What is the Copa America? The Copa América is South America’s soccer championship and it is the oldest international soccer tournament in the world. In the tournament, 10 members of the South American soccer confederation (called CONMEBOL) compete, as well as 6 teams invited from outside the continent. For 2016’s special 100th anniversary, the U.S. and Mexico were invited to join in the fun and the event was held in cities all across the U.S.—its first time hosted outside South America.
How do you win? The first round of the tournament is made up of 4 groups of 4 teams. Each team plays 3 games and the top 2 teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals, where the contest becomes a normal elimination tournament.
I’m digging this international soccer thing. Good, there might be more of it on the way. The CONMEBOL is in talks with the North American, Central American and Caribbean footballing body (called CONCACAF) to possibly merge the Copa America with the CONCACAF Gold Cup and have a joint tournament in the U.S. every 4 years. Stay tuned for updates!