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||J. Williams (GK)|
|Coach: S. Charles-Fevrier|
|90' +3||Full time whistle blows and the match ends in a 2-2 draw. Great stuff from the Guatemalan's in the second half pulling the game level thanks to two superb strikes from substitute Chinchilla on 74` and 88` minutes.|
|90' +1||It's now Xelajú pushing for the winner, W Connection must be kicking themselves by not putting this game away well before now.|
|90'||Three additional minutes to be added to this second half.|
|89'||Goal Xelajú. What a strike from Chinchilla, he picks the ball up from 25-yards out turns inside his defender and unleashes an unstoppable shot past Williams.|
|88'||E. Chinchilla has scored a goal for Xelajú!|
|85'||J. Britto inside the 18-yard with plenty of time to put the ball away but he balloons his effort over the bar.|
|83'||A tough finish to this game for W Connection, anyone's game at this juncture.|
|79'||The resulting corner is over hit and Xelajú can clear their lines.|
|78'||Britto with plenty of space for a cross that finds Winchester and his effort is turned around the post by Patterson.|
|77'||Another frustrating challenge from W Connection as Winchester goes in the book for a harsh challenge.|
|76'||Xelajú with two corners in quick succession that come to nothing, but a nervous finish to this game now as W Connection are pegged back 2-1.|
|75'||S. Winchester gets yellow.|
|That was top draw stuff from the Guatemalan, right into the top corner.|
|74'||Goal Xelajú. You could see it coming as Chinchilla with a beautiful volley from the top of the 18-yard box.|
|73'||E. Chinchilla has scored a goal for Xelajú!|
|70'||Xelajú has a couple of decent efforts, the first Williams turns round the post for a corner, then Chinchilla has room to make a shot that is just wide of the post. Good stuff from the Guatemalans.|
|68'||Russell back on the pitch as play continues.|
|67'||A. Benjamin enters the game and replaces L. Russell.|
|After lengthy treatment Russell is off on a stretcher whilst being shown that yellow.|
|66'||Yellow card to Russell for a scything challenge on Santiago. No complaints from the W Connection player, two-footed challenge there.|
|65'||L. Russell gets yellow.|
|S. Spann enters the game and replaces A. Pacheco.|
|S. Winchester enters the game and replaces H. Arcia.|
|64'||Britto with plenty of space down the left flank and his shot is blocked by a Xelajú defender.|
|60'||Corner to W Connection to the back post and Arcia's header is wide under pressure from a Xelajú defender.|
|58'||E. Chinchilla enters the game and replaces K. Arriola.|
|Yellow card to W Connection's Arcia for a challenge on León.|
|57'||H. Arcia gets yellow.|
|Corner to Xelaju falls to Silva and his flick goes wide.|
|55'||The Guatemalans Xelajú have three Costa Ricans in their starting line up tonight, Alpízar, Greaves and goal keeper Patterson, while Israel Silva makes up the foreign contingent coming from Brazil.|
|51'||León has a half chance inside the Xelajú box but can't get a header in goal bound. A good start though from the Guatemalans keeping W Connection at bay.|
|48'||W Connection win a free kick around midfield played back though by Cupid as the game has slowed somewhat since the end of the first half.|
|47'||Gerard Williams is the only man on the starting line up for W Connection tonight not from Trinidad & Tobago, he hails from St. Kitts and Nevis.|
|46'||A. Alemán enters the game and replaces J. Estacuy.|
|Xelajú get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||First half comes to an end and W Connection go into the break with a comfortable 2-0 advantage thanks to strikes from Arcia on 23 minutes and Britto on 34 minutes.|
|45'||One minute of added time to this first half.|
|44'||W Connection corner is taken deep and Xelajú clear the immediate danger before Jones has an effort from distance that once more goes wide. Shooting practice for the Trinidad & Tobago players.|
|42'||A W Connection free kick has Xelajú back peddling in defense, a passage of play ends with a Leon effort going wide of Patterson's left post.|
|39'||Girón makes an awful pass in defense that lets in Britto, his shot from the edge of the 18-yard box is dragged just wide of the post.|
|36'||Early sub for Xelajú as the 39-year old Morales comes on for Greaves, a straight swap of Costa Rican's.|
|34'||S. Morales enters the game and replaces E. Greaves.|
|Goal W Connection. Ball breaks to Jones inside the 18-yard box and he slides the ball to Britto who has another simple tap in to make the score 2-0.|
|33'||R. Britto has scored a goal for W Connection! Assist by J. Jones.|
|31'||Corner kick to W Connection swung in and Patterson makes a clean catch.|
|29'||W Connection break quickly again down the left and Patterson makes a decent save to keep Xelajú in the game. Good work from Jones on that attack.|
|28'||Corner to W Connection taken short and Xelajú break up the attack and break forward themselves before W Connection regroup.|
|23'||H. Arcia has scored a goal for W Connection! Assist by K. Cupid.|
|Goal W Connection. Corner is taken short and Jones with a cracking shot that has Patterson stretching. Cupid slides in a cross to an unmarked Arcia who has the simplest of tap in's.|
|22'||Britto almost through on goal before Xelajú put the ball out for a corner.|
|21'||Xelajú win another free kick, W Connection players getting a little frustrated out there. Not much in the way of goal mouth action at this juncture.|
|18'||Xelajú this time with a long free kick straight into the arms of Williams. W Connection not having it all their own way at this juncture.|
|16'||Alpízar almost sneaks in with a clear chance but a little slow to react there as he mus-cues his effort the Costa Rican.|
|15'||Jones with the floated free kick to the back post but Patterson has the easiest of catches.|
|14'||Williams in the W Connection goal finally hoofs the ball up field and they win a free kick.|
|11'||Xelajú have two corners in quick succession, neither coming to fruition but some sustained pressure here from Xelajú.|
|10'||Alpízar with a free kick floated into the back post but W Connection are there to clear for a corner.|
|8'||A decent through ball to Britto is controlled neatly but his shot a little wayward and Xelajú have a goal kick.|
|6'||W Connection with plenty of the ball in these opening minutes with Britto and Cupid using the right flank with success.|
|3'||Early corner for W Connection is over hit and Patterson collects.|
|1'||The first half gets underway.|
|Welcome to Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, San Fernando for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League Group 8 match between W Connection from Trinidad & Tobago and Xelajú from Guatemala.|