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>
|33||G. Samuel (GK)||10'|
|29||R. Abu Bakr|
|Coach: J. Shabazz|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and we have a stalemate in Trinidad & Tobago. Fair result in this group 4 encounter and both teams earn a point.|
|90' +3||Smith once again with a great effort from the edge of the box which has Mendoza diving down to his right to make the save.|
|90' +2||C. Smith gets yellow.|
|Smith goes into the book for a clumsy challenge. he has been in the thick of it since coming on.|
|90' +1||Three minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|90'||Smith for Caledonia finds room on the edge of the Marathón box and curls in a decent shot that whistles just wide.|
|88'||This is Marathón’s opening match in Group 4 tonight, their next opponent will be at home to Seattle Sounders.|
|87'||Another complete mix up between Samuel and his defense allows Meza a long range effort which is just wide.|
|86'||Corner is taken out wide and Caledonia can close down the danger. Caledonia break quickly and Stewart's shot is gathered at the second attempt by Mendoza.|
|85'||Marathón looking the more likely to score as they win another corner kick.|
|84'||Marathón with a free kick 25-yards out, it takes an awkward bounce in front of Samuel's, he gathers at the second attempt before the referee bows for an infringement.|
|82'||Acevedo wriggles free inside the 18-yard box and lets loose with a cracking shot which Muhammad superbly blocks.|
|81'||O. Durón enters the game and replaces R. Diamond.|
|80'||A shot charged down by Caledonia on the edge of the 18-yard box. Even game at this point that is up for grabs.|
|79'||Kareem Joseph was on the score sheet in Caledonia’s first group match against Seattle Sounders.|
|78'||C. Smith enters the game and replaces K. Joseph.|
|76'||After Mendoza makes a crucial interception the ball falls to Stewart 35-yards out, the goal is empty but he manages to put his effort just wide.|
|74'||Caledonia coming close as Ferguson gets a toe to a decent looking cross, the shot scuttles just wide of Mendoza's post.|
|72'||This is Caledonia’s first appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League, qualifying due to winning the 2012 Caribbean club championship.|
|70'||H. Róchez enters the game and replaces R. Flores.|
|69'||Moore breaks clear down the left flank and with plenty of time to deliver a cross he manages only to find Mendoza, who makes the simplest of catches.|
|66'||Marathón looking dangerous again as Diamond's cut back in the penalty area is cut out.|
|64'||A clash at the top of the 18-yard box leaves Sabillón and Muhammad needing attention.|
|62'||M. Rivera enters the game and replaces W. Fuentes.|
|Marathón looking the more likely to score at this moment, Caledonia having moments of their own as gay's cross is cut out by Mendoza.|
|60'||K. Ferguson enters the game and replaces T. Caesar.|
|C. Stewart enters the game and replaces A. Phillips.|
|K. Edwards gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Edwards for tripping Meza.|
|58'||Some prolonged possession from Marathón almost yields a goal as a brown effort rebounds off the post.|
|55'||This is Caledonia AIA’s second match in Group 4 tonight, their first ended in a 3-1 defeat at Seattle Sounders.|
|50'||Caesar latches onto a through ball and shoots wide. Caledonia off to a great start in this second half.|
|49'||Marathón earn a corner which is taken short and once again Caledonia all over the danger.|
|48'||Moore is through on goal for Caledonia and his shot is wide as Joseph was wide open for the simple tap in.|
|47'||Marathón with an early free kick in this second half, not a bad one either but Caledonia clear at the edge of the area.|
|46'||Marathón get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Caesar at the other end takes advantage of a mix up in the Marathón defense and his effort is just wide. Referee blows for half time and both teams go into the break at 0-0.|
|45' +1||One minute of added time to this first half as Diamond has a volley that is deflected out for a corner. Corner swung in and Samuel's misses again, Caledonia defense manage to clear.|
|42'||Joseph once more runs at the Marathón defense, Diamond with a beauty of a tackle on the edge of the area to deny a shooting chance.|
|40'||Free kick to Marathón around 25-yards out is blasted against the wall by Berrios.|
|38'||The busy Joseph runs at the Marathón defense but he is closed down tightly and the ball is cleared.|
|35'||Corner to Marathón into the heart of the Caledonia 18-yard box, this time Samuels with a commanding catch to settle his nerves.|
|30'||Abu Bakr with a decent ball into the area that finds Gay, he's shot on target is too soft and Mendoza collects with ease.|
|29'||Corner to Marathón is taken short but Caledonia are quick to respond and easily clear the danger.|
|27'||Marathón with another effort from long range, once again way over Samuel's bar. All day long Caledonia will be saying to themselves.|
|25'||Caledonia trying to create a chance on the edge of the Marathón penalty area, nothing doing though and the game still looking for it's first real chance.|
|23'||Marathón try their luck from distance but the effort is way over Samuel's bar. Caledonia keeping the Honduran's to long shots at this juncture.|
|19'||Free kick to Caledonia. Joseph floats one in and Mendoza makes a hash of the punched clearance, a second shot comes in and this time the keeper claims well.|
|18'||Caledonia break and a ball to the top of the 18-yard box is cut out by the Marathón defense.|
|15'||Ato Boldon Stadium is named after the eight-time Olympic and World Champion sprint medal winner Ato Boldon. It’s only a matter of time before we are watching a match in the Usain Bolt stadium.|
|12'||Caledonia win a corner for themselves which is dealt with by the Marathón defense. The game has come to life in the few minutes.|
|11'||Free kick comes to nothing as Marathón win a corner. The corner is also wasted as Caledonia clear the danger.|
|10'||G. Samuel gets yellow.|
|Samuel's out of his goal again in no mans land and wrestles Brown to the floor. Free kick to Marathón. Yellow card to Samuel's for that challenge.|
|8'||Meza with a free kick for Marathón that is high over Samuel's bar.|
|7'||Samuel's was in no mans land there and if the ball hadn't run out of play Caledonia would have been in all sorts of trouble.|
|6'||Diamond with a delightful ball over the top of the Caledonia defense, Samuel makes a complete mess of it and Marathón almost take advantage.|
|4'||Both teams passing the ball around in the early stages, Caledonia with the edge on possession.|
|1'||Caledonia get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, San Fernando for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 4 match between Caledonia AIA from Trinidad & Tobago and Marathón from Honduras.|