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CONCACAF Champions League 2023 schedule, bracket, scores, TV channel and live streams

The CONCACAF Champions League is an annual tournament that crowns the best club side in North America, including Central America and the Caribbean. (CONCACAF is the acronym for Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football.)

The 2023 edition will see 16 clubs battle over four rounds of knockout play (Round of 16 to the final) to determine which team will be left standing on June 4 and succeed the Seattle Sounders, who hoisted the trophy in 2022 but will not get to defend their title after failing to qualify.

The 16 clubs that are taking part in 2023 each qualified through domestic or continental competitions. A tournament draw in November 2022 set up the matchups and full bracket for the competition from the Round of 16 through to the final. The winner of each series will be the team that scores the most total goals over two legs.

In addition to take home a prestigious trophy and a chunk of prize money, the winner also earns a berth to the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup to take on champions from other regions of the world.

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CONCACAF Champions League schedule 2023

The 2023 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League will crown a winner in a matter of three months with the Round of 16 kicking off in March 2023 and the final wrapping up on June 4.

All matches except for one will be played in midweek so as not to interfere with regular domestic league schedules in each country. The second leg of the final, when the champion is determined, will be played on a Sunday.

  • Round of 16: March 7-9 (1st Leg), March 14-16 (2nd Leg)
  • Quarterfinals: April 4-6 (1st Leg), April 11-13 (2nd Leg)
  • Semifinals: April 25-27 (1st Leg), May 2-4 (2nd Leg)
  • Final: May 31 (1st Leg), June 4 (2nd Leg) 

All rosters, including names and jersey numbers for all 16 teams (maximum of 35 players per club), are published on CONCACAF’s official site. Teams select their 23-man matchday rosters from this squad list. 

Are there away goals in CONCACAF Champions League?

Yes, away goals will serve as a tiebreaker only for the Round of 16, quarterfinals, and semifinals if teams are level on total goals scored after the conclusion of the second leg. 

If teams are also level on away goals during the aforementioned rounds, then they will go straight to a penalty kick shootout. No extra time sessions will be played during the Round of 16, quarterfinals, or semifinals.

The rules change for the final. Given the stakes, the the official tournament rules say that away goals will not serve as a tiebreaker if teams are level on total goals after the second leg of the final. Instead, the two finalists will proceed to battle in extra time, and penalties if necessary, to determine a champion.

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CONCACAF Champions League bracket 2023

Here’s the full competition bracket and upcoming matchups, with results and highlights inserted when available.

The bracket from the Round of 16 through to the final, including which team hosts each leg, has already been predetermined. 

Champions League Round of 16

The first team listed in each matchup will host the first leg. The higher seed is given the chance to host the second leg (except in the Vancouver-Real Espana series, where a stadium conflict forced a switch).

  Match 1st Leg
Time (ET)
2nd Leg
Time (ET)
RD16 #1 Violette (HAI) vs. Austin FC (USA) Tue, March 7
6 p.m.
Tue, March 14
8 p.m.
RD16 #2 Tauro (PAN) vs. Leon (MEX) Wed, March 8
6 p.m.
Thu, March 16
8 p.m.
RD16 #3 Tigres (MEX) vs. Orlando City (USA) Tue, March 7
10 p.m.
Wed, March 15
8:15 p.m.
RD16 #4 Motagua (HON) vs. Pachuca (MEX) Thu, March 9
8 p.m.
Thu, March 16
10:15 p.m.
RD16 #5 Vancouver (CAN) vs. Real Espana (HON) Wed, March 8
10 p.m.
Wed, March 15
6 p.m.
RD16 #6 Alajuelense (CRC) vs. LAFC (USA) Thu, March 9
10 p.m.
Wed, March 15
10:30 p.m.
RD16 #7 Olimpia (HON) vs. Atlas (MEX) Wed, March 8
8 p.m.
Tue, March 14
10:15 p.m.
RD16 #8 Alianza (SLV) vs. Philadelphia (USA) Tue, March 7
8 p.m.
Tue, March 14
8 p.m.

Champions League Quarterfinals

CONCACAF determined that the teams that emerge from the Round of 16 matchups #2, #4, #6, and #8 will host the first leg of the quarterfinals.

