Epic Battles for Greatness on the Pitch Has New Branding as of 2024
Beginning with the 2024 edition, the Concacaf Champions Cup will replace the Champions League as the premier men’s continental tournament which crowns the club champion of the region and provides the qualification route to the new and expanded FIFA Club World Cup.
A new era has begun in the Concacaf region with the inception of the Concacaf Champions Cup, an expanded version of the region’s new premier club championship set to kick off in 2024.
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- Concacaf Champions Cup will replace Champions League beginning 2024
- New expanded continental tournament will include 27 clubs and 51 matches
- Champion will earn USD $5m+ from Concacaf in prize money and distributions
Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani, said, “The Concacaf Champions Cup will take continental club football in our region to the next level. It will elevate leagues and clubs across Concacaf and the new name for the competition, alongside this vibrant new brand, allows us to celebrate our rich history while looking ahead to a great future of international club football in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.”
“The new Concacaf club ecosystem will deliver more of those big rivalry matchups that we know footballers want to play in and that fans want to see,” said Montagliani.”Clubs across the region will have to be at their very best to compete to win the Concacaf Champions Cup and to earn the right to represent the region in the revamped and expanded FIFA Club World Cup which begins in 2025.”
Concacaf General Secretary, Philippe Moggio, added, “We are incredibly excited about this new ecosystem and for the first edition of the new and expanded Concacaf Champions Cup next year. In considering options for the name of the tournament we conducted significant research among our stakeholders, including with fans. Maintaining the word “Champions” was crucial for us to highlight that this tournament is at the top of the club pyramid in Concacaf, and we also feel that moving away from “Champions League” allows us to develop a unique identity for our club competition. In returning to the original tournament name, we will have the opportunity to truly connect the last 61 years of Continental club football in Concacaf with what is coming in the future.”
Fun Fact: Did you know that CONCACAF stands for the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football?
The Concacaf Champions Cup Format:
The first four stages will each include home and away play, while the Final, where the region’s Champion will be crowned, will be played as a single-leg match on a weekend date.
Of the 27 clubs that will participate, 22 will begin play in Round One. Fice clubs ive will receive a bye to the Round of 16.
The qualification process for the clubs will be divided per region.
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.
The Prize Money:
In addition to expanding the competition format, and re-naming and rebranding the tournament, Concacaf will significantly increase the financial distributions and prize money for participating clubs in the Concacaf Champions Cup.
In each edition, starting in 2024, the Concacaf Champions Cup champion will receive USD $5m+ in financial distributions and prize money, an increase of more than five times compared with the Concacaf Champions League era.
The Teams Already Qualified:
Tigres UANL (MEX), Chivas (MEX), Toluca (MEX), Monterrey (MEX), Club America (MEX) Pachuca (MEX)
Qualification for FIFA Club World Cup
The winner of the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup qualifies for the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup as one of four representatives from the region.
The Champions League winners from 2021 (Monterrey), 2022 (Seattle Sounders) and 2023 (Club Leon) will also participate in the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup.
The Event’s History:
The name “Concacaf Champions Cup”, which is part of a full rebrand with a vibrant and modern visual identity, is inspired by this tournament’s rich history.
The brand essence is “epic battles for greatness”, which symbolizes how difficult this competition is to qualify for, to compete in, and to win to be crowned Concacaf club champion. Since 1962, when the first iteration of this tournament was formed, 30 different clubs have won this title, which highlights how competitive it is and the great diversity of champions we have had in Concacaf.
The original continental club competition in Concacaf had the same name and through its 61 year heritage (1962-2008: Concacaf Champions Cup; 2008-2023 Concacaf Champions League; 2024 onwards: Concacaf Champions Cup), there have been 30 different winners of this tournament, from Club Leon last Sunday, back through a list of major clubs from Central America, North America, and the Caribbean.
CHAMPIONS FROM 1962 to 2023:
Since 1962, when the first iteration of this tournament was formed, 30 different clubs have won this title, which highlights how competitive it is and the great diversity of champions we have had in Concacaf.
- 1962: Chivas (MEX)
- 1963: Racing Haitien (HAI)
- 1967: Alianza FC (SLV)
- 1968: Toluca (MEX)
- 1969: Cruz Azul (MEX)
- 1970: Cruz Azul (MEX)
- 1971: Cruz Azul (MEX)
- 1972: Olimpia (HON)
- 1973: SV Transvaal (SUR)
- 1974: Municipal (GUA)
- 1975: Atletico Español (MEX)
- 1976: Aguila (SLV)
- 1977: Club America (MEX)
- 1978: Comunicaciones (GUA), Defence Force (TRI), Leones Negros (MEX)
- 1979: FAS (SLV)
- 1980: Pumas (MEX)
- 1981: SV Transvaal (SUR)
- 1982: Pumas (MEX)
- 1983: Atlante (MEX)
- 1984: Violette AC (HAI)
- 1985: Defence Force (TRI)
- 1986: Alajuelense (CRC)
- 1987: Club America (MEX)
- 1988: Olimpia (HON)
- 1989: Pumas (MEX)
- 1990: Club America (MEX)
- 1991: Puebla (MEX)
- 1992: Club America (MEX)
- 1993: Saprissa (CRC)
- 1994: Cartagines (CRC)
- 1995: Saprissa (CRC)
- 1996: Cruz Azul (MEX)
- 1997: Cruz Azul (MEX)
- 1998: DC United (USA)
- 1999: Necaxa (MEX)
- 2000: Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
- 2002: Pachuca (MEX)
- 2003: Toluca (MEX)
- 2004: Alajuelense (CRC)
- 2005: Saprissa (CRC)
- 2006: Club America (MEX)
- 2007: Pachuca (MEX)
- 2008: Pachuca (MEX)
- 2008-09: Atlante (MEX)
- 2009-10: CF Pachuca (MEX)
- 2010-11: Monterrey (MEX)
- 2011-12: Monterrey (MEX)
- 2012-13: Monterrey (MEX)
- 2013-14: Cruz Azul (MEX)
- 2014-15: Club America (MEX)
- 2015-16: Club America (MEX)
- 2016-17: CF Pachuca (MEX)
- 2018: Chivas (MEX)
- 2019: Monterrey (MEX)
- 2020: Tigres UANL (MEX)
- 2021: Monterrey (MEX)
- 2022: Seattle Sounders FC (USA)
- 2023: Club Leon (MEX)
Source: Concacaf Press Release & Images
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