CONCACAF Champions League
The CONCACAF Champions League is a since the 2008/2009 season be registered under this name football competition for club teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean, organized by CONCACAF. He is the direct successor of the CONCACAF Champions ' Cup, which was played from 1962 to 2008. The respective winners qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup.
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Precursor of the competition was the CONCACAF Champions ' Cup, held annually since 1962 in the spring. The CONCACAF Champions ' Cup was comparable to the European Champion Clubs' Cup or the South American Copa Libertadores, but did not have the same value for the clubs. The competition was a relatively small financial incentives for clubs, and the dominance of teams from Costa Rica and Mexico resulted in lower public interest in the other countries. Since then, Mexican clubs to participate in the Copa Libertadores, the Champions Cup División must lose in importance of Mexico in the Primera. The Mexican teams were more interested in achieving a spot in the Copa Libertadores on inter- league as. In participating in the Champions Cup
It was attended by eight teams from the following regions:
- 3 teams from Central America ( 1st - 3rd place in the Copa Inter Clubes Copa Centroamericana )
- 2 teams from Mexico ( Primera División Apertura Champion and Master League)
- 1 team from the Caribbean ( CFU Club Championship winner )
The winner of the CONCACAF Champions Cup since 2005, took part in the FIFA Club World Cup, and runner-up was awarded one of three CONCACAF starting places in the Copa Sudamericana, which was limited to 2008, not only to South American teams. These changes had led to an increased interest in the Champions Cup, both of club side as well as from the fans.
2001 Cup CONCACAF Giants Cup was organized instead of Champions, where the teams with the highest number of visitors their respective national leagues played against each other. The Giants Cup 2001 was won by Club América from Mexico.
A total of 24 teams participated in the tournament. Modeled after the UEFA Champions League begins in this competition with the main round group stage. For the group stage eight of the 16 teams are already set (Pot A and B); the 16 other teams compete in a qualifying round KO mode against each other and determine in return game, the eight remaining participants (Pot vs. C. D).
The group stage comprises six games, each team competes at home and away against each of the three other teams once. The group winners and runners-up will qualify for the quarter-finals. The knockout rounds will be played, including the Finals in return game. The winner will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup.
The qualifying matches will be played from July to early August, the group stage runs from August to late October. In March, the knockout round, which will be completed with the final end of April begins.
1 These countries are played (as in Mexico) per calendar year two Championships ( Apertura and Clausura ). In the 2009/2010 season thus be part of the winner of the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009. What should the two teams in the qualification, a playoff between the two masters must identify in these countries.
2 Panama's two half- years Master are both eligible for the qualification. Who but the starting place " Panama 1 " occupies (Pot C) and thus the supposedly easier qualification opponent gets randomly assigned, a play must also determine here.
3 Which of the two semi-annual master Nicaragua represents and takes the place in qualifying, decides a playoff here.