One of the complaints about the first CCL was that certain federations were given far too many spots. This is absolutely a valid complaint, but in order to make things fair in the future, I think CONCACAF needs some sort of coefficient, in the mold of UEFA, to determine both the amount of spots each country deserves in the Champions League, as well as what clubs should be seeded and which shouldn't, or in which order they should be seeded. So basically, the other night I got bored and decided to construct this CONCACAF coefficient, and with no better mold to go on than UEFA, I decided to follow their rules, for the most part. The coefficients were calculated as such: League coefficient: - Total points earned by teams + Bonus Points/# of teams in competition - Points: 2 for a win, 1 for a draw - Preliminary round points are halved - 4 bonus points if a club participates in the Group Stage - 1 bonus point for making the knockout stages, and 1 point for each round reached Club coefficient: - Preliminary round does not give any points - 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw - 1 bonus point for reaching the knockout stages, 1 point for each round reached - ^These, plus 33% of the league coefficient Now, obviously, since it's only been one season, these numbers are very, very preliminary and should not be used to make any judgments on either seeding or the number of teams from each nation in the tournament. At this point, it's more for viewing pleasure, but as the CCL goes through a couple more cycles, it will become more relevant, hopefully, to the make-up of the tournament. And I'll be following along, for my own curiosity's sake. In any event, my results from 2008/09: Leagues: Mexico - 19.250 Canada - 16.500 Honduras - 12.750 Panama - 9.250 CFU - 9.167 Costa Rica - 5.750 El Salvador - 5.250 Guatemala - 5.000 United States - 4.625 Nicaragua - 0.500 Belize - 0.000 Clubs: Atlante - 25.4167 Cruz Azul - 23.4167 Santos - 19.4167 Puerto Rico - 17.0556 Montreal - 16.5000 UNAM - 16.4167 Marathon - 14.2500 Houston - 10.5417 Olimpia - 10.2500 Tauro - 9.0833 Saprissa - 8.9167 L.A. Firpo - 7.7500 Municipal - 6.6667 San Francisco - 5.0833 Joe Public - 5.0556 D.C. United - 2.5417 So, what to take out of this? For now, very little, but in the future, this system could, in my opinion, be a very good judge of the level of talent in CONCACAF among both leagues and clubs.