CONCACAF Champions League

The CONCACAF Champions League (also known as Concachampions) is an annual continental club football competition organized by CONCACAF for the top football clubs in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League automatically qualifies for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. The tournament is officially known as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, since February 2015, due to sponsorship by Scotiabank.[1][2] The competition has been completed 54 times through the 2019 event, with 56 champions due to a three-way shared title in the 1978 competition.

The tournament's current format uses a knockout format, though the tournament had a group stage prior to the 2018 tournament. Unlike its European and South American counterparts, the winners of the CONCACAF Champions League do not automatically qualify for the following season's competition.[3]

The competition was originally known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup when it was first organized in 1962. The title has been won by 28 clubs, 17 of which have won the title more than once. Mexican clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, with 34 titles in total. The second most successful league has been Costa Rica's Primera División with six titles in total. Mexican side Club América are the most successful club in the competition's history with seven titles, followed by fellow Mexican-side Cruz Azul with six titles. The most successful non-Mexican club is Saprissa of Costa Rica with three titles. The only four teams to successfully defend the trophy are all Mexican: América, Cruz Azul, Pachuca and Monterrey. The current champions of the competition are Monterrey, who defeated UANL in the 2019 finals.

CONCACAF Champions League
2019 CONCACAF Champions League
Founded1962
(2018 in current format)
RegionNorth America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)
Number of teams16 (from 9 or 10 associations)
Qualifier forFIFA Club World Cup
Current championsMexico Monterrey (4th title)
Most successful club(s)Mexico América (7 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website
2020 CONCACAF Champions League

Competition format

The tournament currently employs a 16 team knockout format and is played between February and May. Fifteen teams qualify automatically based on domestic performance, along with the winners of the CONCACAF League, played at the end of the previous calendar year.

Each round of competition consists of a two-leg home-and-away series with the winner determined by aggregate goals over both legs. If aggregate goals are equal, the away goals rule is applied. If away goals are also equal, the game is decided by an immediate penalty shoot-out; there are no overtime periods.[4]

Prior to 2018, the tournament had two parts — a group stage held from August to October, and a knockout phase held from March to May of the following year. The group stage consisted of 24 teams playing in eight groups of three teams each, with each team playing the other two teams in its group twice. United States and Mexican sides could not be drawn into the same group. The winners of each of the eight groups advanced to the quarterfinals. Each phase of the knockout rounds (quarterfinals, semifinals, finals) consisted of a two-leg home-and-away series with the winner determined by aggregate goal differential.[5] Seeding in the knockout phase was determined by performance during the group stage.

Prior to the 2012–13 season, the competition had involved four groups of four, with one Mexican team and one U.S. team in each group. A preliminary round was used to reduce the number of teams from 24 to 16.

History

Copa Campeón Concacaf 1972 CD Olimpia
Champions' Cup trophy won by CD Olimpia in 1972

The competition was initially created as a possible measure to enter the South American Copa Libertadores, a competition organized by CONMEBOL. Prior to 2008, the tournament was officially called the "CONCACAF Champions' Cup", but was usually referred to simply as the "Champions' Cup". The competition has had several different formats over its lifetime. From 1962 until 1995, the finalists, or clubs participating in a final round, would be decided by clubs who qualify via two separate brackets: a Caribbean Island qualifier and a Northern/Central American qualification competition. Initially, only the champions of the North American leagues participated. In 1971, the runners-up of a few North American leagues began to join and the tournament began to be expanded, incorporating round-robin group phases and more teams. After the creation of the United States' Major League Soccer, the competition became a straight knockout competition from 1997 until it was revamped into a tournament with a group stage in 2008.

Champions' Cup Era (1962–2008)

The competition's former format, a knockout tournament called the Champions' Cup, was played under a variety of formats. The last format, used from 2004 to 2008, had eight teams competing – four from the North American zone (two from Mexico, two from the United States), 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.

Champions League Era (2008–2017)

The CONCACAF Executive Committee at their 2006 November meeting decided to "act upon" a proposal—first delineated in 2003 by then Head of Special Projects Mel Brennan—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 14 November 2007 some of the details.[6]

The previous Champions' Cup format was used as planned in March and April 2008. Then, a newly expanded Champions League tournament was conducted starting in August 2008 and concluding in May 2009. The initial setup involved 24 teams and featured a Preliminary Round contested by 16 teams to reduce the field to 16 teams, which were separated into four groups of four teams.[6][7] After the Group Stage, the Championship Round are held from the Quarterfinal Round onward.

Since 2012, the 24 teams have been divided into eight groups of three teams. The first placed teams qualify for the quarter finals. The quarter finals, semi finals and final are played over two legs.

Tournament restructuring (2018–present)

In December 2016, Manuel Quintanilla, president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation, spoke of a possible new format for the competition,[8] a statement that was later corroborated by Garth Lagerwey, the general manager of Seattle Sounders FC.[9] On 23 January 2017, CONCACAF confirmed the new format beginning with the 2018 edition, eliminating the group stage which had been employed since the re-branding of the competition to the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008.[10]

Under the new CONCACAF competition platform, 31 club teams will compete in CONCACAF competitions. 22 teams compete in a new tournament played from August to December, called the CONCACAF League. The CONCACAF League features 18 teams from Central America, three teams from the Caribbean and one team from North America. The champion advances to the CONCACAF Champions League, played between February and May of the next calendar year, joining nine teams from North America, five teams from Central America, and one team from the Caribbean.[10]

Qualification

A total of 16 teams participate in the CONCACAF Champions League: nine from the North American Zone (from three associations), at least five from the Central American Zone (the champions of Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and El Salvador), and at least one team from the Caribbean Zone (the champions of the CFU Club Championship).[11] The remaining berth goes to the winners of the CONCACAF League, played between 18 teams from the Central American Zone, three from the Caribbean Zone and one from the North American Zone.

Nine from the North American Zone:

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

One club from the Caribbean Zone:

1 club, qualifying via the CFU Club Championship

Five from the Central American Zone:

1 club from Costa Rica Costa Rica
1 club from El Salvador El Salvador
1 club from Guatemala Guatemala
1 club from Honduras Honduras
1 club from Panama Panama

One additional team from either the Central American or Caribbean Zones

1 club, qualifying via the CONCACAF League

Clubs may be disqualified and replaced by a club from another association if the club does not have an available stadium that meets CONCACAF regulations for safety. If a club's own stadium fails to meet the set standards then it may find a suitable replacement stadium within its own country. However, if it is still determined that the club cannot provide the adequate facilities then it runs the risk of being replaced.

North American Zone

Nine teams from the North American Football Union qualify to the Champions League. Mexico and the United States are each allocated four berths, the most of any of CONCACAF's member associations, while Canada is granted one berth in the tournament.

For Mexico, the winners and runners-up of the Liga MX Apertura and Clausura tournaments earn berths in Pot 3 of the tournament's group stage.

For the United States, three berths are allocated through the Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season and playoffs (the MLS Cup winner, the Supporters' Shield winner, and the other regular season conference winner); the fourth berth is allocated to the winner of its domestic cup competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. If a Canada-based team occupies any MLS-allocated berth, or any U.S-based team qualifies for the Champions League by more than one method, the Champions League place is allocated to the U.S.-based team with the best MLS regular season record which has failed to otherwise qualify.

For the United States, for the 2019 Champions League, the participants are the 2017 US Open Cup champion, the 2018 US Open Cup champion, the 2018 MLS Cup Champion, and the US MLS team with the best aggregate record combined for the 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons. [12]

Since Canada hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the Canadian Championship was moved from April–May to April–August (with no matches occurring between May and August), overlapping with the start of the Champions League. Therefore, for the 2015–16 tournament only, the lone Canadian berth into the tournament, in Pot 1, was given to the best Canadian team in the MLS regular season. The setup will be reverted for the 2016–17 tournament, where once again the Voyageurs Cup competed for in the Canadian Championship, earns the lone Canadian berth into the tournament (starting from the 2015 Canadian Championship, the winner earns the berth in the next calendar year instead of the same calendar year as in previous tournaments).

Central American Zone

Five teams from the Central American Football Union qualify to the Champions League: one berth for each of Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador.

If one or more clubs is precluded, it is supplanted by a club from another Central American association. The reallocation is based on results from previous Champions League tournaments.

Caribbean Zone

One team from the Caribbean Football Union qualifies directly to the Champions League. This berth goes to the winners of the CFU Club Championship.

If the Caribbean qualifier is precluded, they are supplanted by the runners-up of the CFU Club Championship.

CONCACAF League

The final berth goes to the winners of the CONCACAF League. Twenty two teams participate in this tournament, 18 from the Central American Zone (three berths each from Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and El Salvador; two from Nicaragua; and one from Belize), three from the Caribbean Zone (the runners-up, third place, and fourth-place playoff winner from the CFU Club Championship), and one from Canada (the Canadian Premier League representative).

Stadium standards

If a club fails to meet the standards for its home stadium, the club must find a suitable stadium in its own country, and if the club fails to provide the adequate facilities, it runs the risk of being replaced by another team.[13] Real Esteli of Nicaragua failed stadium requirements and was replaced by another team for the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons.[14] Estadio Independencia in Nicaragua has since been renovated, including upgrades to stadium lighting, and Nicaraguan teams now participate.[15] The qualifying team from Belize has failed stadium requirements and has been replaced by another team in each season from 2009–10 through 2014–15.

If one or more of the five 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. If the Caribbean qualifier is precluded, they are supplanted by the runners-up of the CFU Club Championship.

