Australia and Qatar are set to compete at next year’s edition of the Copa América national team football tournament following invites from the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).
The tournament will be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina, with Australia and Qatar set to join the 10 competing South American teams.
Conmebol has proposed that one of Australia or Qatar enters the northern zone group of the Copa América, with the other to enter the southern zone.
Qatar won the 2019 Asian Cup, with Australia picking up the 2015 title. Qatar will also compete at this year’s Copa América, which gets underway later today (Friday) in Brazil. Japan will join Qatar as an invitational team at this year’s tournament.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) confirmed today that it had accepted Conmebol’s invitation to compete. “The benefits of participating in the tournament are wide ranging,” chief executive David Gallop said.
“Our team will benefit from the experience of testing themselves out against some of the best players in the world. On the commercial side, exposing our national team on a global stage has significant upside as well. I’d also like to extend our gratitude to those at Conmebol for their cooperation during this process.”