October 23, 2015
Copa America Centenario will go on in the U.S.
MIAMI – The Copa America Centenario will go on as planned in the United States in 2016, but under a new governance structure which was necessitated by the bribery scandal which has rocked FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.
All parties involved in Copa America Centenario have agreed to form a new Executive Committee, made up of two representatives from CONMEBOL, two representatives from CONCACAF, and one representative from U.S. Soccer, to manage the tournament’s day-to-day operations and finances. This committee will facilitate greater financial transparency between the Confederations and U.S. Soccer, which is the local organizing committee, regarding funds collected, including ticketing, broadcasting and sponsorships.
Serving as the Local Organizing Committee, U.S. Soccer will work with CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and the soccer community in the U.S. to organize and execute the event.
U.S. Soccer will immediately begin securing venues for the tournament and planning the operational aspects of the event. Earlier this year, 24 metropolitan areas showed interest in hosting matches during the tournament and submitted a proposal to U.S. Soccer. A minimum seating capacity of 50,000 is required for tournament venues.
In a joint statement, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL said: “We are extremely happy for our fans, our teams and our partners, that we were able to find a way to host the Copa America Centenario celebration in the United States under an entirely new structure for managing the tournament’s operations and finances. The improved governance structure will bring greater accountability and transparency to the event so it can serve its two intended purposes – to celebrate the 100 years of history of Copa America, and provide a once in a lifetime spectacle for fans in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL regions.”
As part of the tournament’s new governance structure, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL recently announced that the Confederations had reclaimed their respective broadcast and sponsorship rights for this event by ending their relationships with Datisa, S.A. The Confederations will issue a joint Request for Proposals publicly to ensure transparency and accountability in the selection of new commercial partners to market these rights.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario will feature six teams from CONCACAF, and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
From CONCACAF, host USA and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Copa Centroamericana winner) and Jamaica (2014 Caribbean Cup winner) qualified this fall. The final two teams will be determined through a playoff in the near future.
Uruguay has won the most Copa America titles with 15 since the tournament began in 1916 as the South American Championship of Nations.