Attendance records

During Champions League era:

Rank Date Hosts Visitors Venue Attendance
1 April 27, 2016 Mexico América Mexico UANL Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico 80,000[16]
2 April 8, 2015 Mexico América Costa Rica Herediano Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City 66,208[17]
3 April 29, 2015 Canada Montreal Impact Mexico América Canada Stade Olympique, Montreal 61,004[18]
4 April 22, 2015 Mexico América Canada Montreal Impact Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City 56,783[19]
5 February 23, 2009 Canada Montreal Impact Mexico Santos Laguna Canada Stade Olympique, Montreal 55,571[17]
6 May 1, 2019 Mexico C.F. Monterrey Mexico UANL Mexico Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey, Mexico 53,500
7 March 7, 2018 United States Seattle Sounders FC Mexico Guadalajara United States CenturyLink Field, Seattle 42,885
8 February 24, 2016 United States Seattle Sounders FC Mexico América United States CenturyLink Field, Seattle 42,836[20][21]
9 April 19, 2016 Mexico UANL Mexico América Mexico Estadio Universitario (UANL), Monterrey, Nuevo Leon 41,000[22]
10 March 4, 2015 Mexico América Costa Rica Saprissa Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City 40,688[20]

Sponsorship

The CONCACAF Champions League has several corporate sponsors: Scotiabank (which has been a title sponsor of the Champions League since 2014–2015), Miller Lite, MoneyGram, Maxxis Tires, and Nike.[11][23] The sponsors' names appear on the boards around the perimeter of the field, and boards for pre-game and post-game interviews and press conferences.[11] Nike is also the official provider of game balls and referee uniforms.

Broadcasters

Caribbean and American countries

Country/Region Broadcaser Summary Language
 Canada TSN Canadian team matches only.[24] English
Yahoo Sports All matches (exclude the Canadian team, for Canadian viewers)[25] English
 United States
Univision Deportes Selected matches Spanish
 Caribbean Flow Sports All matches English
Fox Sports All matches Spanish

Outside Caribbean and American countries

Country/Region Broadcaster Ref
International (selected markets only) OZ [26]
 Austria Sportdigital [27]
 Germany
  Switzerland
Sport Klub [28]

Finals

Champions' Cup Era (1962–2008)

Year Winners Score Runners-up
1962
Details
Guadalajara Mexico 1–0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
5–0
Aggregate 6–0.
1963
Details
Racing Haiti (2) Mexico Guadalajara
1967
Details
Alianza El Salvador 1–2 Netherlands Antilles Jong Colombia
3–0
Aggregate 4–2.
1968
Details
Toluca Mexico (2)
1969
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico 0–0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
1–0
Aggregate 1–0.
1970
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico (2)
1971
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico (1) Costa Rica Alajuelense
1972
Details
Olimpia Honduras 0–0 Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) Robinhood
2–0
Aggregate 2–0.
1973
Details
Transvaal Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) (2)
1974
Details
Municipal Guatemala 2–1 Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) Transvaal
2–1
Aggregate 4–2.
1975
Details
Atlético Español Mexico 2–0 Suriname Transvaal
1–1
Aggregate 3–1.
1976
Details
Águila El Salvador 6–1 Suriname Robinhood
2–1
Aggregate 8–2.
1977
Details
América Mexico 1–0 Suriname Robinhood
0–0
Aggregate 1–0.
1978
Details
UdeG Mexico
Comunicaciones Guatemala
Defence Force Trinidad and Tobago
(3)
1979
Details
FAS El Salvador 1–1 Netherlands Antilles Jong Colombia
7–1
Aggregate 8–2.
1980
Details
UNAM Mexico (1) Honduras Universidad
1981
Details
Transvaal Suriname 1–0 El Salvador Atlético Marte
1–1
Aggregate 2–1.
1982
Details
UNAM Mexico 0–0 Suriname Robinhood
3–2
Aggregate 3–2.
1983
Details
Atlante Mexico 1–1 Suriname Robinhood
5–0
Aggregate 6–1.
1984
Details
Violette Haiti (2)
1985
Details
Defence Force Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 Honduras Olimpia
0–1
Aggregate 2–1.
1986
Details
Alajuelense Costa Rica 4–1 Suriname Transvaal
1–1
Aggregate 5–2.
1987
Details
América Mexico 1–1 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
2–0
Aggregate 3–1.
1988
Details
Olimpia Honduras 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
2–0
Aggregate 4–0.
1989
Details
UNAM Mexico 1–1 Cuba FC Pinar del Río
3–1
Aggregate 4–2.
1990
Details
América Mexico 2–2 Cuba FC Pinar del Río
6–0
Aggregate 8–2.
1991
Details
Puebla Mexico 3–1 Trinidad and Tobago Police FC
1–1
Aggregate 4–2.
1992
Details
América Mexico 1–0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
1993
Details
Saprissa Costa Rica (1) Mexico León
1994
Details
Cartaginés Costa Rica 3–2 Mexico Atlante
1995
Details
Saprissa Costa Rica (1) Guatemala Municipal
1996
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico (1) Mexico Necaxa
1997
Details
Cruz Azul Mexico 5–3 United States L.A. Galaxy
1998
Details
D.C. United United States 1–0 Mexico Toluca
1999
Details
Necaxa Mexico 2–1 Costa Rica Alajuelense
2000
Details
LA Galaxy United States 3–2 Honduras Olimpia
2002
Details
Pachuca Mexico 1–0 Mexico Morelia
2003
Details
Toluca Mexico 3–3 Mexico Morelia
2–1
Aggregate 5–4.
2004
Details
Alajuelense Costa Rica 1–1 Costa Rica Saprissa
4–0
Aggregate 5–1.
2005
Details
Saprissa Costa Rica 2–0 Mexico UNAM
1–2
Aggregate 3–2.
2006
Details
América Mexico 0–0 Mexico Toluca
2–1
Aggregate 2–1.
2007
Details
Pachuca Mexico 2–2 Mexico Guadalajara
0–0
Aggregate 2–2, penalty shoot-out 7–6.
2008
Details
Pachuca Mexico 1–1 Costa Rica Saprissa
2–1
Aggregate 3–2.

