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||L. Contreras (GK)|
|Coach: A. Castillo|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and FAS sneak the win thanks to those two late strikes from A. de la Cruz and Moscoso, Portillo had put Olimpia ahead on 65 minutes. The final score 2-1 to FAS|
|90' +3||W. Castillo enters the game and replaces E. Sánchez.|
|90'||J. Moscoso has scored a goal for FAS! Assist by E. Sánchez.|
|Goal FAS. A nicely worked free kick finds Moscoso inside the 18-yard box, he shoots into the roof of the net to give the El Salvadorians the lead.|
|87'||Morán steps up and blasts his kick which Escober saves to his left!|
|86'||J. Palacios gets yellow.|
|Penalty to FAS. Palacios trips Mayen inside the box. Palacios receives a yellow for that challenge.|
|82'||FAS break forward with speed, the ball is squared to Sánchez who slices his shot well wide.|
|80'||J. Mejía enters the game and replaces R. Rojas.|
|79'||Olimpia have a chance that hits the side netting, this game has burst into life over the last five minutes.|
|78'||A. Bentos has scored a goal for FAS! Assist by E. Sánchez.|
|Goal FAS. Sánchez takes on two Olimpia defenders and gets in a cross which A. de la Cruz nods home.|
|77'||Free kick to FAS just outside the box on the left is wasted as Olimpia clear.|
|74'||A. Bentos gets yellow.|
|A. de la Cruz receives a yellow card for complaining to the referee after being called off side.|
|73'||A. Bentos enters the game and replaces Emerson Reis.|
|FAS’s only goal in this tournament came against the Houston Dynamo, J. Águila scored in a 3-1 home defeat to the Texas outfit.|
|69'||D. Valle enters the game and replaces M. Granadino.|
|FAS now press forward for the equalizer while Fabio de Souza makes an important headed clearance inside the Olimpia box.|
|65'||J. Portillo has scored a goal for Olimpia! Assist by Douglas Caetano.|
|Luciano Emílio enters the game and replaces Douglas Caetano.|
|Goal Olimpia. Douglas Caetano with a neat ball into the FAS area, Portillo is unmarked and strikes low past Contreras to give the El Salvadorians the lead.|
|64'||A dangerous ball across the Olimpia box almost finds Abadía, he can't get a boot to the ball and the chance goes begging.|
|60'||R. Rojas gets yellow.|
|Rojas receives a yellow card for complaining to the referee after being punished for being off side.|
|59'||Abadía steals the away from Olimpia and lets fly with a rasping shot that is well over Escober's bar.|
|58'||Reyna with a corner to the near post for Olimpia and Sánchez heads clear on the goal line.|
|56'||Caetano with a decent ball into the box which Rojas can't get to. Corner to Olimpia is sent in and FAS are able to clear up field.|
|54'||This is FAS’s fourth match in Group 3 tonight, their previous three matches all ended in defeats conceding ten goals along the way.|
|51'||rain still causing problems as the pitch continues to deteriorate.|
|47'||Rojas has a shot for Olimpia from 25-yards out, the ball takes an awkward bounce and Contreras collects at the second attempt.|
|46'||C. Mejía enters the game and replaces H. Córdoba.|
|Olimpia get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and the score is 0-0. Difficult conditions to play under, chances at a premium, will there be goals in the second half? join us shortly.|
|44'||The resulting corner offers a chance for Olimpia, García and Fabio de Souza both have chances but FAS hold out.|
|43'||Rosano has a cracking volley from outside the box that Contreras pushes around the post for a corner kick.|
|39'||Olimpia break again and an effort on goal balloons up inside the FAS box and Contreras punches clear.|
|37'||Olimpia play the ball into the path of Rojas but he is adjudged off side and the play is bought back.|
|34'||Just over ten minutes to the interval, neither of these teams able to grab this game by the scruff of the neck due to the conditions.|
|31'||Contreras punches away a long throw in and Olimpia now enjoying a long spell of possession.|
|28'||Olimpia put a string of passes together down the left wing, the final delivery was poor and FAS have a goal kick.|
|25'||Play becoming extremely difficult now, a back pass from FAS almost doesn't make it to Contreras.|
|22'||Olimpia play a long ball into the FAS area and Rojas almost gets on the end of it before Contreras collects.|
|20'||A neat one-two on the edge of the Olimpia box sets up a chance for FAS, but Escober was equal to it and makes a fine save.|
|16'||The rain still pouring down as we pass the fifteen minute mark, the playing surface becoming a little bogged down.|
|13'||Olimpia with plenty of possession in these opening minutes, not much in the way of goal attempts thus far.|
|10'||This is Olimpia’s third match in Group 3 tonight, their previous two matches ended in a 3-0 victory over FAS and a 1-1 draw with Houston Dynamo.|
|6'||Some sustained pressure from FAS ends with an effort from Renderos that goes well wide of Escober's left post.|
|4'||The rain is pouring down at the start of this match, both sets of players finding it difficult to string a number of passes together.|
|2'||This matched kicked of approximately sixteen minutes late due to a power cut.|
|1'||FAS get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 3 match between FAS from El Salvador and Olimpia from Honduras.|