|Host country Uruguay|
Fourth place Paraguay
End date February 7, 1942
Goals scored 81
|Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)|
Third place Brazil
Start date 1942
Matches played 21
|Dates January 10 – February 7|
Champion Uruguay national football team
Similar 1947 South American Championship, 1926 South American Championship, 1924 South American Championship, 1955 South American Championship, 1929 South American Championship
The seventeenth edition of the South American Championship was held in Montevideo, Uruguay from January 10 to February 7.
For the first time seven teams took part of the event; the participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.
Bolivia, and Colombia withdrew from the tournament.
The tournament was perhaps most notable for the match between Argentina and Ecuador where Argentina's José Manuel Moreno surpassed the 500-goal mark for goals in Copa América history, scoring 5 in a 12–0 drubbing of Ecuador. As of 2015, the 12-goal difference of that match remains the widest ever in Copa Américas. José Manuel Moreno and Herminio Masantonio of Argentina were joint top scorers of the tournament, with 7 goals each.
Each team played against each of the other teams. Two (2) points where awarded for a win, one (1) point for a draw and no (0) points for a defeat.
Argentina was awarded a victory but with no goals.