Champions League Era (2008–present)

Season Champions Aggregate
Score
Runners-up Losing Semi-finalists
2008–09 Atlante Mexico 2–0 Mexico Cruz Azul Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders
Mexico Santos Laguna
0–0
Aggregate 2–0.
2009–10 Pachuca Mexico 1–2 Mexico Cruz Azul Mexico Toluca
Mexico UNAM
1–0
Aggregate 2–2, away goals 1–0.
2010–11 Monterrey Mexico 2–2 United States Real Salt Lake Mexico Cruz Azul
Costa Rica Saprissa
1–0
Aggregate 3–2.
2011–12 Monterrey Mexico 2–0 Mexico Santos Laguna Canada Toronto FC
Mexico UNAM
1–2
Aggregate 3–2.
2012–13 Monterrey Mexico 0–0 Mexico Santos Laguna United States Los Angeles Galaxy
United States Seattle Sounders
4–2
Aggregate 4–2.
2013–14 Cruz Azul Mexico 0–0 Mexico Toluca Costa Rica Alajuelense
Mexico Tijuana
1–1
Aggregate 1–1,away goals 1–0.
2014–15 América Mexico 1–1 Canada Montreal Impact Costa Rica Alajuelense
Costa Rica Herediano
4–2
Aggregate 5–3
2015–16 América Mexico 2–0 Mexico UANL Mexico Querétaro
Mexico Santos Laguna
2–1
Aggregate 4–1.
2016–17 Pachuca Mexico 1–1 Mexico UANL United States FC Dallas
Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1–0
Aggregate 2–1.
2018 Guadalajara Mexico 2–1 Canada Toronto Mexico América
United States New York Red Bulls
1–2
Aggregate 3–3, penalty shoot-out 4–2.
2019 Monterrey Mexico 1–0 Mexico UANL Mexico Santos Laguna
United States Sporting Kansas City
1–1
Aggregate 2–1.
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 1978 final tournament was cancelled due to administrative problems and disagreements on match dates.

Records and statistics

Overall performances by club

Rank Club Titles Runners-up Winning Seasons Runner-up Seasons
1 Mexico América 7 0 1977, 1987, 1990, 1992, 2006, 2015, 2016
2 Mexico Cruz Azul 6 2 1969, 1970, 1971, 1996, 1997, 2014 2009, 2010
3 Mexico Pachuca 5 0 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2017
4 Mexico Monterrey 4 0 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019
5 Costa Rica Saprissa 3 2 1993, 1995, 2005 2004, 2008
6 Mexico UNAM 3 1 1980, 1982, 1989 2005
7 Suriname Transvaal 2 3 1973, 1981 1974, 1975, 1986
Mexico Toluca 2 3 1968, 2003 1998, 2006, 2014
Costa Rica Alajuelense 2 3 1986, 2004 1971, 1992, 1999
10 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force 2 2 1978, 1985 1987, 1988
Honduras Olimpia 2 2 1972, 1988 1985, 2000
Mexico Guadalajara 2 2 1962, 2018 1963, 2007
13 Mexico Atlante 2 1 1983, 2009 1994
14 Guatemala Comunicaciones 1 2 1978 1962, 1969
15 Guatemala Municipal 1 1 1974 1995
Mexico Necaxa 1 1 1999 1996
United States LA Galaxy 1 1 2000 1997
18 Haiti Racing Club Haïtien 1 0 1963
El Salvador Alianza 1 0 1967
Mexico Atlético Español 1 0 1975
El Salvador Águila 1 0 1976
Mexico UdeG 1 0 1978
El Salvador Club Deportivo FAS 1 0 1979
Haiti Violette AC 1 0 1984
Mexico Puebla 1 0 1991
Costa Rica Cartaginés 1 0 1994
United States D.C. United 1 0 1998
28 Suriname Robinhood 0 5 1972, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983
29 Mexico UANL 0 3 2016, 2017, 2019
30 Curaçao Jong Colombia 0 2 1967, 1979
Cuba Pinar del Río 0 2 1989, 1990
Mexico Morelia 0 2 2002, 2003
Mexico Santos Laguna 0 2 2012, 2013
34 Honduras Universidad 0 1 1980
El Salvador Atlético Marte 0 1 1981
Trinidad and Tobago Police FC 0 1 1991
Mexico León 0 1 1993
United States Real Salt Lake 0 1 2011
Canada Montreal Impact 0 1 2015
Canada Toronto FC 0 1 2018
  • When sorted by years won or lost, the table is sorted by the year of each team's most recent win or loss.

