|South American Football Confederation|
|Formation||9 July 1916|
|Type||Federation of national associations|
|Region served||South America|
|Membership||10 member associations|
|Official languages||Spanish, Portuguese|
|Secretary General||Jose Luis Meiszner|
The South American Football Confederation (Spanish: Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol, Portuguese: Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol), commonly known as CONMEBOL (pronunciation: kɑnməbɑl̟), is the continental governing body of association football in South America and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member football associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.
CONMEBOL national teams have won nine FIFA World Cups (Brazil five, Argentina and Uruguay two trophies each), and CONMEBOL clubs have won 22 Intercontinental Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups. Argentina and Uruguay have also won two Olympic gold medals each. It is, along with UEFA, the strongest confederation in the world.
The World Cup qualifiers of CONMEBOL have been rated as the toughest qualifiers in the world, for its simple system (round-robin, two rounds), entry of some of the most laureated national teams in the world, leveling of the weaker national teams, climate conditions, geographic conditions, strong home stands and passionate supporters.
- 1 History
- 2 Competitions
- 3 Members
- 4 Performances at FIFA tournaments
- 5 World Cup Participation and Results
- 6 CONMEBOL presidents
- 7 Rankings
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
In 1916, the first edition of the Campeonato Sudamericano de Fútbol, now known as the Copa América, was contested in Argentina to commemorate the centenary of the Argentine Declaration of Independence. The four participating associations of that tournament gathered together in order to officially create a governing body to facilitate the organization of the tournament. Thus, CONMEBOL was founded on July 9, 1916, Argentine Independence Day, under the initiative of Uruguayan Héctor Rivadavia, but approved by the football associations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The constitutional congress on December 15 of that same year ratified the decision.
Over the years, the other football associations in South America joined, with the last being Venezuela in 1952. Guyana, Suriname, and the French overseas department of French Guiana, while geographically in South America, are not part of CONMEBOL. Consisting of a French territory, a former British territory, and a former Dutch territory, and located near the Caribbean Sea, they are part of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), mainly due to historical, cultural, and sporting reasons. With ten member nations, CONMEBOL is the smallest and the only fully continental land-based FIFA confederation (no insular countries or associates from different continents).
The main competition for men's national teams is the Copa América, started in 1916. CONMEBOL also runs national competitions at Under-20, Under-17 and Under-15 levels. For women's national teams, CONMEBOL operates the Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino for senior national sides as well as Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino Sub-20 and Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino Sub-17 Championships.
In futsal there is the Copa América de Futsal and Campeonato Sudamericano de Futsal Sub-20. The Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino de Futsal is the women's equivalent to the man's tournament. The Preolímpico Sudamericano Sub-23 is now defunct.
CONMEBOL also runs the two main club competitions in South America: the Copa Libertadores was first held in 1960, and was known as the Copa de Campeones until 1966; and the Copa Sudamericana was launched by CONMEBOL in 2002 as an indirect successor to the Supercopa Libertadores (begun in 1988). A third competition, the Copa CONMEBOL, started in 1992 and was abolished in 1999. In women's football CONMEBOL also conducts the Copa Libertadores de Fútbol Femenino for club teams. The competition was first held in 2009.
The Recopa Sudamericana pits the past year's winners of the Copa Libertadores against the winners of the Copa Sudamericana (previously the winners of the Supercopa Libertadores), and came into being in 1989.
|Country||Association||Founded||Joined||National team||Top division|
|Argentina||AFA||1893||1916||ARG (M, W)||Primera División|
|Bolivia||FBF||1925||1926||BOL (M, W)||Liga Profesional|
|Brazil||CBF||1914||1916||BRA (M, W)||Campeonato Brasileiro Série A|
|Chile||FFC||1895||1916||CHI (M, W)||Primera División|
|Colombia||FCF||1924||1936||COL (M, W)||Primera A|
|Ecuador||FEF||1925||1927||ECU (M, W)||Serie A|
|Paraguay||APF||1906||1921||PAR (M, W)||División Profesional|
|Peru||FPF||1922||1925||PER (M, W)||Primera División|
|Uruguay||AUF||1899||1916||URU (M, W)||Primera División|
|Venezuela||FVF||1926||1952||VEN (M, W)||Primera División|
Performances at FIFA tournaments
World Cup Finals
World Cup Participation and Results
- 1st – Champion
- 2nd – Runner-up
- 3rd – Third Place
- 4th - Fourth place
- QF – Quarterfinals
- R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
- R2 - Second round (for the 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages)
- GS – Group Stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
- 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
- Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
- — Did not qualify
- — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
- — Hosts
|Combined CONMEBOL Appearances||7||2||1||5||2||3||5||4||3||4||3||4||4||4||4||5||5||4||5||6||TBD||TBD||80|
|inclusive World Cup Qualification||7||2||1||5||4||8||9||10||10||9||10||10||10||10||9||10||10||10||10||10||TBD||TBD||164|
FIFA Confederations Cup
- 1st – Champions
- 2nd – Runners-up
- 3rd – Third place
- 4th – Fourth place
- GS – Group stage
- Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
- — Qualified but withdrew
- — Did not qualify
- — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Copa América or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
- — Hosts
Women's World Cup Finals
The following table shows the CONMEBOL representatives at each edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, sorted by alphabetical order.
|inclusive World Cup Qualification||3||5||10||10||10||10||TBA||50|
- 1916–1936 Héctor Rivadavia Gómez
- 1936–1939 Luis O. Salesi
- 1939–1955 Luis Valenzuela Hermosilla
- 1955–1957 Carlos Dittborn Pinto
- 1957–1959 José Ramos de Freitas
- 1959–1961 Fermín Sorhueta
- 1961–1966 Raúl H. Colombo
- 1966–1986 Teófilo Salinas Fuller
- 1986–2013 Nicolás Léoz
- 2013– Eugenio Figueredo
Last updated on: October 17, 2013 – Current Standings
Last updated on: September 13, 2013 – Current Standings
Last updated on: July 24, 2013 – Current Standings
|3||11||Universidad de Chile||223.0|
Last updated on: February 28, 2013 – Current Standings
- Confederation of African Football (CAF)
- Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
- Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
- Spanish pronunciation: [komfeðeɾaˈθjon suðameɾiˈkana ðe ˈfuðβol], locally: [komfeðeɾaˈsjon suðameɾiˈkana ðe ˈfutβol].
- Portuguese pronunciation: [kõfedeɾaˈsɐ̃w ˈsuw.ɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ dʒi futʃʲˈbɔw].
- Acronym created from Confederación/Confederação Sudamericana/Sul-Americana de Fútbol/Futebol.
- "La eliminatoria más difícil del mundo", ESPN (in Spanish)
- "South American WCQ toughest in world", ESPN
- CONMEBOL Executive Committee
- There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semifinals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
- (Spanish) Conmebol official website