The Copa América Centenario, referred to in English as the 2016 Centennial Copa America, is a scheduled association football tournament due to be held in the United States in 2016. The competition is a celebration of the centenary of CONMEBOL and Copa América, and is to be the first Copa América hosted outside of South America.
The tournament is included on the FIFA Calendar, meaning that first choice players will be available.
In February 2012, Alfredo Hawit, then Acting President of CONCACAF, announced that the competition would be expected to take place in 2016, as a celebration of CONMEBOL's centenary. CONMEBOL President Nicolás Leoz said "Hopefully we can organize a big event, because we have 100 years and we want to celebrate big."
The tournament was announced by CONMEBOL on 24 October 2012  and confirmed by CONCACAF on 1 May 2014.
Luis Chiriboga, the President of the Ecuadorian Football Federation stated the United States and Mexico were potential hosts of at least one stage of the competition. Hawit preferred the competition to be hosted in the United States for financial reasons, stating that "the market is in the United States, the stadiums are in the United States, the people are in the United States. The study that we have made [shows] that everything’s in the United States." In July 2012, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated there was much organizing to be done.
On May 1, 2014, it was announced that the tournament would be held in the United States from June 3–26, 2016.
All ten members of CONMEBOL are expected to participate along with teams from the CONCACAF region. Leoz suggested that ten CONMEBOL teams will participate along with six teams from the CONCACAF region.
At the official announcement of the tournament, CONMEBOL and CONCACAF confirmed that all ten CONMEBOL members will be joined by six CONCACAF teams in the tournament. United States and Mexico will automatically qualify. The other four spots will be given to Costa Rica, the champions of the Central American Football Union by virtue of winning the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, Jamaica, the champions of the Caribbean Football Union by virtue of winning the 2014 Caribbean Cup, and the two play-off winners among the four highest finishers in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup not already qualified. In the case where the champion of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is not one of the already qualified teams, they will qualify directly to the 2016 Copa América Centenario.