Conmebol, the South American football federation, has provisionally chosen Argentina and Colombia as co-hosts of the 2020 Copa America.
The tournament will reportedly have 16 participants, with two groups of four in both countries. Each nation would host one semi-final and the final would be played in Argentina.
The US Soccer Federation had proposed a pan-American event in 2020 – which was due to feature South America’s 10 teams and six from the Concacaf region – but this proposal was swiftly rejected by Conmebol.
Australia, China, Russia and Qatar also requested to stage the tournament, while there were unspecified proposals from the Dentsu and IMG marketing agencies, it was reported on Wednesday evening.
At least two non-Conmebol countries are usually asked to take part in the event – Qatar and Japan will take part in this year’s 12-team Copa America in Brazil – and invitations to Mexico and the United States are poised to be made for the 2020 tournament.
Conmebol will also consider offers from outside of South America for the 2024 edition, with the aim of staging the event every four years to bring it into line with the European Championship.
Argentina last held the tournament in 2011 while Colombia was a host most recently in 2001.