The Concacaf Champions League to resume in December in the United States
Concacaf has announced a new format and schedule to resume this year’s edition, suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
América, Cruz Azul and Tigres already have a date to play this competition again.
Now more venues that remain to be played will be held as a single match and in a controlled venue in the United States.
To resume this competition, Concacaf has developed new regulations to ensure the delivery of a safe and highly controlled environment for all players, coaches, team personnel and officials who will participate. This includes a frequent COVID-19 testing process, before and during competition, and health and safety protocols that will be strictly enforced.
Through the introduction of a simplified format, with one-game series at a neutral venue, the new format includes a total of seven games to crown a regional club champion.
Centralized quarter-final, semi-final and final matches
Concacaf will host the quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches at a central venue in the United States from December 15-22, 2020. Venue and kick-off times will be confirmed in the coming weeks. The confirmed dates are as follows (final results of the first leg matches in parentheses):
Quarterfinals: will be played on December 15 and 16, 2020
Of the quarterfinals, three first leg matches were played and one series did not start:
Olimpia (2) vs (1) Impact Montreal
Atlanta United (0) vs (3) America
Tigers (1) vs (0) NYCFC
LAFC vs Cruz Azul
Prior to the suspension, three of the quarterfinal keys played the first leg, so the matches that will be played will be considered the return and “at home” for the three teams that played as visitors (CD Olimpia, Atlanta United FC and Tigres UANL).
At the end of these three return matches, if the aggregate score is tied, the away goal rule will apply. In case the score is tied on the overall score and on away goals, the matches will go directly to the penalty kicks.
The quarter-final bracket between LAFC and Cruz Azul did not play the first leg, which means that this series will be resolved to a single match. If the match ends in a draw, it will go directly to penalties.
Semifinals: will be played on December 19, 2020
Semifinal 1: Club América or Atlanta United FC vs LAFC or Cruz Azul
Semifinal 2: Tigres UANL or NYCFC vs CD Olimpia or Impact Montreal
Both semifinals will play a single match and will go directly to the penalty kicks in case of a tie in the final score.
The two winners of the semifinals will meet in the grand final, a single match. If the match ends tied, the final will include extra time and, if necessary, penalty kicks.
Final: will be played on December 22, 2020
Final: Winner semifinal 1 vs Winner semifinal 2.
The Confederation will confirm the details of the US headquarters in the coming weeks.