Copa América Centenario

Copa América Centenario
Centennial Cup America[1]
Tournament details
Host country United States
Dates 3–26 June 2016
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) Chile Eduardo Vargas
(6 goals)
Best player Chile Alexis Sánchez
Best goalkeeper Chile Claudio Bravo
Fair play award Argentina Argentina

The Copa América Centenario (English: Centennial Cup America)[2][3] was an international men's association football tournament that was hosted in 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 of South America.[4]

The tournament was the 45th edition of Copa América since its inception in 1916. 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 16 teams (an increase from the usual 12), with all ten teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF. Despite the tournament being an official iteration of the Copa América, the winner of this tournament would not have received an invitation to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, as winners Chile had already qualified by winning the regular edition in 2015.

Chile became the fourth nation to win at least two consecutive Copa América titles, 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.[5] CONMEBOL President Nicolás Leoz said "Hopefully we can organize a big event, because we're 100 years old and we want to celebrate big."[6]

The tournament was announced by CONMEBOL on 24 October 2012[7] and confirmed by CONCACAF on 1 May 2014.[1]

On 26 September 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.[8]

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

Sports executive corruption

For more details on this topic, see 2015 FIFA corruption case.

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.[9][10] Datisa held agreements for the commercial rights with CONMEBOL and CONCACAF and had their bank account frozen placing the tournament in jeopardy.[11] On 21 October 2015 CONCACAF announced that they had terminated their agreement with Datisa.[12]

On 23 October 2015, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and the hosting association US Soccer Federation all confirmed that the tournament was going ahead as originally intended.[13][14][15]


The trophy

A new trophy was supposed to be created for the tournament and was to be unveiled on 4 July 2015 at the 2015 Copa América final.[16] No trophy was unveiled amidst the FIFA corruption scandal. However, CONMEBOL announced that, on 28 April 2016, a presentation for the trophy would take place in Bogotá, Colombia.[17]

On 28 April 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 of 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".[18]

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.[19] 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."[20] In July 2012, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated there was much organizing to be done.[21]

On 1 May 2014, it was announced that the tournament would be held in the United States from 3–26 June 2016.[1][22][23]

The decision to select the US as a host was the object of criticism by Uruguay Football Association president Wilmar Valdez on 7 June 2016, who emotionally 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.[24] Just prior to the game itself, the Chilean anthem was mistakenly played instead of the Uruguayan anthem.[25]


On 8 January 2015, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL announced the 24 U.S. metropolitan areas which had indicated interest in hosting matches.[26][27]

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.[28] However, officials from CONMEBOL expressed a desire to move forward with the event despite the scandal.[29]

On 19 November 2015, the ten venues selected for the tournament were announced by CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and US Soccer Federation.[30][31][32]

Seattle, Washington Chicago, Illinois Foxborough, Massachusetts
(Boston area)
East Rutherford, New Jersey
(New York City area)
CenturyLink Field Soldier Field Gillette Stadium MetLife Stadium
Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 63,500 Capacity: 68,756 Capacity: 82,566
Santa Clara, California
(San Francisco Bay area)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Levi's Stadium Lincoln Financial Field
Capacity: 68,500 Capacity: 69,176
Pasadena, California
(Los Angeles area)
Glendale, Arizona
(Phoenix area)
Houston, Texas Orlando, Florida
Rose Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium NRG Stadium Camping World Stadium
Capacity: 92,542 Capacity: 63,400 Capacity: 71,000 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. United States and Mexico automatically qualified. The other four spots were given to Costa Rica, the champions of the Central American Football Union by virtue of winning the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, Jamaica, the champions of the Caribbean Football Union by virtue of 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.[22]

CONMEBOL (10 teams) CONCACAF (6 teams)


Map of the participant countries.

The group seeds and match schedule were announced on 17 December 2015.[33] 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".[34] 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.[35][36]

The draw took place on 21 February 2016 at 19:30 EST, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Teams were seeded using the FIFA Ranking from December 2015.[37]

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,[38] one from each group, as follows:

Pot 1 A1B1C1D1
Pot 2 A2B2C2D2
Pot 3 A3B3C3D3
Pot 4 A4B4C4D4


For more details on this topic, see Copa América Centenario squads.