Overall performances by country

Rank Country Titles Runners-up Winners Runners-up
1  Mexico 35 18 América (7)
Cruz Azul (6)
Pachuca (5)
Monterrey (4)
UNAM (3)
Atlante (2)
Guadalajara (2)
Toluca (2)
Español (1)
Necaxa (1)
Puebla (1)
UdeG (1)
Toluca (3)
UANL (3)
Cruz Azul (2)
Guadalajara (2)
Morelia (2)
Santos Laguna (2)
Atlante (1)
León (1)
Necaxa (1)
UNAM (1)
2  Costa Rica 6 5 Saprissa (3)
Alajuelense (2)
Cartaginés (1)
Alajuelense (3)
Saprissa (2)
3  El Salvador 3 1 Águila (1)
Alianza (1)
FAS (1)
Atlético Marte (1)
4  Suriname 2 8 Transvaal (2) Robinhood (5)
Transvaal (3)
5  Guatemala 2 3 Comunicaciones (1)
Municipal (1)
Comunicaciones (2)
Municipal (1)
 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)
LA Galaxy (1)
LA Galaxy (1)
Real Salt Lake (1)
9  Haiti 2 0 Racing (1)
Violette (1)
10  Canada 0 2 Montreal Impact (1)
Toronto FC (1)
 Cuba 0 2 Pinar del Río (2)
 Curaçao 0 2 Jong Colombia (2)

Champions League

Performances by club

Rank Club Titles Runners-up Winning Seasons Runner-up Seasons
1 Mexico Monterrey 4 0 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2019
2 Mexico América 2 0 2014–15, 2015–16
Mexico Pachuca 2 0 2009–10, 2016–17
4 Mexico Cruz Azul 1 2 2013–14 2008–09, 2009–10
5 Mexico Atlante 1 0 2008–09
Mexico Guadalajara 1 0 2018
7 Mexico UANL 0 3 2015–16, 2016–17, 2019
8 Mexico Santos Laguna 0 2 2011–12, 2012–13
9 United States Real Salt Lake 0 1 2010–11
Mexico Toluca 0 1 2013–14
Canada Montreal Impact 0 1 2014–15
Canada Toronto FC 0 1 2018

Performances by country

Rank Country Titles Runners-up Losing
Semi-finalists
Champions Runners-up Losing
Semi-finalists
1  Mexico 11 8 10 Monterrey (2011, 2012, 2013, 2019)
América (2015, 2016)
Pachuca (2010, 2017)
Atlante (2009)
Cruz Azul (2014)
Guadalajara (2018)
UANL (2016, 2017, 2019)
Cruz Azul (2009, 2010)
Santos Laguna (2012, 2013)
Toluca (2014)
UNAM (2010, 2012)
Santos Laguna (2009, 2016, 2019)
Toluca (2010)
Cruz Azul (2011)
Tijuana (2014)
Querétaro (2016)
América (2018)
2  Canada 0 2 2 Montreal Impact (2015)
Toronto FC (2018)
Toronto FC (2012)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2017)
3  United States 0 1 5 Real Salt Lake (2011) LA Galaxy (2013)
Seattle Sounders FC (2013)
FC Dallas (2017)
New York Red Bulls (2018)
Sporting Kansas City (2019)
4  Costa Rica 0 0 4 Alajuelense (2014, 2015)
Saprissa (2011)
Herediano (2015)
5  Puerto Rico 0 0 1 Puerto Rico Islanders (2009)

Best results by country

Rank Country Best Results Best Teams (Years)
1  Mexico Champions (x11) Monterrey (2011, 2012, 2013, 2019)
América (2015, 2016)
Pachuca (2010, 2017)
Atlante (2009)
Cruz Azul (2014)
Guadalajara (2018)
2  Canada Runners-up (x2) Montreal Impact (2015)
Toronto FC (2018)
3  United States Runners-up Real Salt Lake (2011)
4  Costa Rica Semi-finals (x4) Alajuelense (2014, 2015)
Saprissa (2011)
Herediano (2015)
5  Puerto Rico Semi-finals Puerto Rico Islanders (2009)
6  Panama Quarter-finals (x5) Árabe Unido (2010, 2014, 2017)
Tauro (2018)
Independiente (2019)
7  Honduras Quarter-finals (x4) Marathon (2009, 2010)
Olimpia (2011, 2015)
8  Guatemala Quarter-finals (x2) Comunicaciones (2010)
Xelajú (2013)
9  El Salvador Quarter-finals Isidro Metapan (2012)
10  Dominican Republic Round of 16 (x2) Cibao (2018)
Atlético Pantoja (2019)

Notes:

  • Nicaragua had an automatic berth in the Champions League until the 2016–17 season, but no Nicaraguan club has advanced to the knockout rounds or even won a match in Champions League group play.

