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Copa América Centenario
Centennial Cup America (English)

Copa América Centenário (Portuguese)

Coupe Amerique Centennaire (French)
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Tournament details
Host country United States
Dates June 3–26
Teams 16 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 10 (in 10 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Chile (2nd title)
Runners-up  Argentina
Third place  Colombia
Fourth place  United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 91 (2.84 per match)
Attendance 1,483,855 (46,370 per match)
Top scorer(s) Eduardo Vargas (6 goals)
Best player Alexis Sánchez
Best goalkeeper Claudio Bravo
Fair play award  Argentina
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The Copa América Centenario (Portuguese: Copa América Centenário, French: Coupe Amerique Centennaire, English: Centennial Cup America; literally Centennial America Cup) was an international men's soccer tournament that was hosted by the United States in 2016. The competition was a celebration of the centenary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América, and was the first Copa América hosted outside South America.

The tournament was a commemorative version of Copa América (not the 45th edition). It was held as part of an agreement between CONMEBOL (the South American football confederation) and CONCACAF (the football confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean) as a special edition between the usual four-year cycle, and featured an expanded field of sixteen teams (an increase from the usual twelve), with all ten teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF. Despite the tournament being an official iteration of the Copa América, the winner would not receive an invitation to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup due to the commemorative nature of the tournament, although eventual winners Chile had already qualified through their 2015 victory.

Chile became the fourth nation to win at least two consecutive titles in CONMEBOL tournaments, after Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Argentina, meanwhile, lost their third consecutive final in a major tournament, following losses to Germany at the 2014 World Cup and Chile at the 2015 Copa América.


In February 2012, Alfredo Hawit, then Acting President of CONCACAF, announced that the competition would be expected to take place in 2016, as a celebration of CONMEBOL's centenary. CONMEBOL President Nicolás Leoz said "Hopefully we can organize a big event, because we're 100 years old and we want to celebrate big."

The tournament was announced by CONMEBOL on October 24, 2012 and confirmed by CONCACAF on May 1, 2014.

On September 26, 2014, FIFA announced that the tournament had been added to the FIFA International Match Calendar, meaning that clubs had to release players called up to the competition.

The tournament occurred in June 2016, along with UEFA Euro 2016.

Sports executive corruption

The tournament was placed in doubt after several high-profile sports executive arrests were made including people involved with media rights holder Datisa (using the trading name of "Wematch"), a partnership between three media rights companies; Full Play, Torneos and Traffic Sports Marketing. In December 2014, Brazilian José Hawilla, the owner and founder of Traffic Sports pled guilty to "corruption charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering". In an indictment, the FBI stated that officials were to receive bribes totalling US$20million for the 2016 event. Datisa held agreements for the commercial rights with CONMEBOL and CONCACAF and had their bank account frozen placing the tournament in jeopardy. On October 21, 2015, CONCACAF announced that they had terminated their agreement with Datisa.

On October 23, 2015, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and the hosting association US Soccer Federation all confirmed that the tournament was going ahead as originally intended.


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The trophy was designed exclusively for this edition

A new trophy was supposed to be created for the tournament and was to be unveiled on July 4, 2015, at the 2015 Copa América final. No trophy was unveiled amidst the FIFA corruption scandal. However, CONMEBOL announced that, on April 28, 2016, a presentation for the trophy would take place in Bogotá, Colombia.

On April 28, 2016, it was explained on the Copa América website that the "new" trophy was in fact commemorative, and would only be given to the winning country to keep, while the original silver trophy would continue to be awarded to each winner of the tournament (including the 2016 winner). The Centenario trophy retains the silhouette of the original trophy's Grecian urn, but is plated in matte gold. The front of the trophy is adorned with a raised (and in the case of some parts of the logo, engraved) image of the Copa América Centenario wordmark and logo. On each side are raised and polished images of a connected North and South America, commemorating the first Copa América held outside South America. Instead of the traditional wooden base holding the names of all past winners, the base of the Centenario commemorative trophy includes 16 zones, in which the names of all 16 nations are engraved. Other details include: The logos of both CONMEBOL and CONCACAF (the two confederations with representatives in the tournament), the years "1916–2016" (commemorating the 100 years of CONMEBOL and Copa América), and the phrases "La Copa del Siglo" ("The Cup of the Century") and "Uniting the Americas".

