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||N. Rimando (GK)|
|Coach: J. Kreis|
|90' +5||Full time whistle blows and the game ends in a 0-0 draw. Herediano will move on into the quarterfinals.|
|90' +4||Corner kick for Real. Moreira misses it, goes out for another corner.|
|90' +1||C. Montero gets yellow.|
|Four minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|90'||Herediano free kick. Ruiz takes it to the corner and holds it.|
|89'||S. Velásquez gets yellow.|
|88'||L. Moreira gets yellow.|
|Moreira goes down after a challenge with Borchers. Herediano is awarded the free kick.|
|87'||M. Angulo enters the game and replaces C. Hernández.|
|Steele is called for the offsides after a good attacking series from Real.|
|84'||Cubero goes down and is very shaky getting up.|
|83'||Real is keeping up their high pressure and is relentless with their series of attacks on Herediano's box.|
|81'||Real getting their rhythm back, keeping possession and working the ball around the field.|
|80'||J. Garro enters the game and replaces E. Aguilar.|
|79'||Corner kick to Real, Herediano gets it out of the box quickly.|
|77'||J. Sánchez enters the game and replaces E. Ramírez.|
|Steele puts in effort to win the ball up high but gets called for the foul.|
|76'||Tensions seem to be running high for both teams as we are getting closer to the 90 minute mark.|
|75'||Rimando comes out of his box to clear a ball.|
|73'||S. Velásquez enters the game and replaces W. Johnson.|
|72'||A quick chest control and shot by Aguilar is a close call for Real. Rimando was able to get his hands on it and the ball hit off the crossbar.|
|71'||An easy call given to Real as Ruiz jumps on the back of a Real player.|
|70'||Free kick given to Herediano. The ball floated into the box but they weren't able to take advantage of the opportunity.|
|69'||The last time these two teams faced off Herediano gained the 1-0 victory.|
|68'||J. Steele enters the game and replaces L. Gil.|
|66'||Long ball played up but Beltran couldn't get on the end of it. Goal kick to Herediano.|
|64'||Free kick given to Real.|
|62'||A. Mansally enters the game and replaces C. Schuler.|
|61'||Ramirez is down in his own box after getting kicked from an attempted bicycle kick from Espíndola.|
|59'||Schuler comes up from the back to have a shot, but there isn't much behind it and it plays no real threat.|
|58'||Rimando comes out to challenge a cross played in and manages to knock the ball away.|
|57'||Herediano with their closest chance of the night, the ball hitting off the right post of the goal.|
|55'||As it stands, Herediano will advance. Real must do something with their momentum to put the ball in the back of the net.|
|53'||Ramirez loses the ball but hustles to win the ball back and Real switches the play to attack on the other side of the field.|
|52'||Morales touches the ball by his defender and draws the foul.|
|51'||Corner kick for Real, Moreira goes up and snatches the ball before anyone has a chance to get a head on it.|
|49'||Real seems to be picking back up where they left off in the first half. Possessing the ball well and working into Herediano territory.|
|47'||Herediano gets the ball on to their attacking third and comes up with a well hit shot, forcing Rimando to make a diving save.|
|46'||The second half is under way.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and the game stands scoreless. Real dominated the first half with possession of the ball and several shots on goal, causing Moreira to have to make several great saves.|
|45'||1 minute of additional time to this first half.|
|44'||Moreira makes a great save, he is really keeping his team in this.|
|42'||Beautiful flick for Espindola to run onto. Gets a decent shot off but Moreira was ready for it.|
|40'||Corner kick to Real. Schuler gets up for the header but Moreira is there again for the stop.|
|39'||Real keeping possession of the ball, working it from side to side looking for openings.|
|37'||Beckerman with a solid strike on goal. Moreira is there to defend his net.|
|35'||Real passing the ball around the back. Working it forward until Herediano wins the ball and transitions forcing Rimando to make a save.|
|34'||Espindola gets behind the defense again. Saving tackle resulting in a corner kick for Real.|
|32'||Great chance for Espindola on a through ball but he doesn't get much on it and Moreira scoops it up.|
|30'||A cross from Ramirez skips across the Real box until it is finally cleared to safety.|
|28'||Free kick given to Real. Good looking ball played in, Moreira is forced to make a great save off a header.|
|27'||C. Hernández gets yellow.|
|26'||Espindola runs onto a long ball, pulls it back, and Real switches the play.|
|25'||Corner kick to Herediano, Real has no trouble with the clearance.|
|23'||Herediano gaining a little bit of momentum and having some attacking chances against Real.|
|21'||One of Herediano's first solid chances on a transition, shot goes wide left.|
|20'||Foul called on Beckerman, free kick right outside the box Herediano.|
|19'||Real has showed up to play, keeping Herediano on their heels with high pressure and domination of the game so far.|
|17'||Espindola beats a defender and rips a shot from the top of the box that is just over the crossbar.|
|14'||Espindola taking on two Herediano defenders. Gets a cross off to the back of the box but nobody was there to get onto it.|
|13'||Real battling to get a cross off. A header flicked on is an easy grab for Moreira.|
|12'||Herediano starting to get more of a rhythm with their passing.|
|10'||Real keeping the ball in Herediano defensive third until a foul gives Herediano a free kick.|
|8'||Play has been choppy so far due to multiple fouls committed by both teams.|
|6'||Break away chance for Real. Espindola had the keeper beat but his shot just skipped off the crossbar.|
|2'||Foul called on Aguilar, free kick given to Real.|
|1'||Real gets the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 2 match between Real Salt Lake from the USA and Herediano from Costa Rica.|