The Copa America is the international football competition for Men’s national teams in South America. The championship is organized by CONMEBOL, the regulatory body responsible for regulating football in the South American region. The competition takes place every four years and it is hosted by countries selected by the CONMEBOL. The championship features all the 10 CONMEBOL teams, with additional two or four teams from other Confederations. The 2021 edition will be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina, and it will make it the first time the tournament will be staged in more than one country since 1983.
The tournament was initially billed to be Copa America 2020, taking place between June 12- July 12 2020. However, on March 17 2020, CONMEBOL announced the postponement of the tournament due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The competition has since been rescheduled to take place from June 13 to July 10 2021.
Copa América 2021 tips
Chile has won three of their past six matches, lost one, and drawn two. Paraguay has won three of their past six matches, lost one, and drawn two. The most recent encounter between Chile and Paraguay concluded in a 0-3 victory for Paraguay. Chile has played two Copa America matches, winning one, drawing one, and ... More
Uruguay’s opening match of the tournament saw them going 1-0 down to Argentina in a hard-fought encounter played in Brazil’s Estádio Nacional de Brasília. Óscar Tabárez will demand a better showing from his boys when in this match. Bolivia have been woeful to start the tournament, losing to Chile and Paraguay in their opening two ... More
Ecuador will be looking to earn their first win at this year’s Copa America when they take on Peru on Wednesday. Alfaro’s men find themselves bottom of Group B having picked up just one point from two games. Hence, they are in dire need of points to keep their tournament hopes alive. Meanwhile, Peru rose ... More
Argentina have had a slow start t the tournament but this has not dampened the mood at all within the camp. They have generally played well but failed a lack of concentration at the end of games has seen them throw away many points from winning positions. Paraguay had a bright start against one f ... More
Óscar Tabárez’s Uruguay will be looking for their first win of the tournament when they take on a rejuvenated and resurgent Chilean team that has had great success in the past in this tournament. Chile are unbeaten thus far and looked particularly solid against Argentina in the opening group match All factors constant, we feel ... More
Colombia started the tournament with a 1-0 win over Ecuador and will want to keep the momentum in what will be their third match of the group. For Peru, a win would be welcome here following their opening game against Brazil. Colombia have won 2 and drawn 1 of their last 3 games while Peru ... More
Both Venezuela and Ecuador lost their opening games of the tournament, making this game even more important in their plans to proceed from this group B. Venezuela are bottom of the group after a 3-0 thumping by favorites Brazil, while Ecuador lost narrowly 1-0 to Colombia. The last two head-to-head meetings between Venezuela and Ecuador ... More
Uruguay play their opening game of the tournament against Argentina who are on their second group game. Matches involving these two teams are usually closely fought due to the strong local rivalry that exists between them. Going into this match, Argentina look the stronger side based on recent form and are more likely to get ... More
As Lasarte’s men pushed the South American giants hard, Chile managed to impress, with the encounter finishing in a 1-1 draw with Argentina. Alexis Sanchez delivered the goods for the national side in that match, canceling out Lionel Messi’s opening in the 36th minute. Bolivia also won their match, defeating Venezuela, who was ranked second-from-bottom, ... More
Brazil’s hunt for a 10th Copa America title will continue when they take on Peru. The 2019 Champions are on a blistering form at the moment having won their last 5 games. In fact, they have not lost since November 2019 when they were beaten by Argentina in a Friendly match. Victory here would take ... More
Colombia will be hoping to make it two wins from two when they take on Venezuela on Thursday. Given the quality of opposition they will be facing later on, the Colombians will not want to rest on their oars as winning their second game would save them lots of trouble. For Venezuela, earning just one ... More
Both teams are outside the qualifying slots in the world cup qualifying campaign due to their rather slow starts to the campaign and will be looking to channel their energies in this Copa America tournament. Despite their struggles in front of the goal in the qualifiers, encounters between these two sides are usually action-packed and ... More
Argentina and Chile will square off in their first Copa America Group B match at the Estadio Nilton Santos. Recent clashes between the two sides have been fiercely contested. Manager Lionel Scaloni has struggled to get the best out of his players recently, and despite a 13-match undefeated streak, three of their previous four games ... More
Colombia has had a rocky start to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, highlighted by the thrashing by Ecuador, and will be without several important players for this tournament. Due to fitness concerns, playmaker James Rodriguez was left out of their squad, while talismanic striker Radamel Falcao was also ruled out. Ecuador, on the other ... More
Copa America host Brazil will lock horns with Venezuela in their opening Group B game at this year’s Copa America. The Selecao are gunning for another Copa America title to add to their collection in the trophy cabinet. The Brazilians are heavily favoured to win this edition of the South American championship, but first, they ... More
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Copa America 2021 tournament format
Copa America 2021 will mark the transition from staging the competition in odd years to even years. The tournament has always had a tradition of handing out invitations to other teams from other confederations, but the 2021 tournament will solely have teams from South America.
