The United States will host the Copa América 2024 after advanced talks with Conmebol
The 2024 Copa América tournament will be played in the United States, Conmebol confirmed this Friday after an agreement between the South American soccer confederation and Concacaf.
The format will have 16 teams, 10 from Conmebol and six from Concacaf, with teams from the confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean that will qualify through the 2023-24 Concacaf Nations League tournament, making it practically a fact the return of Mexico to the Copa América after a long absence.
Talks with some potential venues in the United States are already underway, according to the sources, and it is possible that several of the cities that will host the World Cup games in 2026 will also be used for the Copa América.
For the women’s national teams, Concacaf has invited the top four Conmebol national teams to participate in the 2024 Concacaf Gold Cup W. The inaugural edition of this 12-team tournament will also be played in the United States.
The two Concacaf teams that will participate in the 2024 Summer Olympics (United States and Jamaica or Canada) will qualify directly for the 2024 Concacaf Gold Cup W. The remaining six Concacaf teams will be determined through the Road to the 2023 Gold Cup of Concacaf W.
The four invited Conmebol teams that will participate have been determined based on the results of the 2022 Copa América Femenina: Brazil (champion), Colombia (runner-up), Argentina (third place) and Paraguay (fourth place).
The Copa América features all of the South American national teams, including Brazil and Argentina, but has historically also invited invited countries to participate.
The United States has participated in the tournament four times previously, most recently in 2016, when it reached the semifinal. That tournament was also held in the United States.
“Conmebol and Concacaf are united by historical and affective ties,” Conmebol president Alejandro Domínguez said in a statement. “But above all we are united by the passion, characteristic of all of America, for soccer and sports.
“We are determined to renew and expand our joint initiatives and projects. We want this passion to translate into more and better competitions and for soccer and its values to grow and strengthen throughout the hemisphere.
“Without a doubt, both confederations believe in the big and we will work with this orientation.”
Conmebol said in a statement that the 2024 Copa América would serve as “preparation for the next World Cup” and give teams the chance to compete in a host country for the 2026 World Cup.
“This is a partnership to support the continued growth of men’s and women’s soccer in Concacaf and Conmebol, and it will truly be mutually beneficial to both Confederations,” Concacaf president Victor Montagliani said in a statement. “Working hand in hand with Conmebol, we will offer elite competitions that provide more opportunities for our federations and that we know passionate fans want to see.
“We look forward to working together to ensure that football in both regions continues to thrive.”