Results by league

Results are listed in the Wins–Losses–Draws format. Numbers in parentheses are average points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss).
Results include matches from preliminary rounds, group play, and knockout play. * Penalty shoot-out considered a separate event from the match which preceded it.

CCL Season Mexico United States Costa Rica Honduras Canada Guatemala Panama El Salvador Dominican Republic Trinidad and Tobago Jamaica Haiti Nicaragua Puerto Rico Belize Guyana
2008–09 23*–12–10
(1.8)
2–9–5
(0.7)
3–3–2
(1.4)
7–5–4
(1.6)
5–2–2
(1.9)
2–3–3
(1.1)
3–7–4
(0.9)
2–3–3
(1.1)
N/A 3–5–0
(1.0)
0–1–0
(0.0)
N/A 0–1–1
(0.5)
6–3*–3
(1.7)
0–2–0
(0.0)
N/A
2009–10 30–8–10
(2.1)
7–9–8
(1.2)
2–5–3
(0.9)
9–9–0
(1.5)
0–1–1
(0.5)
3–6–1
(1.0)
5–6–1
(1.3)
1–5–2
(0.6)
N/A 4–10–2
(0.8)
N/A N/A N/A 1–3–4
(0.8)
N/A N/A
2010–11 25–10–6
(2.0)
13–12–4
(1.5)
6–4–2
(1.7)
7–9–2
(1.3)
3–2–3
(1.6)
2–3–3
(1.1)
2–8–0
(0.6)
1–5–4
(0.7)
N/A 1–7–2
(0.5)
N/A N/A N/A 3–2–3
(1.0)
N/A N/A
2011–12 26–14–6
(1.8)
13–15–4
(1.6)
7–6–1
(1.6)
3–11–2
(0.7)
6–3–3
(1.8)
3–4–1
(1.3)
2–4–2
(1.0)
5–7–0
(1.3)
N/A N/A N/A 0–2–0
(0.0)
0–2–0
(0.0)
1–0–1
(1.5)
N/A 0–1–1
(0.5)
2012–13 19–4–7
(2.1)
14–6–6
(1.8)
5–2–3
(1.8)
2–3–3
(1.1)
2–2–0
(1.5)
4–4–2
(1.4)
0–8–0
(0.0)
2–10–0
(0.5)
N/A 0–5–3
(0.3)
N/A N/A 0–3–1
(0.2)
1–2–1
(1.0)
N/A N/A
2013–14 20*–6–6
(2.1)
11–6–5
(1.7)
7–7–2
(1.8)
2–5–1
(1.4)
2–2–0
(2)
4–4–0
(1.5)
4–5–1
(1.3)
3–3–2
(1.4)
N/A 0–7–1
N/A 0–4–0
(0.0)
0–3–1
(0.1)
N/A N/A N/A
2014–15 13–4–7
(1.9)
11–4–3
(1.9)
10–6–6
(1.6)
4–4–2
(1.4)
4–2–4
(1.6)
3–3–2
(1.4)
1–6–1
(0.5)
0–7–1
(0.1)
N/A N/A 2–2–0
(1.5)
N/A 0–2–2
(0.5)
0–4–0
(0.0)
N/A 0–4–0
(0.0)
2015–16 18–6–12
(1.6)
10–5–9
(1.5)
3–3–2
(1.4)
4–3–1
(1.6)
1–2–1
(1.0)
2–4–2
(1.0)
4–4–0
(1.5)
1–5–2
(0.6)
N/A 2–5–1
(0.8)
0–3–1
(0.2)
N/A 0–4–0
(0.0)
N/A 1–2–1
(1.0)
N/A
2016–17 17–7–6
(1.9)
9–6–7
(1.5)
3–3–4
(1.3)
4–2–2
(1.8)
5–2–1
(2.0)
1–3–4
(0.9)
6–3–1
(1.9)
1–4–3
(0.8)
N/A 0–6–2
(0.2)
N/A 0–4–0
(0.0)
0–2–2
N/A 0–4–0
(0.0)
N/A
2018 11–6*–5
(1.7)
6–5–3
(1.5)
0–2–2
(0.5)
0–2–2
(0.5)
4*–2–2
(1.8)
N/A 1–3–0
(0.8)
1–1–0
(1.5)
0–2–0
(0.0)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 14–7–3
(1.9)
9–9–0
(1.5)
2–2–0
(1.5)
0–2–0
(0.0)
0–1–1
(0.5)
0–2–0
(0.0)
2–1–1
(1.7)
0–1–1
(0.5)
0–2–0
(0.0)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Totals 218–84–78
(1.9)
105–86–54
(1.5)
48–43–27
(1.4)
42–55–19
(1.3)
32–21–18
(1.6)
24–36–18
(1.2)
30–55–11
(1.0)
17–51–18
(0.8)
0–4–0
(0.0)
10–45–11
(0.6)
2–6–1
(0.7)
0–10–0
(0.0)
0–17–7
(0.2)
12–14–12
(1.2)
1–8–1
(0.4)
0–5–1
(0.1)

