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Pachuca faces Atlas in a Liga MX game at the Estadio Hidalgo in Pachuca, Mexico, on Monday, February 15, 2021 (2/15/21).
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Here’s What You Need to Know:
What: Liga MX
WHO: Pachuca vs Atlas
When: Monday February 15, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. ET
True: Estadio Hidalgo
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The CONCACAF Champions League will expand from 16 teams to 50 in 2023-24, restore the group stage, switch to a regionalized first-round lineup and fill 11 of the 16 berths in North America’s knockout stages.
The championship game switches to a single knockout from a two-legged, home-and-home format.
The Confederation of North American and Caribbean Football Association launched the Champions League, modeled after the European Champions League, for the 2008-2009 season to replace the CONCACAF Champions Cup.
CONCACAF announced in January 2017 that it would reduce competition from 24 to 16 teams for the 2017-18 season. It eliminated the group stage, shortened the duration from eight months to four, and delayed the start from August to February. That format will continue for 2021, 2022 and 2023, with the draw for this year’s tournament scheduled for February 10.
Under changes announced Thursday, the regionalized group stage will take place each fall with 20 teams from the United States, Mexico and Canada, divided into four North American groups of five teams each; 20 teams from Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Belize are divided into four Central American groups of five teams each; and 10 teams split into two Caribbean groups of five teams each.
Each team plays four games in the first round in one round-robin format: two home games and two on the road. That’s up from four first-round matches for each team in the double round-robin format through 2016-17, when there were three teams in each of the eight groups.
The knockout stages that begin in the spring will include 11 North American teams: the first and second place teams in each group and three other teams that advance after a play-in round.
There are four Central American teams: the winners of a play-in round with the teams in first and second place of each group.
The two Caribbean group winners meet for a berth in the knockout stage.
CONCACAF said it will work to launch new Central American and Caribbean cups with Champions League qualifying places.
The Champions League winner continues to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup. European and South American teams have distributed all world titles since that competition started in 2000.
Mexico has won 15 consecutive CONCACAF Champions League titles, the latest by Tigres in a 2020 format modified by the coronavirus pandemic. The last US team to win was the LA Galaxy in 2000.
Qualification for the North American group stage is determined by domestic league and cup competitions, with one spot for the Leagues Cup winner between Major League Soccer and Mexico’s Liga MX starting in 2019.
Qualification for the Central America group stage is determined by domestic leagues and a new Central American Cup.
Qualification for the Caribbean group stage includes eight teams determined by domestic leagues and two determined by a new Caribbean cup.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)