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. Michel (GK)|
|6||O. Esparza||27' 90'|
|90' +6||Full time and Xelajú are through to the quarter finals.|
|90' +5||O. Esparza gets a second yellow card and is sent off.|
|Esparza receives a second yellow card on the night and is sent off.|
|90' +1||The attack fizzles out as a long range effort is well wide of the post.|
|90'||F. Patterson gets yellow.|
|Xelajú can't get the ball out of their own half, they win a free kick though to kick start an attack.|
|89'||Morales has a volley that is inches over the bar for Guadalajara.|
|88'||Two quick corner kicks in succession come to nothing for Guadalajara.|
|86'||Guadalajara pressing forward and a ball dinked to the back post with Patterson beaten is left wanting.|
|84'||O. Arellano enters the game and replaces M. Ponce.|
|82'||Xelajú will progress if this result stands on away goals.|
|81'||Just under ten minutes left to this one and what a finish we have in store.|
|79'||A. Alemán has scored a goal for Xelajú! Assist by E. Villatoro.|
|Goal Xelajú. Scrappy stuff inside the Guadalajara box, Alemán pokes the ball home after some suspect defending, game on!|
|75'||Xelajú still plugging away, they need at least one goal to progress to the Champions League quarter finals.|
|72'||A. Alemán enters the game and replaces S. Morales.|
|71'||Enríquez has a decent effort that whistles over Patterson's bar.|
|70'||Morales whips in a corner for Guadalajara that Xelajú clear.|
|68'||Israel Silva has the ball in the back of the net but the linesman's flag is up for offside.|
|65'||L. Morales has scored a goal for Guadalajara! Assist by M. Fabián.|
|Goal Guadalajara. Morales and Fabián play a neat one-two inside the box and Morales just pokes the ball past Patterson.|
|63'||E. Villatoro enters the game and replaces A. Alpízar.|
|Sánchez has a shot from just outside the box that Patterson hold onto well.|
|61'||Corner to Guadalajara is met with an Enríquez shot that is deflected just over by Guadalajara's Fabián.|
|59'||Esparza goes down in the Xelajú box, shouts for a penalty are waved away.|
|58'||A fierce shot from distance has Patterson claiming well.|
|55'||Guadalajara win a corner kick which is taken deep, Xelajú are able to head clear.|
|53'||Tense stuff tonight as both these teams have aspirations of progressing to the quarter finals.|
|50'||Just a reminder that Guadalajara need a victory tonight by a couple of goals to progress to the quarter finals, Xelajú need a draw or victory to progress for sure.|
|49'||L. Morales enters the game and replaces X. Báez.|
|46'||X. Báez enters the game and replaces L. Pérez.|
|Guadalajara get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows. Guadalajara will be breathing a sigh of relief in the dressing room thanks to that 43rd minute Sánchez goal. Still plenty to play for in the second half for Xelajú.|
|45' +1||One minute of additional time to this first half.|
|45'||Just what Guadalajara needed, a goal just before half time.|
|43'||J. Sánchez has scored a goal for Guadalajara! Assist by C. Fierro.|
|Goal Guadalajara. Fierro chips in a cross to Sánchez, he controls inside the 18-yard box and blasts the ball into the roof of the net.|
|42'||Xelajú almost open the scoring. The ball is nodded down to Alpízar inside the box and he shoots over an advancing Michel but it's just wide.|
|40'||The ball firmly camped inside the Xelajú half now as Guadalajara continue to probe away for an opening.|
|38'||Morales dances across the face of the 18-yard box before his shot is charged down and cleared.|
|37'||Guadalajara with plenty of possession but not much punch up front in the final third. Xelajú will be happy with proceedings so far.|
|34'||Game has settled down since the opening twenty minutes, Guadalajara still in need of goals though.|
|31'||Thirty minutes gone and an even half so far, both clubs have had chances to open the scoring.|
|28'||Esparza receives a yellow card for a trip on his opponent.|
|27'||O. Esparza gets yellow.|
|Alpízar has a decent shot inside the box that takes a deflection and out for a corner kick. Alpízar sends in the corner that is punched clear.|
|25'||E. Enríquez enters the game and replaces J. Girón.|
|Indeed Girón can't continue and Van 't Schip is forced into an early change.|
|24'||A simple cross from Guadalajara has Patterson spilling the ball, causing a little panic inside the box. Girón is down needing treatment.|
|21'||Guadalajara with a free kick taken short and wasted. Johan Cruyff inside the stadium tonight, giving support to Guadalajara coach Van 't Schip.|
|18'||Chinchilla is played clean through and his goal bound shot is blocked by Ponce, corner to Xelajú. Morales curls in the corner and a firm defensive header clears the danger.|
|17'||Guadalajara win a free kick which is chipped into the box, a header has Patterson catching the ball just under his bar.|
|15'||Morales sends in a corner for Xelajú, Israel Silva goes down in the penalty area under a challenge from Araújo, no penalty and play continues.|
|13'||Fabián leaves a boot in on Chinchilla, that was late but no card shown.|
|11'||The corner is sent in and Fabián's header is tipped over the bar. Guadalajara have indeed woken up. the second corner comes to nothing but Guadalajara find their feet.|
|10'||Another free kick for Xelajú which Alpízar sends in, Michel is able to catch safely. Straight down the other end and Fabián has a cracking shot that Patterson saves superbly around the post for a corner.|
|8'||Chinchilla almost through on goal, gets a little tangled up with the ball on the edge of the box and Guadalajara hoof it up field.|
|6'||Xelajú certainly not packing it in at the back to go for the draw, Morales has a strike from outside the box that is not too far off.|
|5'||Nothing less than a victory by a couple of goals tonight will see Guadalajara progress to the quarter finals.|
|4'||Xelajú with a decent start to this one, plenty of possession and Guadalajara finding it difficult to get out of their own half.|
|2'||Morales sends in an early free kick that gets a flick on, Guadalajara clear the danger up field.|
|1'||Xelajú get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Omnilife, Zapopan, Guadalajara for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 8 match between Guadalajara from Mexico and Xelajú from Guatemala.|