Copa Libertadores to switch to one game final from 2019
The Copa Libertadores, South America's elite clubs competition, will have a single final at a neutral stadium from 2019, Conmebol, the regional governing body, has announced.
Conmebol said the decision to move away from a traditional two-legged home and away final brings the Copa Libertadores in line with other major club competitions, such as Europe's Uefa Champions League.
The confederation said in a statement: “More than a game, this will be a great sporting, cultural and tourist event that will bring great benefits to South American football, its clubs and its fans.
“It will offer a world-class sporting spectacle and a better experience at home and in the stadium.”
Conmebol said participating finalists will each receive around $2 million more in prize money from the one-off showpiece game, as result of bigger marketing and television rights revenue and a 25 per cent share of ticket sales.
The new-look Copa Libertadores final will be moved from midweek to a primetime Saturday slot to maximize exposure and earnings potential.
The Uefa Champions League final was traditionally played on a Wednesday evening, but was moved to Saturday evenings from 2010.
The 2019 Copa Libertadores will be the first to be played under Conmebol's new contract with IMG, the international sports agency, and Perform, the digital sports and content media group. The pair will sell broadcast and sponsorship rights to South America's club competitions from 2019 to 2022, after offering a minimum guarantee of $1.4 billion, or $350 million per season, last September.