Awards

Season Golden Boot Golden Ball Golden Glove
Player (Goals) Club Player Club(s) Player Club
2008–09 Mexico Javier Orozco (7) Mexico Cruz Azul
2009–10 Mexico Ulises Mendivil (9) Mexico Pachuca
2010–11 Mexico Javier Orozco (11) Mexico Cruz Azul
2011–12 Chile Humberto Suazo (7) Mexico Monterrey Mexico Oribe Peralta Mexico Santos Laguna
2012–13 Panama Nicolás Muñoz (6)
Colombia Carlos Quintero (6)
El Salvador Isidro Metapán
Mexico Santos Laguna
Mexico Aldo de Nigris Mexico Monterrey Mexico Oswaldo Sánchez Mexico Santos Laguna
2013–14 Mexico Raúl Nava (7) Mexico Toluca Argentina Mariano Pavone Mexico Cruz Azul Mexico Alfredo Talavera Mexico Toluca
2014–15 Argentina Darío Benedetto (7)
Mexico Oribe Peralta (7)
Mexico América Argentina Darío Benedetto Mexico América United States Evan Bush Canada Montreal Impact
2015–16[29] Argentina Emanuel Villa (6) Mexico Querétaro Argentina Rubens Sambueza Mexico América Mexico Hugo González Durán Mexico América
2016–17 Mexico Hirving Lozano (8) Mexico Pachuca Argentina Franco Jara Mexico Pachuca Mexico Alfonso Blanco Mexico Pachuca
2018 Canada Jonathan Osorio (4) Canada Toronto FC Italy Sebastian Giovinco Canada Toronto FC Mexico Rodolfo Cota Mexico Guadalajara
2019 Ecuador Enner Valencia (7) Mexico UANL Argentina Nicolás Sánchez Mexico Monterrey Argentina Marcelo Barovero Mexico Monterrey
Season Best Young Player[nb 1] Fair Play Award
Player Club Club
2008–09 First awarded in 2014–15 First awarded in 2013–14
2009–10
2010–11
2011–12
2012–13
2013–14 United States LA Galaxy[30]
2014–15 Mexico Martín Zúñiga[31] Mexico América Mexico Pachuca[32]
2015–16 Honduras Alberth Elis Honduras Olimpia Mexico Querétaro
2016–17 Mexico Hirving Lozano Mexico Pachuca United States FC Dallas
2018 Mexico Rodolfo Pizarro Mexico Guadalajara United States New York Red Bulls
2019 Mexico Jonathan González Mexico Monterrey United States Sporting Kansas City
Notes
  1. ^ Award was known as the "Bright Future Award" for 2014–15 season.

See also

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  31. ^ http://www.concacaf.com/article/zuniga-wins-scotiabank-bright-future-award
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External links

2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League was the first edition of the CONCACAF club football championship modelled after the UEFA Champions League, replacing the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, and overall the 44th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The championship began on August 26, 2008, and it concluded May 12, 2009. Atlante of Mexico won the championship after defeating Cruz Azul, also from Mexico on aggregate at the Final. They represented CONCACAF in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.

2009 CONCACAF Champions League Finals

The 2009 CONCACAF Champions League Finals were a two-legged football match-up to determine the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League champions.

This was the third all-Mexican CONCACAF club championship final in the last four years.

2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League was the second edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current format, and overall the 45th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament began on July 28, 2009 and ran through April 28, 2010. All four Mexican teams topped their groups and reached the semi-finals, with Pachuca winning the final against Cruz Azul with a 2-2 aggregate score, by the away goals rule. As winners, Pachuca qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup as the CONCACAF representative.

2010 CONCACAF Champions League Finals

The 2010 CONCACAF Champions League Finals were a two-legged football match-up to determine the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League champions. Pachuca won the title with a 1-0 home win against compatriots Cruz Azul in the second leg of the final.This was the fourth all-Mexican CONCACAF club championship final in the last five years, and the second in a row.

2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League was the 3rd edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current format, and overall the 46th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament began on July 27, 2010 and ended on April 27, 2011. Monterrey of Mexico won their first title, defeating Real Salt Lake of the United States 3-2 on aggregate in the final. As winners, Monterrey qualified for the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup as the CONCACAF representative.

2011 CONCACAF Champions League Finals

The 2011 CONCACAF Champions League Finals was the final of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League, and the third final of the current format of the CONCACAF Champions League. The match was contested in a two-leg aggregate format between April 20–27, 2011.

The winners earned the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, entering at the quarterfinal stage.

2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League is the 4th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current format, and overall the 47th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament began on July 26, 2011 and finished with the second leg of the final April 25, 2012.Defending champions Monterrey won the title, and qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.

