The draw for the 2024 Copa America group stage took place on Thursday in Miami, with tournament hosts the United States facing Uruguay, Panama and Bolivia in Group C. The tournament will take place from June 20 to July 14, 2024. And will spread across 10 states.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina are joined in Group A along with Peru, Chile and Canada or Trinidad and Tobago (depending on which team qualifies).
Group B includes Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela and Jamaica. Group D consists of Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Costa Rica or Honduras (depending on which team qualifies).
The two qualifying playoffs against Canada against Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica against Honduras will be played on March 23 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
The 10 member nations of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) did not go through the qualification process for the tournament. However, those from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) have had to earn their places. Last week, the USMNT, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama secured their spots in the tournament.
What is the format of the 2024 Copa America?
Teams from each four-team group will play each other once.
The top two teams in those groups will advance to the quarter-finals, where each group winner will face the runner-up. The four winners of those games will advance to the semi-finals, and the winners of the two semi-finals will meet in the final on July 14 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Ties are allowed in the group stage where the score after 90 minutes (plus stoppage time) will be final. In the knockout stage, matches drawn after 90 minutes will enter a 30-minute extra time period. If the score is still tied after 30 minutes of extra time, the winning team will be decided by a penalty shootout.
Three of the last seven Copa America finals have been decided on penalties.
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The United States vs. Uruguay at Arrowhead on July 1 will be the final test for the USMNT. How will they fare against the Copa America favourites? Will they upset the CONMEBOL giants inside Arrowhead Stadium, one of the tallest stadiums in the world, just days before July 4?
And then there’s Argentina vs. Chile at MetLife Stadium on June 25, a poetic rematch between the two Copa America rivals. The last time these two teams played here, Messi infamously left the national team after losing to Chile for the second consecutive year. This match could give Messi a storybook ending to one of the least favorite chapters of his career. , Melanie Anjidei, football writer
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