Schedule announced for 2023 SCCL Round of 16
- 16 clubs will compete to be crowned regional club champion and the right to represent Concacaf at the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup
- Fifteenth edition will commence with the first leg Round of 16 matches in March
Miami, FL - Concacaf has announced the schedule for the 2023 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL) Round of 16 matches. The eight matchups will take place March 7-9 (first leg matches) and March 14-16 (second leg matches).
The pairings for the Round of 16 and each club’s road to the Final were determined at the tournament’s official draw on Monday, November 8 (bracket available below).
Fans will be able to enjoy the matches through the Confederation’s TV partner networks, including TUDN | ViX (USA-Spanish), Fox Sports (Mexico), ESPN (Central America, Caribbean, and South America), and other local partners. For other territories, they will be available on Concacaf’s Official App and YouTube channel (all subject to territory restrictions).
The calendar for the 2023 SCCL Round of 16 matches is as follows:
The home club is listed first and kickoff times are listed in eastern time (local time)
Round of 16 – 1st Leg Matches
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
18:00 (19:00) Violette AC (HAI) v Austin FC (USA) - Estadio Cibao FC, Santiago, Dominican Republic
20:00 (19:00) Alianza FC (SLV) v Philadelphia Union (USA) - Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador, El Salvador
22:00 (21:00) Tigres UANL (MEX) v Orlando City SC (USA) - Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, Mexico
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
18:00 (18:00) Tauro FC (PAN) v Club Leon (MEX) - Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama
20:00 (19:00) CD Olimpia (HON) v Atlas FC (MEX) - TBC
22:00 (19:00) *Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN) v RCD España (HON) - BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada
Thursday, March 9, 2023
20:00 (19:00) FC Motagua (HON) v Club Pachuca (MEX) - TBC
22:00 (21:00) LD Alajuelense (CRC) v Los Angeles FC (USA) - Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Round of 16 – 2nd Leg Matches
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
20:00 (19:00) Austin FC (USA) v Violette AC (HAI) - Q2 Stadium, Austin, TX, USA
20:00 (20:00) Philadelphia Union (USA) v Alianza FC (SLV) - Subaru Park, Chester, PA, USA
22:15 (20:15) Atlas FC (MEX) v CD Olimpia (HON) - Estadio Jalisco , Guadalajara, Mexico
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
18:00 (16:00) *RCD España (HON) v Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN) - Estadio Francisco Morazan, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
20:15 (20:15) Orlando City SC (USA) v Tigres UANL (MEX) - Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL, USA
22:30 (19:30) Los Angeles FC (USA) v LD Alajuelense (CRC) - Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Thursday, March 16, 2023
20:00 (18:00) Club Leon (MEX) v Tauro FC (PAN) - Estadio Leon, Leon, Mexico
22:15 (20:15) Club Pachuca (MEX) v FC Motagua (HON) - Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca, Mexico
*Due to stadium availability, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will play the first leg at BC Place, Vancouver, Canada, followed by the second leg at Estadio Francisco Morazan, San Pedro Sula, Honduras. This switch was agreed with both clubs.
The Round of 16 will be followed by the Quarterfinals and first leg Semifinals in April, and the return leg Semifinals and first leg Final in May.
The all-decisive return leg Final, where the region’s new champion will be crowned, will take place Sunday, June 4, 2023, and will be hosted by the best performing finalist club in the earlier rounds of the competition.
2023 SCCL Schedule Windows
Round of 16: March 7-9 (first leg) and March 14-16 (second leg)
Quarterfinals: April 4-6 (first leg) and April 11-13 (second leg)
Semifinals: April 25-27 (first leg) and May 2-4 (second leg)
Finals: May 31 (first leg) and June 4 (second leg)
For all rounds of the competition, the pairings have been determined by the competition’s bracket and the home club for the return leg of each series will be determined per round as follows:
Round of 16: Clubs from Pot 1 (highest ranked)
Quarterfinals: Clubs from the Round of 16 matchups 1, 3, 5, and 7
Semifinals and Final: Best performing clubs in the earlier rounds of the competition (based on wins, draws, and, if required, goal difference).
The current SCCL champion are the Seattle Sounders FC after they defeated Liga MX side Pumas Unam 5-2 on aggregate. With the title win, the Sounders cemented their place in SCCL history as the first winner from MLS in the SCCL era and the first Concacaf champion from the United States since the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2000.
New format from 2024
From 2024 onwards, the SCCL will be replaced by an expanded 27-club Concacaf Champions League. The Confederation-wide competition will include five rounds (round one, round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final) and will continue to be played in a direct elimination format.
Furthermore, the Scotiabank Concacaf League will be replaced by three regional cup competitions – Leagues Cup, Central American Cup, and Caribbean Cup, that will be played in the fall of each year. These three new cups will qualify clubs for the expanded Champions League.
More information on the regional cups and the expanded Concacaf Champions League, which will begin play in the Fall of 2023 and the spring of 2024, respectively, is available here.