The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Monday stated that this year’s Copa America to go ahead with only teams, and also it abandoned plans to replace Australia and Qatar, the two sides who withdrew due to fixture congestion. The body said in a statement “As is traditional, CONMEBOL invited teams from other confederations. However, the suspended matches and delays brought about by the pandemic that affected world football impeded other nations from participating”.
Last month due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Socceroos and Qatar withdrew from the South American tournament that had created clashes with the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifying schedules.
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) stated that other nations have been invited but the challenges that occurred due to the pandemic have led them to restrict themselves from participating.
On Tuesday, the organizing body released the fixture for the tournament, where the opening match will be played between Argentina and Chile on June 13 at Buenos Aires.
Teams are divided into Two Groups
It is for the first time in the 105 year history, the Copa America championship to be held in two nations, Colombia and Argentina.
The quarter-final match will be played between the top four qualifying teams and the final match of the Copa America is scheduled to take place on July 10 in the Colombian city of Barranquilla.