CONCACAF League revamp

The current format apperantly made it “too” easy for Central American and Caribbean teams so in the end of 2019 the entire format will change again, this time in favor of the United States and Mexican teams.

The format which is mind you 2 years old made it as that:

Central American Nations like: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama each have at least one or at maximum 2 teams (the best aggregate champion, these countries have two tournaments per year)

North American Zone: one team from Canada, 4 each from the United States and Mexico

Caribbean: Champion of the Caribbean Club Cup

The new format is that:

NO TEAMS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA HAVE AN  AUTOMATIC SPOT IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE EFFECTIVE NEXT YEAR

Instead, it would be like the old UNCAF Tournament except for instead of four teams it would be 6. The old tournament was that every Central American country would send representatives and would duke it out and the winner, the second place, third and fourth places would go to the CONCACAF Champions League. The Caribbean will gain a slot (Champions of the cup will go to the Champions League). There would be an extra Canadian team from its own league (so no: Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps and Ottawa Fury FC).

In simpler terms there would be a five round tournament where there would be different teams coming in.

Preliminary Round (12 teams)

  • Belize 1
  • Canada 2 (new slot-Canada Soccer League champion unless they win the Canadian Cup)
  • Caribbean 3
  • Caribbean 4
  • Costa Rica 3
  • El Salvador 2
  • El Salvador 3
  • Guatemala 2
  • Guatemala 3
  • Honduras 3
  • Nicaragua 2
  • Panama 3

Round of 16 (10+6 from the Preliminary Round)

  • Caribbean 2
  • Costa Rica 1 (under the previous format this would be in the Champions League)
  • Costa Rica 2
  • El Salvador 1 (under the previous format this would be in the Champions League)
  • Guatemala 1(under the previous format this would be in the Champions League)
  • Honduras 1(under the previous format this would be in the Champions League)
  • Honduras 2
  • Nicaragua 1
  • Panama 1 (under the previous format this would be in the Champions League)
  • Panama 2

All but two of the Quarterfinalists will be in the Champions League

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