Thursday, October 25, 2012
USA TO HOST COPA AMERICA IN 2016
It is official. The Copa America will be held outside of South America for the first time in 100 years when the United States host the tournament in 2016.
The tournament will be officially named "Copa América Centenario" in honor of the 100th anniversary of the competition. Mexico and the United States were singled out as automatically qualified to the tournament, with the remaining four to come from the four highest placing nations at the 2015 Gold Cup.
CONMEBOL officials made the announcement on Wednesday evening, with the competition to combine 10 nations from South America and six from the CONCACAF region.
The confederation wrote in a statement: "In July of 2016, Conmebol will celebrate its first century. Because of this, with the aim to celebrate it with the pomp it deserves, the association presidents and members of the Executive Committee have decided to hold a tournament with nations throughout the Americas."
Liga MX president and FMF Secretary General Decio de Maria had hinted to the possibility of the USA hosting the Copa America several months ago, with official confirmation coming today from the South American federation.
The 2015 Copa America will still go ahead, but will be held in Chile after Brazil withdrew from its duties. Japan and Mexico, meanwhile, have been invited as guests of the tournament.
The winner of the tournament, or the best-placed South American, should Mexico or Japan win, will qualify to the 2017 Confederations Cup.