2024 Copa America in the USA: Group stage draw, stadiums, schedule, dates, fixtures

2024 Copa America
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The United States will host the 2024 Copa America, which will once again feature six guest nations as part of a new “strategic collaboration agreement” announced by CONMEBOL and CONCACAF and a brilliant 2024 Copa America group stage draw has us all ready to roll this summer.

All 10 CONMEBOL members will feature in the tournament, with six teams from the CONCACAF region.

Copa America last came to the U.S. in the summer of 2016 for Copa America Centenario, the 100-year celebration of the South American championship.

Back in 2016, the USMNT and Mexico were not required to qualify for the tournament, but the CONCACAF giants were not given an automatic bid to Copa America 2024. They will have to qualify as one of six CONCACAF through the 2023-24 Nations League. Previously, the other four bids from CONCACAF were awarded via various regional tournaments and qualifying playoffs.

The CONMEBOL-CONCACAF partnership also extends to the women’s game, where the Gold Cup is being revamped as the 2024 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup will have eight CONCACAF teams and four CONMEBOL teams.

Below are full details for the 2024 Copa America tournament being held across the USA.

Copa America 2024 groups

The group stage draw took place on December 7, 2023 at 7:30pm ET at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. Teams were seeded using their FIFA ranking and the confirmed groups are below:

Group A: Argentina, Peru, Chile, CONCACAF play-off winner 5
Group B: Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Jamaica
Group C: USA, Uruguay, Panama, Bolivia
Group D: Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, CONCACAF play-off winner 6

Which teams are playing in Copa America 2024?

10 teams from CONMEBOL: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

6 teams from CONCACAF: USA, Mexico, Jamaica, Panama have qualified + two play-off winners from losing CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal teams (March 23 – Canada vs Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica vs Honduras)

2024 Copa America: Schedule, dates

Dates: June 20 – July 14, 2024

Group A

June 20: Argentina vs CONCACAF play-off winner 5 – Mercedez-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
June 21: Peru vs Chile – AT&T Stadium, Dallas
June 25: Chile vs Argentina – MetLife Stadium, New York/New Jersey
June 25: Peru vs CONCACAF play-off winner 5 – Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City
June 29: Argentina vs Peru – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
June 29: CONCACAF play-off winner 5 vs Chile – Exploria Stadium, Orlando

Group B

June 22: Mexico vs Jamaica – NRG Stadium, Houston
June 22: Ecuador vs Venezuela – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
June 26: Venezuela vs Mexico – SoFi Stadium – Los Angeles
June 26: Ecuador vs Jamaica – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas
June 30: Mexico vs Ecuador – State Farm Stadium, Phoenix
June 30: Jamaica vs Venezuela – Q2 Stadium, Austin

Group C

June 23: USA vs Bolivia – AT&T Stadium, Dallas
June 23: Uruguay vs Panama – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
June 27: Panama vs USA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
June 27: Uruguay vs Bolivia – MetLife Stadium, New York/New Jersey
July 1: USA vs Uruguay – Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
July 1: Bolivia vs Panama – Exploria Stadium, Orlando

Group D

June 24: Brazil vs CONCACAF play-off winner 6 – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles
June 24: Colombia vs Paraguay – NRG Stadium, Houston
June 28: Paraguay vs Brazil – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas
June 28: Colombia vs CONCACAF play-off winner 6 – State Farm Stadium, Phoenix
July 2: Brazil vs Colombia – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
July 2: CONCACAF play-off winner 6 vs Paraguay – Q2 Stadium, Austin

Quarterfinals

Match 25 – July 4: Winner Group A vs Runner up Group B – NRG Stadium, Houston
Match 26 – July 5: Winner Group B vs Runner up Group A – AT&T Stadium, Dallas
Match 27 – July 6: Winner Group C vs Runner up Group D – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas
Match 28 – July 6: Winner Group D vs Runner up Group C – State Farm Stadium, Phoenix

Semifinals

Match 29 – July 9: Winner Match 25 vs Winner Match 26 – MetLife Stadium, New York/New Jersey
Match 30 – July 10: Winner Match 27 vs Winner Match 28 – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

Third-place

Match 31 – July 13: Loser Match 29 vs Loser Match 30 – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

Final

Match 32 – July 14: Winner Match 29 vs Winner Match 30 – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami

What does it mean for USMNT?

First things first, it means playing more high-level, competitive games between World Cups. The USMNT has faced the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and other South American nations in friendlies over the years, but as things stand their only competitive fixtures come against CONCACAF competition — the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying.

The timing of the tournament is beneficial for all national teams involved as well, at the halfway point to the 2026 World Cup — also set to be hosted in the United States (and Mexico and Canada) — just as EURO 2024 is the halfway marker for European nations.

Only time will tell if the combined Copa America will become the new norm in the Americas, but given what we know about the profitability of international soccer, there will certainly be a “cross your fingers and hope all goes well” vibe in 2024.

Source: https://www.nbcsports.com/soccer/news/2024-copa-america-to-be-played-in-usa

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