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Copa America is coming to USA in 2016
by Paul Kennedy, May 1st, 2014 5:27PM

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[COPA CENTENARIO] The United States will host a special edition of the Copa America in 2016 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The South American championship will move north for a tournament to be held June 3-26, 2016. There are no plans at this point for a second edition of the Copa Centenario though Conmebol president Eugenio Figueredo added it won't be another 100 years before a combined championship is held again.

The 10 members of Conmebol will be joined by the host USA, Mexico and four other Concacaf teams.

The Concacaf teams will include the winners of the 2014 Caribbean Cup and Central American Cup, both scheduled to be held in the fall of 2014. A playoff doubleheader involving the next four Concacaf teams that finish the highest at the 2015 Gold Cup -- seeds No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 and No. 3 -- will determine the other two finalists.

No venues for the tournament were named, but stadiums mentioned as possible cities have included the 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).

Figueredo said the Copa Centenario would be part of the 2016 FIFA international calendar, allowing teams to field their full squads. The only 2016 FIFA fixture dates in the period for the tournament currently on the FIFA calendar 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 Copa 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.

The next edition of the Copa America is set to be played in Chile in 2015. Concacaf has not yet announced the site of the 2015 Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is played every two years, while the the frequency of the Copa America and intervals between tournaments have changed through the years. The last two finals were held in 2007 and 2011.

The commercial rights to the Centenario are held by wematch, a recently announced partnership among three agencies, Full Play, Torneos and Traffic Sports.


7 comments
  1. Dustin Johnson
    commented on: May 2, 2014 at 7:28 a.m.
    Why do we help these jack wagons that go out of their way not to help is?
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 2, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.
    It's a great news. I hope this will be a sign that the two confederations join together soon. They can still keep the world cup seats as they are now. The only loser of such tournament is the early stages of Euro 2016 which had already been devalued by the expanding to 24 teams. Now they have to compete, for coverage and attention, with the knock-out stages of the Copa America. And the real challenge is for soccer fans who follow both tournaments. Bring them on.
  1. Alexander Lozano
    commented on: May 2, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.
    AWESOME...can't wait! Biggest sporting event in the USA since '94 World Cup IMO & LOVE that the tournament will fall under FIFA's international calendar, allowing the strongest teams for each nation to be called up! Definitely plan to attend a game or two...GO, USA & VIVA, COLOMBIA!!
  1. Mark Hardt
    commented on: May 2, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.
    I hope everyone sends their A team. Should be a big success at the box office. Their should be no clash with the Euros as all their matches are over by a 7:30 Eastern start time. Of course where ever Mexico and the US play it will be sold out.
  1. Kevin Jones
    commented on: May 2, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.
    @Dustin: Who are you helping? @Gus: This tourney will be no big deal. It will still be crushed by the Euros. And the 2 confederations will NEVER join, guy. Trust me on that. @Lozano: It will be a B-team tourney, what are you smokin?
  1. Andrzej Kowalski
    commented on: May 4, 2014 at 12:17 a.m.
    Conmebol and concacaf should join together to to create one soccer confederation.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: May 5, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.
    RFK venue, tells me that this is not a well planned out tournament. At least it should be a better quality futbol than the MLS experience (exception for about three teams).

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