. David's header is high, over Gspurning's goal for a goal kick.|
|24'||Burch delivers a dangerous ball into Montero, but the Caledonia defense holds strong and clears.|
|21'||A long ball finds Montero behind the defense but the flag stays down! Muhammad comes back and dispossess Montero at the vital moment.|
|20'||Gay takes a shot from 20 yards out at the top of the area that Gspurning collects easily for Seattle.|
|18'||Burch drives the free kick into the Caledonia wall, and the defense clears.|
|17'||Moore is given a yellow card for his sliding tackle on Evans, 25 yards out from the Caledonia goal. A free kick in a dangerous area for Seattle.|
|16'||W. Moore gets yellow.|
|14'||The corner is delivered to the back post, but play is stopped for a Seattle free kick inside their own area.|
|13'||David takes a shot that is deflected out for the third Caledonia corner.|
|12'||The corner taken by Caskey is punched straight in the air by Samuel, who collects following the initial punch.|
|11'||Martínez takes the corner for Seattle and Seattle win a second corner.|
|10'||A cross finds Ochoa alone at the back post. Ochoa heads the ball toward goal and Samuel makes the save!|
|9'||Gay is played through into the area and wins a corner for Caledonia. An in-swinging corner is delivered into Gspurning's box, which he collects for the Sounders.|
|7'||A through ball to Ferguson looked dangerous, but Ferguson is flagged for off side.|
|5'||A long shot by Seattle is well over Samuel's goal for a goal kick.|
|3'||The corner is lofted to the back post and Caledonia head the ball toward goal, but Seattle clear the danger.|
|2'||Caledonia earn the first corner of the match.|
|1'||Caledonia kick off and this game is underway!|
|Welcome to Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva for this Group 4 match between Caledonia AIA and the Seattle Sounders. Javier Santos of Puerto Rico is your official for the match this evening.|