2021 Copa América

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2021 Copa América
CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2021
2021 Copa América logo.svg
Vibra o Continente
(Vibra el Continente)
English: Rocking the Continent
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
Dates13 June – 10 July
Teams10 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Argentina (15th title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Colombia
Fourth place Peru
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored65 (2.32 per match)
Attendance7,800 (279 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Lionel Messi
Colombia Luis Díaz
(4 goals each)
Best player(s)Argentina Lionel Messi
Best goalkeeperArgentina Emiliano Martínez
Fair play award Brazil

The 2021 Copa América was the 47th edition of the Copa América, the international men's football championship organised by South America's football ruling body CONMEBOL. The tournament took place in Brazil from 13 June to 10 July 2021.[1] The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020 in Argentina and Colombia as the 2020 Copa América. On 17 March 2020, CONMEBOL announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in South America, the tournament had been postponed for a year, in conjunction with UEFA's decision to also postpone UEFA Euro 2020 to 2021.[2] This was the first time since 1991 where no guest nation took part in the tournament.

On 20 May 2021, Colombia was removed as co-host amid ongoing protests against President Iván Duque Márquez, and Argentina was then removed on 30 May due to COVID-19 issues. The following day CONMEBOL confirmed Brazil as the new host of the tournament.[3]

Hosts Brazil were the title holders, having won their ninth title in 2019, which they also hosted. Argentina won their fifteenth title after defeating Brazil 1–0 in the final, their first senior title since the 1993 edition of the same tournament.[4] They also equalled Uruguay's overall record of Copa América titles.[5]


In March 2017, CONMEBOL reportedly proposed that the Copa América take place in 2020 as part of a calendar change.[6] Following the 2019 edition in Brazil, the quadrennial tournament would move from odd to even years starting in 2020, with the following edition taking place in Ecuador in 2024. This would move the tournament in line with the UEFA European Championship, which is also held in even years with a 2020 edition taking place.[7] Reports suggested that the United States may host the tournament, having previously held the one-off Copa América Centenario in 2016, which celebrated the centenary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América.[8] On 18 September 2018, plans for a calendar change were confirmed by CONMEBOL president Alejandro Domínguez after submitting an official request to FIFA.[9]

On 26 October 2018 at the FIFA Council meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, the request was approved for the Copa América to take place in even years, starting with the 2020 edition.[10] The tournament was originally scheduled to take place between 12 June and 12 July 2020, the same dates as UEFA Euro 2020.[11]

On 13 March 2019, CONMEBOL announced Argentina and Colombia as co-hosts of the 2020 event after the United States bid was rejected.[12][13] It was officially announced the same day when CONMEBOL approved of the joint hosting. It was officially awarded on 9 April 2019 at the CONMEBOL Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[14]

On 20 May 2021, due to security concerns amid protests against the government of President Iván Duque Márquez, Colombia was dropped as co-host of the tournament.[15]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic in South America began impacting football. FIFA announced that the first two rounds of the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, due to take place in March, were postponed,[16] while CONMEBOL temporarily suspended the Copa Libertadores.[17] On 17 March 2020, CONMEBOL announced that the Copa América would be postponed to the following year, taking place from 11 June to 11 July 2021, in order to protect the health and safety of the teams, media, visitors and host cities.[2] On the following day, the Bureau of the FIFA Council approved the date change in the FIFA International Match Calendar. As a result, the expanded FIFA Club World Cup, which was due to take place in June and July 2020, was rescheduled to 2021.[18]

On 22 May 2021, Argentina went under a nine-day lockdown due to soaring COVID-19 cases, which included the suspension of all domestic football.[19][20] On 30 May 2021, CONMEBOL announced that due to the current circumstances in the country, Copa América would be pulled from Argentina, and that they were looking at bids from other countries to host the tournament. This reportedly included a bid from the United States, after that bid was initially rejected.[21][22] It was reported that the Argentine government had made increasing demands for biosecurity protocols that CONMEBOL found unreasonable.[15] On 31 May Brazil was confirmed as the new host.[3]

All matches in the tournament were held behind closed doors,[1][23] except the final, where 10% of Maracanã Stadium's capacity was allowed for guests with a negative COVID-19 test before entering.[24] All delegations, each limited to 65 members, were vaccinated, as were the match officials.[25]


