Why Copa America 2024 Will Be In The US

The host for the CONMEBOL Copa América 2024 is the United States. The tournament will be held from June 20 to July 14, 2024. Sixteen nations will compete in this year’s CONMEBOL Copa América™, with six teams from CONCACAF and ten from CONMEBOL. 

The tournament will be held at 14 venues across the United States, marking only the second time it has been hosted outside South America, the first being in the U.S. in 2016. This hosting is part of a partnership between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF to develop the sport in both regions.

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The venues:

  • Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
  • Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
  • State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas
  • GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas
  • NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
  • AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
  • Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Inter&Co Stadium in Orlando, Florida
  • Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

The tournament has expanded to 16 teams, including six from CONCACAF. The United States, Mexico, Jamaica, and Panama qualified through the CONCACAF Nations League, while Canada and Costa Rica earned spots through a playoff.

The venues are spread across the country, including locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey.

Hosting the CONMEBOL Copa América 2024™ is significant for football in the U.S., leading up to the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Tickets are still available for some matches.

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Why is the U.S. Hosting?

Previous Hosting Success: The U.S. successfully hosted the Copa América Centenario in 2016.

Multiple Venues: The tournament will be held in 14 cities across 10 states, with each venue hosting 2 to 3 matches, all featuring the tournament’s colors and imagery.

Global Appeal: Hosting in the U.S. showcases South American football to a wide audience, attracting global viewers and participants. Teams like Brazil and Argentina add excitement.

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions: The winner of the 2024 Copa América will compete in the 2025 CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions against the UEFA Euro 2024 winner.

Ecuador’s Withdrawal: Ecuador was originally set to host but declined due to security concerns.

Strategic Partnership: The U.S. stepped in as host due to a partnership between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF aimed at strengthening football in both regions.

This decision highlights the growing international collaborations in football.

Tournament Format

Stage 1: Group Stage

The 16 participating teams are divided into four groups (Group A, B, C, and D), each consisting of four teams. In the group stage, each team plays every other team in their group once, following a round-robin format. 

This results in a total of six matches per group. Teams earn points based on their performance: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.

The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage (quarterfinals), while the bottom two teams in each group are eliminated from the competition.

Stage 2: Knockout Stage

The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament. The eight teams that advance from the group stage compete in a series of single-elimination matches. In this format, the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from the tournament. 

The winners progress through each round, culminating in the final match. The two teams that win their respective semi-final matches play in the final to determine the champion of Copa América 2024.

Copa América History

The Copa América is South America’s top football event and the oldest international tournament, starting in 1916 and held every year. Traditionally, all ten CONMEBOL member countries compete, but recently, guest teams from other continents have joined. 

This is the second time the U.S. will host, following the 2016 Copa América Centenario. Argentina is the current champion, having won in 2021.


⚽ What is the Copa America and why is it in the US?

The Copa America is the main international soccer tournament for national teams in South America. This year, exceptionally, the US is hosting the tournament to strengthen football ties between North and South America.

⚽ When and where is the Copa America 2024 taking place?

The tournament runs from June 20 to July 14, 2024, across various cities in the United States. The final match will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

⚽ Which teams are participating?

All ten South American nations will be competing, joined by six teams from CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The specific teams from CONCACAF have not been finalized yet.

⚽ Can I still buy tickets?

Ticket sales information can be found on the official website of the Copa America or through authorized vendors. Availability will depend on the match and date.

⚽ Where can I watch the games?

The matches will be broadcast on television networks and likely streamed on online platforms. Specific channels and streaming services haven’t been confirmed yet.

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