2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League was the 5th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 48th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. It remained a 24-team tournament, but the format changed for this edition. CCL play began on July 31, 2012 and finished on May 1, 2013. The winner qualified as the CONCACAF representative for the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.Monterrey won their third consecutive title after defeating Santos Laguna in an all-Mexican final, and equaled Cruz Azul's feat of winning three consecutive CONCACAF club titles (1969–71), when the competition was known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League was the 6th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 49th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Monterrey were the three-time defending champions, but were unable to defend their title as they failed to qualify for the tournament.

Cruz Azul won a record-setting sixth CONCACAF club title (and their first during the Champions League era), after winning an all-Mexican final over Toluca on away goals. As a result, they qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.

2014 CONCACAF Champions League Finals

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The final was contested in two-legged home-and-away format between two Mexican teams, Cruz Azul and Toluca. The first leg was hosted by Cruz Azul at Estadio Azul in Mexico City on April 15, 2014, while the second leg was hosted by Toluca at Estadio Nemesio Díez in Toluca on April 23, 2014. The winner earned the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, entering at the quarterfinal stage.The first leg ended in a 0–0 draw, and the second leg ended in a 1–1 draw, giving Cruz Azul a record-setting sixth CONCACAF club title (and their first during the Champions League era) on the away goals rule.

2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League

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In the final, Mexican team América defeated Canadian team Montreal Impact 5–3 on aggregate to win their sixth CONCACAF club title (and their first during the CONCACAF Champions League era), tying the record of the most CONCACAF club title with Cruz Azul (who were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the group stage). As the winners of the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League, América earned the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.

2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2015–16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 8th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 51st edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

América were the defending champions, and won their second consecutive title, and seventh CONCACAF club title (including the CONCACAF Champions' Cup era), by beating fellow Mexican team UANL 4–1 on aggregate in the final. As the winner of the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League, they qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, their third appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup.

2016 CONCACAF Champions League Finals

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The final was contested in two-legged home-and-away format between Mexican teams UANL and América. The first leg was hosted by UANL at Estadio Universitario in San Nicolás de los Garza on April 20, 2016, while the second leg was hosted by América at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on April 27, 2016. The winner earned the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, entering at the quarterfinal stage.América defeated UANL 4–1 on aggregate to win their second consecutive and seventh overall CONCACAF club title.

2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League

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Pachuca won their fifth title, and their first since 2009–10, by defeating UANL 2–1 on aggregate in the final. As the winner of the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League, Pachuca qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. América won the previous two tournaments, but did not qualify for this tournament and were unable to defend their title.

2018 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 10th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 53rd edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The format of the tournament was changed as part of a new CONCACAF club competition platform consisting of two tournaments (CONCACAF League and CONCACAF Champions League) and a total of 31 teams competing during the season (an increase from the previous 24 teams), with 16 teams competing in the newly created CONCACAF League from August to October, and the winner of the CONCACAF League joining the 15 direct entrants competing in the CONCACAF Champions League from February to April. As a result, the 2018 edition was played using a new format that included the removal of the group stage, a reduction in participating teams from 24 to 16, and a total reduction in matches from 62 to 30.

Guadalajara defeated Toronto FC in the final to win their second CONCACAF club title and their first in the Champions League era, and qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Pachuca won the previous tournament but did not qualify for this tournament and were unable to defend their title.

2019 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2019 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League) was the 11th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 54th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.Monterrey defeated UANL 2–1 on aggregate in the final to win their fourth title. As the winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, they qualified for the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. Guadalajara were the title holders, but did not qualify for this tournament and were unable to defend their title.

2019 CONCACAF Champions League Finals

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The final was contested in two-legged home-and-away format between Mexican teams UANL and Monterrey in a Clásico Regiomontano. The first leg was hosted by UANL at the Estadio Universitario in San Nicolás de los Garza on 23 April 2019, while the second leg was hosted by Monterrey at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Guadalupe on 1 May 2019.Monterrey won the finals 2–1 on aggregate for their fourth CONCACAF Champions League title.

2020 CONCACAF Champions League

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Starting from this season, only 10 of the 16 teams directly qualify for the tournament, with the other six berths allocated through the CONCACAF League, where previously only the winners would have qualified.The winners of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League will qualify for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. Monterrey are the title holders, but did not qualify for this tournament and are unable to defend their title.

MLS performance in the CONCACAF Champions League

Major League Soccer teams have participated in the CONCACAF Champions League each season since the tournament began its current format in 2008–09. Previously, MLS teams played in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

MLS may send up to five teams to the CONCACAF Champions League each season — up to four from the United States, and up to one from Canada.

The first MLS team to finish first in its group was Real Salt Lake in 2010. The best performance by an MLS team to date occurred in 2018, when Toronto FC reached the finals, before losing to Mexico's Guadalajara 4–2 on penalties following a 3–3 scoreline on aggregate. Real Salt Lake and Montreal Impact have both also reached the finals, losing to Monterrey in 2011 and América in 2015, respectively. MLS teams have never won the Champions League under its current format since 2008–09, and therefore have not sent a team to the FIFA Club World Cup.

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