Copa América Centenario

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2016 Copa América Centenario
Copa Panamericana
2016 Copa América
Tournament details
Host country  United States
Dates May
Teams 16 (from 2 confederations)

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.[1]

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.[2] 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,".[3] 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."[4]

CONCACAF officially commented on the competition in July 2012, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated that there was much organizing to be done.[5]

The tournament was announced by CONMEBOL on 24 October 2012.[6] On 26 October, CONCACAF stated that the CONMEBOL announcement was premature and that talks are still ongoing.[7]


The following stadiums have been selected for the tournament. Listed are the stadiums, their capacity, and the metropolitan area.[8]


All ten members of CONMEBOL are expected to participate along with teams from the CONCACAF region.[1] Leoz suggested that 10 CONMEBOL teams will participate along with six teams from the CONCACAF region.[9]

CONMEBOL have confirmed that all 10 CONMEBOL members, Mexico, United States and four other CONCACAF teams will qualify.

  1.  Argentina
  2.  Bolivia
  3.  Brazil
  4.  Chile
  5.  Colombia
  6.  Ecuador
  7.  Paraguay
  8.  Peru
  9.  Uruguay
  10.  Venezuela
  1.  United States
  2.  Mexico
  3. Winner of 2014 Copa Centroamericana
  4. Winner of 2014 Caribbean Cup
  5. Best finisher in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup not automatically qualified
  6. Best finisher in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup not automatically qualified
Possible CONCACAF entrants

1:Non-FIFA member, eligibility TBD


  1. ^ a b Montes, Juan Martín (8 February 2012). "Pretenden nueva era en CONCACAF" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "La edición de 2016 será abierta para que no se realice en Sudamérica" (in Spanish). 26 January 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "México suena como sede de Copa América en 2016" (in Spanish). 28 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tricolores, sin restricciones" (in Spanish). 9 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Webb meets with CONMEBOL in Brazil". 4 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Reunión de Presidentes y el C. Ejecutivo". 24 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "CONCACAF Statement on 2016 Copa America". 26 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Doble ración de Copa América, Marca, 5 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Conmebol quiere hacer una Copa América en México el 2016" (in Spanish). 27 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 

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