The South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) decided to reject the US proposal to establish a new intercontinental tournament in the Americas next year.
The South American Football Federation said the reason for the refusal is because the intercontinental tournament will be the same time as Copa America and will not be accepted by FIFA. Carlos Cordeiro – head of the American Football Confederation, previously wrote to 10 confederations of CONMEBOL to propose a new tournament plan featuring the best teams from North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
According to the proposal, the aforementioned intercontinental tournament is very similar to the 2016 Copa America Centenario which was successfully held in the US, which will be held at the same time with the European Championship (EURO) 2020. The New York Times reported The proposed $ 200 million guarantee will be shared between guest teams and federations in the Americas. Besides, the champions of the tournament will earn more than 11 million USD.
However, in a letter to Cordeiro, the head of CONMEBOL, Alejandro Dominguez, said that there would be many difficulties in logistics. “The lack of approval and scheduling by FIFA of the Intercontinental League 2020, an essential condition for the organization made CONMEBOL and its member associations unable to accept the invitation”, AFP quoted a letter from CONMEBOL.
Mr. Dominguez also expressed his surprise when the US proposal was made “soon after CONCACAF declined the invitation to join Copa America 2020”. He also lamented that the American Football Association and Mexico have made a disappointing move when they refused an invitation to attend the Copa America 2019 in Brazil.
After Brazil, CONMEBOL plans to move Copa America to the same calendar with EURO 2020. No host country has hosted Copa America 2020. Meanwhile, CONCACAF welcomed the US proposal, saying Intercontinental tournaments will benefit the region’s biggest tournament, the Gold Cup.