CONMEBOL

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL, /ˈkɒnmɪbɒl/; Spanish: Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol;[1] Portuguese: Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol[2] or CSF) is the continental governing body of 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.

South American Football Confederation
CONMEBOL logo (2017).svg
CONMEBOL member associations map.svg
AbbreviationCONMEBOL
CSF
Formation9 July 1916; 103 years ago (1916-07-09)
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersLuque (Gran Asunción), Paraguay
Coordinates25°15′38″S 57°30′58″W / 25.26056°S 57.51611°W / -25.26056; -57.51611
Region served
South America
Membership
10 member associations
Official languages
Spanish, Portuguese
Alejandro Domínguez
Vice Presidents
Laureano González (1st)
Claudio Tapia (2nd)
Arturo Salah (3rd)
Treasurer
Rolando López
Parent organization
FIFA
Websitewww.conmebol.com

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, and 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.[3][4] Currently,[when?] the Confederation is planning to create the first women's qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup to replace the Copa América Femenina.

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

HistoryEdit

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 Buenos Aires in order to officially create a governing body to facilitate the organization of the tournament. Thus, CONMEBOL was founded on 9 July 1916 under the initiative of Uruguayan Héctor Rivadavia Gómez, but approved by the football associations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The first Constitutional Congress on 15 December of that same year, which took place in Montevideo, 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, 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).

LeadershipEdit

Executive CommitteeEdit

Name Nationality Position
Alejandro Dominguez   Paraguay President[5][6]
Ramón Jesurún   Colombia Vice President[7]
Laureano González   Venezuela 2nd Vice President
Arturo Salah   Chile 3rd Vice President
Jose Astigarraga   Paraguay General secretary[8]

Past presidentsEdit

 
Headquarters of CONMEBOL in Luque, Paraguay

MembersEdit

 
Countries that are members of CONMEBOL
Code Association Founded Joined National team Top division
ARG   Argentina 1893 1916 (M, W) Superliga Argentina
BOL   Bolivia 1925 1926 (M, W) División Profesional
BRA   Brazil 1914 1916 (M, W) Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
CHI   Chile 1895 1916 (M, W) Primera División
COL   Colombia 1924 1936 (M, W) Primera A
ECU   Ecuador 1925 1927 (M, W) Serie A
PAR   Paraguay 1906 1921 (M, W) División Profesional
PER   Peru 1922 1925 (M, W) Primera División
URU   Uruguay 1900 1916 (M, W) Primera División
VEN   Venezuela 1926 1952 (M, W) Primera División

CompetitionsEdit

CONMEBOL competitionsEdit


InternationalEdit

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.

ClubEdit

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.

Current title holdersEdit

Competition Champion Title Runner-up Next Edition
National teams (Men)
Copa América   Brazil 9th   Peru 2020
CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament   Argentina 5th   Brazil 2024
South American Under-20 Championship   Ecuador 1st   Argentina 2021
South American Under-17 Championship   Argentina 4th   Chile 2021
South American Under-15 Championship   Brazil 5th   Argentina 2021
Copa América de Futsal   Brazil 10th   Argentina 2020
FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifiers   Brazil 1st   Argentina 2020
South American Futsal League   Brazil 1st   Argentina 2020
South American Under-20 Futsal Championship   Brazil 7th   Argentina 2020
South American Under-17 Futsal Championship   Brazil 2nd   Argentina 2020
Copa América de Beach Soccer   Brazil 2nd   Paraguay 2020
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers   Brazil 7th   Uruguay 2021
South American Beach Soccer League   Brazil 2nd   Paraguay 2020
South American Under-20 Beach Soccer Championship   Argentina 1st   Brazil 2021
National teams (Women)
Copa América Femenina   Brazil 7th   Chile 2022
South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship   Brazil 8th   Paraguay 2020
South American Under-17 Women's Football Championship   Brazil 3rd   Colombia 2020
Copa América Femenina de Futsal   Brazil 6th   Argentina 2021
South American Under-20 Women's Futsal Championship   Brazil 2nd   Colombia 2020
Clubs (Men)
Copa Libertadores   Flamengo 2nd   River Plate 2020
Copa Sudamericana   Independiente del Valle 1st   Colón 2020
Recopa Sudamericana   Flamengo 1st   Independiente del Valle 2021
U-20 Copa Libertadores   Independiente del Valle 1st   River Plate 2022
Copa Libertadores de Futsal   Carlos Barbosa 5th   Cerro Porteño 2020
Copa Libertadores de Beach Soccer   Vasco da Gama 3rd   Cerro Porteño 2020
Clubs (Women)
Copa Libertadores Femenina   Corinthians 1st   Ferroviária 2020
Copa Libertadores Femenina de Futsal   Cianorte 1st   Independiente 2020

