Concacaf Qualification Champions League in 2024
FL Miami – Concacaf has announced Concacaf Qualification Champions League in 2024 that the criteria for how teams will qualify for the Confederation’s enlarged Concacaf Champions League, which starts in 2024, has been adopted by its Council.
Following thorough consultation with all parties involved, including Member Associations, leagues, and clubs, this significant statement has been made.
Three regional cup tournaments will be contested in the autumn of every year beginning in 2023, according to a Concacaf announcement made in September 2021. These events, together with other leagues and cups, will qualify teams for an enlarged Concacaf Champions League.
Concacaf Qualification Champions League in 2024 Format
The redesigned and expanded Concacaf Champions League will consist of five rounds and continue to be contested under a straight elimination knockout stage format (Round One, Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Final).
The Final, where the region’s Champion will be declared, will be contested as a single leg match on a weekend day. The first four stages will each comprise home and away play.
Twenty-two of the 27 participating teams will start play in Round One, and five will advance directly to Round of Sixteen without playing.
The Confederation has decided on the following rules for teams who finish in crossover qualification spots because North American clubs compete in numerous tournaments, some of which provide places to the new Concacaf Champions League.
Canadian Premier League: If a team holds more than one CCL qualifying spot, the team with the highest regular-season league points will take the other spot (s).
Canadian Championship: If the Canadian Championship victor is also a CCL qualifier, the vacancy will be filled by the runner-up. In the event that the victor holds multiple CCL berths, the highest-ranked Canadian Championship semifinalist will take their place.
US Open Cup: If the champion holds multiple CCL qualifying spots, the CCL spot will go to the US Open Cup runner-up. If the US Open Cup runner-up holds multiple CCL qualifying spots, the spot will go to the next-best MLS team with the most regular season league points.
Liga MX: If one (OR more) club(s) holds more than one CCL qualifying spot, the Liga MX team with the highest regular season aggregate league points (during the course of the Apertura and Clausura) will be awarded the spot.
The MLS team with the most regular-season league points, regardless of Conference, will get the spot if one (OR more) club(s) holds multiple CCL qualifying places.
Leagues Cup: The new extended CCL is open to the Leagues Cup champion, runner-up, and third-place finishers. Before the Leagues Cup begins, rules governing how to handle crossover qualification spaces from that tournament will be decided.
Clubs in Central America
There will be four groups of five teams made up of the 20 Central American clubs competing in the Central American Cup.
The two top teams from each group proceed to the Concacaf Central American Cup knockout stage following round robin play, in which each club plays every other club in their group once (for a total of four matches, two at home and two away).