United States to Host 2024 Copa America Tournament as Part of CONMEBOL Agreement

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 27, 2023

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 10: Lionel Messi Captain of Argentina lift the Conmebol Copa America Trophy with Teammates after winning the Final of Copa America Brazil 2021 ,during the Final Match between Brazil and Argentina at Maracana Stadium on July 10, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)
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The United States will host the Copa America in 2024 as part of an agreement between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.

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The "strategic partnership" will see 10 teams from South America and six teams from North and Central America qualify for the next installment of the Copa America. The federations will also partner for a four-team club competition that gets underway in 2024.

In an accompanying move, the inaugural CONCACAF W Gold Cup will include four CONMEBOL representatives along with eight CONCACAF squads.

This will be the second time the Copa America was staged in the U.S. after Copa America Centenario was spread across 10 American host cities in 2016.

Both federations have something to gain from returning to the United States.

Competing against the elite of South America will be a great test for the United States men's national team, Mexico and other CONCACAF representatives with 2026 FIFA World Cup aspirations.

CONMEBOL, meanwhile, can widen its footprint a bit more and potentially pad its financial coffers by tapping more into the North American market. Fans in South America may not be happy to see the continent's biggest competition head north, though.

Argentina will enter the 2024 Copa America as the defending champion after taking down Brazil 1-0 in the 2021 final. La Albiceleste followed triumph by winning the World Cup for a third time, giving Lionel Messi the crowing achievement to a legendary career.

When the Copa America kicks off, Argentina will likely be without its captain considering Messi turns 36 in June.