OFFICIAL: U.S. to Host Copa America Centenario in Summer of 2016

Copa America Centenario

BY DENY GALLAGHER

The worst kept secret in soccer became official on Friday night when the U.S. Soccer Federation announced that it will be hosting the Copa America Centenario in the summer of 2016.

Copa America will bring together CONCACAF and CONMEBOL in a tournament that will not only celebrate the 100th year of the prestigious tournament, but will put international soccer in the Americas on the world stage.

This announcement has long been speculated, but alleged differences in various camps almost kept the tournament from happening.

With the announcement of the tournament, a new Executive Committee has been created to “ensure there is a transparent governance structure in place to oversee the management and execution of the tournament.” The Executive Committee is compromised of two representatives from CONMEBOL, two from CONCACAF, and one from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

All parties involved cleared a significant hurdle last week, when both confederations ended their partnership with Datisa S.A. To this point, Datisa S.A. held control of the broadcast and sponsorship distribution rights to the tournament. The termination comes after allegations that the company was involved in the FIFA Bribery Scandal.

One of the more controversial media stories in the past few years has been in regard to the distribution of television rights for the next two Men’s World Cup and this past summer’s Women’s World Cup. The statement put out on Friday night by U.S Soccer unusually addressed the transparency of the bidding for television and sponsorship rights.

The Confederations will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) publicly to ensure transparency and accountability in the selection of new commercial partners.

More importantly, the tournament will feature some of the world’s most iconic players and teams. The tournament will feature all 10 teams from CONMEBOL, and six from CONCACAF. Included in the field already are the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. Two other teams from Central or North America will be included through a playoff.

The tournament is set to kickoff this upcoming summer from June 3 to the June 26th in cities around this country that are yet to be determined.

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  • Hi Deny,

    I am thrilled to hear that we can put the controversies aside for the time being and rejoice that 2016 Copa America is officially coming here!

    I think it is going to be a fun-filled and exciting tournament that will leave an impression in the United States. I have been a huge fan of the game since I was a child and now a father of two, I want to take my kids to at least one game during Copa America.

    I couldn’t agree more with you when you say these games will be played by some of the most iconic players and teams in the world. It truly is exciting!

    Looking forward to 2016 Copa America tickets going on sale!

    Best, Nick