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>
|24||F. Mondragón (GK)|
|22||N. Muñoz||51' 59' 88'|
|Coach: E. Portillo|
|90' +3||Full time whistle blows and Metapán run out 3-1 winners thanks to three second half strikes from Muñoz. The Islanders opened up the scoring on 25 minutes from Addlery. The Needham sending off before half time proved crucial as the El Salvadorians dominated proceedings in the second half.|
|90' +2||Corner to Metapán taken to the near post and the Islanders clear.|
|88'||N. Muñoz has scored a goal for Metapán! Assist by P. Suárez.|
|Goal Metapán. Muñoz gets his third as he bundles the ball home inside the 6-yard box from a Suárez cross.|
|86'||C. Sánchez enters the game and replaces E. Quintanilla.|
|A Muñoz effort is so close as martins tips it around the post. The resulting corner is cleared by a desperate islanders defense.|
|83'||Another promising cross into the islanders 18-yard box finds Quintanilla, he's snap shot is well wide of Martins goal.|
|81'||Some relief for the Islanders as they win a free kick deep into the Metapán half, but a waste of a good opportunity goes begging as the free kick goes straight out for a throw in.|
|77'||Corner to Metapán taken out wide and the final shot deflects off a team mate and out for a goal kick.|
|76'||Metapán come close again, this time Muñoz gets the ball caught under his feet as his effort is way over Martins bar.|
|75'||A long through ball for a Metapán forward to chase but Martin races out of his goal and wins the chase. Good work from the keeper.|
|71'||This time Metapán scuff their shot inside the 18-yard box and Martin can pick the ball up. The islanders hanging on to dear life here.|
|69'||Fantastic volley from Muñoz has Martin at full stretch, great save from the Englishman.|
|67'||Metapán still pressing for a third as Muñoz makes a nuisance of himself again inside the Islanders 18-yard box, this time Martin comes and claims well.|
|65'||G. Richardson enters the game and replaces O. Telesford.|
|Free kick to Metapán is punched out for a corner by Martin. the resulting corner is too deep and the Islanders can clear the danger.|
|64'||C. Bautista enters the game and replaces J. Ramírez.|
|61'||Totally different side to the first half these El Salvadorians. Some fantastic play in these opening 15 minutes.|
|59'||N. Muñoz has scored a goal for Metapán! Assist by E. Quintanilla.|
|58'||Goal Metapán. Metapán come close as Martin scrambles the ball away for a corner. Another deep cross from the corner kick that Muñoz powers home with a header. Almost carbon copy of the first goal.|
|56'||A. Rivera enters the game and replaces J. Hansen.|
|55'||Corner to Metapán taken short and the cross inside the 18-yard box is headed just over.|
|54'||Metapán have come out in this second half with all guns blazing, spraying the ball around with aplomb and the islanders under pressure here.|
|52'||Goal Metapán. Pacheco with a delightful cross to the back post where Muñoz is on hand to head home.|
|51'||N. Muñoz has scored a goal for Metapán! Assist by A. Pacheco.|
|50'||Dangerous attack from Metapán has martin flapping at a deep cross, a second effort comes in and Martin makes a comfortable save.|
|48'||Metapán take a quick free kick and Suárez has a snap shot that is wide right of Martins post.|
|46'||Metapán get the second half underway.|
|45' +3||Half time whistle blows and the Puerto Rico Islanders take a slender lead into the break thanks to that 25th minute Addlery strike.|
|45'||The free kick was deflected out wide and the islanders hang on to this slender lead.|
|44'||C. Nurse gets yellow.|
|Nurse brings down Mejía just outside the islanders for a dangerous free kick. Nurse was booked for the challenge.|
|43'||R. Martínez gets yellow.|
|Martínez receives a yellow card for a foul.|
|41'||Five minutes to the break, can the Islanders hold on to this slender lead and regroup?|
|40'||Mejía drives a shot in that is way over Martin's goal.|
|39'||The second effort is also poor and the Islanders clear up field with ease.|
|38'||C. Ibeagha enters the game and replaces J. Faña.|
|Corner kick to Metapán as the Islanders make a sub after that sending off, Faña the unlucky player to make way. Corner is too deep and the Islanders clear for a second corner.|
|35'||J. Needham goes off after a red card!|
|Red card to Needham for an elbow to the face of his opponent.|
|34'||Ramírez with a half chance for Metapán as he's header is well over Martin's bar.|
|31'||Another deep cross into the Metapán area has Mondragón collecting the ball at the second attempt. Hasn't looked too comfortable tonight the Metapán keeper.|
|29'||Metapán a chance to reply but there effort was driven wide for a goal kick.|
|25'||N. Addlery has scored a goal for Puerto Rico Islanders! Assist by N. Delgado.|
|Goal Islanders. A deep free kick from their own half finds Addlery, he's neat trap and turn earns him some space and he slots the ball past a diving Mondragón.|
|22'||Telesford breaks up a promising attack by hoofing the ball away for a corner. The corner is taken deep and the islanders clear with ease.|
|20'||The Islanders have the ball in the net after the referee blows for a close off side decision.|
|17'||Free kick to Metapán as Pacheco is hauled down. The free kick is drilled across the area and the Islanders clear.|
|15'||Metapán break and a cross to the back post beats Martin and Ramírez just can't get there. Almost the opening chance there.|
|14'||The Islanders break and a decent effort from the edge of the box is straight at Mondragón, who holds onto the ball.|
|12'||A. Vázquez gets yellow.|
|Telesford receives a yellow card for a clumsy challenge.|
|11'||Free kick to Puerto Rico Islanders is sent into the danger area and Metapán head clear.|
|10'||The Islanders give the ball away in a dangerous position and a Metapán effort is wide of Martin's goal.|
|8'||Corner kick to Metapán to the near post cleared by the Islanders.|
|4'||The Puerto Rico Islanders starting eleven as usual full of mufti-national players.|
|1'||The first half gets underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Jorge 'Calero' Suárez Landaverde, Metapán for tonights CONCACAF Champions League Group 5 encounter between Metapán from El Salvador and Puerto Rico Islanders from the North American Soccer League|