|Dates||July 28, 2009 - April 28, 2010|
|Teams||24 (from 10 associations)|
|Goals scored||242 (3.1 per match)|
|Attendance||530,883 (6,806 per match)|
The 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League was the second edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current format, and overall the 45th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament began on July 28, 2009 and ran through April 28, 2010. All four Mexican teams topped their groups and reached the semi-finals, with Pachuca winning the final against Cruz Azul with a 2-2 aggregate score, by the away goals rule. As winners, Pachuca qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup as the CONCACAF representative.
24 teams participated in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League from the North American, Central American, and Caribbean zones. Nine of the teams came from North America, twelve from Central America, and three from the Caribbean. However, after problems in the previous year's tournament, CONCACAF decided that teams may be disqualified and replaced if they don't have a stadium for the tournament that CONCACAF deems suitable.
Also, in response to fixture congestion during the previous year's tournament, the Central American representatives that qualify via split seasons will no longer play-off solely to determine which team will gain entry into the Group Stage. In nations that regularly play a playoff to determine a national champion, these will continue as usual. For those that don't, total points over both seasons, followed by other tiebreakers, will determine which team enters the Group Stage without playing extra matches.
It was announced on May 12, 2009 that Belize had lost their lone qualification to Honduras due to the inability of the Belize federation to meet CONCACAF's minimum requirements in regards to stadium facilities. The spot vacated by Belize was awarded to Honduras, increasing their total to three qualified clubs, due to their association's teams' superior performance in the 2008-09 Champions League.
A second bid was reallocated on June 9 when it was determined that Real Estelí of Nicaragua did not have a suitable venue to host a CONCACAF club match. The Nicaraguan bid was initially intended to be given to a third team from Panama, but Panama only had one stadium pass inspection, which under CONCACAF rules, meant that only two Panamanian clubs could host matches. Thus, the bid was awarded to a third team from Costa Rica, Herediano, the highest non-champion from the combined 2008 Invierno and 2009 Verano seasons. Initially, there was a tie between Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, based upon the results of the 2008-09 Champions League, for the reallocated Nicaraguan bid. Therefore, CONCACAF officials drew on results from previous CONCACAF tournaments in order to break the tie, which proved Costa Rica to historically have the strongest representation.
On July 10, 2009 CONCACAF announced that Luís Ángel Firpo of El Salvador was invited to take the place of Chalatenango due to Chalatengo's failure to sign and return the required participation agreement. Firpo was selected as the team with the second-best cumulative record among the runners-up in the El Salvadoran Apertura and Clausura championships.
Teams in bold qualify directly for the Group Stage.
|North America (9 teams)|
|Toluca||2008 Apertura champions|
|UNAM||2009 Clausura champions|
|Cruz Azul||2008 Apertura runners-up|
|Pachuca||2009 Clausura runners-up|
| United States
|Columbus Crew||2008 MLS Cup and 2008 MLS Supporters' Shield winner|
|Houston Dynamo||2008 MLS Supporters' Shield runners-up1|
|New York Red Bulls||2008 MLS Cup runners-up|
|D.C. United||2008 U.S. Open Cup champions|
|Toronto FC||2009 Canadian Championship winner|
|Central America (12 teams)|
| Costa Rica
|Saprissa||2008 Invierno champions|
|Liberia Mía||2009 Verano champions|
|Herediano||2009 Verano runners-up2|
|Marathón||2008 Apertura champions|
|Olimpia||2009 Clausura champions|
|Real España||2008 Apertura and 2009 Clausura runners-up3|
|Comunicaciones||2008 Apertura champions|
|Jalapa||2009 Clausura champions|
| El Salvador
|Isidro Metapán||2008 Apertura and 2009 Clausura champions|
|Luis Ángel Firpo||2009 Clausura runners-up4|
|Árabe Unido||2008 Clausura champions|
|San Francisco||2009 Apertura champions|
|Caribbean (3 teams)|
|Trinidad and Tobago||W Connection||2009 CFU Club Championship champions|
|San Juan Jabloteh||2009 CFU Club Championship third place|
|Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico Islanders||2009 CFU Club Championship runners-up|
4Isidro Metapán won both the 2008 Apertura and 2009 Clausura. As a result, the second Salvadoran bid was awarded to the runners-up in the Apertura and Clausura tournaments with the better aggregate record, Chalatenango (2008 Apertura runners-up). When Chalatenango failed to file the required participation agreement, the runners-up with the second-best aggregate record were invited.
