Concacaf League reformatted as clubs close in on 2021 Champions League qualification

October 30 – Concacaf has formatted the final rounds of its second club competition, the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League (SCL), to ensure there is enough calendar space to complete the competition.

Matches in the quarter finals, semis and the final will now be played as single leg ties, rather than the previous two-leg format. The highest ranked club based on the Concacaf Club Rankings will host the single leg games.

The competition resumed last week with Preliminary Round matches involving clubs from Central America and Canada. Concacaf had already taken the decision to turn these games into single leg ties.

However, even a reformatted structure could not escape the destructive effects of the Covid pandemic. The cionfederation had to postpone one of the first matches after four players and four staff from Belize’s Verdes FC tested positive for covid. Verdes were due to play Haiti’s Arcahaie FC,

The Scotiabank Concacaf League qualifies six teams to the Concacaf Champions League. In the original format, the winning quarterfinalists and the two best losing quarter finalists qualify.

However, taking account of the reduced number of matches and the sporting integrity issues of getting the ‘best’ losing quarter finalists from a single match, Concacaf has changed qualification to the four winning quarter finalists.

The losing four quarter finalists will now compete in one-off play-in games to qualify for the

Concacaf said this qualification process will be “for this edition only.”

Upcoming matches:
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 
LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Cibao FC (DOM)
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 
Tauro FC (PAN) vs Forge FC (CAN)
CD Marathon (HON) vs Antigua GFC (GUA)
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 
Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) vs CSD Municipal (GUA)
Alianza FC (SLV) vs FC Motagua (HON)
Thursday, November 5, 2020 
Waterhouse FC (JAM) vs Arcahaie FC (HAI)
CS Herediano (CRC) vs Real Esteli FC (NCA)
CD Olimpia (HON) vs Managua FC (NCA)

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