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CONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF CL logo.png
Founded 1962
Region North America,
Central America, Caribbean
(CONCACAF)
Number of teams 16 (Group stage)
24 (Total)
Current champions Mexico Atlante (2nd title)
Most successful club Mexico Cruz Azul
Mexico América
(5 titles each)
Website CONCACAF Champions League
2009–10 Champions League

The CONCACAF Champions League is the annual international club football championship for teams from the CONCACAF region (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean). The competition is open to the leading teams in the region, and replaced the CONCACAF Champions' Cup which has run from 1962 to 2008. The winner earns a berth in the next FIFA Club World Cup, which pits each continental confederation's champion against the others annually.

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History

Champions' Cup logo

The competition's former format, called the Champions' Cup, had eight teams competing - four from the North American zone (two from Mexico, two from the United States/Canada), three from the Central American zone, and one from the Caribbean zone. Since 2005, the champion of the competition also gained entry into the FIFA Club World Cup, giving clubs an added incentive for a strong participation and greater interest from fans. Also the Champions' Cup Runner-up would be one of the three CONCACAF invitees to the Copa Sudamericana.

The CONCACAF Executive Committee at their 2006 November meeting decided to "act upon" a proposal at their next meeting by the CONCACAF Secretariat to develop the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup into a larger “Champions League” style event. The CONCACAF Executive Committee reported on November 14, 2007 some of the details.[1] The previous Champions' Cup format was used as planned in the Spring of 2008. Then, a newly expanded Champions League tournament was conducted starting in August 2008 and concluding in May 2009. The setup involves 24 teams initially and features a Preliminary Round contested by some of the teams to reduce the field to 16 teams, which are separated into 4 groups of four teams.[1][2] After the Group Stage, the Championship Round are held from the Quarterfinal Round onward.

Qualifying

The new format will feature 24 teams in total.

From the North American Zone:

4 clubs from Mexico
4 clubs from the United States
1 club from Canada

From the Central American Zone:

2 clubs from Costa Rica
2 clubs from Honduras
2 clubs from El Salvador
2 clubs from Guatemala
2 clubs from Panama
1 club from Nicaragua
1 club from Belize

From the Caribbean Zone:

3 clubs, qualifying via the CFU Club Championship[3].
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Stadium standards

If a club fails to meet the standards for its home stadium, this club must find a suitable stadium in its own country. If said club fails to provide the adequate facilities, it will run the risk of being replaced. [4]

  • Central America: If one or more of the twelve Central American clubs is precluded, it will be supplanted by a club from the best Central American league, based on results from the current Champions League.
  • Caribbean: If any Caribbean club is precluded, it will be supplanted by the club who finished 4th in the CFU Club Championship.

Format

There will be a two-legged Preliminary Round for 16 clubs, with the eight winners advancing to the Group Stage. The other eight teams (two from the United States, two from Mexico, and one each from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) will be seeded directly into the Group Stage. The winners of the Preliminary Round and the seeded clubs will play in the Group Stage in four groups of four, with each team playing the others in its group twice, both home and away. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Championship Round, which will consist of home-and-away elimination. The Final Round, in late April, will also be two-legged, home-and-away. In contrast to the Champions' Cup, the away goals rule will be used in the Champions League, but will not apply after a tie has gone into extra time.

