Friday, March 31, 2023

2024 Copa America will be held in the United States

South America’s top national team competition, the Copa América, will be held in the United States in 2024 and will feature 10 teams from South America’s CONMEBOL and six teams from the CONCACAF region.

CONCACAF, the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, said the tournament would be co-hosted by the two organizations.

The announcement is part of a series of new collaborations between the North and South American federations.

The United States, Mexico and Canada are co-hosting the 2026 World Cup and the Copa America is seen as the perfect build-up to that tournament.

It will also ensure that the three host nations, which automatically qualify for the expanded 48-team World Cup, will have additional competitive games in preparation.

The United States previously hosted a special Centennial Copa America edition in 2016 that also included CONCACAF teams.

The six CONCACAF national teams will qualify for the Copa América through the 2023/24 CONCACAF Nations League competition.

The 2024 Copa América was originally expected to be hosted by Ecuador, but they opted not to participate in the tournament.

CONCACAF said that in 2024 it would organize a ‘Final Four’ style competition featuring the top four club teams from the two regions.

The four participating clubs, two from each confederation, will qualify through the existing CONMEBOL and CONCACAF club competitions.

There will also be new collaboration in women’s football with CONCACAF inviting the four best teams from South America to play in the new CONCACAF W Gold Cup in 2024.

That tournament will also be held in the United States and will feature Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay.

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said, “This is a partnership to support the ongoing development of men’s and women’s soccer in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, and will truly be of mutual benefit to both confederations.”

“Working closely with CONMEBOL, we will deliver elite competitions that provide more opportunities for our federations, and that we know passionate fans want to see,” he added.

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