There will be a two-legged Preliminary Round for 16 clubs, with the eight winners advancing to the Group Stage. The other eight qualified teams will be seeded directly into the Group Stage. The clubs involved in the Group Stage will be placed into four groups of four with each team playing the others in its group in both home and away matches. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Championship Round, which will consist of two-legged ties. The Final Round, to be held in late April 2010, will also be two-legged. The away goals rule will be used, but will not apply once a tie enters extra time.
|Pot A||Toluca||UNAM||Columbus Crew||Houston Dynamo|
|Pot B||Saprissa||Marathón||Comunicaciones||Isidro Metapán|
|Pot A||Cruz Azul||Pachuca||New York Red Bulls||D.C. United|
|Liberia Mía||Olimpia||San Francisco||Toronto FC|
|Pot B||Real España||Luis Ángel Firpo||Jalapa||Árabe Unido|
|Herediano||W Connection||Puerto Rico Islanders||San Juan Jabloteh|
|Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|Preliminary Round||Preliminary||June 11, 2009
(New York, USA)
|July 28-30, 2009||August 4-6, 2009|
|Group Stage||Matchday 1||August 18-20, 2009|
|Matchday 2||August 25-27, 2009|
|Matchday 3||September 15-17, 2009|
|Matchday 4||September 22-24, 2009|
|Matchday 5||September 29-October 1, 2009|
|Matchday 6||October 20-22, 2009|
|Championship Round||Quarterfinals||November 17, 2009||March 9-11, 2010||March 16-18, 2010|
|Semifinals||March 30-31, 2010||April 6-7, 2010|
|Finals||April 21, 2010||April 28, 2010|
The draw for the Preliminary Round was held on June 11, 2009, at the CONCACAF headquarters in New York City. The first legs of the Preliminary Round were played the week of July 28, 2009, while the second legs were played the week of August 4, 2009; this is a month earlier than the previous season. The Preliminary Round schedule was announced on June 16, five days after the draw.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|San Francisco||2-3||San Juan Jabloteh||2-0||0-3|
|W Connection||4-3||New York Red Bulls||2-2||2-1|
|Olimpia||2-2 (a)||Árabe Unido||2-1||0-1|
|D.C. United||2-2 (5-4 p)||Luis Ángel Firpo||1-1||1-1 (aet)|
|Liberia Mía||3-6||Real España||3-0||0-6|
|Toronto FC||0-1||Puerto Rico Islanders||0-1||0-0|
The Group Stage was played in 6 rounds during August-October 2009. The rounds were August 18-20, August 25-27, September 15-17, September 22-24, September 29-October 1, and October 20-22.
The championship round draw was conducted on November 17.
Each of the Championship rounds will be played over two legs.
The first legs of the Quarterfinals were played the week of March 9, 2010, while the second legs were played the week of March 16, 2010.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Árabe Unido||0-4||Cruz Azul||0-1||0-3|
The first legs of the Semifinals were played the week of March 30, 2010, while the second legs were played the week of April 6, 2010.
The first leg of the Final was played on April 21, 2010, while the second leg was played on April 28, 2010.
|CONCACAF Champions League|
|2||Orlando Rodríguez||Árabe Unido||8|
|3||Javier Orozco||Cruz Azul||5|
|Jonathan Faña||W Connection||5|
|Carlos Pavón||Real España||5|
|Pablo Zeballos||Cruz Azul||5|
|Douglas Caetano||Real España||4|
|Christian Gómez||D.C. United||4|