Argentina and Colombia to co-host 2020 Copa America
Conmebol, the South American soccer confederation, has announced that the 2020 Copa America, its national teams competition, will be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia.
The two countries had faced competition from USA, which had offered to play host again after staging a special centenary edition in 2016 involving teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, as well as South America.
The US plan apparently had support from Concacaf, the governing body for the region, with US soccer promising to underwrite the tournament while insisting it was not intended as a replacement for the Copa America.
In a statement, Conmebol said it had "rejected expressions of interest and proposals received by the United States, Australia, and commercial agencies Dentsu and IMG.”
However, USA and Mexico will still be invited to participate in the 2020 Copa America, it has been reported.
Next year's edition will be the fourth in six years, after Chile was the host in 2015, USA staged the Copa America Centenario in 2016, and Brazil stages this year's tournament.
Another event is being held in 2020 to get the Copa America on the same four-year schedule as the European Championships, as favoured by Fifa.
However, there will be logisical challenges given that Buenos Aires and Bogota, the respective capital cities of Argentina and Colombia, are more than six hours apart by plane.
For this reason it is believed that if, like the 2016 event, the 2020 Copa America involves 16 teams then two of the four first round groups will be based in Argentina and the other two in Colombia.
Argentina last hosted the tournament in 2011, while Colombia previously had the honour in 2001.
Argentina is part of a proposed joint bid with Paraguay and Uruguay for the 2030 World Cup.
The 2019 Copa America takes place at six venues in five cities from 14 June to 7 July.