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Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League could be staged in “bubble” environment

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Concacaf has unveiled tentative plans to resume its suspended club competitions across the region, which could include staging the showpiece Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League in a “bubble” environment.

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the North American regional governing soccer body has suspended several competitions and, in some cases, postponed start dates.

The Concacaf Champions League was suspended at the quarterfinal stage, with 11 matches remaining to conclude the region’s flagship men’s club competition. Concacaf is in discussions with the leagues, clubs and stakeholders involved and working on a range of options, including the possibility of centralizing the remaining ties in one city.

The governing body said in a statement: “The Confederation is committed to concluding the 2020 Concacaf Champions League and crowning a regional champion.”

The 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League, which was due to begin on July 28, is now scheduled to run from October 20 until January 28, 2021. In order to fit the competition into this new schedule, the preliminary round and round of 16 will be played as single-game ties at the highest-ranked club’s stadium. All other rounds will be played as two-game ties (home and away).

Concacaf is also finalizing plans to resume the 2020 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield and 2020 Flow Caribbean Club Championship.

The governing body recently reshaped its qualifying tournament for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.