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>
|27||J. Penedo (GK)|
|Coach: J. Delgado|
|90' +4||The referee blows for full time just after Chorrillo have a great chance to level but Penedo saves well. Municipal sneak the win thanks to that 80th minute Barrios winner.|
|90'||The fourth official holds up four minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|88'||Corner to Municipal is sent into the 6-yard box and a hint of hand ball as the ball almost sneaks in. The referee spotted that and Chorrillo can clear up field.|
|87'||Just a few minutes left in this one for the Panamanians to claw their way back.|
|84'||Chorrillo's Addles lines one up from 30-yards out but balloons his effort high and wide.|
|81'||F. Marines enters the game and replaces J. Jiménez.|
|C. Albizuris enters the game and replaces P. Samayoa.|
|Leandrinho has scored a goal for Municipal! Assist by M. Rodríguez.|
|Leandrinho gets yellow.|
|80'||Goal Municipal. Rodríguez crosses into the box and Barrios bundles the ball into the net at third attempt.|
|76'||R. Rojas gets yellow.|
|R. Rojas receives a yellow card as Samayoa goes to ground as the two players come together.|
|75'||O. Isaula enters the game and replaces Y. Arias.|
|74'||Barrios has a decent effort from just outside the box that is not too far off.|
|72'||S. De Gracia enters the game and replaces J. Álvarez.|
|J. Vides gets yellow.|
|Vides receives a yellow card for bundling down Álvarez.|
|70'||A Chorrillo attacker is clean through on goal but superb keeping from Penedo as he sprints off his line snuffs out the attack.|
|67'||Arias through on goal for Municipal and his shot is across the face of goal and just wide.|
|64'||Municipal almost break through the offside and create a chance, Chorrillo have a pretty solid defense.|
|63'||J. Ruiz enters the game and replaces A. Rojas.|
|60'||J. Castillo enters the game and replaces W. García.|
|Municipal with a corner themselves, Barrios gets a decent header in but the effort is just wide.|
|59'||Disappointing corner from Chorrillo, it's a long one to the back post but it avoids everyone and goes straight out for a goal kick.|
|58'||Chorrillo send in a free kick from Vence which is cleared, they win a corner though from the follow up attack.|
|57'||This is Municipal’s third match in Group 7 tonight, their previous two matches ended in a 2-1 victory over Chorrillo and a 1-0 defeat to Monterrey.|
|53'||A very quiet opening to this second half, game not really flowing with plenty of interruptions.|
|49'||A clash of heads in center field leaves García and Jiménez needing treatment.|
|46'||Chorrillo get the second half underway.|
|45' +4||Half time whistle blows and so far honors even. Addles struck in the first minute for the visitors before Rodríguez leveled things up in the 23rd minute. All to play for in the second half.|
|45' +2||James has a long distance effort for Chorrillo that is high and wide.|
|45'||Two minutes of additional time to this first half.|
|44'||Municipal have a free kick around 25-yards out. A little too fancy from the Guatemalans and the effort trundles through to Valdés.|
|42'||Just a few minutes left to this first half, game has quietened down since Municipal equalized.|
|40'||Game comes to a halt as a player is stretchered off.|
|36'||Another free kick to Chorrillo is sent into the box, the referee spots an infringement and Municipal win a free kick.|
|33'||Samayoa takes a short corner for Municipal, the ball eventually falls to an attacker just outside the 18-yard box who blazes over the bar.|
|31'||Chorrillo have the ball in the net after a decent cross was turned in. The referee pulls the play back for offside.|
|30'||We enter the final fifteen minutes of this first half and a pretty even game so far.|
|26'||A. Rojas, who has been busy tonight for Chorrillo has a weak effort on goal which Penedo collects.|
|23'||M. Rodríguez has scored a goal for Municipal! Assist by Y. Arias.|
|Goal Municipal, Rodríguez latches onto a chip over the Chorrillo defense from Arias, rounds the keeper and slots home.|
|20'||Chorrillo with plenty of possession in the opening twenty minutes and are beginning to frustrate the home team.|
|19'||James for Chorrillo tries his luck from distance, but the ball sails over the bar.|
|17'||A. Rojas goes down under a heavy challenge. The resulting free kick is straight into the arms of Penedo.|
|14'||Barrios for Municipal finds a little room on the edge of the 18-yard box, his curling effort is wide of the mark though.|
|12'||Chorrillo win another corner kick and a Jiménez header is wide of the post.|
|11'||Chorrillo win a corner kick which is taken to the near post, Municipal are able to clear with ease.|
|7'||Municipal with a corner kick which Samayoa takes, Rodríguez has a half chance that is just wide.|
|4'||A great start from Chorrillo, a goal inside the first minute, should open the game right up now.|
|2'||R. Addles has scored a goal for Chorrillo! Assist by A. Rojas.|
|1'||Municipal get the first half underway. Goal Chorrillo. Astonishing start as a defensive error lets in Addles and he strikes one into the corner of the net.|
|Welcome to Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, Ciudad de Guatemala for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 7 match between Municipal from Guatemala and Chorrillo from Panama.|