The South American Football Federation has officially handed over the hosting of the 2020 South American Football Cup to Argentina and Colombia.
Expected to take place within a month from 12-6 to 12-7 years later, this will be the first time Copa America is co-organized by two countries in South America. And also starting from this Copa America, the 103-year-old football tournament will move to be held in even years, every four years.
At a board meeting held in Miami, USA on March 13, CONMEBOL said that the decision to Argentina and Colombia to co-host the tournament in 2020 was to promote South American football to more fans.
Thus, the 2020 tournament will be the fourth Copa America in the last six years, following the 2015 Copa America in Chile, the Copa America special celebrates the 100th anniversary of the tournament in the US in 2016 and Copa America 2019 in Brazil. .
According to the plan, the 2019 South American football festival will take place from June 14 to July 7 in five Brazilian cities. That was ttracting the participation of 10 South American national teams, including host Brazil. , defending champions Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay.
Along with two invited teams from Asia, defending champions Asian Cup Qatar and Japanese runner-up. The 12 teams will be divided into three groups, of which the top two teams in each group and the third-ranked teams with the best results will qualify for the knockout round.
After the 2020 tournament, CONMEBOL decided to bring Copa America back once every four years in an even year, similar to its European equivalent, the EURO. Earlier, the United States proposed to host Copa America for the second time in 2020 following the 2016 special tournament, as a version of the all-American football tournament with the participation of not only South American teams.
But that’s also from North America and the Caribbean. However, CONMEBOL rejected the offer on grounds of maintaining the historical integrity of the planet’s oldest football tournament.