FIFA puts 2016 tournament on international calender

[CENTENNIAL CUP AMERICA] FIFA's executive committee approved putting the 2016 edition of the Copa America -- the Centennial Cup America -- on the FIFA international calender. This will allow the 16 national teams to have their players released from their clubs for the tournament that will will run June 3-26 in the United States.

“With its addition to the FIFA calendar, the historic Centennial Cup America in 2016 is now set to be the most important full national team tournament hosted in the Americas since this year’s FIFA World Cup,” said Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb in a statement. “We want to thank FIFA, all Confederations and all others involved for their unconditional support in this process, making sure that this once in a lifetime celebration was treated with the respect that the players, football fans around the world and participating countries deserve.”

The tournament marking the 100-year anniversary of the Copa America will consist of 16 teams: the 10 South American teams plus six Concacaf teams.

The six Concacaf teams will consist of the United States and Mexico, both automatic qualifiers, 2014 Copa Centroamericana champion Costa Rica, the 2014 Caribbean Cup champion to be crowned in November and two playoff winners.

The next four highest ranked teams at the 2015 Gold Cup will play off for those final two spots.
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