Concacaf announced today a new format and schedule to resume the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL). The competition will be played in a centralized location in the United States with the Quarterfinals, single-leg Semifinals and Final to be played December 15-22.
Atlanta United’s second leg Quarterfinal match against Club América will be played either December 15 or 16. Atlanta dropped the first leg 3-0 on March 11 at Estadio Azteca.
The 2020 SCCL was postponed in March, at the Quarterfinal Stage, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To resume the competition, Concacaf has developed extensive new SCCL regulations to ensure the delivery of a safe and highly controlled environment for all the players, coaches, team staff and officials who will participate. These include a high-frequency COVID-19 testing regime before and during the competition and robust health and safety protocols which will be strictly applied.
Through the introduction of a simplified format with single leg ties in a neutral venue, the new 2020 SCCL format includes a total of seven (7) games to crown a regional club champion.
Centralized Quarterfinals and single-leg Semifinals and Final
Concacaf will host the Quarterfinals, single-leg Semifinals and Final in a centralized location in the USA from December 15-22, 2020. The venue and kickoff times will be confirmed in the coming weeks, with the match-dates as follows (first leg score in brackets for relevant matchups):
Quarterfinals: to be played December 15 and 16, 2020
CD Olimpia (2) vs (1) Impact Montreal
Atlanta United FC (0) vs (3) Club America
Tigres UANL (1) vs (0) NYCFC
LAFC vs Cruz Azul
Three of the Quarterfinal matchups already played the first leg of their ties prior to the competition’s postponement. For the purposes of these second leg matches, the games will be considered ‘home’ matches for the three teams which played their first leg away (CD Olimpia, Atlanta United FC and Tigres UANL).
At the end of these second leg games, should the aggregate score be level, the away goals rule will apply. Should the score be level on aggregate and away goals, matches will go straight to penalty kicks.
The Quarterfinal between LAFC and Cruz Azul did not play a first leg prior to the postponement of the competition, meaning this tie will be settled by a single match. Should the score be level at the end of the game, it will go straight to penalty kicks.
The draw for the 2020 SCCL determined each team’s possible route to the Final, and means the Semifinal matchups will be as follows:
Semifinals: to be played December 19, 2020
Semifinal 1: Club America or Atlanta United FC vs LAFC or Cruz Azul
Semifinal 2: Tigres UANL or NYCFC vs CD Olimpia or Impact Montreal
Both Semifinal matches will be single-leg ties with matches going straight to penalty kicks in the event of a draw.
The two Semifinal winners will face-off in a single leg Final. Should the score be level at the end of the match, the Final will include extra time and, if required, penalty kicks.
Final: to be played December 22, 2020
Final: Winner Semifinal 1 vs Winner Semifinal 2
Concacaf has made the decision that these centralized final rounds of the 2020 SCCL will be played behind closed doors. Discussions are underway with the Confederation’s broadcast partners to ensure all matches are widely available for fans across the region to follow and enjoy.