South America's premier national team tournament will come to the USA in 2016 as part of the competition's 100 year anniversary.It's official. CONMEBOL's 10 national teams will join six CONCACAF teams in the United States to take part in a special edition of the Copa America in 2016.
The tournament will be officially named "Copa América Centenario" in honor of the 100th anniversary of the competition. Mexico and the United States were singled out as automatically qualified to the tournament, with the remaining four to come from the four highest placing nations at the 2015 Gold Cup.
"In July of 2016, CONMEBOL will celebrate its first century. Because of this, with the aim to celebrate it with the pomp it deserves, the association presidents and members of the Executive Committee have decided to hold a tournament with nations throughout the Americas," read a statement from the South American federation.
Liga MX president and FMF Secretary General Decio de Maria had hinted to the possibility of the USA hosting the Copa America several months ago, with official confirmation coming today from the South American federation.
CONMEBOL also revealed that the 2015 Copa America will go on as planned, and that Mexico as well as Japan have been officially invited to take place in the tournament. The winner of the tournament (or the best-placed South American, should Mexico or Japan win) will qualify to the 2017 Confederations Cup.
"Mexico and Japan are two sibling federations and friends of South American football," said the official statement from CONMEBOL.