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 20 May 2016.[39]

Match officials

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

Country Fourth official
Brazil Brazil Wilton Pereira Sampaio
Colombia Colombia Wilson Lamouroux
United States United States Armando Villarreal
Uruguay Uruguay Daniel Fedorczuk

Country Reserve assistant referee
Argentina Argentina Gustavo Fabián Rossi Fagivoli
Colombia Colombia John Alexander León Sánchez
Paraguay Paraguay Darío Antonio Gaona Rodríguez
United States United States Corey Parker

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of Copa América Centenario took place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara 21:00 EDT (UTC−4) on 3 June 2016 ahead of the opening match and featured musical performances by Colombian singer J Balvin, American singer Jason Derulo and the Canadian band Magic![40]

Group stage

  Group stage
  Fourth place
  Third place

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:[39]

  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.

3 June 2016 (2016-06-03)
United States  0–2  Colombia
C. Zapata  8'
Rodríguez  42' (pen.)

7 June 2016 (2016-06-07)
United States  4–0  Costa Rica
Dempsey  9' (pen.)
Jones  37'
Wood  42'
Zusi  87'
Soldier Field, Chicago
Attendance: 39,642[43]
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)

7 June 2016 (2016-06-07)
Colombia  2–1  Paraguay
Bacca  12'
Rodríguez  30'
Ayala  71'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 42,766[44]
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)

11 June 2016 (2016-06-11)
United States  1–0  Paraguay
Dempsey  27' Report (CONMEBOL)

11 June 2016 (2016-06-11)
Colombia  2–3  Costa Rica
Fabra  6'
M. Moreno  73'
Venegas  2'
Fabra  34' (o.g.)
Borges  58'
NRG Stadium, Houston
Attendance: 45,808[46]
Referee: José Argote (Venezuela)

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

4 June 2016 (2016-06-04)
Haiti  0–1  Peru
Guerrero  61'
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Attendance: 20,190[47]
Referee: Jhon Pitti (Panama)

4 June 2016 (2016-06-04)
Brazil  0–0  Ecuador
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 53,158[48]
Referee: Julio Bascuñán (Chile)

8 June 2016 (2016-06-08)
Brazil  7–1  Haiti
Coutinho  14', 29', 90+2'
Renato Augusto  35', 86'
Gabriel  59'
Lucas Lima  67'
Marcelin  70'

8 June 2016 (2016-06-08)
Ecuador  2–2  Peru
E. Valencia  39'
Bolaños  49'
Cueva  5'
Flores  13'

12 June 2016 (2016-06-12)
Ecuador  4–0  Haiti
E. Valencia  11'
J. Ayoví  20'
Noboa  57'
A. Valencia  78'
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Attendance: 50,976[51]
Referee: Gery Vargas (Bolivia)

12 June 2016 (2016-06-12)
Brazil  0–1  Peru
Ruidíaz  75'

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

5 June 2016 (2016-06-05)
Jamaica  0–1  Venezuela
Martínez  15'
Soldier Field, Chicago
Attendance: 25,560[53]
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (Peru)

5 June 2016 (2016-06-05)
Mexico  3–1  Uruguay
Á. Pereira  4' (o.g.)
Márquez  85'
Herrera  90+2'
Godín  74'

9 June 2016 (2016-06-09)
Mexico  2–0  Jamaica
Hernández  18'
Peralta  81'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 83,263[56]
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
Mexico  1–1  Venezuela
J. M. Corona  80' Report (CONMEBOL)
Velázquez  10'
NRG Stadium, Houston
Attendance: 67,319[57]
Referee: Yadel Martínez (Cuba)

13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
Uruguay  3–0  Jamaica
Hernández  21'
Watson  66' (o.g.)
Corujo  88'
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara
Attendance: 40,166[58]
Referee: Wilson Lamouroux (Colombia)

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

6 June 2016 (2016-06-06)
Panama  2–1  Bolivia
Pérez  11', 87' Report (CONMEBOL)
Arce  54'
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Attendance: 13,466[59]
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)

6 June 2016 (2016-06-06)
Argentina  2–1  Chile
Di María  51'
Banega  59'
Fuenzalida  90+3'

10 June 2016 (2016-06-10)
Chile  2–1  Bolivia
Vidal  46', 90+10' (pen.) Report (CONMEBOL)
Campos  61'

10 June 2016 (2016-06-10)
Argentina  5–0  Panama
Otamendi  7'
Messi  68', 78', 87'
Agüero  90'
Soldier Field, Chicago
Attendance: 53,885[62]
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)
Chile  4–2  Panama
Vargas  15', 43'
Sánchez  50', 89'
Camargo  5'
Arroyo  75'

