Copa America Centennial coming to the United States in 2016

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One of the world’s most celebrated tournaments will make history for its 100th anniversary.

CONMEBOL’s ‘Copa America’ will take the South American championship on the road for the very first time, bringing the competition to the shores of the United States — and featuring competitors from neighboring CONCACAF countries, including the United States and Mexico.

Dubbed ‘The Centennial Cup America,’ the landmark event will be the largest of it’s kind on North American shores, rivaling the 1994 U.S. World Cup.

“We are proud to play a leading role in the celebration of the centennial of a tournament born to unite all America,” said Eugenio Figueredo, CONMEBOL President. “Year after year the Cup has gained prestige, which has allowed the opening of doors to the football of an entire continent. Now, CONCACAF and the United States will play host to the world’s oldest national team competition.”

“I congratulate CONMEBOL for inspiring players and fans throughout a century of fantastic football, and thank them for extending the legacy of this hugely successful event to CONCACAF territory,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “The American continent may have been discovered in 1492, but I can’t imagine a better way to unite this continent than with football and an exceptional celebration of talent in 2016.”

CONMEBOL will be represented by ten Member Associations – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela – while CONCACAF will provide the additional six teams, with the United States and Mexico already slated for competition. The Caribbean Cup and Central American Cup winners will take two slots with the final two determined by a four-team playoff between the best ranking teams in the 2015 Gold Cup (outside of those already qualified).

The Centennial Cup America will take place from June 3rd to the 26th of 2016.