[2016 COPA AMERICA] Concacaf and Conmebol, the South American confederation, will hold a joint press conference on Thursday morning in Miami to make "a historic announcement" that is expected to be the organization of a centennial edition of the Copa America in 2016 in the United States.
The press conference will include Concacaf President
Jeffrey Webb and Conmebol President Eugenio Figueredo Aguerre. Former stars from Concacaf and Conmebol countries are
also expected to be on hand for the announcement at the St. Regis Hotel.
Conmebol has been seeking for several years to finalize plans for a centennial event. In 2012, it announced plans
for the "Centenario" involving all 10 Conmebol nations, the host USA and Mexico, plus four other Concacaf teams completing the field for a 16-team competition. But Concacaf said the announcement was
premature as Conmebol quickly backtracked as commercial aspects of the event -- television rights, sponsorship rights, ticket sales -- were not finalized.
Spanish sports daily Marca reported in January that six U.S. stadiums would be used for the event: Rose Bowl (Pasadena,
Calif.), Stanford Stadium (Palo Alto, Calif.), MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.), Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Fla.), RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) and Reliant Stadium (Houston).
The unknown is the timing of the event. The event needs FIFA's approval for national teams to field their full squads. Both Concacaf and Conmebol will organize their regional championships in 2013.
As it stands now, the only 2016 FIFA fixture dates in the period being considered for the tournament are May 30-June 7. The dates for Euro 2016 in France are June 10-July 10.
That corresponding dates in 2012 were used for Concacaf teams to play the first two games of the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying and for South American teams to play matchdays 5 and 6 of their
marathon qualifying tournament.
Teams will have to also consider what kind of squad to send to the Centenario if they have qualified for the 2016 Olympics later in the summer in Brazil,
where under-23 players plus three wild-card players are used.