  Match 1st Leg 2nd Leg
QF1 RD16 #2 vs. RD16 #1 April 4-6 April 11-13
QF2 RD16 #4 vs. RD16 #3 April 4-6 April 11-13
QF3 RD16 #6 vs. RD16 #5 April 4-6 April 11-13
QF4 RD16 #8 vs. RD16 #7 April 4-6 April 11-13

Champions League Semifinals

CONCACAF has established that the best team in each semifinal series (based on results and, if necessary, goal difference from the previous rounds) will host the second leg.

Match 1st Leg 2nd Leg
QF1 winner vs. QF2 winner April 25-27 May 2-4
QF3 winner vs. QF4 winner April 25-27 May 2-4

Champions League Final

Similar to the semifinals, the best team in the final (based on record and goal difference from previous rounds) will host the second leg.

Date 1st Leg 2nd Leg
Semifinal winners Wed, May 31 Sun, June 4

CONCACAF Champions League TV, live streams

The 2023 CONCACAF Champions League will be available to watch in territories across the Americas:

  • USA: FS1, FS2, Fox Soccer Plus (English); Univision, TUDN, ViX (Spanish)
  • Canada: OneSoccer, YouTube
  • Caribbean: ESPN
  • Central America: ESPN Star+
  • Mexico: Fox Sports
  • South America: ESPN Star+

According to CONCACAF, other regions can watch the matches via CONCACAF’s official app and YouTube channel.

Teams in 2023 CONCACAF Champions League

Here are the 16 teams that made it to the 2023 CONCACAF Champions League, including how they qualified for North America’s premier club competition.

Country Club How Qualified
Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2022 Canadian Championship winner
Costa Rica LD Alajuelense 2022 CONCACAF League runner-up
El Salvador Alianza FC 2022 CONCACAF League quarterfinalist
Haiti Violette AC 2022 Caribbean Club Championship winner
Honduras RCD Espana 2022 CONCACAF League semifinalist
Honduras Motagua FC 2022 CONCACAF League semifinalist
Honduras CD Olimpia 2022 CONCACAF League winner
Mexico Atlas FC 2021 Liga MX Apertura champion
Mexico Club Leon 2021 Liga MX Apertura runner-up
Mexico CF Pachuca 2022 Liga MX Clausura runner-up
Mexico Tigres UANL Most points Liga MX 2021 Apertura & 2022 Clausura
Panama Tauro FC 2022 CONCACAF League quarterfinalist
USA Austin FC 2022 MLS Supporters’ Shield third-place
USA LAFC 2022 MLS Cup champion
USA Orlando City SC 2022 U.S. Open Cup champion
USA Philadelphia Union 2022 Eastern Conference champion

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CONCACAF Champions League winners all-time

CONCACAF’s premier club competition was revamped and rebranded as the CONCACAF Champions League beginning with the 2008-09 edition. 

The 14 editions of the Champions League have been dominated by Mexican clubs, with 13 straight titles before U.S.-based club Seattle Sounders broke that stranglehold in 2022.

Such was Mexico’s domination that nine of the 14 finals have been all-Mexican affairs, and at least one Mexican club has made it to every final.

Monterrey have won the Champions League five times since 2010-11. Their rivals Tigres finally won it in 2020 after a stretch of losing three of four finals.

CONCACAF Champions League winners (since 2008-09)

Year Winner Runner-up Final Result
2008-09 Atlanta (MEX) Cruz Azul (MEX) 2-0 on agg.
2009-10 Pachuca (MEX) Cruz Azul (MEX) 2-2 on agg.
(away goals)
2010-11 Monterrey (MEX) Real Salt Lake (MLS) 3-2 on agg.
2011-12 Monterrey (MEX) Santos Laguna (MEX) 3-2 on agg.
2012-13 Monterrey (MEX) Santos Laguna (MEX) 4-2 on agg.
2013-14 Cruz Azul (MEX) Toluca (MEX) 1-1 on agg.
(away goals)
2014-15 Club America (MEX) Montreal Impact (CAN) 5-3 on agg.
2015-16 Club America (MEX) Tigres UANL (MEX) 4-1 on agg.
2016-17 Pachuca (MEX) Tigres UANL (MEX) 2-1 on agg.
2018 Chivas Guadalajara (MEX) Toronto FC (CAN) 3-3 on agg.
(4-2 on PKs)
2019 Monterrey (MEX) Tigres UANL (MEX) 2-1 on agg.
2020 Tigres UANL (MEX) LAFC (USA) 2-1 (final)
2021 Monterrey (MEX) Club America (MEX) 1-0 (final)
2022 Seattle Sounders (USA) Pumas UNAM (MEX) 5-2 on agg.

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