Scotiabank Concacaf League draw to take place on September 21
Concacaf has announced the date and procedures for the official draw of the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League. The competition, scheduled to kick off on October 20, will qualify six clubs to the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL).
The official draw will be conducted on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 pm ET, from Miami, FL. Fans will be able to follow all the action through the Confederation’s partner networks, including TUDN (USA), TSN (Canada), Fox Sports (Mexico), ESPN (Central and South America), Flow Sports (Caribbean) and other local partners.
For other territories, the event will be available on the Official Concacaf App, Concacaf Facebook page and Concacaf YouTube channel (subject to territory restrictions).
In total, 22 clubs will participate in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League. The clubs qualified for the Preliminary Round and Round of 16 are (in alphabetical order by member association):
Preliminary Round (12 clubs): Verdes FC (BLZ), Hamilton Forge FC (CAN), LD Alajuelense (CRC), Cibao FC (DOM), CD FAS (SLV), CD Municipal Limeño (SLV), Antigua GFC (GUA), Comunicaciones FC (GUA), Arcahaie FC (HAI), FC Motagua (HON), Managua FC (NCA) and Club Atletico Independiente (PAN)
Round of 16 (10 clubs): CS Herediano (CRC), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), Alianza FC (SLV), CSD Municipal (GUA), CD Marathon (HON), CD Olimpia (HON), Waterhouse FC (JAM), Real Estelí FC (NCA), San Francisco FC (PAN) and Tauro FC (PAN).
As announced on August 7, the competition is scheduled to kick off with the Preliminary Round on October 20 and will culminate with the second leg of the Final on January 28, 2021.
In order to fit the competition into this new schedule, the Preliminary Round and Round of 16 will be played as single game ties at the highest ranked club’s stadium. All other rounds will be played as two game ties (home and away).
The complete schedule is as follows:
20-22 Preliminary Round (single leg match)
3-5: Round of 16 (single leg match)
1-3: Quarterfinals (first leg)
8-10: Quarterfinals (second leg)
5-7: Semifinals (first leg)
12-14 Semifinals (second leg)
19-21: Final (first leg)
26-28: Final (second leg)
The draw, to be executed by Concacaf Head of Club Competitions Matias Tettamanti, will use a single-blind system involving four pots. Pots 1 and 2 will contain the names of the 12 clubs participating in the preliminary round, while Pots 3 and 4 will contain the names of the ten clubs qualified for the Round of 16 and the six winners of the six Preliminary Round matchups.
Based on the 2020 Concacaf Club Ranking, which ranks clubs based on the performance of the countries over the last five seasons of play in the competition, the clubs will be distributed in the pots as follows (in raking order):
Pot 1: Arcahaie FC (CCC3), LD Alajuelense (CRC3), Motagua FC (HON3), CA Independiente (PAN3), CD FAS (SLV2), and CD Municipal Limeño (SLV3)
Pot 2: Verdes FC (BLZ1), Hamilton Forge FC (CAN2), Cibao FC (CCC4), Comunicaciones FC (GUA2), Antigua GFC (GUA3), and Managua FC (NCA2)
Pot 3: Waterhouse FC (CCC2), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC1), CS Herediano (CRC2), CD Olimpia (HON1), CD Marathon (HON2), Tauro FC (PAN1), San Francisco FC (PAN2) and Alianza FC (SLV1)
Pot 4: CSD Municipal (GUA1), Real Estelí FC (NCA1), Winner Preliminary Round No. 1, Winner Preliminary Round No. 2, Winner Preliminary Round No. 3, Winner Preliminary Round No. 4, Winner Preliminary Round No. 5 and Winner Preliminary Round No. 6 (Concacaf)