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10 member associations

Region served
South America

9 July 1916; 100 years ago (1916-07-09)

Federation of national associations

Luque (Gran Asunción), Paraguay

Concacaf jugando en conmebol

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL, /ˈkɒnmbɒl/; Spanish: Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol; Portuguese: Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol or CSF) is the continental governing body of association football in South America (apart from Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana) and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asunción. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member football associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.


CONMEBOL Status of the Bolivian Football Federation Conmebolcom

CONMEBOL national teams have won nine FIFA World Cups (Brazil five, Uruguay two and Argentina two), and CONMEBOL clubs have won 22 Intercontinental Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups. Argentina and Uruguay have won two Olympic gold medals each, Brazil has won one Olympic gold medal. It is considered one of the strongest confederations in the world.


The World Cup qualifiers of CONMEBOL have been described as the "toughest qualifiers in the world", for their simple round-robin system, entry of some of the top national teams in the world, leveling of the weaker national teams, climate conditions, geographic conditions, strong home stands and passionate supporters. Currently, the Confederation is planning to create the first women's qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup to replace the Copa América Femenina.

CONMEBOL History of the qualifiers Conmebolcom

Juan Ángel Napout was the president of CONMEBOL until December 3, 2015 when he was arrested in a raid in Switzerland as part of the U.S. Justice Department's widening bribery case involving FIFA. Wilmar Valdez (Uruguay) was interim president until January 26, 2016 when Alejandro Domínguez (Paraguay) was elected president. The first and second vice-presidents are Ramón Jesurum (Colombia) and Laureano González (Venezuela).

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In 1916, the first edition of the "Campeonato Sudamericano de Fútbol" (South-American Football Championship), now known as the "Copa América", was contested in Argentina to commemorate the centenary of the Argentine Declaration of Independence. The four participating associations of that tournament gathered together in order to officially create a governing body to facilitate the organization of the tournament. Thus, CONMEBOL was founded on July 9, 1916, Argentine Independence Day, under the initiative of Uruguayan Héctor Rivadavia Gómez, but approved by the football associations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The constitutional congress on December 15 of that same year ratified the decision.

Over the years, the other football associations in South America joined, with the last being Venezuela in 1952. Guyana, Suriname, and the French overseas department of French Guiana, while geographically in South America, are not part of CONMEBOL. Consisting of a French territory, a former British territory, and a former Dutch territory, and located near the Caribbean Sea, they are part of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), mainly due to historical, cultural, and sporting reasons. With ten member nations, CONMEBOL is the smallest and the only fully continental land-based FIFA confederation (no insular countries or associates from different continents).


The main competition for men's national teams is the Copa América, started in 1916. CONMEBOL also runs national competitions at Under-20, Under-17 and Under-15 levels. For women's national teams, CONMEBOL operates the Copa América Femenina for senior national sides, as well as Under-20 and Under-17 championships.

In futsal there is the Copa América de Futsal and Campeonato Sudamericano de Futsal Sub-20. The Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino de Futsal is the women's equivalent to the man's tournament.


CONMEBOL also runs the two main club competitions in South America: the Copa Libertadores was first held in 1960 and the Copa Sudamericana was launched by CONMEBOL in 2002 as an indirect successor to the Supercopa Libertadores (begun in 1988). A third competition, the Copa CONMEBOL, started in 1992 and was abolished in 1999. In women's football CONMEBOL also conducts the Copa Libertadores Femenina for club teams. The competition was first held in 2009.

The Recopa Sudamericana pits the past year's winners of the Copa Libertadores against the winners of the Copa Sudamericana (previously the winners of the Supercopa Libertadores), and came into being in 1989.

The Intercontinental Cup was jointly organised with UEFA between the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League winners.

World Cup participation and results

  • 1st – Champion
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third Place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • R2 – Second round (for the 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages)
  • GS – Group Stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •     — Hosts
  • FIFA Confederations Cup

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Copa América or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
  •    — Hosts
  • FIFA Futsal World Cup

  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • R2 — Round 2 (1989–2008, second group stage, top 8; 2012–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Hosts
  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1999–2001, 2004–present)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •     — Hosts
  • Corruption

    On 27 May 2015, several CONMEBOL leaders were arrested in Zürich, Switzerland by Swiss police, and indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of corruption, money laundering, and racketeering. Those swept up in the operation include former CONMEBOL Presidents Eugenio Figueredo and Nicolás Léoz and several football federations presidents such as Carlos Chavez and Sergio Jadue. On 3 December 2015, the CONMEBOL President Juan Ángel Napout was arrested also.

    CONMEBOL presidents

  • 1916–1936 Héctor Rivadavia Gómez
  • 1936–1939 Luis O. Salesi
  • 1939–1955 Luis Valenzuela Hermosilla
  • 1955–1957 Carlos Dittborn Pinto
  • 1957–1959 José Ramos de Freitas
  • 1959–1961 Fermín Sorhueta
  • 1961–1966 Raúl H. Colombo
  • 1966–1986 Teófilo Salinas Fuller
  • 1986–2013 Nicolás Léoz
  • 2013–2014 Eugenio Figueredo
  • 2014–2015 Juan Ángel Napout
  • 2015–2016 Wilmar Valdez (interim - 2 months)
  • 2016 Alejandro Domínguez
  • National teams

  • Last updates:
  • Men's national teams: 24 November 2016
  • Women's national teams: 10 July 2015
  • Football Database Rankings

    Last updated: 18 December 2016


    Last updated on: January 7, 2016 – [1]


    CONMEBOL Wikipedia