Soccer: CONCACAF will play the Copa America
The Copa America, a soccer tournament generally reserved for South American nations, will open its horizons like never before in 2024 by holding its tournament in the United States, in the presence of six CONCACAF national teams.
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The latter and CONMEBOL, the authorities respectively governing North and Central America, as well as South America, announced on Friday an agreement for a strategic collaboration between the two organizations.
Canada, the United States and Mexico had expressed the wish to take part in the continental tournament in 2024 in order to refine their preparation for the 2026 World Cup, which will also take place in these three countries. The six male delegations that will compete in the Copa America will be chosen based on their results in the CONCACAF Nations League 2023-2024. They will join the 10 formations of CONMEBOL.
In 2016, during the centenary of the Copa America, the tournament was held in the United States along with five other CONCACAF nations. Canada has never participated, while the Americans have participated three times and the Mexicans nine times.
On the women’s side, it is rather the four best selections from South America who will join the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2024. Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay, who made up the top 4 at the 2022 Copa America, will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the powerful Canadians and Americans, in particular.
Also for clubs
The collaboration will not stop at national events, as a new competition involving the best clubs in South America and CONCACAF will also be set up.
Four teams, two from each confederation, will compete in a mini-tournament in 2024. The qualifications will be made thanks to the competitions already existing on each continent.
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