Monday , June 27 2022

CONCACAF announces details for 2022 Scotiabank CONCACAF League draw!

CONCACAF has announced that the official draw for the 2022 Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL) will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at 8:00 pm ET, in Miami, FL.

The made for tv event will be widely available for fans across the region to follow and enjoy through the Confederation’s TV partner networks, including TUDN | ViX (USA-Spanish), OneSoccer (Canada), Fox Sports Mexico (Mexico-Spanish), ESPN (Central America, Caribbean and South America), and other local partners. For other territories, it will be available on the Official CONCACAF App (Apple and Google Play stores), and CONCACAF’s Facebook and YouTube pages (all subject to territory restrictions).

The sixth and final edition of the SCL, which precedes an exciting new CONCACAF club ecosystem launching in 2023-24, is scheduled to kick off the last week of July.

The 2022 SCL will qualify six clubs to the 2023 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) and will continue to be played in a direct elimination format, with home and away play in all five rounds (preliminary round, round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final).

The 22 clubs that will participate have qualified or will qualify in the coming weeks via domestic league play and regional cups. These clubs are, in alphabetical order per country:

Belize (1): Verdes FC
Canada (1): Pacific FC
Costa Rica (3): CS Herediano, LD Alajuelense and one to be confirmed club
El Salvador (3): Alianza FC, CD Aguila and CD Platense
Guatemala (3): CD Malacateco, Comunicaciones FC and CSD Municipal
Honduras (3): CD Olimpia, FC Motagua and Real CD España
Nicaragua (2): Diriangen FC and Real Esteli FC
Panama (3): Alianza FC, Sporting San Miguelito and Tauro FC
Caribbean (3): Atletico Vega Real, Cibao FC and one to be confirmed club

Draw Procedures

On June 8, CONCACAF will conduct the draws for the Preliminary Round and Round of 16. The two draws will be executed using a single blind system involving four pots. The 22 participating clubs will be distributed into the four pots according to their CONCACAF Club Ranking and the round in which they will begin play.

Preliminary Round Pots

Pot 1: Six highest ranked clubs
Pot 2: Six lowest ranked clubs

Round of 16 Pots

Pot 3: Eight highest ranked clubs already qualified for the Round of 16
Pot 4: Two lowest ranked clubs already qualified for the Round of 16 and the six winners of the Preliminary Round.

The draw for the Preliminary Round will begin by randomly selecting a sphere from Pot 1 and placing that club in bracket position A1. The same process will be followed for the remaining five spheres, placing them into positions A2-A6 in sequential order.

This process will be replicated for Pot 2 (Preliminary Round bracket positions B1-B6), Pot 3 (Round of 16 bracket positions A1-A8) and Pot 4 (Round of 16 bracket positions B1-B8).

Once all clubs have been assigned a Preliminary Round or Round of 16 bracket positions, the event will conclude.

Competition format and schedule

All five rounds of the 2022 SCL will include home and away play, commencing with the Preliminary Round between 12 clubs. The six winners will advance to the Round of 16, joining the 10 best ranked clubs. These matches will be followed by the Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and a two-legged final, where the last SCL champion will be crowned.

For the Preliminary Round and Round of 16, the clubs from Pot 1 (highest ranked) will play the first leg away and the second leg at home.

For the Quarterfinals, the Round of 16 winners of matchups 1, 3, 5, and 7 will play the first leg away and the second leg at home.

For the Semifinals and Finals, the best performing clubs in the earlier rounds of the competition will play the first leg away and the second leg at home (based on wins, draws, and, if required, goal difference).

The match windows per round are as follows:

Preliminary Round: July 26-28 (first legs) and August 2-4 (second legs)
Round of 16: August 16-18 (first legs) and August 23-25 (second legs)
Quarterfinals: September 6-8 (first legs) and September 13-15 (second legs)
Semifinals: October 4-6 (first legs) and October 11-13 (second legs)
Finals: October 25-27 (first leg) and November 1-3 (second leg)

CONCACAF will announce the full schedule, including kickoff times and venues for the first two rounds after the official draw.

New format from 2023

In September of 2021, CONCACAF announced that from 2023 onwards the SCL will be replaced by three regional cup competitions that will be played in the fall of each year. These three new tournaments will qualify clubs for a Confederation-wide expanded 27-club CONCACAF Champions League that will crown the region’s best club.

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