RankingsEdit

National teamsEdit

Top ranked men's national teamsEdit

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Men's national teams
FIFA Rankings
   Women's national teams
FIFA Rankings
Rank Nation Points Rank Nation Points
3   Brazil 1712 8   Brazil 1958
5   Uruguay 1645 25   Colombia 1700
9   Argentina 1623 32   Argentina 1659
10   Colombia 1622 37   Chile 1640
17   Chile 1579 48   Paraguay 1490
21   Peru 1544 57   Venezuela 1425
25   Venezuela 1517 65   Peru 1376
41   Paraguay 1461 73   Uruguay 1346
63   Ecuador 1368 91   Bolivia 1236
75   Bolivia 1324 *   Ecuador

* Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked
Men's update: 20 February 2020[11]
Women's update: 27 March 2020[12]

ClubsEdit

Football Database rankingsEdit

Rank Club Points
11   Flamengo 1860
22   Boca Juniors 1770
24   Palmeiras 1751
32   River Plate 1722
36   Grêmio 1718
37   Santos 1715
45   Racing 1692
57   Athletico Paranaense 1670
60   Olimpia 1663
77   Internacional 1643

Last updated: 5 April 2020[13]

IFFHSEdit

Zonal
Ranking
IFFHS
Ranking
Club Points
1 6   Palmeiras 264
2 7   Junior 262
3 8   River Plate 261
4 10   Santa Fe 237
5 11   Grêmio 234
6 13   Atlético Nacional 229
7 22   Boca Juniors 200
8 23   Cruzeiro 197
9 36   Nacional 184
10 41   Athletico Paranaense 178

Last updated on: 12 March 2019 – [1]

Beach soccer national teamsEdit

Men's national teams
BSWW Rankings
Rank Nation Points
1   Brazil 3613
8   Paraguay 1467
18   Ecuador 710
23   Argentina 571
28   Chile 511
30   Uruguay 494
35   Peru 378
36   Venezuela 364
40   Colombia 276
44   Bolivia 228

Men's update: 23 September 2018[14]

Major tournamentsEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champion
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[15]
  • 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

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

FIFA World CupEdit

Team 1930
 
(13)
1934
 
(16)
1938
 
(15)
1950
 
(13)
1954
 
(16)
1958
 
(16)
1962
 
(16)
1966
 
(16)
1970
 
(16)
1974
 
(16)
1978
 
(16)
1982
 
(24)
1986
 
(24)
1990
 
(24)
1994
 
(24)
1998
 
(32)
2002
 
 
(32)
2006
 
(32)
2010
 
(32)
2014
 
(32)
2018
 
(32)
2022
 
(32)
2026
 
 
 
(48)
Total
  Argentina 2nd 1S GS GS QF R2 1st R2 1st 2nd R16 QF GS QF QF 2nd R16 17
  Bolivia GS GS GS 3
  Brazil GS 1S 3rd 2nd QF 1st 1st GS 1st 4th 3rd R2 QF R16 1st 2nd 1st QF QF 4th QF 21
  Chile GS GS 3rd GS GS GS R16 R16 R16 9
  Colombia GS R16 GS GS QF R16 6
  Ecuador GS R16 GS 3
  Paraguay GS GS GS R16 R16 R16 GS QF 8
  Peru GS QF R2 GS GS 5
  Uruguay 1st 1st 4th GS QF 4th GS R16 R16 GS 4th R16 QF 13
  Venezuela 0
Total 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 5 4
or
5
TBD 85

