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

Watch as Antonee Robinson gets the scoring started for the United States against Trinidad and Tobago in Leg 2 of the CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal in Port of Spain.

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 the 2024 Copa America group stage draw will take place in Miami in December.

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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.

When is the Copa America group stage draw? What are the pots for the draw?

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

Pot 1: Argentina (A1), Mexico (B1), USA (C1), Brazil (D1)
Pot 2: Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Pot 3: Chile, Panama, Venezuela, Paraguay
Pot 4: Jamaica, Bolivia, CONCACAF play-off winner 5, CONCACAF play-off winner 6

2024 Copa America: Schedule, dates

Dates: June 20 - July 14, 2024

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)

Where will the Copa America final be held?

The Copa America 2024 winner will be crowned at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on July 14. The opening game of the tournament will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on June 20.

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.

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