The Copa América Centenario, referred to in English as the 2016 Centennial Copa America, 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.
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. 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.
As of 31 May 2015[update] 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. After the conclusion of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, support remains for the tournament. Member nations of CONMEBOL still look to play the tournament.
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.
On 8 January 2015, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL announced the 24 U.S. metropolitan areas which have indicated interest in hosting matches.
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. However, officials from CONMEBOL expressed a desire to move forward with the event despite the scandal.
Listed are some of the stadiums being considered, their capacity, and the location.
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.