CONCACAF yesterday conducted the official draw for the Preliminary Round and Round of 16 of the 2022 Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL).
The live made for tv event was hosted by sports anchor Raul Guzman and included the participation of CONCACAF General Secretary, Philippe Moggio, former players Walter Centeno, and Jose Manuel Contreras, captain of current SCL Champion’s Comunicaciones FC.
The sixth and final edition of the SCL, which precedes an exciting new CONCACAF club ecosystem launching in 2023-24, will commence with a Preliminary Round. 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.
The 12 clubs participating in the Preliminary Round have been divided into six matchups as follows:
Matchup #1: CD Platense (SLV) vs Verdes FC (BLZ)
Matchup #2: CRC 3 vs CD Aguila (SLV)
Matchup #3: RCD España (HON) vs Real Estelí FC (NCA)
Matchup #4: Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) vs Deportivo Malacateco (GUA)
Matchup #5: Pacific FC (CAN) vs Waterhouse FC (JAM)
Matchup #6: CSD Municipal (GUA) vs Atletico Vega Real (DOM)
The 10 clubs seeded into the Round of 16 and the six Preliminary Round winners have been divided into eight pairings as follows:
Matchup #1: Tauro FC (PAN) vs Winner Preliminary Round 4
Matchup #2: FC Motagua (HON) vs Cibao FC (DOM)
Matchup #3: CD Olimpia (HON) vs Winner Preliminary Round 6
Matchup #4: Diriangen FC (NCA) vs Comunicaciones FC (GUA)
Matchup #5: CRC 1 vs Winner Preliminary Round 5
Matchup #6: CRC 2 vs Winner Preliminary Round 3
Matchup #7: Alianza FC (PAN) vs Winner Preliminary Round 2
Matchup #8: Alianza FC (SLV) vs Winner Preliminary Round 1
For the Preliminary Round and Round of 16, the highest ranked clubs (Pots 1 and 3, respectively) 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 in the coming days.
New format from 2023
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.