CONCACAF Champions League 2015-16

The CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) is also called as CONCACAF Champion’s Cup. It is the Confederation’s annual club championship, which is conducted by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football from 1962. It is the most reputable international club competition in North America football league. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League is also eligible for participating in the FIFA Club World Cup. This tournament is now played in two stages:

  • Group stage
  • Championship Round

Group stage is conducted from August to October, in which there are 8 groups and each group consists three teams. Winner of each group entered into knockout phase which is conducted in between March and May.

This tournament is different from its European and South American counterparts, the CONCACAF Champions League winners do not eligible for the next season's competition.

2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League

Qualified Teams Points Table Fixtures & Draw Group Stage Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final

 

Dates August 4, 2015 – April 27, 2016
Teams 24 (from 12 associations)
Tournament Statistics
Matches played 48
Goals scored 131 (2.73 per match)
Top scorer(s) Emanuel Villa (6 goals)

The title has been won by 28 different clubs, in which 17 of them won the title more than once. Mexican clubs have achieved the maximum number of victories with 30 titles and the other most winning league has been Costa Rica's Primera División with six titles.

In Mexican clubs, Cruz Azul is the most successful club in the competition's history has won the tournament for six times. After that America won five titles and Pachuca won four titles. The three teams named as (Cruz Azul, Pachuca and Monterrey) are successfully won the trophy. The reigning champions of this CONCACAF Champions League are Cruz Azul, after defeating Toluca F.C.

CONCACAF Champions League Place Allotment:

North America (9 teams)

  • Canada - 1
  • Mexico - 4
  • United States - 4

Central America (12 teams)

  • Belize - 1
  • Costa Rica - 2
  • El Salvador - 2
  • Guatemala - 2
  • Honduras - 2
  • Nicaragua - 1
  • Panama - 2

and Caribbean (3 teams).

In 2015–16, this tournament will be the 8th edition of the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

Qualification System

In CONCACAF Champions league 24 teams participating in the current format. In this 24 teams 9 teams from North American Zone, 12 teams from Central American Zone: and 3 teams from Caribbean Zone.

North American Zone:

  • 4 clubs from Mexico (Apertura champion and runner-up, Clausura champion and runner-up)
  • 4 clubs from the United States (MLS Cup champion, Supporters' Shield champion, U.S. Open Cup champion, MLS regular season Western Conference winner)
  • 1 club from Canada (Canadian Championship Winner)

Central American Zone

  • 2 clubs from Costa Rica (Invierno and Verano champions)
  • 2 clubs from Honduras (Apertura and Clausura champions)
  • 2 clubs from El Salvador (Apertura and Clausura champions)
  • 2 clubs from Guatemala (Apertura and Clausura champiosn)
  • 2 clubs from Panama (Apertura and Clausura champions)
  • 1 club from Nicaragua (Champion with better aggregate record)
  • 1 club from Belize (Champion with better aggregate record)

Caribbean Zone:

  • 3 clubs - CFU Club Championship group stage highest points scored teams

Format

24 teams divided into 8 groups and each group has 3 teams. Each team play with their opponents in 2 legs. Three points for winner and one point for both teams if the match draws. Highest points leading team in the group qualifies for quarter finals. Total 8 teams plays quarter-finals with their opponent in 2 legs systems and winner of quarter finals teams play in semi finals in two legs system. Semi final winners play CONCACAF Champions league finals in 2 legs. Winner of finals will qualifies to FIFA Club World cup quarter-finals.

Records

  • Most successful clubs: Cruz Azul Futbol Club (6) in years 1969, 1970, 1971, 1996, 1997, 2014 and Club America (5) in years 1977, 1987, 1990, 1992, 2006
  • Most losing appearances in a final: 3 - Sport Vereniging Transvaal in years 1974, 1975, 1986. L.D. Alajuelense in years 1971, 1992, 1999 and Deportivo Toluca F.C. in years 1998, 2006, 2014
  • Most Successive League titles: C.F. Monterrey(3) in years 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Lowest ranked club to win the League: C.F. Atlante(2) in years 1983, 2009 and Club Necaxa(2) in years 1975, 1999
  • Number of appearances in League: 18 by Saprissa in years 1963, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11

Country

  • Nation with most League titles: Mexico (6) by clubs Atlante (2009), Pachuca (2010), Monterrey (2011, 2012, 2013) and Cruz Azul (2014)
  • Least one appearance in League finals: United States (1) in year 2011 by Real Salt Lake
  • Number of appearances in League Semifinals: 2 by clubs Saprissa (2011); Alajuelense (2014)

Goals

Champions League era

  • Highest goal aggregate in a two-legged final: C.F. Monterrey by Aggregate of 4 - 2 in 2012–13 season.
  • Lowest goal aggregate in a two-legged final: Cruz Azul vs Toluca FC by 1 - 1 in 2013 - 2014.
  • Most goals scored by a club in a game: C.F. Monterrey 4 - 2 Club Santos Laguna in 2012–13 season.
  • Biggest losing margin in two-legged finals: C.F. Atlante 2 - 0 Cruz Azul in 2008–09 season.

Champions Cup era

  • Highest goal aggregate in a two-legged final: America by aggregate of (8 - 2) America vs FC Pinar del Rio in 1990, Guadalajara by aggregate of (6 - 0) Guadalajara vs Comunicaciones in 1962, FAS by aggregate of (9 - 0) FAS vs Jong Colombia in 1979 and Atlante by aggregate of (6 -1) Atlante vs Robinhood in 1983.
  • Biggest losing margin in two-legged finals: 5 - Guadalajara 5 - 0 Comunicaciones, 6 - America 6 - 0 FC Pinar del Rio (1990), FAS 8 - 0 Jong Colombia (1979) and Alajuelense 4 - 0 Saprissa (2004).
  • Lowest goal aggregate in a two-legged final: 1 - 0 - America vs Robinhood in year 1977, Cruz Azul vs Comunicaciones in year 1969.