On 1 June 2021, the Brazilian government and Brazilian Football Confederation announced the cities of Brasília, Goiânia, Cuiabá and Rio de Janeiro as the host venues of the competition,[26] with the Maracanã, Mané Garrincha, Pantanal and the Olímpico stadiums used for matches. On 2 June, the CBF decided to use the Nilton Santos as the second stadium in Rio de Janeiro.[27] The government also allocated resources in the federal budget to provide the necessary support for the CONMEBOL's tournament logistics and security.[28] Mané Garrincha hosted the opening match on 13 June,[27] and the final was held at the Maracanã on 10 July.[29]

Rio de Janeiro
Estádio do Maracanã Estádio Nilton Santos
Capacity: 78,838 Capacity: 46,931
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Brasília Cuiabá Goiânia
Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha Arena Pantanal Estádio Olímpico
Capacity: 72,788 Capacity: 44,000 Capacity: 13,500
Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Cuiaba Arena.jpg Estadio-olimpico-pedro-ludovico-teixeira-go-ii.jpg

Original venues[edit]

On 20 November 2019, CONMEBOL published a document confirming eight venues, Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Córdoba, Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza, Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires and Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in La Plata for Argentina and Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero in Cali, Estadio Atanasio Girardot in Medellín, Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla and Estadio El Campín in Bogotá for Colombia. Moreover, Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario in San Juan and Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas in Pereira were also nominated but not confirmed,[30] being finally dismissed.

On 3 December 2019, prior to the draw, it was known that Estadio Único in Santiago del Estero was included as one of the Argentine venues.[31][32]

On 15 March 2021, the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata venue was ruled out as a result of the schedule shortening.[33]

Colombia would have hosted the North Zone group, while Argentina would have hosted the South Zone group. Each country would also have hosted two quarter-finals and one semi-final. The third place match and final would have been played in Colombia.[34]


All ten CONMEBOL national teams participated in the competition, divided into two geographical zones for the group stage.[35]

In June 2019, the CONMEBOL Council officially approved the participation of Australia and Qatar as the two invited teams, who were the previous two winners of the AFC Asian Cup.[36] Australia would have made their debut appearance in the Copa América, while Qatar would be making their second appearance, having participated in the previous edition. However, on 23 February 2021, Football Australia and the Qatar Football Association announced their withdrawal from the tournament, due to the postponement of the remainder of the AFC Second Round of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification to June 2021.[37][38] Following the withdrawals, a CONMEBOL spokesperson said that there was a calendar issue that stopped Australia and Qatar, that he had already seen interest from other national teams to play as guests in their place and that he would like to have 12 teams. The spokesperson added that if no replacements were found, the tournament would be played with 10 teams (for the first time since 1991).[39]


The team allocations of the CONMEBOL members, divided into North Zone and South Zone, were announced on 9 April 2019.[40] The group stage draw was held on 3 December 2019, 19:30 COT (UTC−5), in Cartagena.[41] Original co-hosts Argentina and Colombia were automatically allocated to positions A1 and B1, respectively. After the draw, the zones for the two invited nations and the positions of teams within the groups were as follows:[42]

Group A
(South Zone)
Pos Team
A1  Argentina
A2  Australia
A3  Bolivia
A4  Uruguay
A5  Chile
A6  Paraguay
Group B
(North Zone)
Pos Team
B1  Colombia
B2  Brazil
B3  Qatar
B4  Venezuela
B5  Ecuador
B6  Peru
Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates Group A matches Group B matches
Matchday 1 13–14 June 2021 A1 v A5, A2 v A4, A6 v A3 B1 v B5, B2 v B4, B6 v B3
Matchday 2 17–18 June 2021 A1 v A4, A6 v A2, A5 v A3 B1 v B4, B6 v B2, B5 v B3
Matchday 3 20–21 June 2021 A1 v A6, A2 v A3, A4 v A5 B1 v B6, B2 v B3, B4 v B5
Matchday 4 23–24 June 2021 A2 v A1, A3 v A4, A5 v A6 B2 v B1, B3 v B4, B5 v B6
Matchday 5 27–28 June 2021 A3 v A1, A5 v A2, A4 v A6 B3 v B1, B5 v B2, B4 v B6

On 2 June 2021, Argentina and Brazil were allocated to positions A1 and B1, respectively, in the competition calendar update.[43]


Each team had to submit a list of up to 28 players (expanded from 23), including at least three goalkeepers.[44]

Match officials[edit]