14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)
Argentina  3–0  Bolivia
Lamela  13'
Lavezzi  15'
Cuesta  32'
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Attendance: 45,753[64]
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (Peru)

Knockout stage

All times are EDT (UTC−4). 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.[39] 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.[65]


16 June – Seattle
 United States2
21 June – Houston
 United States0
18 June – Foxborough
26 June – East Rutherford
 Argentina0 (2)
17 June – East Rutherford
 Chile (p)0 (4)
 Peru0 (2)
22 June – Chicago
 Colombia (p)0 (4)
18 June – Santa Clara
 Chile2 Third place
25 June – Glendale
 United States0


16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
United States  2–1  Ecuador
Dempsey  22'
Zardes  65'
Arroyo  74'

18 June 2016 (2016-06-18)
Argentina  4–1  Venezuela
Higuaín  8', 28'
Messi  60'
Lamela  71'
Rondón  70'

18 June 2016 (2016-06-18)
Mexico  0–7  Chile
Puch  16', 88'
Vargas  44', 52', 57', 74'
Sánchez  49'
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara
Attendance: 70,547[69]
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)


21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
United States  0–4  Argentina
Lavezzi  3'
Messi  32'
Higuaín  50', 86'
NRG Stadium, Houston
Attendance: 70,858[70]
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)

22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
Colombia  0–2  Chile
Aránguiz  7'
Fuenzalida  11'
Soldier Field, Chicago
Attendance: 55,423[71]
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

Third place play-off

25 June 2016 (2016-06-25)
United States  0–1  Colombia
Bacca  31'



For more details on this topic, see Copa América Centenario statistics.


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.

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Tournament ranking

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1  Chile 6 4 1 1 16 5 +11 13 Champions
2  Argentina 6 5 1 0 18 2 +16 16 Runners-up
3  Colombia 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 Third place
4  United States (H) 6 3 0 3 7 8 1 9 Fourth place
5  Peru 4 2 2 0 4 2 +2 8 Eliminated in
6  Venezuela 4 2 1 1 4 5 1 7
7  Mexico 4 2 1 1 6 9 3 7
8  Ecuador 4 1 2 1 7 4 +3 5
9  Brazil 3 1 1 1 7 2 +5 4 Eliminated in
Group stage
10  Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 3 6 3 4
11  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
12  Panama 3 1 0 2 4 10 6 3
13  Paraguay 3 0 1 2 1 3 2 1
14  Bolivia 3 0 0 3 2 7 5 0
15  Jamaica 3 0 0 3 0 6 6 0
16  Haiti 3 0 0 3 1 12 11 0
Updated to match(es) played on 26 June 2016. Source: [74]
(H) Host.



 Copa América Centenario champions 


Individual awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[75]

Team of the tournament

The Technical Study Group announced the tournament's Best XI squad.[75]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Chile Claudio Bravo

Chile Mauricio Isla
Argentina Nicolás Otamendi
Chile Gary Medel
Chile Jean Beausejour

Argentina Javier Mascherano
Chile Arturo Vidal
Chile Charles Aránguiz

Argentina Lionel Messi
Chile Eduardo Vargas
Chile Alexis Sánchez




Match ball

The Nike Ordem Ciento was announced as the official Copa América Centenario match ball on 21 February 2016. The mainly white ball has red brush stroke decoration. It shows the official Copa América Centenario logo.[76]

Theme songs

Broadcasting rights


Country Broadcaster Ref.
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) [16]
 Canada CTV (English), Univision Canada (Spanish), Ici Radio-Canada Télé (French) [78]
 Chile Canal 13
 Colombia RCN TV, Caracol TV
 Costa Rica Repretel, Teletica [79]
 Cuba Cubavision International
 Ecuador Gama TV
 Haiti CONATEL, Tele Haiti [80]
 Jamaica CVM TV
 Mexico Televisa, TV Azteca [16]
 Panama Telemetro, TVMax, RPC-TV [80]
 Paraguay Paraguay TV, Unicanal [81]
 Peru América Televisión
 United States Fox Sports (English); Univision (Spanish) [82][83]
 Uruguay DirecTV, Equital (Monte Cable, Nuevo Siglo, TCC) [84]
 Venezuela Meridiano TV

