- The road to the Final and the FIFA Club World Cup is now in place for the sixteen participating clubs
- Fifteenth edition of the SCCL will commence with the first leg Round of 16 matches in early March 2023
The 2023 SCCL, which precedes an exciting new Concacaf club ecosystem launching in 2023-24 and includes the participation of 16 clubs from eight Concacaf Member Associations, is scheduled to commence the second week of March, and on Sunday, June 4, 2023, with a second-leg final.
The made-for-tv draw event was hosted by TUDN’s sports anchor Ramses Sandoval and included the participation of Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio, Concacaf Director of Competitions Carlos Fernandez, Seattle Sounders FC Captain Nicolas Lodeiro, and former star players from the region, Rodney Wallace and Damian Alvarez.
In Monday’s draw, the 16 clubs participating in the competition were divided into eight round of 16 matchups as follows:
Matchup #1: Austin FC (USA) vs Violette AC (HAI)
Matchup #2: Club Leon (MEX) vs Tauro FC (PAN)
Matchup #3: Orlando City SC (USA) vs Tigres UANL (MEX)
Matchup #4: CF Pachuca (MEX) vs Motagua FC (HON)
Matchup #5: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN) vs RCD España (HON)
Matchup #6: Los Angeles FC (USA) vs LD Alajuelense (CRC)
Matchup #7: Atlas FC (MEX) vs CD Olympia (HON)
Matchup #8: Philadelphia Union (USA) vs Alianza FC (SLV)
Competition Format and Schedule Windows
The 2023 SCCL will begin with the home-and-away Round of 16 matches in March, followed by the Quarterfinals and first leg Semifinals in April, and the return leg Semifinals and first leg Final in May.
The all-decisive return leg Final, where the region’s new champion will be crowned, will take place Sunday, June 4, 2023, and will be hosted by the best finalist club in the earlier rounds of the competition.
Round of 16: March 7-9 (first legs) and March 14-16 (second legs)
Quarterfinals: April 4-6 (first legs) and April 11-13 (second legs)
Semifinals: April 25-27 (first legs) and May 2-4 (second legs)
Finals: May 31 (first leg) and June 4 (second leg)
For all rounds of the competition, the pairings have been determined by the competition’s bracket (available below) and the home club for the return leg of each series will be determined per round as follows:
Round of 16: Clubs from Pot 1 (highest ranked)
Quarterfinals: Clubs from the Round of 16 matchups 1, 3, 5, and 7
Semifinals and Final: Best performing clubs in the earlier rounds of the competition (based on wins, draws, and, if required, goal difference).
Concacaf will announce a complete schedule, including kickoff times and other details in the coming days.