On 21 April 2021, CONMEBOL announced a total of 14 referees, 22 assistant referees, 16 video assistant referees (VAR), and 10 support referees appointed for the tournament.[45][46] This edition featured the participation of a Spanish refereeing team as part of the memorandum of understanding signed by CONMEBOL and UEFA in February 2020, which included a referee exchange programme.[47]

On 5 June 2021, Uruguayan video assistant referees Leodán González and Daniel Fedorczuk were replaced by Andrés Cunha, also from Uruguay. In addition, Juan Soto from Venezuela and Jhon Alexander León from Colombia replaced the video assistant referee Nicolás Gallo and the assistant referee Miguel Roldán respectively, both from Colombia.[48] Nicolás Gallo and Miguel Roldán had previously been suspended indefinitely as a result of their performance in the match between Uruguay and Paraguay valid for the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.[49][50]

Later, Leodán González and Daniel Fedorczuk were summoned again to join the Uruguayan referee team.[citation needed]

Association Referees Assistant referees Video assistant referees Support referees Support assistant referees
 Argentina Néstor Pitana
Patricio Loustau
Ezequiel Brailovsky
Gabriel Chade
Mauro Vigliano
Facundo Tello
Cristian Navarro
 Bolivia Gery Vargas José Antelo
Edwar Saavedra
Ariel Guizada
 Brazil Wilton Sampaio
Raphael Claus
Danilo Manis
Bruno Pires
Wagner Reway
Rafael Traci
Rafael Alves
 Chile Roberto Tobar Christian Schiemann
Claudio Ríos
Julio Bascuñán
Cristián Garay
Ángelo Hermosilla
 Colombia Wilmar Roldán
Andrés Rojas
Alexander Guzmán
Jhon Alexander León
Jhon Ospina Sebastián Vela
 Ecuador Guillermo Guerrero Christian Lescano
Byron Romero
Augusto Aragón
 Paraguay Eber Aquino Eduardo Cardozo
Milciades Saldívar
Derlis López
Juan Gabriel Benítez
José Cuevas
 Peru Víctor Hugo Carrillo Jonny Bossio
Raúl López Cruz
Diego Haro Kevin Ortega
 Spain Jesús Gil Manzano Diego Barbero Sevilla
Ángel Nevado Rodríguez
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
José Luis Munuera Montero
 Uruguay Esteban Ostojich
Leodán González
Carlos Barreiro
Martín Soppi
Andrés Cunha
Daniel Fedorczuk
Andrés Matonte
 Venezuela Alexis Herrera Carlos López
Jorge Urrego
Jesús Valenzuela
Juan Soto
Alberto Ponte

Group stage[edit]

The original schedule and kick-off times for the tournament were announced on 3 December 2019 and 4 March 2020 respectively.[51][52] On 17 March 2020, the tournament was postponed until 2021 and the new schedule was announced on 13 August 2020.[53][54] Following the withdrawals of Qatar and Australia, the schedule was shortened and it was announced on 15 March 2021.[55][56] The final match schedule with Brazil as host country was announced on 2 June 2021.[57]

All match times listed are in BRT (UTC−3), as listed by CONMEBOL. Cuiabá is located in a different time zone, AMT (UTC−4), so the local time is also given.

The top four teams of each group advanced to the quarter-finals.


The ranking of teams in the group stage was determined as follows (Regulations Article 10.6):[44]

  1. Points obtained in all group matches (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat);
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  5. Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
  6. Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  7. Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match):
    • Yellow card: −1 points;
    • Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
    • Direct red card: −4 points;
    • Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;
  8. Drawing of lots.

Group A (South Zone)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Argentina 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5 10 Advance to knockout stage
2  Uruguay 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 7
3  Paraguay 4 2 0 2 5 3 +2 6
4  Chile 4 1 2 1 3 4 −1 5
5  Bolivia 4 0 0 4 2 10 −8 0
Argentina 1–1 Chile
Messi 33' Report Vargas 57'
Paraguay 3–1 Bolivia
Report Saavedra 10' (pen.)

