The summer of 2016 was a fantastic time to be a fan of the beautiful game. Not only did we get the regularly scheduled EURO 2016, UEFA’s championship that occurs every four years, but we also got to see a special edition of the Copa America that involved CONCACAF powers.
If reports are to be believed, beginning in 2020 we’ll get that overload of soccer goodness every four years. Globo Esporte, a Brazilian sports news outlet, reports that after the 2019 Copa America, the USA will host another edition in 2020 and from then on the tournament will go to an every four years cycle.
Brazil will host in 2019, then the Copa will apparently begin to coincide with UEFA’s big tournament.
It’s unclear what this means for the format of the tournament and which teams would participate. There have been rumors of a joint Copa America making a return. If the U.S. are hosting in 2020, it’s probably a fair assumption to make that CONCACAF teams will be invited for that year. But, the reports doesn’t mention if that would be a consistent format or just a special occasion.
From the financial success that the 2016 Copa America Centenario showed, you’d think they would hope to have CONCACAF teams participate on a regular basis if it doesn’t compromise the integrity of the tournament, which the 2016 tournament certainly did not. TV contracts and ticket sales alone would be enough of a motivating factor to include both federations in the tournament.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens. It all seems to be up in the air. But, it appears that we’ll be seeing another Copa America in the USA in 2020. Beyond that, it’s just a guessing game.