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>
|1||P. Pemberton (GK)|
|Coach: Ó. Ramírez|
|90' +3||Full time whistle blows and Alajuelense win 1-0 thanks to a 49th minute Sánchez goal. Alajuelense just need a draw from their final game to progress to the knock out stages of this tournament.|
|90' +1||Alajuelense with a disappointing free kick into the wall.|
|90'||Two minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|89'||W. Sánchez enters the game and replaces S. Wilson.|
|88'||Anderson Andrade has a shot from just outside the box that trickles wide. Lazo receives a yellow card for arguing with the referee.|
|87'||N. Lazo gets yellow.|
|Alajuelense still probing for a goal, Real Estelí with plenty of players behind the ball though.|
|84'||Alajuelense have never progressed from the opening rounds of the CONCACAF Champions league.|
|82'||N. Lazo enters the game and replaces J. Barrera.|
|81'||Valle runs across the 18-yard box looking for an opening, he blazes over the bar when he had other options available out wide.|
|78'||Real Estelí need something out of this game, if they fall to defeat tonight they will be eliminated from the tournament.|
|76'||G. Arias enters the game and replaces Á. Sánchez.|
|75'||Alajuelense drill a corner kick to the back post where Palma heads well wide.|
|73'||Barrera for Real Estelí finds a little room at the top of the 18-yard box, his shot across goal is wide though and results in a goal kick.|
|70'||Real Estelí losing the ball in dangerous positions just outside the box, Sánchez tries to take advantage but blazes his shot over the bar.|
|69'||Alajuelense fire in a corner which Meneses heads wide at the near post.|
|66'||Gabas is carried off on a stretcher and won't return. A big blow that for Alajuelense.|
|64'||J. Guzmán enters the game and replaces P. Gabas.|
|E. Figueroa enters the game and replaces Franklin López.|
|Wilson receives a yellow card for arguing with the linesman while Gabas is receiving treatment.|
|63'||S. Wilson gets yellow.|
|Wilson with a corner right into the heart of the Alajuelense box, Gabas with the defensive header out which injures the Costa Rica player.|
|60'||Guevara with some good work down the right wing, a neat cross finds Gabas and his header is just wide.|
|59'||This is Alajuelense’s third match in Group 6 tonight, their previous two matches ended in a 2-2 draw with Tigres UANL and a 1-0 victory over Real Estelí.|
|55'||Alajuelense move forward in droves and Sánchez' final delivery is poor and Real Estelí win a goal kick.|
|53'||The resulting corner kick is too long and Real Estelí clear their lines.|
|52'||Meneses shoots from just outside the 18-yard box which Lorente pushes the ball around the post for a corner kick.|
|49'||Penalty goal scored by Á. Sánchez for Alajuelense!|
|J. Barrera gets yellow.|
|Goal Alajuelense. Sánchez finds the top right corner of the net with Lorente well beaten.|
|48'||Penalty to Alajuelense. Zeledón bundles down his opponent inside the box.|
|46'||K. García enters the game and replaces A. Aguilar.|
|Alajuelense get the second half underway.|
|45' +3||Half time whistle blows and the teams go into the break deadlocked. Alajuelense have come the closest to opening the scoring with Guevara hitting the inside of the post. All to play for in the second half.|
|45' +1||two minutes of additional time to this first half.|
|45'||Gabas finds Guevara with a delightful ball inside the 18-yard box, the latter shoots and hits the inside of the post and Real Estelí escape.|
|44'||Good work from Wilson earns Real Estelí a corner kick. Taken short this time and the Alajuelense defense soon close down the danger.|
|42'||C. Meneses gets yellow.|
|Meneses receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Barrera.|
|41'||Gabas tries his luck from outside the box, not much pace on the ball and it trundles out for a goal kick.|
|39'||Franklin López rejoins the game after hobbling off the pitch after that challenge.|
|37'||P. Gabas gets yellow.|
|Gabas receives a yellow card for a tackle from behind on Franklin López.|
|35'||Alajuelense on the attack again, this time Lorente punches clear a high ball as Gabas loiters with intent around the 18-yard box.|
|34'||Corner to Alajuelense comes to nothing, Real Estelí looking very comfortable at the back so far.|
|31'||Corner to Alajuelense floated in and Sánchez has a half chance that is ballooned over the bar.|
|29'||Aguilar tries an ambitious effort from distance that Lorente shepherds out for a goal kick.|
|28'||Straight down the other end, Alajuelense win a corner for themselves, but it's disappointing and Real Estelí clear up field.|
|27'||Corner to Real Estelí is struck to the near post and Wilson's header is well wide from a tight angle.|
|25'||Free kick is sent to the back post and Gabas' header is inches wide. Closest to a goal there Alajuelense.|
|24'||F. Rodríguez gets yellow.|
|yellow card to Rodríguez for the tackle from behind on Sánchez, free kick just outside the box.|
|22'||Scrappy play in midfield from both teams, Alajuelense are now with the lions share of the possession as they go in search of goals.|
|20'||Gabas receiving treatment as play is held up.|
|19'||A good break down the left flank almost creates an opening, Garcia with a good tackle to clear. Corner comes in from Alajuelense, clash of heads as Gabas goes down.|
|16'||A long ball almost finds Aguilar inside the 18-yard box, good defending from Zeledón clears the danger.|
|12'||Guevara almost though on goal but the off side flag goes up and play is brought back.|
|10'||A lively opening ten minutes to proceedings in Costa Rica. Real Estelí with the slight advantage with the possession statistics.|
|6'||Real Estelí send in a corner kick, hint of hand ball inside the box but the referee waves play on.|
|5'||Alajuelense win a free kick right hand side of the 18-yard box, hits a defender and Real Estelí clear up field.|
|1'||First half gets underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 6 match between Alajuelense from Costa Rica and Real Estelí from Nicaragua.|