Concacaf Champions League to institute new expanded format starting in 2023

Concacaf has announced a new expanded format for Concacaf Champions League that will take effect in 2023-24.

Staring in 2023, the tournament will feature a regionalized group stage that will be played in the fall and feature 20 clubs from Canada, Mexico and the US, as well as 20 from Central America and 10 from the Caribbean.

A 16-team knockout stage will follow in the spring, featuring 11 qualifiers from the North American group stage, four from Central America and one from the Caribbean. The round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals will be two-legged series, followed by a single-game final.

“This is a hugely important development for Concacaf and for club football in our region,” Concacaf president Victor Montagliani said in Thursday's release. “The Concacaf Champions League has grown impressively in recent years, but this new format will transform the competition and significantly increase its relevance throughout our confederation and globally.”

The current format for the tournament will remain in place for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions. 2023 will be the last edition under the current format played in the spring, prior to the group stage of the new format commencing in the fall. 

Watch the video above for a full breakdown of what to expect when the new format is implemented.