Host selection

Luis Chiriboga, the President of the Ecuadorian Football Federation stated the United States and Mexico were potential hosts of at least one stage of the competition. Hawit preferred the competition to be hosted in the United States for financial reasons, stating that "the market is in the United States, the stadiums are in the United States, the people are in the United States. The study that we have made [shows] that everything’s in the United States." In July 2012, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated there was much organizing to be done.

On May 1, 2014, it was announced that the tournament would be held in the United States from June 3–26, 2016.

The decision to select the US as a host was the object of criticism by Uruguay Football Association president Wilmar Valdez on June 7, 2016, who complained that the US is "a country where they don't feel football", which "brings about problems." The complaint was voiced after Uruguay's defeat against Mexico, in favor of whom, he said, the event was biased. Just prior to the game itself, the Chilean anthem was mistakenly played instead of the Uruguayan anthem.


On January 8, 2015, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL announced the 24 U.S. metropolitan areas which had indicated interest in hosting matches.

The stadiums were chosen following a bidding process, with the minimum capacity to be 50,000. The final list of venues, anticipated to number between 8 and 13, was to be announced in May 2015. However, the list was not released and speculation regarding whether the tournament will be able to move forward arose because Interpol red notices were issued for the former presidents of the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF confederations in relation to the 2015 FIFA corruption case, including allegations that they accepted significant bribes in relation to the $112.5 million broadcasting deal for the event. However, officials from CONMEBOL expressed a desire to move forward with the event despite the scandal.

On November 19, 2015, the ten venues selected for the tournament were announced by CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and US Soccer Federation.

Pasadena, California
(Los Angeles Area)
East Rutherford, New Jersey
(New York City Area)
Houston, Texas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rose Bowl MetLife Stadium NRG Stadium Lincoln Financial Field
Capacity: 92,542 Capacity: 82,566 Capacity: 71,000 Capacity: 69,176
Foxborough, Massachusetts
(Boston Area)
Santa Clara, California
(San Francisco Bay Area)
Gillette Stadium Levi's Stadium
Capacity: 68,756 Capacity: 68,500
Seattle, Washington Chicago, Illinois Glendale, Arizona
(Phoenix Area)
Orlando, Florida
CenturyLink Field Soldier Field University of Phoenix Stadium Camping World Stadium
Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 63,500 Capacity: 63,400 Capacity: 60,219

Participating teams

At the official announcement of the tournament, CONMEBOL and CONCACAF confirmed that all ten CONMEBOL members would be joined by six CONCACAF teams in the tournament. Among CONCACAF teams, the United States and Mexico automatically qualified. The other four spots were given to Costa Rica, the champions of the Central American Football Union by winning the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, Jamaica, the champions of the Caribbean Football Union by winning the 2014 Caribbean Cup, and Haiti and Panama, the two play-off winners among the four highest finishers in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup not already qualified.

CONMEBOL (10 teams) CONCACAF (6 teams)
* Argentina
* Bolivia
* Brazil
* Chile (title holders)
* Colombia
* Ecuador
* Paraguay
* Peru
* Uruguay
* Venezuela
* United States (hosts and automatic qualifier)
* Mexico (automatic qualifier)
* Costa Rica (winners of 2014 Copa Centroamericana)
* Jamaica (winners of 2014 Caribbean Cup)
* Haiti (winners of Copa América Centenario qualifying play-offs)
* Panama (winners of Copa América Centenario qualifying play-offs)


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Map of the participant countries.

The group seeds and match schedule were announced on December 17, 2015. The United States (Group A) were seeded as host, while Argentina (Group D) were seeded as the highest FIFA-ranked team in the CONMEBOL region during December 2015. According to Soccer United Marketing, Brazil (Group B) and Mexico (Group C) were seeded as they were "the most decorated nations in the last 100 years in international competitions from their respective confederations". However, there was criticism for not including Uruguay, which won two World Cups and was the Copa América all-time leader with 15 championships, or Chile, which were the defending Copa América champions going into the tournament.

The draw took place on February 21, 2016, at 7:30 pm EST, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Teams were seeded using the FIFA Ranking from December 2015.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
 Argentina (1)
 Brazil (6)
 Mexico (22)
 United States (32) (hosts)
 Chile (3)
 Colombia (8)
 Uruguay (11)
 Ecuador (13)
 Costa Rica (37)
 Jamaica (54)
 Panama (64)
 Haiti (77)
 Paraguay (46)
 Peru (47)
 Bolivia (68)
 Venezuela (83)

The four group pots contained four positions each, one from each group, as follows:

Pot 1 A1 B1 C1 D1
Pot 2 A2 B2 C2 D2
Pot 3 A3 B3 C3 D3
Pot 4 A4 B4 C4 D4


Each country had a final squad of 23 players (three of whom had to be goalkeepers) which had to be submitted before the deadline of May 20, 2016.