Chile 1–0 Bolivia
Brereton 10' Report

Uruguay 1–1 Chile
Suárez 66' Report Vargas 26'

Bolivia 0–2 Uruguay
Chile 0–2 Paraguay

Uruguay 1–0 Paraguay
Cavani 21' (pen.) Report
Bolivia 1–4 Argentina
Saavedra 60' Report

Group B (North Zone)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil (H) 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 10 Advance to knockout stage
2  Peru 4 2 1 1 5 7 −2 7
3  Colombia 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 4
4  Ecuador 4 0 3 1 5 6 −1 3
5  Venezuela 4 0 2 2 2 6 −4 2
(H) Host
Colombia 1–0 Ecuador
Cardona 42' Report

Colombia 0–0 Venezuela

Colombia 1–2 Peru
Borja 53' (pen.) Report

Ecuador 2–2 Peru
Brazil 2–1 Colombia
Report Díaz 10'

Brazil 1–1 Ecuador
Militão 37' Report Mena 53'

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, if a match was tied after 90 minutes:[44]

  • In the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and third place play-off, extra time would not be played, and the match would be decided by a penalty shoot-out (Regulations Article 9.3).
  • In the final, extra time would be played. If still tied after extra time, the match would be decided by a penalty shoot-out (Regulations Article 9.4).


3 July – Goiânia
6 July – Brasília
 Argentina (p)1 (3)
3 July – Brasília
 Colombia1 (2)
 Uruguay0 (2)
10 July – Rio de Janeiro (Maracanã)
 Colombia (p)0 (4)
2 July – Rio de Janeiro (Nilton Santos)
5 July – Rio de Janeiro (Nilton Santos)
2 July – Goiânia
 Peru0 Third place play-off
 Peru (p)3 (4)
9 July – Brasília
 Paraguay3 (3)


Argentina 3–0 Ecuador


Brazil 1–0 Peru
Paquetá 35' Report

Third place play-off[edit]

Colombia 3–2 Peru


Argentina 1–0 Brazil



Lionel Messi, the best player and the top scorer of the tournament.

There were 65 goals scored in 28 matches, for an average of 2.32 goals per match.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal



The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[59]

Team of the Tournament[edit]

The Team of the Tournament was selected at the conclusion of the competition.[60]

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Argentina Emiliano Martínez

Chile Mauricio Isla
Argentina Cristian Romero
Brazil Marquinhos
Ecuador Pervis Estupiñán

Argentina Rodrigo De Paul
Brazil Casemiro
Peru Yoshimar Yotún

Argentina Lionel Messi
Brazil Neymar
Colombia Luis Díaz

Official song[edit]

A customized version of "La Gozadera" by Cuban duo Gente de Zona was revealed as the official song of the tournament, ahead of its official reveal on 11 May.[61]


Pibe, a brown dog, was selected as the official mascot for the tournament, making it the 14th officially selected mascot in Copa América history.[62]

Broadcasting rights[edit]


Broadcasting rights for South America.[63]

Territory Broadcaster(s) Ref.
Argentina [64][65]
Brazil [68][69]
Chile [70][71][65]
Colombia [72][73][65][74]
Ecuador [75][65]
Paraguay [76][65]
Peru [77][65]
  • La TeleTuya
  • VC Sports

Rest of world[edit]

Territory Broadcaster(s) Ref.
Albania DigitAlb [76]
Australia Optus Sport [79]
Balkans Arena Sport [76]
Canada [80][81][82]
Central America Tigo Sports [76]
China [83][84][85]
Cuba Tele Rebelde [86]
Costa Rica
Cyprus PrimeTel [87]
Czech Republic Digi Sport [76]
Dominican Republic CDN 37 [76]
El Salvador TCS [88]
France L'Équipe [89]
Georgia Adjarasport [76]
Germany [90]
Greece Open TV [91]
Haiti TNH [76]
Hong Kong i-Cable [92]
Hungary ARENA4 [76]
Indonesia [93]
Italy [94][95]
Indian subcontinent Sony Pictures Networks [96]
Israel Charlton [76]
Japan AbemaTV [97]
Kazakhstan Qazsport [76]
  • ICE TV
  • Public Service Media
MENA beIN Sports [98]
Nepal DishHome [101]
Netherlands Ziggo Sport [76]
New Zealand Spark [102]
Nordic countries NENT [103]
Panama [76]
Poland TVP [104]
Portugal Sport TV [76]
Singapore StarHub [76]
Slovakia Digi Sport [76]
South Korea SPOTV [106]
Sri Lanka Dialog TV [76]
Sub-Saharan Africa Canal+ [110]
Suriname SCCN [76]
Tajikistan TV Varzish [76]
Thailand PPTV [111]
Turkey Haber Global [76]
Ukraine MEGOGO [76]
United Kingdom BBC [112]
United States [113][114]
Vietnam Next Media [115]


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