CONMEBOL

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South American Football Confederation
CONMEBOL logo (2017).svg
CONMEBOL member associations map.svg
AbbreviationCONMEBOL
CSF
Formation9 July 1916; 102 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
Ramón Jesurún (1st)
Laureano González (2nd)
Arturo Salah (3rd)
Treasurer
Rolando López
Parent organization
FIFA
Websitewww.conmebol.com

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.

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.[3][4] 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.

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).

History[edit]

The old logo (1989–2017) featured the flags of every member of the confederation

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).

Members[edit]

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

Competitions[edit]

International[edit]

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.

Club[edit]

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 holders[edit]

Competition Champion Title Runner-up Next Edition
Clubs
Copa Libertadores Argentina River Plate 4th Argentina Boca Juniors 2019
Copa Libertadores Femenina Colombia Atlético Huila 1st Brazil Santos 2019
Copa Sudamericana Brazil Atlético Paranaense 1st Colombia Junior 2019
Recopa Sudamericana Brazil Grêmio 2nd Argentina Independiente 2019
Copa Libertadores de Futsal Brazil Carlos Barbosa 5th Paraguay Cerro Porteño 2018
Copa Libertadores Femenina de Futsal Brazil Unochapecó 2nd Paraguay Sport Colonial 2018
U-20 Copa Libertadores Uruguay Nacional 1st Ecuador Independiente del Valle 2020
Copa Libertadores de Beach Soccer Brazil Vitória 1st Brazil Vasco da Gama 2019
Nations Men
Copa América Chile Chile 2nd Argentina Argentina 2019
CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament Argentina Argentina 4th Paraguay Paraguay 2020
South American Under-20 Championship  Uruguay 8th  Ecuador 2021
South American Under-17 Championship  Brazil 12th  Chile 2019
South American Under-15 Championship  Argentina 1st  Brazil 2019
Copa América de Futsal  Brazil 10th  Argentina 2019
FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifiers  Brazil 1st  Argentina 2020
South American Futsal League  Brazil 1st  Argentina 2018
South American Under-20 Futsal Championship  Argentina 1st  Brazil 2018
South American Under-17 Futsal Championship  Brazil 1st  Argentina 2018
Copa América de Beach Soccer  Brazil 2nd  Paraguay 2020
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers  Brazil 6th  Paraguay 2019
South American Beach Soccer League  Brazil 2nd  Paraguay 2019
South American Under-20 Beach Soccer Championship  Brazil 1st  Argentina 2019
Nations Women
Copa América Femenina  Brazil 7th  Chile 2022
South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship Brazil Brazil 8th Paraguay Paraguay 2020
South American Under-17 Women's Football Championship Brazil Brazil 3rd Colombia Colombia 2020
Copa América Femenina de Futsal Brazil Brazil 5th Colombia Colombia 2019
South American Under-20 Women's Futsal Championship Brazil Brazil 1st Colombia Colombia 2018

CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

World Cup participation and results[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champion
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[7]
  • 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

Men's[edit]

Team Uruguay
1930
Italy
1934
France
1938
Brazil
1950
Switzerland
1954
Sweden
1958
Chile
1962
England
1966
Mexico
1970
West Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Spain
1982
Mexico
1986
Italy
1990
United States
1994
France
1998
South Korea
Japan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Russia
2018
Qatar
2022
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 1S 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 TBD 85

Women's[edit]

Team China
1991
Sweden
1995
United States
1999
United States
2003
China
2007
Germany
2011
Canada
2015
France
2019
Total
 Argentina GS GS Q 2
 Bolivia 0
 Brazil GS GS 3rd QF 2nd QF R16 Q 8
 Chile Q 1
 Colombia GS R16 2
 Ecuador GS 1
 Paraguay 0
 Peru 0
 Uruguay 0
 Venezuela 0
Total 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 TBD

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 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
Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Saudi Arabia
1999
Mexico
2001
South Korea
Japan
2003
France
2005
Germany
2009
South Africa
2013
Brazil
2017
Russia
2021
Qatar
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

