When is Start the CONCACAF Champions Cup 2024?

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Lionel Messi’s hot start to his Inter Miami career is already paying dividends for his new club.

Messi helped Inter Miami qualify for next year’s CONCACAF Champions Cup by reaching the League Cup final in 2023, one of the many trophies Messi has suddenly and miraculously won for Inter Miami.

Major League Soccer clubs have not traditionally fared well in continental competition, but are showing signs of increased competitiveness with Liga MX foes.

What is the CONCACAF Champions Cup?

The CONCACAF Champions Cup is the North American continental club championship or the European equivalent of the UEFA Champions League.

The competition was founded in 1962 and was known as the CONCACAF Champions League from 2008 to 2023. With the 2024 tournament on the horizon, the North American confederation has decided to revive the old name, breaking away from its sister competitions in Europe and Africa. and Asia.

For the 2024 tournament, the competition will expand to 27 participating teams.

Who qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions Cup?

The CONCACAF Champions Cup is meant to compile all the top clubs in North and Central America from the previous year into one knockout tournament, which crowns a continental club champion.

As it has been since its inception, the tournament is a straight knockout bracket, with no group stage to start things off.

While recent years featured 16 teams in the knockout tournament, the 2024 competition will expand to 27. Five champions of various competitions will earn a bye to the Round of 16, while everyone else enters the tournament in the first round.

Nation/League Qualified Via Round Entered 2024 Qualifier
Liga MX Apertura/Clausura Champions
(with higher aggregate points)
Round of 16 Pachuca
Liga MX Apertura/Clausura Champions
(with lower aggregate points)
First Round Tigres UNAL
Liga MX Apertura runner-up First Round Toluca
Liga MX Clausura runner-up First Round Chivas Guadalajara
Liga MX Next-best club in agg. table First Round Monterrey
Liga MX Next-best club in agg. table First Round Club America
MLS MLS Cup Champions Round of 16 Columbus Crew
MLS MLS Supporters’ Shield winner First Round FC Cincinnati
MLS MLS other Conference winner First Round St. Louis City SC
MLS Next-best club in agg. table First Round Orlando City SC
MLS Next-best club in agg. table First Round New England Revolution
MLS U.S. Open Cup winner First Round Houston Dynamo
LigaMX/MLS Leagues Cup winner Round of 16 Inter Miami
LigaMX/MLS Leagues Cup runner-up First Round Nashville SC
LigaMX/MLS Leagues Cup third place First Round Philadelphia Union
Canada Canadian PL title winner First Round Forge FC
Canada Canadian PL regular season champion First Round Cavalry FC
Canada Canadian Championship First Round Vancouver Whitecaps
Caribbean Caribbean Cup winner Round of 16 Robinhood
Caribbean Caribbean Cup runner-up First Round Cavalier
Caribbean Caribbean Cup third-place First Round Moca
Central America Central American Cup winner Round of 16 Alajuelense (CRC)
Central America Central American Cup runner-up First Round Real Esteli (NCR)
Central America Central American Cup semifinalist First Round Independiente
Central America Central American Cup semifinalist First Round Herediano
Central America Central American Cup play-in winner First Round Comunicaciones
Central America Central American Cup play-in winner First Round Saprissa

2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup fixtures, schedule

The dates and bracket for the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup have been officially set as of October 24. The matchups will be set by the draw which takes place on December 13. Seeded teams entering the Round of 16 were ranked by CONCACAF and slotted into the bracket automatically before the draw.

All stages prior to the final will be contested across two legs, while the final will be a single match. It is not yet determined where the final will take place, either hosted by one of the participants or contested at a neutral venue.

2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup schedule

Stage First Leg 2nd Leg
First Round Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
Round of 16 Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14
Quarterfinals Apr. 2-4 Apr. 9-11
Semifinals Apr. 23-25 Apr. 30-May 2
Final June 2

2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup fixtures

Round One

Matchup First Leg Second Leg Aggregate
M1: TBD vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M2: TBD vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M3: Club America vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M4: TBD vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M5: TBD vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M6: TBD vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M7: Pumas UNAL vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M8: TBD vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M9: Monterrey vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M10: TBD vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29
M11: TBD vs. TBD Feb. 6-15 Feb. 20-29

Round of 16

Matchup First Leg Second Leg Aggregate
M1: Pachuca vs. M1 winner Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14
M2: Robinhood vs. M2 winner Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14
M3: M3 winner vs. M4 winner Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14
M4: Alajuelense vs. M5 winner Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14
M5: Columbus Crew vs. M6 winner Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14
M6: M7 winner vs. M8 winner Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14
M7: M9 winner vs. M10 winner Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14
M8: Inter Miami vs. M11 winner Mar. 5-7 Mar. 12-14

Quarterfinals

Matchup First Leg Second Leg Aggregate
QF1: M1 winner vs. M2 winner Apr. 2-4 Apr. 9-11
QF2: M3 winner vs. M4 winner Apr. 2-4 Apr. 9-11
QF3: M5 winner vs. M6 winner Apr. 2-4 Apr. 9-11
QF4: M7 winner vs. M8 winner Apr. 2-4 Apr. 9-11

Semifinals

Matchup First Leg Second Leg Aggregate
SF1: QF1 winner vs. QF2 winner Apr. 23-25 Apr. 30-May 2
SF2: QF3 winner vs. QF4 winner Apr. 23-25 Apr. 30-May 2

Final

Date Time (ET) Match Location
June 2, 2024 TBD SF1 winner vs. SF2 winner

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