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||J. Mendoza (GK)|
|Coach: M. Keosseian|
|90' +3||The referee blows for full time and Marathón get the victory 2-1.|
|90' +1||2 minutes of time to be added in this game.|
|90'||Bobb is fouled 35 yards out from the Marathón goal for a Caledonia free kick. The free kick is curled into the box and collected by Mendoza.|
|88'||Reyes is played into the area, but he snatches at his shot and lifts it over the Caledonia goal.|
|84'||Reyes breaks past the defense into the Caledonia area and cuts a low cross back into the middle of the area, but the resulting shot is blocked by the defense.|
|81'||J. Reyes has scored a goal for Marathón! Assist by H. Róchez.|
|The ball takes a deflection into the Caledonia area and Reyes is alone in the box and puts the ball past Samuel for a Marathón goal! Marathón lead 2-1.|
|79'||A. Aguilar enters the game and replaces O. Durón.|
|Espinoza takes the free kick for Marathón and drives his shot into the Caledonia wall. Espinoza gets another chance off the rebound, but lifts his second shot well over the Caledonia goal.|
|78'||N. Muhammad gets yellow.|
|Muhammad is given the yellow card for a handball just outside the top of the Caledonia area.|
|77'||Edwards blasts a shot over the Marathón goal from 18 yards out.|
|75'||O. Durón gets yellow.|
|The goal seems to have given Caledonia new life. They were finding themselves being pushed back by one Marathón attack after another before Gay's goal in the 72 minute.|
|72'||J. Gay has scored a goal for Caledonia AIA! Assist by A. Phillips.|
|Phillips wins the ball in the Marathón end and attacks the goal. Phillips cuts a pass back across the area that finds Gay who rockets the ball into the open net for a Caledonia goal! We are all tied up 1-1.|
|71'||J. Reyes enters the game and replaces M. Vega.|
|70'||Edwards and Gay connect inside the Marathón area, but the final shot is blocked by the last Marathón defender.|
|67'||W. Moore enters the game and replaces K. Joseph.|
|Róchez chips a shot from 15 yards out, but Samuel is able to jump and snatch the effort out of the air.|
|65'||A shot driven at Samuel is saved and Vega is there to tap in the rebound, but Vega is flagged for off side.|
|63'||Theobald drives a shot at the top of the area that is well over the Marathón goal.|
|61'||A. Phillips enters the game and replaces C. Stewart.|
|T. Bobb enters the game and replaces N. Lewis.|
|60'||Vega takes a specualtive shot that takes a deflection for a Marathón corner. Samuel punches the delivery from the corner clear.|
|57'||The free kick is taken by Marathón, but the shot is over Samuel's goal for a goal kick.|
|56'||Durón breaks down the middle of the field on a counter attack, but David fouls him for a Marathón free kick from 30 yards out.|
|53'||H. Róchez has scored a goal for Marathón!|
|Alatamirano breaks down the left flank and charges toward the Caledonia goal. Altamirano's shot is saved by Samuel, but the rebound falls to the substitute Róchez, who passes the ball into an open net for a Marathón goal! Marathón lead 1-0.|
|50'||A long ball finds the Marathón attacker behind the defense, but Samuel rushes out of his area and makes the tackle for Caledonia.|
|49'||An in swinging corner by Joseph is directly into the arms of Mendoza.|
|48'||A poor back pass to Samuel is intercepted by Vega, but Samuel slides in to dispossess the forward and end the danger.|
|46'||H. Róchez enters the game and replaces M. Rivera.|
|Caledonia kick off and the second half is underway!|
|45' +2||The referee blows for half time and after 45 minutes of play, the teams are tied 0-0.|
|44'||Vega charges at the defense and drives a shot from the top corner of the 18 yard box that is just off target for a goal kick.|
|43'||The last time these two met the game ended in a 0-0 draw in Trinidad & Tobago.|
|40'||A driving shot from Altamirano from 35 yards out is saved by Samuel, who has been kept busy by the Marathón attack this first half.|
|37'||Castro's in-swinging corner is headed towards the Caledonia goal, but Samuel collects with relative ease.|
|36'||Marathón win another corner to be taken by Castro.|
|33'||Marathón were attacking down the left flank until Joseph intelligently shields the ball out of play for a Caledonia goal kick.|
|30'||Theobald is called for a foul on Altamirano near midfield as he came in late to a challenge.|
|28'||Marathón take the free kick that is just over the Caledonia cross bar for a goal kick.|
|27'||A. David gets yellow.|
|David is given the yellow card for his sliding tackle on Altamirano just outside the Caledonia penalty area on the right flank.|
|26'||Joseph's corner is curled in towards the front post and headed clear by the defense.|
|25'||Caledonia win another corner to be taken by Joseph.|
|24'||The corner taken by Caledonia is cleared by the defense, but Caledonia are beginning to pressure the Marathón goal.|
|23'||A low cross delivered by Castro is too close to Samuel who easily collects for Caledonia. Caledonia are on the counter attack and Lewis drives a shot from the top of the 18 that is saved by Mendoza and the rebound is cleared for a corner.|
|20'||A long ball to the top of the Caledonia area is headed clear by the Caledonia keeper!|
|18'||Rápalo drives a shot from 35 yards out that sails over the Caledonia goal for a goal kick.|
|15'||Joseph takes a free kick for Caledonia on the right flank and lifts his shot high and wide for a goal kick.|
|14'||Marathón delivers a high corner kick that Samuel punches straight up into the air. Samuel jumps to collects his own rebound for Caledonia and another Marathón attack comes to an end.|
|13'||Altamirano drives a shot from well out that takes a deflection and Marathón is awarded a corner kick.|
|10'||Theobald takes the free kick for Caledonia and drives his shot into the Marathón wall.|
|9'||Edwards is fouled and awarded a free kick for Caledonia in a dangerous area on the left flank.|
|8'||A dangerous cross delivered into the Caledonia area from the left flank is headed clear by Theobald in front of his keeper.|
|5'||Marathón take an in-swinging corner that is headed into the air at the back post and Samuel collects for Caledonia.|
|4'||Marathón win a free kick on the right flank and play it quickly to continue the attack.|
|2'||A high cross from Caledonia from the left flank is off target for a Marathón goal kick.|
|1'||Marathón kick off and this game is underway!|
|Welcome to Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras for this Group 4 fixture between Marathón and Caledonia. Cristophel Stewart of the Cayman Islands is your referee for this evening's match.|