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)||84'|
|Coach: D. Kinnear|
|90' +5||Full time whistle blows and Houston scrape into the quarter finals thanks to that Hainault equalizer on 65 minutes.|
|90' +3||Free kick to Olimpia just outside the box is sent in and Deric makes a commanding catch.|
|90'||Four minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|88'||Gallant effort from Olimpia tonight, Houston is somewhat of a fortress to get a result from.|
|87'||Houston still going forward in search of another goal which would put the tie completely beyond the Hondurans.|
|86'||R. Bruschi enters the game and replaces Douglas Caetano.|
|85'||M. Kandji enters the game and replaces C. Carr.|
|84'||T. Deric gets yellow.|
|Deric receives a yellow card for Houston for time wasting.|
|83'||Escalante sends in a corner for Olimpia which Douglas Caetano heads over.|
|81'||García bursts through the Olimpia defense and his shot is deflected out for a corner kick. García sends in the corner which is cleared at the near post.|
|79'||B. Beckeles goes off after a red card!|
|Beckeles receives a red card for a late challenge on Carr.|
|77'||B. García enters the game and replaces G. Barnes.|
|Carr with a delightful ball into the box and Weaver's header strikes the post.|
|75'||C. Carr gets yellow.|
|D. Escober gets yellow.|
|Carr receives a yellow card along with the Olimpia keeper for the earlier confrontation.|
|73'||Corner to Houston is cleared at the near post, Escober goes down inside the box and play is halted.|
|72'||J. Escalante enters the game and replaces J. Portillo.|
|71'||Houston in the driving seat at this juncture with that goal.|
|70'||R. Tilguath enters the game and replaces A. López.|
|68'||B. Beckeles gets yellow.|
|Yellow card for Beckeles for a late scything challenge on Carr.|
|67'||C. Ashe gets yellow.|
|65'||A. Hainault has scored a goal for Houston Dynamo! Assist by N. Sturgis.|
|Goal Houston. Corner from Sturgis is met by a glancing header from Hainault at the near post. Superb finish from the Canadian.|
|62'||Douglas Caetano is down receiving treatment as Houston continue to try and find some rhythm.|
|59'||Sturgis sends in the corner and Watson's effort is deflected over for a second corner. Another half chance from the set piece is high and wide and Olimpia can clear.|
|58'||Watson is behind the Olimpia defense but his cross is cut out for a corner.|
|56'||B. Ching gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Ching for stamping on a player off the ball.|
|54'||Houston desperate for a goal here, as it stands they will be booted out of this tournament tonight.|
|50'||A heavy back pass from Sturgis has Deric almost caught out. Second half not starting too brightly for Houston.|
|47'||An early free kick for Houston is easily cleared by the Olimpia wall.|
|46'||J. Watson enters the game and replaces C. Clark.|
|Olimpia get the second half underway.|
|45' +4||Half time whistle blows and Olimpia are well worth their goal advantage tonight. Douglas Caetano with that rocket free kick is the difference, as it stands it will be the Hondurans progressing to the quarter finals.|
|45' +3||Clark sends the corner to the back post and Weaver's header is just wide.|
|45' +2||Creavalle with a slight hint of goal but a good challenge comes and Houston win a corner.|
|45' +1||López has a half chance for Olimpia inside the Houston penalty box, his effort is way over the bar and Deric can clear up field.|
|45'||Three minutes of additional time to this first half.|
|44'||First half coming to a close and as it stands Olimpia will progress to the quarter finals.|
|41'||The Houston coach Kinnear has been sent to the stands by the referee.|
|39'||A. Hainault gets yellow.|
|Carr is barged off the ball inside the box by Fonseca, no penalty though says the referee. Hainault gets a yellow card for high elbows on Douglas Caetano.|
|37'||Rosano again with another good looking cross, this time Sturgis is able to make a good clearance.|
|35'||Houston win a corner which Clark drives in, unfortunately it clears everyone and goes out for a goal kick.|
|33'||Some good work from Hainault eases the pressure on the Houston goal. Still no clear cut chances for Houston at the other end.|
|29'||Houston rocking and reeling at the moment, Olimpia pushing for a second and the Dynamo clueless up front so far.|
|26'||Douglas Caetano somehow manages to ride a couple of challenges and the ball breaks free, his effort is blocked though and Houston can clear.|
|25'||Sums up Houston's evening so far, Deric throws out to his defense and it's straight out for a throw in. Kinnear is fuming on the sidelines.|
|24'||A looping header from Houston has Escober scrambling across goal but the effort is well wide.|
|21'||Douglas Caetano has scored a goal for Olimpia!|
|Goal Olimpia. Olimpia win a free kick around 30-yards out. Douglas Caetano steps up and strikes one that Deric gets a hand to but the ball is in the back of the net.|
|19'||Houston lose the ball again and Olimpia forge an opening, Garrido this time with time and space but balloons his effort over the bar.|
|17'||A deep cross to the back post finds Douglas Caetano, not a great connection with the header and the chance goes wide.|
|16'||Weaver has a slight opening inside the 18-yard box, but his volley is skewed up and Olimpia can clear.|
|15'||Fifteen minutes gone and Olimpia will be the more happier with proceedings.|
|11'||Houston win a free kick that is taken square, a long range effort is blocked and Houston still can't get going.|
|9'||Another telling ball behind the Houston defense has Deric racing out of his goal to claim well.|
|8'||Rojas has a pop from 20-yards that is well wide of Deric's right post. Goal kick.|
|6'||Houston can't get much going in the opening minutes, the possession is all with Olimpia so far.|
|4'||Olimpia still pressing in the opening minutes. Douglas Caetano is adjudged offside in a bright spell for the Central Americans.|
|2'||Rosano has an early effort from distance that has Deric making a smart save. Corner to Olimpia into the near post is cleared with ease.|
|1'||Houston 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 Olimpia from Honduras.|