Match officials

Heber lopes
Héber Lopes was chosen as the referee for the final.
Country Referee Assistant referees Matches officiated
 Argentina Patricio Loustau Ezequiel Brailovsky
Ariel Mariano Scime
Costa Rica–Paraguay (Group A)
Uruguay–Venezuela (Group C)
Peru–Colombia (Quarter-finals)
 Bolivia Gery Vargas Javier Bustillos
Juan Pablo Montaño
Ecuador–Haiti (Group B)
 Brazil Héber Lopes Kléber Gil
Bruno Boschilia
Colombia–Paraguay (Group A)
Mexico–Chile (Quarter-finals)
Argentina–Chile (Final)
Wilton Sampaio Argentina Gustavo Rossi
Colombia Alexander Léon
Mexico–Jamaica (Group C)
 Chile Julio Bascuñán Carlos Astroza
Christian Schiemann
Brazil–Ecuador (Group B)
United States–Paraguay (Group A)
 Colombia Wilmar Roldán Alexander Guzmán
Wilmar Navarro
Ecuador–Peru (Group B)
United States–Ecuador (Quarter-finals)
Wilson Lamouroux Alexander Guzmán
United States Corey Parker
Uruguay–Jamaica (Group C)
 Costa Rica Ricardo Montero Octavio Jara
Juan Mora
Panama–Bolivia (Group D)
 Cuba Yadel Martínez Canada Joe Fletcher
Paraguay Darío Gaona
Mexico–Venezuela (Group C)
 Ecuador Roddy Zambrano Luis Vera
Byron Romero
United States–Costa Rica (Group A)
Chile–Panama (Group D)
 El Salvador Joel Aguilar Juan Zumba
William Torres
Argentina–Panama (Group D)
Colombia–Chile (Semi-finals)
 Mexico Roberto García José Luis Camargo
Alberto Morín
United States–Colombia (Group A)
Argentina–Venezuela (Quarter-finals)
 Panama John Pitti Gabriel Victoria
Honduras Cristian Ramírez
Haiti–Peru (Group B)
 Paraguay Enrique Cáceres Eduardo Cardozo
Milciades Saldívar
Mexico–Uruguay (Group C)
United States–Argentina (Semi-finals)
 Peru Víctor Carrillo Jorge Luis Yupanqui Namuche
Coty Carrera
Jamaica–Venezuela (Group C)
Argentina–Bolivia (Group D)
 United States Mark Geiger Charles Morgante
Canada Joe Fletcher
Brazil–Haiti (Group B)
Jair Marrufo Peter Manikowski
Corey Rockwell
Chile–Bolivia (Group D)
 Uruguay Daniel Fedorczuk Nicolás Taran
Richard Trinidad
Argentina–Chile (Group D)
United States–Colombia (Third place play-off)
Andrés Cunha Nicolás Taran
Richard Trinidad
Brazil–Peru (Group B)
 Venezuela José Argote Luis Murillo
Luis Alfonso Sánchez Pérez
Colombia–Costa Rica (Group A)

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of Copa América Centenario took place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara 9:00 pm EDT (UTC−4) on June 3, 2016, ahead of the opening match and featured musical performances by Colombian singer J Balvin, American singer Jason Derulo and the Canadian band Magic!

Group stage

Copa America Centenario Map
     Group stage      Quarter-finals      Fourth place      Third place      Runner-up      Champion

All times are EDT (UTC−4). The top two teams from each group advanced to the quarter-finals.


The ranking of each team in each group was determined as follows:

  1. Greatest number of points obtained in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. If two or more teams were equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings would further be determined as follows:
    1. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
    2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
    3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned
    4. Drawing of lots

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States (H) 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Colombia 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
3  Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 3 6 −3 4
4  Paraguay 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
(H) Host.

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Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Peru 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ecuador 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 5
3  Brazil 3 1 1 1 7 2 +5 4
4  Haiti 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0

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Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Venezuela 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
3  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
4  Jamaica 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0

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Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Argentina 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Chile 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
3  Panama 3 1 0 2 4 10 −6 3
4  Bolivia 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0

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Knockout stage

In the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and third place match of the knockout stage, a penalty shoot-out was used to decide the winner if tied after 90 minutes. In the final, extra time and a penalty shoot-out was used to decide the winner if necessary. Should the final enter extra time, a fourth substitute would be allowed as part of FIFA's approval of rule changes based on IFAB's new regulations, however neither teams in the final ended up taking advantage of this rule.


