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Offline Bally

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CONCACAF changes Champions League format
« on: January 12, 2012, 03:14:27 PM »
CONCACAF changes Champions League format
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tweet5EmailPrintNEW YORK (AP)—The preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League will be eliminated for the 2012-13 season, and the group phase will expand from 16 teams to 24.

Soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean said Thursday the first round will be extended from six weeks to eight and will start July 31 and end by Oct. 25. A team from the U.S. or Mexico will be in each of the eight first-round groups.

The winners of the three-team groups make the quarterfinals. In the past, 16 teams met in the preliminary round—eight advanced to the group phase and eight had byes.

Teams from the same nation can’t be in the same group unless one is a wild card replacing a team from a country without a suitable stadium.

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Re: CONCACAF changes Champions League format
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 11:07:58 AM »
That's a good format..team will have the opportunity to play more games than being eliminated after a game series..

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Re: CONCACAF changes Champions League format
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 04:03:59 PM »
is this the same like in europe

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Re: CONCACAF changes Champions League format
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 10:15:30 PM »
The most important thing about this change is how it helps clubs from T&T.

Previously, the Pro Leagues top two teams had to compete in the Caribbean Cup to go through. This involved 3 home and away fixtures. The average cost for each away game was US$40,000. The only income was from home matches. Once you reach CONCACAF, you receive funding assistance and income from TV rights.

Often, T&T clubs could not afford to compete. Now, this will not be an issue.