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

Team 1991
 
(12)
1995
 
(12)
1999
 
(16)
2003
 
(16)
2007
 
(16)
2011
 
(16)
2015
 
(24)
2019
 
(24)
2023
TBA
(32)
Total
  Argentina GS GS GS 3
  Bolivia 0
  Brazil GS GS 3rd QF 2nd QF R16 R16 8
  Chile GS 1
  Colombia GS R16 2
  Ecuador GS 1
  Paraguay 0
  Peru 0
  Uruguay 0
  Venezuela 0
Total 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 TBD

Olympic Games for menEdit

Team 1900
 
(3)
1904
 
(3)
1908
 
(6)
1912
 
(11)
1920
 
(14)
1924
 
(22)
1928
 
(17)
1936
 
(16)
1948
 
(18)
1952
 
(25)
1956
 
(11)
1960
 
(16)
1964
 
(14)
1968
 
(16)
1972
 
(16)
1976
 
(13)
1980
 
(16)
1984
 
(16)
1988
 
(16)
1992
 
(16)
1996
 
(16)
2000
 
(16)
2004
 
(16)
2008
 
(16)
2012
 
(16)
2016
 
(16)
2020
 
(16)
Total
  Argentina 2 7 10 8 2 1 1 11 q 9
  Brazil =5 6 9 13 13 4 2 2 3 7 3 2 1 q 14
  Chile 17 =17 7 3 4
  Colombia 10 11 11 14 6 5
  Paraguay 7 2 2
  Peru 5 11 2
  Uruguay 1 1 9 3
  Venezuela 12 1
Total 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 2 0 3 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2

Olympic Games for womenEdit

Team 1996
 
(8)
2000
 
(8)
2004
 
(10)
2008
 
(12)
2012
 
(12)
2016
 
(12)
2020
 
(12)
Total
  Argentina =11 1
  Brazil 4 4 2 2 6 4 q 7
  Colombia 11 11 2
Total 1 1 1 2 2 2

FIFA U-20 World CupEdit

Team 1977
 
(16)
1979
 
(16)
1981
 
(16)
1983
 
(16)
1985
 
(16)
1987
 
(16)
1989
 
(16)
1991
 
(16)
1993
 
(16)
1995
 
(16)
1997
 
(24)
1999
 
(24)
2001
 
(24)
2003
 
(24)
2005
 
(24)
2007
 
(24)
2009
 
(24)
2011
 
(24)
2013
 
(24)
2015
 
(24)
2017
 
(24)
2019
 
(24)
2021
 
(24)
Total
  Argentina 1st R1 2nd QF R1 1st 1st R2 1st 4th 1st 1st QF R1 R1 R2 16
  Brazil 3rd QF 1st 1st QF 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd QF QF QF 1st 3rd R2 2nd 1st 2nd 18
  Chile 4th R1 R1 R2 3rd QF 6
  Colombia QF R1 QF R1 3rd R2 QF R2 R2 QF 10
  Ecuador R2 R2 R1 3rd 4
  Paraguay R1 QF R1 R1 R2 4th R2 R2 R2 9
  Uruguay 4th 3rd QF QF R1 QF 2nd 4th R2 R2 R1 2nd R2 4th R2 15
  Venezuela R2 2nd 2
Total 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4

FIFA U-20 Women's World CupEdit

Team 2002
 
(12)
2004
 
(12)
2006
 
(16)
2008
 
(16)
2010
 
(16)
2012
 
(16)
2014
 
(16)
2016
 
(16)
2018
 
(16)
2020
 
 
(16)
Total
  Argentina GS GS GS 3
  Brazil 4th 4th 3rd QF GS GS GS QF GS 9
  Chile GS 1
  Colombia 4th 1
  Paraguay GS GS 2
  Venezuela GS 1
Total 1 1 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 19

FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

Team 1985
 
(16)
1987
 
(16)
1989
 
(16)
1991
 
(16)
1993
 
(16)
1995
 
(16)
1997
 
(16)
1999
 
(16)
2001
 
(16)
2003
 
(16)
2005
 
(16)
2007
 
(24)
2009
 
(24)
2011
 
(24)
2013
 
(24)
2015
 
(24)
2017
 
(24)
2019
 
(24)
2021
 
(24)
Total
  Argentina R1 QF 3rd R1 3rd QF 4th 3rd QF R2 R2 4th R1 R2 14
  Bolivia R1 R1 2
  Brazil 3rd R1 QF QF 2nd 1st 1st QF 1st 2nd R2 R1 4th QF QF 3rd 1st 17
  Chile 3rd R1 R2 R1 R2 5
  Colombia R1 R1 4th R2 4th R2 6
  Ecuador R1 QF R2 QF R2 5
  Paraguay QF R1 R1 R2 QF 5
  Peru R1 QF q 3
  Uruguay R1 QF R1 QF 2nd QF 6
  Venezuela R1 1
Total 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 4 5 5
    • Note 1: Original hosts Peru were stripped of the right to host the 2019 event in February 2019.[16]

