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Football’s Premier Copa America Centenario Moves to the United States
Football or soccer is by far the world’s favourite sport. More than a billion people tuned in to watch the FIFA World Cup finals in 2014. In both North and South America, football produces probably the world’s most passionate fans.
The Copa America Centenario, referred to most often as the 2016 American Centennial Cup, is a scheduled international football tournament due to be held in the United States in 2016. The competition is a celebration of the centenary of the football association of South America and the federation for North and Central America and the Caribbean. The 2016 edition of the holding of this tournament will be the first to be held outside of South America.
The Tournament is a Celebration of 100 Years of South America Federation
The Cope America Centenario will be held as part of an agreement between the two football federations to hold a special edition of Copa America. It will be the 45th tournament since the inception of the Copa America in 1916, and held between the usual four-year cycle. It will feature an expanded field of sixteen teams, which is an increase from the usual twelve. Ten teams will come from the South American federation, and six teams from the North and Central American and Caribbean federation.
In February 2012 the then acting President of the South American federation announced that the competition would be expected to take place as a celebration of the centenary of the forming of that federation. He wanted this edition of the Copa America to be a really big event. The announcement was confirmed by the North and Central federation, and in September 2014 FIFA announced that the tournament had been added to the FIFA International Match calendar. This means that clubs must release any players who are called up to play for their country in the competition. A new trophy will be created for this edition of the tournament, and was to be unveiled in July 2015, but unfortunately no trophy was unveiled during the FIFA corruption scandal.
Both the United States and Mexico were potential hosts of at least one stage of the Cope America Centenario competition in the United States, but in 2014 it was announced that the United States was the preferred choice, and the tournament would take place during the month of June 2016. It was agreed that the infrastructure and venues would be suitable for the competition. Twenty four cities in the United States are bidding for the hosting of matches.
Many Opportunities for Soccer betting
With so many games being played all the time, punters are really spoilt for choice. In South America, each member country of the federation has its own football league system, so there are matches being played every weekend in every country. Clubs playing in each league compete for the title of club champion. With so many chances of placing a bet, the payouts can be enormous. Many people taking part means larger winnings.
There are many kinds of bet the punter can place, from the winners in a competition, to the number of goals scored, whether there was a win, loss or a draw, or even the number of yellow or red cards distributed during the game. These days, with the increase and convenience of online betting, all the wagers can be placed from one’s own home.