Rest of the world

Country Broadcaster Ref.
 Australia beIN Sports Australia, SBS [85]
 Azerbaijan CBC Sport
Western Balkans Arena Sport
Baltics Viasat Sport Baltic [86][87][88]
 China SMG, LeEco, PPTV, QQLive
 Equatorial Guinea RTVGE, Asonga TV, Canal+ [89]
 Finland Viasat
 France beIN Sports [90]
 Germany Sat.1, Kabel eins [91]
 Greece Skai TV [92]
 Hong Kong now TV, ViuTV [93]
 Hungary Sport TV
 Iceland Stöð 2 Sport
 India Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD
 Indonesia Kompas TV [94]
 Iran IRIB Varzesh
 Ireland Setanta Ireland [95]
 Israel Sport 1
 Italy Sky Italia [96]
 Japan SKY PerfecTV! [97]
 Kenya Startimes, Canal+ [89]
 Malaysia Astro
 Myanmar Sky Net
 Netherlands Fox Sports Netherlands, NOS [98]
 New Zealand Sky Sport [99]
 Nigeria Startimes, Canal+ [89]
 Norway Viaplay [100]
 Poland TVP [101]
 Portugal TVI [102]
 Russia Match TV
 Singapore StarHub TV, Singtel TV [103]
 South Africa Startimes
 South Korea KBS
 Spain Movistar+ [104]
Sub-Saharan Africa Startimes, Canal+ [89]
 Sweden Viasat Sport [105]
 Taiwan CTV, TTV, CTi TV
 Thailand True Visions
 Turkey A Spor, A Haber
 United Kingdom Premier Sports [106]
 Vietnam SCTV [107]


National anthems, country names and symbols

On 5 June, during the pre-match ceremony between Mexico and Uruguay, the national anthem of Chile was played for Uruguay. Many Uruguayan players seemed confused. However, the correct anthem was never played. Copa América organizers released the following statement via Twitter:

This evening during the pre-match ceremony, due to human error, we inadvertently played the incorrect national anthem. We sincerely apologize to the Uruguayan Federation, the Uruguay national team, the people of Uruguay and to the fans for this mistake. We will work with all parties involved to ensure a mistake like this does not occur again.

Uruguayan midfielder Diego Fagúndez said the incident caused "much disrespect".[108]

On 6 June, Colombian nationals heavily criticized Adidas for misspelling the country name in an advertisement, mistaking Colombia for Columbia. The company said in a statement: "We value our partnership with the Colombian Football Federation and apologise for our mistake. We removed the graphics and are quickly installing new versions."[109]

Also on 6 June, before the game between Panama and Bolivia, the video screens of the Citrus Bowl in Orlando displayed the flags of both countries: however, in the case of Bolivia, it was erroneously inverted.[110]

Match officiating

On 4 June, during the game between Ecuador and Brazil, the assistant referee called the ball out prior to a cross that led to the ball going into the net for Ecuador. Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson dropped the ball, and it went over the line into his own goal. The replays seemed to show the ball was not completely out of bounds before being crossed, but the goal did not stand. The match ended in a 0–0 draw.[111]

On 10 June, during the game between Chile and Bolivia, a penalty kick was awarded to Chile after Luis Alberto Gutiérrez was whistled for a handball. The assistant referee made the call, but it appeared that Gutiérrez had tucked his arm behind his back, and the ball hit off his shoulder. Arturo Vidal converted the ensuing penalty at the 90'+10' mark (eight minutes of stoppage time were added to the second half due to an injury to Ronald Eguino)[112][113] to secure the three points for Chile.[114]

On 12 June, during the game between Peru and Brazil, Raúl Ruidíaz scored by guiding the ball into the net with his arm. After a lengthy discussion between the referee and his assistant, the goal was allowed to stand, and Brazil went on to lose 1–0, resulting in their elimination from the tournament. However, Raúl Ruidíaz claimed the ball hit his thigh rather than his hand and said the goal was 'thanks to God' rather than another hand of God.[115][116]

Ticket pricing

The tournament's organizers have been criticized for setting high ticket prices that have resulted in under-capacity crowds in Seattle and Chicago for United States matches.[117] The average price for a sold ticket during the group stage was $144; some matches saw average prices as high as $236 and as low as $37.[118]

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