Finals

Year Final
Winner Score Runner-up
2010-11
Details
To be played - qualification underway
2009-10
Details
Currently underway
2008-09
Details
Atlante Mexico 2 - 0 / 0 - 0
Aggregate 2 - 0
Mexico Cruz Azul
2008
Details
Pachuca Mexico 1 - 1 / 2 - 1
Aggregate 3 - 2
Costa Rica Saprissa
2007
Details
Pachuca Mexico 2 - 2 / 0 - 0
Aggregate 2 - 2
7-6 pens
Mexico Guadalajara
2006
Details
América Mexico 0 - 0 / 2 - 1
Aggregate 2 - 1
Mexico Deportivo Toluca
2005
Details
Saprissa Costa Rica 2 - 0 / 1 - 2
Aggregate 3 - 2
Mexico UNAM
2004
Details
Alajuelense Costa Rica 1 - 1 / 4 - 0
Aggregate 5 - 1
Costa Rica Saprissa
2003
Details
Deportivo Toluca Mexico 3 - 3 / 2 - 1
Aggregate 5 - 4
Mexico Monarcas Morelia
2002
Details
Pachuca Mexico 1 - 0 Mexico Monarcas Morelia
2000
Details
Los Angeles Galaxy United States 3 - 2 Honduras Olimpia
1999
Details
Necaxa Mexico 2 - 1 Costa Rica Alajuelense
1998
Details
D.C. United United States 1 - 0 Mexico Deportivo Toluca
1997
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico 5 - 3 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
1996
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico (1) Mexico Necaxa
1995
Details
Saprissa Costa Rica (1) Guatemala Municipal
1994
Details
Cartaginés Costa Rica 3 - 2 Mexico Atlante
1993
Details
Saprissa Costa Rica (1) Mexico Léon
1992
Details
América Mexico 1 - 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
1991
Details
Puebla Mexico 3 - 1 / 1 - 1
Aggregate 4 - 2
Trinidad and Tobago Police FC
1990
Details
América Mexico 2 - 2 / 6 - 0
Aggregate 8 - 2
CubaFC Pinar del Río
1989
Details
UNAM Mexico 1 - 1 / 3 - 1
Aggregate 4 - 2
Cuba FC Pinar del Río
1988
Details
Olimpia Honduras 2 - 0 / 2 - 0
Aggregate 4 - 0
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
1987
Details
América Mexico 1 - 1 / 2 - 0
Aggregate 3 - 1
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
1986
Details
Alajuelense Costa Rica 4 - 1 / 1 - 1
Aggregate 5 - 2
Suriname Transvaal
1985
Details
Defence Force Trinidad and Tobago 2 - 0 / 0 - 1
Aggregate 2 - 1
Honduras Olimpia
1984
Details
Violette Haiti (2) United States New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
Mexico Guadalajara
1983
Details
Atlante Mexico 1 - 1 / 5 - 0
Aggregate 6 - 1
Suriname Robinhood
1982
Details
UNAM Mexico 0 - 0 / 3 - 2
Aggregate 3 - 2
Suriname Robinhood
1981
Details
Transvaal Suriname 1 - 0 / 1 - 1
Aggregate 2 - 1
El Salvador Atlético Marte
1980
Details
UNAM Mexico (1) Honduras Universidad
1979
Details
FAS El Salvador 1 - 0 / 8 - 0
Aggregate 9 - 0
Netherlands Antilles CRKSV Jong Colombia
1978
Details
Universidad de Guadalajara Mexico
Comunicaciones Guatemala
Defence Force Trinidad and Tobago
(3)
1977
Details
América Mexico 1 - 0 / 0 - 0
Aggregate 1 - 0
Suriname Robinhood
1976
Details
Águila El Salvador 6 - 1 / 2 - 1
Aggregate 8 - 2
Suriname Robinhood
1975
Details
Atlético Español Mexico 2 - 0 / 1 - 1
Aggregate 3 - 1
Suriname Transvaal
1974
Details
Municipal Guatemala 2 - 1 / 2 - 1
Aggregate 4 - 2
Flag of Dutch Guyana.svg Transvaal
1973
Details
Transvaal Flag of Dutch Guyana.svg (2) Costa Rica Saprissa
Costa Rica Alajuelense
1972
Details
Olimpia Honduras 0 - 0 / 2 - 0
Aggregate 2 - 0
Flag of Dutch Guyana.svg Robinhood
1971
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico (1) Costa Rica Alajuelense
1970
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico (2) Costa Rica Saprissa
Flag of Dutch Guyana.svg Transvaal
1969
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico 0 - 0 / 1 - 0
Aggregate 1 - 0
Guatemala C.S.D. Comunicaciones
1968
Details
Deportivo Toluca Mexico (2) Flag of Dutch Guyana.svg Transvaal
Guatemala Aurora
1967
Details
Alianza El Salvador 1 - 2 / 3 - 0
Aggregate 4 - 2
Netherlands Antilles CRKSV Jong Colombia
1963
Details
Haïtien Haiti (2) Mexico Guadalajara
1962
Details
Guadalajara Mexico 1 - 0 / 5 - 2
Aggregate 6 - 2
Guatemala C.S.D. Comunicaciones

1 No final match was held; the championship was decided by a final round.

2 Championship won due to withdrawal and/or disqualification of all other teams.

3 Universidad de Guadalajara, Comunicaciones and Defence Force were all declared joint winners after the final tournament was cancelled due to administrative problems and disagreements on match dates.

Records and statistics

Top 10 Clubs

Rank Team Wins Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
1 Mexico Cruz Azul 5 1 1969, 1970, 1971, 1996, 1997 2009
2 Mexico América 5 0 1977, 1987, 1990, 1992, 2006
3 Costa Rica Saprissa 3 4 1993, 1995, 2005 1970, 1973, 2004, 2008
4 Mexico UNAM 3 1 1980, 1982, 1989 2005
5 Mexico Pachuca 3 0 2002, 2007, 2008
6 Suriname Transvaal 2 4 1973, 1981 1968, 1974, 1975, 1986
Costa Rica Alajuelense 2 4 1986, 2004 1971, 1973, 1992, 1999
8 Mexico Deportivo Toluca 2 2 1968, 2003 1998, 2006
Honduras Olimpia 2 2 1972, 1988 1985, 2000
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force 2 2 1978, 1985 1987, 1988

Top 10 Nations

Rank Nation Winner Runner-up Winners Runners-up
1  Mexico 26 12 Cruz Azul (5), América (5), UNAM (3), Pachuca (3),
Deportivo Toluca (2), Atlante (2), Guadalajara (1), Necaxa (2),
Puebla (1), Universidad de Guadalajara (1), Espanol (1)
Guadalajara (3), Deportivo Toluca (2), Monarcas Morelia (2),
UNAM (1), Necaxa (1), Atlante (1), León (1), Cruz Azul (1)
2  Costa Rica 6 8 Saprissa (3), Alajuelense (2), Cartaginés (1) Alajuelense (4), Saprissa (4)
3  El Salvador 3 1 Alianza (1), Águila (1), FAS (1) Atlético Marte (1)
4  Suriname 2 10 Transvaal (2) Transvaal (5), Robinhood (5)
5  Guatemala 2 4 Municipal (1), Comunicaciones (1) Comunicaciones (2), Municipal, Aurora (1)
6  Honduras 2 3 Olimpia (2) Olimpia (2), Universidad (1)
 Trinidad and Tobago 2 3 Defence Force (2) Defence Force (2), Police FC (1)
8  United States 2 2 D.C. United (1), Los Angeles Galaxy (1) Los Angeles Galaxy (1), New York Pancyprian-Freedoms (1)
9  Haiti 2 0 Haïtien (1), Violette (1)
10  Cuba 0 2 FC Pinar del Río (2)
 Netherlands Antilles 0 2 CRKSV Jong Colombia (2)

See also

References

External links


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