The three Major League Soccer and two NASL Canadian clubs have been seeded according to their final position in 2013 league play, with both NASL clubs playing in the preliminary round, the winner of which advances to the semifinals.
All rounds of the competition are played via a two leg home and away knock-out format. The higher seeded team has the option of deciding which leg it plays at home, usually the second leg. The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches advances. As previous years, the team that comes on top on aggregate for the two matches is declared champion and earns the right to represent Canada in the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League.