The United States will host the 2024 edition of the Copa América soccer tournament, the championship for South American national teams, giving the U.S. men’s soccer team and other North American nations a huge boost on the road to the 2026 World Cup.
It will be the first time the event has visited here since 2016, when the USA hosted a special centennial tournament. It wasn’t just the first time it was played in the US, it was the first time it was played anywhere outside of South America.
Last November, the planned 2024 host Ecuador’s government said the country would not be able to host. This sparked immediate speculation as to where the tournament might move, and within weeks the US was named as a candidate. The three co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup – USA, Canada and Mexico – will not have to qualify for the tournament, significantly reducing the number of games that matter before the tournament.
As in 2016, the 2024 event will have an expanded field: 10 teams from the South American confederation and six teams from Concacaf, which covers North and Central America.