Copa América Centenario

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2016 Copa América Centenario
Centennial Copa America[1]
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Tournament details
Host country  United States
Dates 3–26 June
Teams 16 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 8–13 (expected, 24 shortlisted) (in TBD host cities)

The Copa América Centenario, referred to in English as the 2016 Centennial Copa America,[2] is a scheduled international men's 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.[3]

The tournament will be held as part of an agreement between CONMEBOL (the South American football confederation) and CONCACAF (the football confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean) as a special edition of Copa América (45th since its inception in 1914) between the usual four-year cycle, and will feature an expanded field of 16 teams (increase from the usual 12), with ten teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF.


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.[4] CONMEBOL President Nicolás Leoz said "Hopefully we can organize a big event, because we have 100 years and we want to celebrate big."[5]

The tournament was announced by CONMEBOL on 24 October 2012 [6] and confirmed by CONCACAF on 1 May 2014.[1]

On 26 September 2014, FIFA announced that the tournament has been added to the FIFA International Match Calendar, meaning that clubs must release players called up to the competition.[7]

As of 31 May 2015 host cities have not been selected, nor a TV deal signed, and there has been speculation that the 2015 FIFA corruption case could possibly prevent the tournament from taking place.[8] After the conclusion of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, support remains for the tournament.[9] Member nations of CONMEBOL still look to play the tournament.[10]


A new trophy will be created for the tournament and was to be unveiled on July 4, 2015 at the 2015 Copa América final.[11] No trophy was unveiled amidst the FIFA corruption scandal.

Host selection[edit]

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.[12] 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."[13] In July 2012, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated there was much organizing to be done.[14]

On May 1, 2014, it was announced that the tournament would be held in the United States from June 3–26, 2016.[1][15][16]


On 8 January 2015, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL announced the 24 U.S. metropolitan areas which have indicated interest in hosting matches.[17][18]

The stadiums will be chosen following a bidding process, with the minimum capacity to be 50,000. The final list of venues, anticipated to number between 8 and 13, was to be announced in May 2015. However, the list was not released and speculation regarding whether the tournament will be able to move forward arose because Interpol red notices were issued for former the presidents of the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF confederations in relation to the 2015 FIFA corruption case, including allegations that they accepted significant bribes in relation to the $112.5 million broadcasting deal for the event.[10] However, officials from CONMEBOL expressed a desire to move forward with the event despite the scandal.[19]

Listed are some of the stadiums being considered, their capacity, and the location.[20][21][22][23]

Stadium Capacity City, State (metro area)
Rose Bowl 91,000 Pasadena, California (Los Angeles)
Stanford Stadium 50,000 Stanford, California (San Francisco)
MetLife Stadium 83,000 East Rutherford, New Jersey (New York)
NRG Stadium 71,000 Houston, Texas
Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium 65,000 Orlando, Florida
CenturyLink Field 67,000 Seattle, Washington
Georgia Dome 71,000 Atlanta, Georgia
M&T Bank Stadium 71,000 Baltimore, Maryland
Soldier Field 63,000 Chicago, Illinois
FirstEnergy Stadium 67,000 Cleveland, Ohio
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,000 Denver, Colorado
Ford Field 65,000 Detroit, Michigan
Gillette Stadium 69,000 Foxborough, Massachusetts (Boston)
University of Phoenix Stadium 72,000 Glendale, Arizona (Phoenix)
Lucas Oil Stadium 63,000 Indianapolis, Indiana
Arrowhead Stadium 79,500 Kansas City, Missouri
Nissan Stadium 69,000 Nashville, Tennessee
Lincoln Financial Field 70,000 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Qualcomm Stadium 70,000 San Diego, California
Edward Jones Dome 66,000 St. Louis, Missouri
Raymond James Stadium 65,000 Tampa, Florida
EverBank Field 84,000 Jacksonville, Florida
AT&T Stadium 80,000 Arlington, Texas (Dallas)
FedExField 79,000 Landover, Maryland (Washington, D.C.)

Participating teams[edit]

All ten members of CONMEBOL are expected to participate along with teams from the CONCACAF region.[4] Leoz suggested that ten CONMEBOL teams will participate along with six teams from the CONCACAF region.[24]

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.[15] 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.[25]

CONMEBOL (10 teams) CONCACAF (6 teams)

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Country Broadcaster Ref.
 Argentina TV Pública
 Bolivia Bolivision
 Brazil Rede Globo [11]
 Chile Canal 13
 Colombia Caracol TV, RCN Television
 Costa Rica Repretel
 Ecuador Ecuavisa
 Jamaica CVM TV
 Malaysia RTM
 Mexico Televisa and TV Azteca [11]
 Paraguay Paravision
 Peru América Televisión [26]
 Uruguay Teledoce
 United States Fox Sports 1 (English)
Univision (Spanish)
 Venezuela Meridiano Televisión

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "CONCACAF and CONMEBOL Announce Agreement to Bring Copa America 2016 to the United States". May 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2016 Centennial Copa America added to FIFA's international calendar, making top players available", MLS Soccer, September 26, 2014.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Montes, Juan Martín (8 February 2012). "Pretenden nueva era en CONCACAF" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "México suena como sede de Copa América en 2016" (in Spanish). 28 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Reunión de Presidentes y el C. Ejecutivo". 24 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Copa America Centenario Officially Added to 2016 FIFA Events Calendar". 26 September 2014. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Mexico's Justino Compean: Michel Platini backs Copa America Centenario". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  10. ^ a b "CONMEBOL hopes to play scandal-hit Copa America Centenario". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Uniting the Americas / The Cup of the Century" (PDF). Traffic Sports. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015. [dead link]
  12. ^ "La edición de 2016 será abierta para que no se realice en Sudamérica" (in Spanish). 26 January 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tricolores, sin restricciones" (in Spanish). 9 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Webb meets with CONMEBOL in Brazil". 4 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "It's official: Copa América will be held on US soil in special centennial tournament in 2016". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "CONMEBOL y CONCACAF dan vida a la Copa Centenario". May 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Centennial Cup America 2016 Venue Selection Process Draws Interest from 24 Metropolitan Areas across U.S.". 8 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Proceso de selección de sedes para Copa América Centenario 2016 atrae el interés de 24 áreas metropolitanas en los Estados Unidos". 8 January 2015. 
  19. ^ Associated Press (July 24, 2015), "CONMEBOL hopes to play scandal-hit Copa America Centenario", (ESPN) 
  20. ^ "U.S. set to host 2016 Copa America ‘Centenario’", Miami Herald, 1 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Copa America coming to U.S. in ’16", Washington Post, 1 May 2014
  22. ^ Doble ración de Copa América, Marca, 5 January 2014.
  23. ^ [1], Seattle Sounders FC, 11 November 2014.
  24. ^ "Conmebol quiere hacer una Copa América en México el 2016" (in Spanish). 27 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "CCA Championship, Third- and Fifth-Place Matchups Set". September 11, 2014. 
  26. ^
  27. ^ "Univision spends $60m usd on 2016 Copa America Centenario". 

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