The 10 South American countries will be divided into two groups of five, namely Groups A and B based on geographical zoning. Group A which is designated the Southern Zone comprises Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay, while Group B which is also known as the North Zone is composed of co-hosts, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. Group matches will be played in Argentina and Colombia, and the top four teams in each group will progress to the Quater final, while the bottom-placed teams will be eliminated.
The first and second-placed teams will remain in the country where they played their group games, while the third and fourth-placed teams will move to the other country. Each country will host two-quarter final and one semi-final matches each. Colombia will host the third place and final matches.
Copa America 2021 Tournament Groups
Copa America 2021 will have 10 teams in two groups (A and B) with each group consisting of five teams. The 10 teams were allocated into the North and South Zones, with Argentina playing host to teams in the South Zone, while Colombia will be the host of games in the North Zone. A total of 28 matches will be played at the 2021 Copa America.
Group A (South Zone)
Group B (North Zone)
The group matches will be played on 13th – 28th June 2021.
The top four teams in each group will advance to the Quater final stage of the competition.
Copa America 2021 Knockout Phase
The knockout phase starts with the Quater final matches which begins on the 2nd-3rd July 2021.
The Semi-finals are on 5th – 6th July 2021.
The Third-place playoff will be held on 9th July 2021.
The Finals is on 10th July 2021.
Copa America Tournament Rules
In line with the latest International Football Association Board (IFAB) rule changes, teams will be able to make up to a maximum of five substitutions in a game, as against the traditional three changes. This is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted the football calendar, leaving the players to deal with fixture congestion.
Players who are subbed will have to exit the pitch at the nearest boundary to not slow down the game. For penalties, goalkeepers only need to have a foot on the line and players can receive treatment before a penalty is taken. A foul will be awarded against the attacking team if there is an accidental handball leading to a goal.
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Copa America Host Cities/Stadiums
Buenos Aires – Estadio Monumental, 66,269 capacity
Cordoba – Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, 57,000 capacity
Mendoza – Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, 38,500 capacity
Santiago del Estero – Estadio Unico, 30,000 capacity
Bogota – Estadio Elcampin 36,343 capacity
Barranquilla – Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez, 46,692 capacity
Cali – Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero, 46,000 capacity
Medellin – Atanasio Girardot Sports Comples, 44,739 capacity
Both the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario in San Juan, Argentina and Estadio Hernan Ramirez Villegas in Pereira were also nominated, but they did not make the cut as part of the venues.
Copa America Qualification Path
All the 10 countries that are members of the CONMEBOL have automatic qualification and they will all participate in the competition. In June 2019, CONMEBOL announced that former AFC Asian Cup champions, Australia, will be making their debut at the Copa America along with current Asian champions, Qatar. However, both countries withdrew as a result of the postponement of the second round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying to June 2021.
Therefore, only the 10 South American nations will compete at the 2021 Copa America.
Interesting facts about Copa America
- Uruguay is the country with the most Copa America titles, having won the trophy 15 times
- The Copa America is the oldest continental football competition and the second oldest international football competition after the Olympic Football competition.
- The Copa America tournament is switching from happening every two odd years to even
- Instead of having the customary three groups of four, the Copa America will have two groups of five, with the top four teams qualifying for the Quater final stage
- Copa America 2021 will be the first tournament without a team from the North American region present since 1993
- Co-hosts, Argentina, have scored the most number of goals in the history of the Copa America with 455 goals
- Brazil holds the record for the most goals in a single tournament with 49 goals scored in the 1949 edition of the tournament.