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Concacaf confirms schedule for Final Rounds of 2020 Concacaf Champions League

Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League

Concacaf has announced the schedule for the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL) Final Rounds. The final seven matches of the Confederation’s flagship club competition will be played December 15-22, at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium.

The 2020 SCCL was postponed in March, at the Quarterfinal Stage, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the postponement, the Round of 16 and initial Quarterfinal matches demonstrated the growing interest in the competition from fans across the region.

To resume this important competition, Concacaf made the decision to introduce a centralized and simplified format, and developed extensive new SCCL regulations to ensure the delivery of a safe and highly controlled environment for all the players, coaches, team staff and officials who will participate. These include a high-frequency COVID-19 testing regime before and during the competition and robust health and safety protocols which will be strictly applied.

Through the introduction of an adjusted format with single leg matches, the 2020 SCCL will be concluded after a total of seven games.

The winner of this competition will be crowned Concacaf’s regional club champion and will earn the right to represent the Confederation at the FIFA Club World Cup 2020, now scheduled to be played February 1-11, 2021, in Qatar. The current SCCL titleholder is CF Monterrey, who defeated Tigres UANL in the 2019 SCCL final.

The 2020 SCCL centralized Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Final will be played as follows (listed in EST):

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – Quarterfinals 
20:00 Montreal Impact (CAN) vs CD Olimpia (HON)
22:30 Tigres UANL (MEX) vs New York City FC (USA)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – Quarterfinals
20:00 Atlanta United FC (USA) vs Club America (MEX)
22:30 Los Angeles FC (USA) vs Cruz Azul (MEX)

Saturday, December 19, 2020 – Semifinals
20:00 Montreal Impact (CAN) or CD Olimpia (HON) vs Tigres UANL (MEX) or New York City FC (USA)
22:30 Atlanta United FC (USA) or Club America (MEX) vs Los Angeles FC (USA) or Cruz Azul (MEX)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Final 
22:00 Winner Semifinal No. 1 vs Winner Semifinal No. 2

All centralized final round matches of the 2020 SCCL will be played behind closed doors and will be widely available for fans across the region to follow and enjoy through the Confederation’s TV partner networks, including FOX Sports (USA-English), TUDN (USA-Spanish), Fox Sports Latin America (Mexico-Spanish), ESPN (Central America-Spanish), TSN and RDS (Canada-English and French), Flow Sports (Caribbean-English) and other local partners.

Matches will also be available on the Concacaf Official App (subject to territory restrictions). The free mobile app is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores.