South America’s top national team competition, Copa America, will be held in the United States in 2024 and feature 10 teams from South America’s CONMEBOL and six teams from the CONCACAF region.
The confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean CONCACAF, said the tournament would be co-organised by both organizations.
The announcement was part of a series of new collaborations between the North and South American confederations including club and women’s team joint competitions.
CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez said the two organizations wanted to see “more and better competitions for football and its values to grow stronger throughout the hemisphere. Without a doubt, both confederations believe in big, and we will work with this orientation”.
Three CONCACAF nations, the United States, Mexico and Canada, are jointly hosting the 2024 World Cup and holding a 16-team tournament two years prior is seen as the perfect appetizer for fans and test for organizing bodies.
The Copa America in 2024 also ensures that the three host nations, who qualify automatically for the expanded 48-team World Cup will have additional competitive games in preparation.
Writing by Fany Olumoye; editing by Julian Osamoto