Rio de Janeiro - The Copa America will be held in Argentina and Colombia, CONMEBOL
announced on Tuesday, marking the first time in the tournament's modern
era that it will be split between two countries.
South American football's governing body said in a statement that the
competition's structure would also be rejigged, with two groups of six
instead of the current format of three groups of four being used for
this year's edition in Brazil.
The top four of each group will qualify for the quarter-finals.
"The new format provides a total of 38 games and gives fans the
opportunity to attend at least five matches in a neighbouring country,"
the CONMEBOL statement said.
After the 2020 edition, the Copa America will be held every four
years in order to have it played the same year as UEFA's European
The announcement puts an official end to the United States Soccer
Federation's proposal to stage the 2020 Copa America in the USA, in an
expanded 16-team competition that would also include six teams from the
The event was modelled along the lines of the successful 2016 Copa America Centenario held across the USA.