The major football (soccer) leagues in CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) finished their 2023 season. Everyone is now looking forward to the CONCACAF Champions Cup 2024. The Columbus Crew won the MLS (Major League Soccer) final and got a place in this big tournament.
The draw to decide the matchups in the tournament is on Wednesday, December 13. Football fans are really excited to find out which teams will compete against each other. There are 27 teams in total, all aiming to win this significant competition.
The CONCACAF Football Landscape in 2024
The CONCACAF Champions Cup draw holds significant importance as it marks the conclusion of the North American Confederation’s footballing activities for the year, setting the stage for a thrilling 2024 filled with various competitions.
Apart from the Champions Cup, fans can look forward to the Nations League, the Women’s Gold Cup, and the participation of six CONCACAF teams as guests in the 2024 Copa América, which will be hosted in the United States.
Teams Securing Their Spot in the Round of 16
Before we talk about the actual draw for the tournament, we already know which teams are in the first round (round of 16). Some of the important teams are Inter Miami and Columbus Crew from MLS. Inter Miami got into the tournament by winning the Leagues Cup and Columbus Crew got in by winning the MLS.
In fact, Pachuca, Alajuelense, and Robinhood have earned their spots as champions of Liga MX, the Central American Cup, and the Caribbean Cup, respectively.
Seeded Teams and Their Crucial Role
In the first round of the tournament, there are 22 teams. Three of these teams are special because they are seeded, meaning they are recognized for their good performance in football.
These teams are Club América (Mexico A3), Tigres (Mexico A7), and Monterrey (Mexico A9) from Mexico. They are important teams and will have a big impact on how the tournament starts. Everyone is waiting to see who they will play against in the draw.
Deconstructing the Pots for the Champions Cup Draw
Knowing about the pots makes the Champions Cup draw more exciting. There are four pots in total. The first two pots have the 19 teams that are not seeded.
The teams in these pots will be drawn to decide which groups they will go into. This is shown by pots A and B. So, everyone is looking forward to seeing which teams will be in which groups.
Pot 1 – The 8 Best-Ranked Clubs in CONCACAF
- Philadelphia Union
- Orlando City
- New England Revolution
- Houston Dynamo
Pot 2 – The 11 Lowest-Ranked Clubs in CONCACAF
- Vancouver Whitecaps
- St. Louis City
- CA Independiente
- Cavalry FC
- Forge FC
- Real Estelí
- Moca FC
- Cavalier FC
Pot A – Seeded Teams (Matchups to be Revealed)
Pot B – Remaining Teams (Matchups to be Revealed)
The Road Ahead: Anticipating the Draw and Beyond
As the draw for the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup is about to happen, everyone who loves football is really excited. They can’t wait to see which teams will play against each other. This draw will start the journey towards the final of the tournament.