CONMEBOL made the 2021 Copa América calendar official on Thursday and introduced new regulatory changes to its powers to avoid unforeseen events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The oldest national team tournament in the world, which for the first time will have double headquarters, will start on June 11 with the duel of co-host Argentina against Chile for Group A at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, according to what was resolved by the council of the South American entity.
While Group B will be opened by the other organizer Colombia against Ecuador on June 12 in Bogotá.
The final will be played on July 10 in Barranquilla. That same day the match for third place will be played in Bogotá.
The Copa América was scheduled for the middle of this year but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The South American leadership introduced modifications to the regulations of the competition in case of contagions in the schools. Each selected player will be able to introduce three changes of players on the roster once the group stage is over. The replacements must come from the provisional roster of 50 players presented by each country before the tournament.
On the other hand, the South American leadership set a deadline until August 20 for the teams participating in the Copa Libertadores to request a change of location.
In this sense, CONMEBOL clarified in a statement that clubs that “cannot guarantee the arrival and departure of visiting teams for any reason (logistics, need to comply with mandatory quarantine, bans on holding events, among others) must request the change of stadium, city or country to play their home games “.
At the same time, the good faith lists of each participant were expanded from 30 to 40 players “so that the teams maintain their levels of competitiveness, in the face of unforeseen events derived from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
However, if a club does not appear to play a match due to lack of players, the match will be considered lost 3-0.