FIFA U-17 Women's World CupEdit

Team 2008
 
(16)
2010
 
(16)
2012
 
(16)
2014
 
(16)
2016
 
(16)
2018
 
(16)
2020
 
(16)
Total
  Brazil R1 QF QF GS GS 5
  Chile R1 1
  Colombia R1 R1 GS GS 4
  Paraguay R1 GS GS 3
  Uruguay R1 GS 2
  Venezuela R1 4th 4th 3
Total 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 21

FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

Team 1989
 
(16)
1992
 
(16)
1996
 
(16)
2000
 
(16)
2004
 
(16)
2008
 
(20)
2012
 
(24)
2016
 
(24)
2020
 
(24)
Total
  Argentina R2 R2 R1 R2 4th R2 QF 1st 8
  Brazil 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st R2 8
  Colombia 4th R2 2
  Paraguay R2 R1 R1 R2 R2 QF 6
  Uruguay R2 R1 R1 3
Total 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4

FIFA Beach Soccer World CupEdit

Team 1995
 
(8)
1996
 
(8)
1997
 
(8)
1998
 
(10)
1999
 
(12)
2000
 
(12)
2001
 
(12)
2002
 
(8)
2003
 
(8)
2004
 
(12)
2005
 
(12)
2006
 
(12)
2007
 
(16)
2008
 
(16)
2009
 
(16)
2011
 
(16)
2013
 
(16)
2015
 
(16)
2017
 
(16)
2019
 
(16)
2021
 
(16)
Total
  Argentina R1
7th
R1
8th
4th R1
8th
R1
10th
3rd R1
8th
QF
7th
QF
8th
QF
5th
R1
11th
QF
5th
R1
9th
R1
11th
QF
8th
R1
12th
16/20
  Brazil 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd QF
5th
1st QF
5th
20/20
  Chile R1
9th
1/20
  Ecuador R1
16th
1/20
  Paraguay R1
9th
R1
11th
QF
7th
R1
10th
4/20
  Peru 4th 4th 2nd QF
7th
R1
9th
5/20
  Uruguay R1
6th
2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd R1
9th
R1
11th
3rd R1
5th
QF
6th
QF
5th
2nd 3rd QF
7th
4th QF
7th
15/20
  Venezuela QF
5th
R1
9th
R1
16th
3/20
Total 3 3 3 5 3 5 5 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 TBD

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Team 1992
 
(4)
1995
 
(6)
1997
 
(8)
1999
 
(8)
2001
 
 
(8)
2003
 
(8)
2005
 
(8)
2009
 
(8)
2013
 
(8)
2017
 
(8)
Total
  Argentina 1st 2nd × 2nd 3
  Bolivia GS 1
  Brazil × 1st 2nd 4th GS 1st 1st 1st 7
  Chile 2nd 1
  Colombia 4th 1
  Uruguay 4th 4th 2
Total 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 1

CorruptionEdit

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.[17] Those swept up in the operation include former CONMEBOL presidents Eugenio Figueredo and Nicolás Léoz and several football federations presidents such as Carlos Chávez and Sergio Jadue. On 3 December 2015, the CONMEBOL President Juan Ángel Napout was also arrested.[18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spanish pronunciation: [komfeðeɾaˈsjon suðameɾiˈkana ðe ˈfuðβol].
  2. ^ Portuguese pronunciation: [kõfedeɾaˈsɐ̃w ˈsuw.ɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ dʒi futʃʲˈbɔw].
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  14. ^ Overall World Ranking – CONMEBOL, at Beach Soccer Worldwide
  15. ^ There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
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  17. ^ "FIFA Officials Face Corruption Charges in US". 27 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Arrest of soccer bosses creates power vacuum at CONMEBOL". Associated Press. 4 December 2015.

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