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>
|24||T. Deric (GK)|
|Coach: D. Kinnear|
|90' +1||Full time whistle blows and Houston run out comfortable 4-0 winners to climb to the top of group 3 with seven points.|
|88'||Free kick to Houston is blocked, Dixon on the rebound blasts one in that hits his own team mate, FAS finally clear.|
|85'||Houston with the lions share of the possession in this game. FAS did have long periods of the game but not much going up in front of goal.|
|82'||Houston cruising now towards a comfortable win.|
|80'||Luiz Camargo enters the game and replaces G. Barnes.|
|78'||C. Carr has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo! Assist by C. Weaver.|
|Goal Houston. Deep cross comes in which Weaver nods down inside the 18-yard box, Carr controls the ball superbly before picking his spot with a nonchalant flick. 4-0 Houston.|
|75'||Moffat tangles again with a FAS player, needs to be careful the Scotsman.|
|73'||Moffat gets a yellow card for punching Figueroa in the back.|
|72'||A. Moffat gets yellow.|
|70'||Ching leaves the field after completing seventy minutes, Dixon comes on in his place.|
|69'||A. Dixon enters the game and replaces B. Ching.|
|C. Carrillo enters the game and replaces R. Ulloa.|
|67'||The busy Carr cuts inside at the top of the 18-yard box and lets rip again, over the top of Arroyo's bar again as Houston begin to dominate.|
|65'||Carr has an effort charged down inside the box. The ball falls to Moffat whose pile driver is inches over the bar.|
|64'||Clark puts one into the back post and Weaver heads against Arroyo and out for a corner kick. The resulting corner to the near post is comfortably headed clear by the FAS defense.|
|61'||This is turning out to be a terrific night for Houston. Not only will the three points be handy, but the additional goal difference could prove crucial in the final group standings.|
|58'||This is Houston Dynamo’s third match in Group 3 tonight, their previous two matches ended in a 3-1 victory over FAS followed by a 1-1 draw at Olimpia.|
|57'||C. Carr enters the game and replaces J. Watson.|
|55'||Another long ball cutting through the Houston defense almost creates a chance for FAS, Deric is once more off his line to clear.|
|53'||Clark and Weaver combine again, this time Weaver's header is just wide.|
|52'||J. Águila enters the game and replaces W. Reyes.|
|Emerson Reis delivers a cross into the near post which is headed out for a corner kick. The kick is taken short and once again Houston quell the danger and Deric collects.|
|49'||C. Weaver has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo!|
|Goal Houston. Clark sends in a looping cross, Weaver heads back across goal but the ball rebounds to him and he blasts the ball into the far corner.|
|47'||Ulloa latches onto a superb cross but his first touch lets him down and Deric smothers the ball.|
|46'||Houston get the second half underway.|
|45' +3||Half time whistle blows and Houston go into the break two goals up thanks to goals from Barnes and Boswell.|
|45'||Two minutes of additional time to this first half.|
|44'||B. Boswell has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo! Assist by C. Clark.|
|Goal Houston. Clark with the free kick into the 6-yard box and Boswell with a superb header gives Houston a 2-0 lead.|
|42'||Watson is fould and needs treatment. Free kick just outside the box on the right side.|
|40'||FAS press forward again and a hint of a chance is snuffed out by advancing Deric who collects.|
|36'||González has to go off for FAS after picking up a knock earlier in the game. An attacker comes on, so positive thinking from coach Castillo.|
|35'||C. Álvarez enters the game and replaces M. González.|
|34'||Game has gone back into its shell the last few minutes, both teams content to just knock the ball around at this juncture.|
|31'||A promising attack from FAS ends with a weak effort on goal that trundles through to Deric.|
|29'||This is FAS’s third match in Group 3 tonight, their previous two matches ended in defeats to Olimpia and Houston Dynamo.|
|26'||Throw in to Houston finds Clark, his first time shot is weak and Arroyo can collect.|
|25'||It's taken short and Houston are all over it, nothing doing there and Houston clear up field.|
|24'||Out of the blue that goal, livened up the crowd a bit as FAS win their first corner of the night.|
|21'||G. Barnes has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo! Assist by C. Weaver.|
|Goal Houston. Weaver finds Barnes and from just under 25-yards out lets rip with a beauty that hits the top corner. Arroyo had no chance with that strike. Hint of a slight deflection from Ching on that strike.|
|19'||FAS content to play it around at the back. Houston unable to get forward and create any chances.|
|16'||Fifteen minutes gone and still nothing in the shots on goal column.|
|14'||Ulloa is almost through on goal, Deric races out of his goal and takes a tumble after clashing with the forward, referee blows for a foul on the FAS player.|
|11'||Houston win a corner kick which is sent in by Barnes, Ching jumps and heads wide.|
|9'||Free kick to Houston around 35-yards out. Moffat floats one in but it's too long and Arroyo can collect.|
|6'||FAS playing the ball around nicely in center field. No clear cut chances so far and a relatively quiet start.|
|3'||Colin Clark loops a ball into the FAS penalty area, two Houston players try to reach it but FAS hoof the ball up field.|
|1'||FAS get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 3 match between Houston Dynamo from the USA and FAS from El Salvador.|