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 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
Nation 1989
Netherlands
1992
Hong Kong
1996
Spain
2000
Guatemala
2004
Chinese Taipei
2008
Brazil
2012
Thailand
2016
Colombia
2020
Lithuania
Years
 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
Nations 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 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
1995
Brazil
(8)
1996
Brazil
(8)
1997
Brazil
(8)
1998
Brazil
(10)
1999
Brazil
(12)
2000
Brazil
(12)
2001
Brazil
(12)
2002
Brazil
(8)
2003
Brazil
(8)
2004
Brazil
(12)
2005
Brazil
(12)
2006
Brazil
(12)
2007
Brazil
(16)
2008
France
(16)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(16)
2011
Italy
(16)
2013
French Polynesia
(16)
2015
Portugal
(16)
2017
The Bahamas
(16)
2019
Paraguay
(16)
Total Participations
 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 20/20
 Chile R1
9th
1/20
 Ecuador R1
16th
1/20
 Paraguay R1
9th
R1
11th
QF
7th
Q 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 15/20
 Venezuela QF
5th
R1
9th
R1
16th
3/20

Corruption[edit]

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.[8] 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 arrested also.[9]

Leadership[edit]

Executive Committee[edit]

Name Nationality Position
Alejandro Dominguez  Paraguay President[10][11]
Ramón Jesurún  Colombia Vice President[12]
Laureano González  Venezuela 2nd Vice President
Arturo Salah  Chile 3rd Vice President
Jose Astigarraga  Paraguay General secretary[13]

Past presidents[edit]

Headquarters of CONMEBOL in Luque, Paraguay

Rankings[edit]

National teams[edit]

Men's Top FIFA
ranked team

Brazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamColombian national football teamArgentina national football teamColombian national football teamArgentina national football teamUruguayan national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football team
Men's national teams
FIFA Rankings
   Women's national teams
FIFA Rankings
Rank Nation Points Rank Nation Points
3  Brazil 1676 10  Brazil 1964
6  Uruguay 1613 26  Colombia 1700
11  Argentina 1580 36  Argentina 1631
12  Colombia 1573 38  Chile 1601
15  Chile 1559 47  Paraguay 1494
21  Peru 1516 57  Venezuela 1421
29  Venezuela 1484 63  Ecuador 1393
36  Paraguay 1467 65  Peru 1380
59  Ecuador 1378 74  Uruguay 1347
63  Bolivia 1366 91  Bolivia 1232

* Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked
Men's update: 4 April 2019[14]
Women's update: 7 December 2018[15]

Beach soccer national teams[edit]

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[16]

Clubs[edit]

Football Database rankings[edit]

Rank Club Points
17 Brazil Palmeiras 1793
28 Argentina River Plate 1747
33 Argentina Boca Juniors 1731
37 Argentina Racing 1722
43 Brazil Flamengo 1705
44 Argentina Defensa y Justicia 1701
45 Brazil Grêmio 1695
46 Paraguay Olimpia 1688
74 Brazil Athletico Paranaense 1649
76 Brazil Internacional 1644

Last updated: 10 March 2019[17]

IFFHS[edit]

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

Last updated on: 12 March 2019 – [1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spanish pronunciation: [komfeðeɾaˈsjon suðameɾiˈkana ðe ˈfuðβol].
  2. ^ Portuguese pronunciation: [kõfedeɾaˈsɐ̃w ˈsuw.ɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ dʒi futʃʲˈbɔw].
  3. ^ "La eliminatoria más difícil del mundo". ESPN Desportes (in Spanish). 11 October 2011.
  4. ^ Vickery, Tim (18 October 2011). "South American WCQ toughest in world". ESPN.
  5. ^ http://www.conmebol.com/es/colombia-sera-sede-del-campeonato-sudamericano-preolimpico-sub-23-del-2020
  6. ^ Las competiciones oficiales de la CONMEBOL
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "FIFA Officials Face Corruption Charges in US". 2015-05-27.
  9. ^ "Arrest of soccer bosses creates power vacuum at CONMEBOL". 2015-12-04.
  10. ^ "CONMEBOL". FIFA.
  11. ^ "The Executive Committee". CONMEBOL.
  12. ^ "CONMEBOL". FIFA.
  13. ^ "CONMEBOL". FIFA.
  14. ^ The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – Men's Ranking, at FIFA
  15. ^ The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – Women's Ranking, at FIFA
  16. ^ Overall World Ranking – CONMEBOL, at Beach Soccer Worldwide
  17. ^ "World Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". FootballDatabase.

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