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Third place play-off

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Copa América Centenario Final



Chile's Eduardo Vargas received the Golden Boot award for scoring six goals. In total, 91 goals were scored by 62 different players, with three of them credited as own goals.

Eduardo Vargas Footballteam of Chile - Spain vs. Chile, 10th September 2013 (cropped)
Eduardo Vargas, top scorer
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
  • Frank Fabra (against Costa Rica)
  • Je-Vaughn Watson (against Uruguay)
  • Álvaro Pereira (against Mexico)



 2016 Copa América Centenario champions 

2nd title

Individual awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.

Final Man of the Match Award

Team of the Tournament

The Technical Study Group announced the tournament's Best XI squad.

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Claudio Bravo

Mauricio Isla
Nicolás Otamendi
Gary Medel
Jean Beausejour

Javier Mascherano
Arturo Vidal
Charles Aránguiz

Lionel Messi
Eduardo Vargas
Alexis Sánchez




Match ball

The Nike Ordem Ciento was announced as the official Copa América Centenario match ball on February 21, 2016. The mainly white ball has red brush stroke decoration. It shows the official Copa América Centenario logo.

The Nike Ordem Campeón was used for the final match, in which golden brushes replaced the red ones.

Theme songs

  • "Superstar" by American rapper Pitbull featuring Becky G is the official song of the tournament and both artists performed the song during the Final.
  • "Breaking All the Rules" by English rock musician Peter Frampton, who performed the song during the Final.
  • "In My City" by Indian Singer Priyanka Chopra, who also performed the song during the Final.

Broadcasting rights


Country Broadcaster Ref.
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin America DirecTV Sports
 Argentina Televisión Pública Argentina (Argentina matches only), TyC Sports (all matches)
 Bolivia TV Boliviana (all matches)
 Brazil Rede Globo (Brazil matches only), SporTV (all matches)
 Canada Univision Canada (Spanish)
 Chile Canal 13
 Colombia RCN TV, Caracol TV
 Costa Rica Repretel, Teletica
 Cuba Cubavision International
 Ecuador Gama TV
 Haiti CONATEL, Tele Haiti
 Jamaica CVM TV
 Mexico Televisa, TV Azteca
 Panama Telemetro, TVMax, RPC-TV
 Paraguay Paraguay TV, Unicanal
 Peru América Televisión
 United States of America Fox Sports (English); Univision (Spanish)
 Uruguay DirecTV, Equital (Monte Cable, Nuevo Siglo, TCC)
 Venezuela Meridiano TV

Rest of the world

Country Broadcaster Ref.
Arab World beIN Sports
 Australia beIN Sports, SBS
 Azerbaijan CBC Sport
Western Balkans Arena Sport
Baltics Viasat Sport Baltic
 China SMG, LeSports, PPTV, QQLive
 Equatorial Guinea RTVGE, Asonga TV, Canal+
 Finland Viasat
 France beIN Sports
 Germany Sat.1, Kabel eins
 Greece Skai TV
 Hong Kong now TV, ViuTV
 Hungary Sport TV
 Iceland Stöð 2 Sport
 India Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD
 Indonesia Kompas TV
 Iran IRIB Varzesh
 Ireland Setanta Ireland
 Israel Sport 1
 Italy Sky Italia
 Japan SKY PerfecTV!
 Kenya Startimes, Canal+
 Malaysia Astro
 Myanmar Sky Net
 Netherlands Fox Sports Netherlands, NOS
 New Zealand Sky Sport
 Nigeria Startimes, Canal+
 Norway Viaplay
 Poland TVP
 Portugal TVI
 Russia Match TV
 Singapore StarHub TV, Singtel TV
 South Africa Startimes
 South Korea KBS
 Spain Movistar+
Sub-Saharan Africa Startimes, Canal+
 Sweden Viasat Sport
 Taiwan CTV, TTV, CTi TV
 Tajikistan TV Varzish
 Thailand True Visions
 Turkey A Spor, A Haber
 United Kingdom Premier Sports
 Vietnam SCTV, VTVCab

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Copa América Centenario para niños

  • Soccer in the United States
  • Football at the Pan American Games
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