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>
|22||B. Villalobos (GK)|
|Coach: V. Coreas|
|90' +3||Salinas takes a shot at the top of the area that takes a deflection for a corner. Laguna's corner is headed clear. The referee blows for full time and Santos Laguna win 4-0 over Aguila.|
|90'||3 minutes of time to be added here in the second half.|
|88'||Cárdenas delivers a dangerous cross, but González cuts it out and pounces on the rebound before Laguna can capitalize on the opportunity.|
|86'||Despite leading by 4 goals, Laguna are still pressuring for another goal in this one.|
|83'||Flores is call for a foul near midfield on the left flank. Laguna play the ball short off the free kick and maintain possession.|
|80'||Laguna will want to maintain a clean sheet, and have 10 minutes left in this match to defend their goal.|
|77'||Penalty goal scored by Marc Crosas for Santos Laguna!|
|Crosas steps up to take the penalty kick and shoots to the right of González for a Laguna goal! Laguna lead 4-0!|
|76'||Cárdenas breaks into the area and is fouled by Bonilla at the top of the box. Laguna penalty kick!|
|73'||C. Parra enters the game and replaces H. Gómez.|
|72'||Laguna has conceded at least one goal in 17 of their last 18 away games in CCL competitions, so Aguila will be looking to continue that trend tonight.|
|69'||Laguna take a free kick from the right flank. The in-swinging cross finds Galindo, but the header is cleared off the line!|
|67'||M. González enters the game and replaces B. Villalobos.|
|Aguila take the corner short, but can't find a way through the Laguna defense.|
|65'||K. Adachi enters the game and replaces O. Mares.|
|64'||Gutiérrez makes an incisive run into the Laguna area and blasts a shot over the goal for a goal kick.|
|62'||J. Escoboza has scored a goal for Santos Laguna! Assist by E. Lugo.|
|Gómez receives a low long ball to the back post of Villalobos' goal and takes the ball to the goal line and cuts a shot back across goal and scores! Laguna lead 3-0!|
|61'||Laguna continue to maintain the majority of possession, and now have a two goal lead to defend.|
|59'||J. Martínez enters the game and replaces J. Henríquez.|
|58'||Gómez and Cardenas connect at the top of the area and Gómez blasts a shot wide right of the Aguila goal for a goal kick.|
|56'||A. Galindo has scored a goal for Santos Laguna! Assist by J. Escoboza.|
|A long high cross from Escoboza finds Galindo at the back post! Galindo heads the ball back across the face of goal for a second Laguna goal! Laguna lead 2-0.|
|55'||Cardenas rockets a volley from the top of the area that Villalobos saves for a Santos corner.|
|54'||I. Flores enters the game and replaces I. Zelaya.|
|53'||Santos take the corner and Aguila struggles to clear. After some tense moments in the box for the defense, they earn a goal kick.|
|52'||Santos attack down the right flank and deliver a cross that is headed over the goal for a corner kick. The corner is taken and headed at the back post, but Villalobos makes the save for another corner.|
|49'||J. Escoboza has scored a goal for Santos Laguna! Assist by R. Salinas.|
|Salinas attacks at the top of the area and slides a through ball to Escoboza at the back post who slides the ball past Villalobos for a Santos goal! Santos lead 1-0.|
|46'||M. Cárdenas enters the game and replaces C. Ramírez.|
|Aguila kick off and the second half is underway!|
|45' +1||The referee blows for half time and this game is all tied up at 0.|
|45'||There will be 1 minute of added time here in the first half.|
|41'||Gómez drives a shot from the free kick, but pulls it wide left of Villalobos' goal.|
|40'||Mares wins a free kick for Laguna in a dangerous area 25 yards out from the top of the 18.|
|39'||Gutiérrez wins a free kick for Aguila on the right flank. Aguila play the ball back to their defense from the free kick and look to build an attack.|
|36'||Santos have maintained the majority of possession, but Aguila look threatening when on the attack.|
|34'||Aguila have yet to get a win in this Group, and are currently in third place with 0 points.|
|31'||Ramírez breaks into the area to the left of the goal and takes a blistering shot that Villalobos dives to save!|
|30'||Ramírez takes the corner and Aguila fails to clear effectively and Crosas gets a shot! Crosas' shot is wide right of the goal.|
|29'||Laguna win their first corner of the evening, to be taken by Ramírez.|
|26'||The last time these two teams faced each other, Santos won at home 5-0. Aguila are looking to win in their home stadium tonight.|
|23'||Ramírez plays a cross in from the left flank for Santos, but the Aguila defense heads the ball clear.|
|21'||Santos Laguna are looking for their third win tonight, out of their three games played so far. They sit at the top of the group with 6 points.|
|18'||A long ball intended for Gómez is cut out by Villalobos. The Aguila keeper has not seen much action so far in this match.|
|15'||Aguila take the corner and the ball finds an attacker at the top of the area! The shot is headed clear by the Santos defense.|
|14'||Lugo wins a free kick for Laguna 25 yards out from the top of the area. Laguna plays a high ball into the box that Villalobos collects.|
|11'||Aguila attack down the left flank and the cross into the Santos area was dangerous, but the defense clears.|
|9'||A long shot from Aguila looked dangerous, but Becerra makes the save!|
|7'||Santos win a free kick near midfield and play the ball short as they build their attack on the Aguila goal.|
|5'||A dangerous through ball into the Santos area leads to a shot by Romero at the top of the 18, but Romero blasts his shot over the goal for a goal kick.|
|3'||Santos is controlling possession in the early minutes of this game.|
|1'||Santos Laguna kick off and this game is underway!|
|Welcome to Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador for this match between Santos Laguna and Águila. Águila are looking for their first win in this competition tonight against Santos Laguna, who have yet to lose in the group stage. Your referee for tonight’s match is Henry Bejarano of Costa Rica.|