The Copa América Centenario (sometimes referred to as the Pan-American Cup or Copa Panamericana) is a proposed association football tournament to be scheduled for 2016. The competition is a celebration of CONMEBOL's centenary and is to be the first Copa América hosted outside of South America.
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.
Luis Chiriboga, the President of the Ecuadorian Football Federation stated that the United States and Mexico were potential hosts of at least one stage of the competition. CONMEBOL President Nicolás Leoz said "Mexico has the possibility [of hosting the competition], no doubt. Hopefully we can organize a big event, because we have 100 years and we want to celebrate big,". Hawit, however preferred the competition to be hosted in 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."
CONCACAF officially commented on the competition in July 2012, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated that there was much organizing to be done.
The tournament was announced by CONMEBOL on 24 October 2012. On 26 October, CONCACAF stated that the CONMEBOL announcement was premature and that talks are still ongoing.
All ten members of CONMEBOL are expected to participate along with teams from the CONCACAF region. Leoz suggested that 10 CONMEBOL teams will participate along with six teams from the CONCACAF region.
CONMEBOL have confirmed that all 10 CONMEBOL members, Mexico, United States and four other CONCACAF teams will qualify based on their performance at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.