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>
|27||N. Valladares (GK)|
|4||Fabio de Souza|
|Coach: D. Tosello|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and Houston hang on for a valuable point. Douglas Caetano opened the scoring for Olimpia on 7 minutes before Moffat equalized for the Dynamo on 57.|
|90' +2||Olimpia hit the post. C. Mejía gets to the line and pulls the ball back to J. Mejía who scuffs his shot against the post from 6-yards out when it looked easier to score.|
|90'||Three minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|89'||A promising break forward by Houston is called back after Bruin drifts offside.|
|87'||Houston have a corner kick which Garcia sends into the near post, Olimpia are able to clear though and the opportunity is wasted.|
|86'||Another Olimpia corner is sent right into the mix, Deric stretches to punch and the referee blows for an infringement.|
|85'||Houston holding there own as we enter the final five minutes of this encounter. A valuable point for the Dynamo.|
|84'||W. Bruin enters the game and replaces C. Weaver.|
|82'||Houston Dynamo’s all-time leading CONCACAF Champions League goal scorers are Brian Ching, Stuart Holden, Kei Kamara with 3 goals each.|
|79'||B. Beckeles gets yellow.|
|Beckeles receives his yellow card for pulling back Kandji.|
|76'||An Olimpia corner is taken short, the ball is finally crossed in and Deric makes a commanding catch.|
|75'||Watson goes into the book for a deliberate handball.|
|74'||M. Kandji enters the game and replaces C. Clark.|
|J. Watson gets yellow.|
|73'||One of these teams will be top of their group tonight.|
|71'||This game is finely poised, it can go anyway at this juncture but Houston would be the more happier with the outcome.|
|68'||J. Mejía enters the game and replaces J. García.|
|Olimpia’s all-time leading CONCACAF Champions League goal scorer is Roger Rojas with 8 goals.|
|66'||C. Mejía gets yellow.|
|65'||Corner kick to Olimpia is caught by Deric.|
|64'||This is Houston Dynamo’s second match in Group 3 tonight, their first ended in a 3-1 win away to El Salvador’s FAS.|
|63'||C. Mejía enters the game and replaces S. Rosano.|
|B. Boswell enters the game and replaces Luiz Camargo.|
|61'||N. Sturgis goes off after a red card!|
|The referee spots an off the ball incident and García goes into the book for Olimpia. Straight red card now to Sturgis after plowing into Bruschi.|
|60'||J. García gets yellow.|
|Rosano with a free kick which is punched clear by Deric.|
|57'||A. Moffat has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo! Assist by N. Sturgis.|
|Goal Houston. Sturgis with a corner kick to the near post which is cleared, Sturgis again with a cross and this time Moffat meets it with a perfect header.|
|54'||Clark receives a yellow card for descent.|
|53'||C. Clark gets yellow.|
|Corner comes to nothing, but Olimpia should be two up. A hint of hand ball on the line as Hainault cleared that Rosano scuffed effort.|
|52'||Olimpia come close, Tilguath with a perfect ball into the box, shot comes in and Deric saves, Rosano scuffs the rebound and Olimpia win a corner.|
|49'||A couple of challenges in center field gets the cards out for the first time in this match. Hainault for Houston and Rosano for Olimpia are walking a tightrope.|
|48'||S. Rosano gets yellow.|
|A. Hainault gets yellow.|
|47'||Reyna lofts a free kick into the Houston box, an Olimpia header has looped over the bar and Houston have a goal kick.|
|46'||J. Portillo enters the game and replaces J. Escalante.|
|Houston get the second half underway.|
|45' +1||Half time whistle blows and the home side go into the break one goal to the good up. Douglas Caetano's strike on seven minutes is difference so far, Houston still in this one though, the Texans edged the possession stats in that first half. 1-0 Olimpia.|
|42'||Weaver lays the ball off to Garcia at the top of the Olimpia box, but the Honduran miss kicks.|
|40'||The game has quietened down in the last five minutes. Houston seeing plenty of possession at this juncture of the game.|
|39'||This is Olimpia’s second match in Group 3 tonight, their first ended in a 3-0 win at home to El Salvador’s FAS.|
|36'||Clark with a free kick for Houston finds Hainault at the back post, half chance for the Canadian but the referee spots a foul inside the box and Olimpia can clear.|
|33'||Another dangerous looking free kick is floated in by Rosano, Deric once more with a firm punch.|
|31'||Reyna with a free kick out wide and from distance almost sneaks in at the back post with Deric beaten.|
|29'||Two quick corners is succession for Olimpia yields nothing. The first Deric palms away the danger, the second is headed wide.|
|28'||Watson dinks a neat through ball to Weaver, the keeper commits and Weaver has an open goal and somehow balloons the ball over the bar.|
|27'||Houston not really creating anything up front at this juncture. Olimpia looking the more dangerous coming forward.|
|24'||Olimpia break forward and a real chance to double the score, Deric comes rushing off his line and makes a crucial save.|
|23'||Olimpia are camped out inside the Houston half, a long throw causes some panic inside the box but the final shot goes out for a goal kick.|
|20'||A decent move from Houston down the right flank, Garcia with the final ball across the face of the Olimpia goal but no team mates following up.|
|17'||Bruschi finds a little room at the top of the Houston box, he shoots while being closed down and the effort is over the bar.|
|16'||Sloppy play from Houston as they give the ball away, an Olimpia cross is headed out as the linesman's flag goes up.|
|14'||Fair play to Olimpia though, they are snapping at the heels of the Houston players every chance they get.|
|12'||Olimpia giving up a couple of free kicks as Houston continue to settle into the game. No clear cut chances for the Dynamo so far.|
|9'||Houston will be kicking themselves, that was a soft goal to give up.|
|7'||Goal Olimpia. Corner kick to the near post from Reyna and Douglas Caetano flicked on header loops over Deric and into the back of the net.|
|6'||Douglas Caetano has scored a goal for Olimpia! Assist by I. Reyna.|
|5'||Five minutes gone and Houston playing the ball around nicely in midfield.|
|2'||Douglas Caetano for Olimpia gets on the end of a cross inside the Houston box, he just turns his shot wide though, early scare there for Houston.|
|1'||Olimpia get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 3 match between Olimpia from Honduras and Houston Dynamo from the USA.|