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||E. Palos (GK)|
|6||J. Torres Nilo|
|19||A. Pulido||34' 46' 59'|
|Coach: Ricardo Ferretti|
|90' +3||The referee blows for full time and Tigres win 5-0. Tigres advance to the next stage of the competition as the winners of Group 6.|
|90' +1||Tigres take the corner short before delivering a cross to Pulido at the back post who puts his shot wide of the goal.|
|90'||A shot by Tigres at the top of the area is deflected by a defender for a corner kick.|
|88'||Álvarez attempts an acrobatic bicycle kick in the middle of the area that Pemeberton dives to save for a corner kick.|
|87'||T. Guarch enters the game and replaces Luis García.|
|Pulido wins a corner for Tigres after breaking into the area and attacking the goal. The corner is delivered and cleared by the Alajuelense defense.|
|83'||A cross from the right flank finds Pulido near the back post who slips behind his defender and heads the ball to the opposite post. Pemberton makes the save with his fingertips to deny Pulido his fourth goal.|
|80'||The home crowd has already begun the celebration as the home team leads 5-0.|
|78'||Alajuelense are maintaining possession in defense and attempting to mount an attack on the Tigres defense.|
|77'||J. Solórzano enters the game and replaces P. Gabas.|
|76'||J. Toledo enters the game and replaces Elías Hernández.|
|75'||The last time Alajuelense suffered a loss in CCL competition was back on Oct. 18, 2011 against Morelia.|
|72'||Alajuelense have not given up, as they are still pressing for a goal and fighting for possession.|
|69'||H. Ayala gets yellow.|
|A free kick taken by Gabas at the top of the Tigres area curls just over the Tigres goal for a goal kick.|
|67'||Tigres have a history of playing well at home. The last time Tigres played at home in this competition they won 4-0.|
|66'||M. Viniegra enters the game and replaces C. Salcido.|
|65'||A. Alonso enters the game and replaces A. Guevara.|
|64'||Salcido takes a shot from well out that very nearly found the net, but was just over Pemberton's goal.|
|62'||Tigres continue to control the possession, and are seeking to find the net even more in this match.|
|59'||A. Pulido has scored a goal for Tigres UANL! Assist by Elías Hernández.|
|Pulido beats his defender inside the area to find himself one on one with Pemberton. Pulido chips his shot over Pemberton's right shoulder to score his third goal of the match! Tigres lead 5-0.|
|56'||Anderson Andrade enters the game and replaces Á. Sánchez.|
|Acosta was breaking through the defense along the goal before losing his footing and conceding a goal kick.|
|53'||García heads the ball at the back post off a cross from the right flank, but his header is off target to the right of Pemberton's goal.|
|51'||Tigres continue to pressure as a series of crosses are headed clear by the Alajuelense defense.|
|49'||Should this result hold, Tigres would advance to the next round of the Champions league.|
|46'||A. Pulido has scored a goal for Tigres UANL!|
|Alajuelense kick off and the second half is underway. Immediately Tigres are on the attack. Álvarez takes a shot at the top of the area that is saved by Pemberton, but Pulido puts the rebound past the keeper for a Tigres goal. Tigres lead 4-0.|
|45' +2||The referee blows for half time after an attempt by Alajuelense is off target. Tigres lead 3-0.|
|45'||Gabas volleys a cross delivered to the front post, but his effort is wide for a Tigres goal kick.|
|42'||A cross from the left flank finds Gabas in the middle of the Tigres area. Gaba's collects with his chest and volleys a shot that Palos saves for Tigres.|
|40'||Tigres have had the majority of possession and scoring chances in this first half.|
|37'||The last time these two met it ended as a 2-2 draw at Alajuelense.|
|34'||A. Pulido has scored a goal for Tigres UANL! Assist by D. Álvarez.|
|Tigres defend the corner and are on the counter attack. Álvarez plays the ball to Pulido at the top of the area who controls and slides the ball past Pemberton for a Tigres goal. Tigres lead 3-0.|
|33'||Alajuelense win a corner to the left of the Tigres goal to be taken by Sánchez.|
|30'||A header by García from only 6 yards out is saved by Pemberton!|
|28'||These two teams are separated by only 2 points in Group 6. The winner of this game will be through to the next round of the Champions League.|
|25'||Juninho has scored a goal for Tigres UANL! Assist by C. Salcido.|
|Hernández a high cross from the corner that is headed at the back post back across the goal to Juninho who volleys the ball past Pemberton for another Tigres goal!|
|23'||Álvarez takes a shot from the left side of the area that Pemberton saves for Alajuelense!|
|21'||Sánchez drives the corner for Alajuelense that finds his teammate at the top of the area. The first time attempt is just wide of the Tigres goal for a goal kick.|
|19'||An in-swinging corner is taken by Tigres and headed out of the area by the defense for a Tigres throw in.|
|17'||A high curling cross from the right flank is delivered into the Alajuelense area. The defense attempts to clear, but Tigres volley a shot at the top of the area that is blocked by the defense.|
|15'||A corner for Alajuelense is headed clear at the front post before a shot at the top of the area goes well over the goal for a Tigres goal kick.|
|13'||Álvarez delivers a low, driving cross into the area that Pemberton falls on to collect for alajuelense.|
|12'||Tigres are awarded a corner that is headed by the Alajuelense defense before it goes out for a Tigres throw in.|
|9'||Tigres are pressuring the Alajuelense goal in the early minutes. Another attempt is just wide for a goal kick.|
|6'||Elías Hernández has scored a goal for Tigres UANL! Assist by D. Álvarez.|
|A long cross from the left flank finds Hernández at the back post who volleys a shot first time from ten yards out that goes past Pemberton at the near post! Tigres lead 1-0.|
|4'||A shot by Dueñas at the top of the area is just off target for a Alajuelense goal kick.|
|1'||Tigres kick off and the first half is underway!|
|Welcome to Estadio Universitario in Monterrey for this Group 6 game between Tigres and Alajuelense. Jafeth Perea of Panama is your official for tonight’s match.|