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>
|18||J. Williams (GK)|
|Coach: S. Charles-Fevrier|
|90' +5||Full time whistle blows and the spoils are shared. Guadalajara took the lead in the first half thanks to a 39th minute effort from Torres, Leon leveled things up on 66 minutes with that superb free kick.|
|90' +4||Corner to Guadalajara causes a scare inside the box as the ball is loose, W Connection manage to clear though and the danger is cleared.|
|90'||Three minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|87'||W Connection looking the more dangerous as the second half comes to a close. Can they snatch a late winner?|
|85'||J. Nava enters the game and replaces J. Padilla.|
|84'||Morales clean though on goal again, this time Williams bursts out of his goal and saves well.|
|81'||Morales goes on a decent run and fires one just left of Williams' left hand post.|
|80'||A. Pacheco enters the game and replaces M. Bartholemew.|
|78'||Báez lines up a long range shot that is blocked by a W Connection defender.|
|75'||W Connection still plugging away, Guadalajara need a victory tonight to make life easy for themselves in this group.|
|72'||Guadalajara can't breach the first line of defense on their corner opportunity, Báez has a long range effort that Williams saves superbly again. Keeper having a good game tonight.|
|68'||J. Enríquez enters the game and replaces J. Sánchez.|
|A superb strike from Leon, Michel did get a slight glove to it but had no chance.|
|66'||S. Rijssel enters the game and replaces K. Frederick.|
|C. Leon has scored a goal for W Connection!|
|Goal W Connection. Leon lines up a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box and lets loose with a pile driver that nestles into the top corner.|
|64'||W Connection go on a promising break, but the final ball is disappointing and the attack breaks down.|
|62'||Guadalajara send in a corner kick long and W Connection are able to clear their lines.|
|59'||C. Viveros enters the game and replaces J. Williams.|
|58'||A defensive howler from W Connection lets in Morales, he has just Williams to beat and slices his shot wide.|
|57'||L. Morales enters the game and replaces A. Gallardo.|
|56'||Guadalajara still probing away at the W Connection defense. Not much in the way of goal mouth action in this second half.|
|53'||Reynoso with a dangerous looking header back to Michel, inquisitive look from the keeper as he hoofs it up field.|
|52'||Sánchez snatches at his shot and the ball is well wide of Williams' goal.|
|49'||W Connection with a bright start to this second half, not much going on up front though and Michel in the Guadalajara goal has had little to do all night.|
|46'||Guadalajara get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and Guadalajara dominating this one, they go into the break 1-0 up thanks to that Torres strike on 39 minutes.|
|45' +1||Poor corner into the near post and headed out by Guadalajara.|
|45'||W Connection have a free kick right of the 18-yard box. It's sent to the back post and headed out for a corner kick.|
|42'||Guadalajara win a free kick, it's driven in and Perales' header back across goal is inches wide.|
|39'||E. Torres has scored a goal for Guadalajara! Assist by O. Esparza.|
|Goal Guadalajara. Torres receives the ball inside the W Connection box from a Gallardo pass, he turns and shoots high into the back of the net. Slight hint of a deflection on the shot.|
|38'||Guadalajara with another free kick outside the box, this time Williams makes a comfortable catch.|
|35'||Free kick to Guadalajara just outside the box in a central location. A good strike on goal takes a deflection and is superbly beaten away by Williams.|
|32'||Gerard Williams defends a free kick out for a corner. Good defending again from W Connection as the corner comes to nothing.|
|30'||Torres sends in a dangerous looking ball into the W Connection box, Gerard Williams gets a solid defensive header in and the danger is cleared.|
|28'||This is Guadalajara’s third match in Group 8 tonight, their previous two matches ended in a 1-0 defeat to Xelajú followed by a 4-0 victory over W Connection.|
|25'||Corner kick to Guadalajara is an out swinger, Torres gets a glancing header on the follow up attack but it's well wide.|
|24'||The game has calmed down significantly since the flurry of activity from the Mexicans in the opening fifteen minutes.|
|20'||Reynoso goes down under a heavy challenge and needs treatment.|
|16'||Guadalajara come close, a deep cross into the box and Sánchez gets a foot to it and Williams makes a fine reaction save to his right.|
|14'||Two quick corners in succession for W Connection come to nothing, a sniff of a chance on the second but the off side flag went up.|
|12'||Coronado ghosts into the W Connection 18-yard box and he's strike on goal takes a deflection and almost loops over Williams.|
|9'||Padilla shoots just wide again, the man is on fire and looking to get amongst the goals tonight.|
|8'||The home side can't settle in the early stages, plenty of possession for Guadalajara and two attempts on goal.|
|5'||Padilla has another super effort on goal, this time just wide of a diving Williams.|
|3'||Padilla with an early chance for Guadalajara, a decent volley is just over the bar.|
|1'||W Connection get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, San Fernando for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 8 match between W Connection from Trinidad & Tobago and Guadalajara from Mexico.|