CONMEBOL and Concacaf sign strategic collaboration agreement

  • The CONMEBOL Men’s Copa América will be played in the Concacaf region and will include all 10 CONMEBOL national teams and six Concacaf invitee teams.
  • The 2024 Concacaf Gold Cup W will feature eight Concacaf women’s national teams and four CONMEBOL invitees
  • The confederations will create a new competition that will include the participation of the best men’s clubs in South America and Concacaf

CONMEBOL and Concacaf have announced the signing of a strategic collaboration agreement to strengthen and develop soccer in both regions. The deal includes men’s and women’s national team competitions and a new men’s club tournament.

The CONMEBOL Copa América 2024 will be played in the United States, in the summer of 2024, and will feature 10 CONMEBOL teams and the six best Concacaf teams, as guests. This traditional CONMEBOL tournament will be co-organized by both confederations.

The six Concacaf national teams will have the opportunity to qualify for this competition through the 2023/24 Concacaf Nations League.

For CONMEBOL, this agreement will support its men’s national teams in their preparation for the upcoming World Cup through an expanded Copa América featuring six elite Concacaf teams, hosted in the region that will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Similarly, this agreement will allow Concacaf to provide more high-quality competition for its men’s national teams over the next two years, including the conclusion of the 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League, the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup and the Nations League. Concacaf 2023/24. .

For the women’s national teams, Concacaf has invited the top four CONMEBOL national teams to participate in the 2024 Concacaf Gold Cup W. The inaugural edition of this 12-team tournament, which is a key part of the new women’s national team ecosystem of Concacaf, will be played in the United States.

The two Concacaf teams that will participate in the 2024 Summer Olympics (United States and Jamaica or Canada) will qualify directly for the 2024 Concacaf Gold Cup W. The remaining six Concacaf teams will be determined through the Road to Concacaf Gold Cup. W 2023.

The four invited CONMEBOL teams that will participate have been determined based on the results of the 2022 Copa América Femenina: Brazil (champion), Colombia (runner-up), Argentina (third place) and Paraguay (fourth place).

CONMEBOL and Concacaf will also host a centralized “final four”-style club competition featuring the best clubs from the respective confederations. The four participating teams (two from each confederation) will qualify through the existing CONMEBOL and Concacaf club competitions and the two confederations are working so that the first edition of this tournament will be played in 2024.

Regarding the important agreement, Alejandro Domínguez, president of CONMEBOL, stated: “CONMEBOL and Concacaf are linked by historical and affective ties. But above all we are united by the passion, characteristic of all the Americas, for soccer and sport. We are determined to renew and expand our joint initiatives and projects. We want this passion to translate into more and better competitions and for soccer and its values ​​to grow and strengthen throughout the hemisphere. Without a doubt, both confederations believe in the big thing and we will work with this orientation”.

Victor Montagliani, president of Concacaf, said: “This is a partnership to support the continued growth of men’s and women’s soccer in Concacaf and CONMEBOL, and it will truly be of mutual benefit to both Confederations. Working hand in hand with CONMEBOL, we will offer elite competitions that provide more opportunities for our federations and that we know passionate fans want to see. We look forward to working together to ensure that football in both regions continues to thrive.”

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