CONMEBOL

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL, /ˈkɒnmɪbɒl/, or CSF; Spanish: Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol;[lower-alpha 1] Portuguese: Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol[lower-alpha 2]) 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
AbbreviationCONMEBOL
CSF
Formation9 July 1916 (1916-07-09)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersLuque (Gran Asunción), Paraguay
Coordinates25°15′38″S 57°30′58″W
Region served
South America
Membership
10 member associations
Official languages
Spanish
Portuguese
President
Alejandro Domínguez
Vice Presidents
Laureano González (1st)
Claudio Tapia (2nd)
Arturo Salah (3rd)
Treasurer
Rolando López
Parent organization
FIFA
Websitehttp://www.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.[1][2]

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

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).

Leadership

Executive committee

Name Nationality Position
Alejandro Dominguez  Paraguay President[3][4]
Ramón Jesurún  Colombia Vice President[5]
Laureano González  Venezuela 2nd Vice President
Arturo Salah  Chile 3rd Vice President
José Astigarraga  Paraguay General Secretary[6]

Past presidents

Headquarters of CONMEBOL in Luque, Paraguay
  • 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–present Alejandro Domínguez

Members

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) Liga 1
URU  Uruguay 1900 1916 (M, W) Primera División
VEN  Venezuela 1926 1952 (M, W) Primera División

Competitions

CONMEBOL competitions

International

The main competition for men's national teams is the Copa América, which 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 men's tournament.

Club

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

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men's)
Copa América 2019  Brazil 9th  Peru 2021
Pre-Olympic Tournament 2020 Argentina 5th Brazil 2024
U-20 Championship 2019  Ecuador 1st  Argentina 2021
U-17 Championship 2019  Argentina 4th  Chile 2021
U-15 Championship 2019  Brazil 5th  Argentina 2021
Copa América de Futsal 2017  Brazil 10th  Argentina 2020
Futsal World Cup qualifiers 2020  Argentina 1st  Brazil 2024
U-20 Futsal Championship 2018  Brazil 7th  Argentina 2020
U-17 Futsal Championship 2018  Brazil 2nd  Argentina 2020
Copa América de Beach Soccer 2018  Brazil 2nd  Paraguay 2020
Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers 2019  Brazil 7th  Uruguay 2021
Beach Soccer League 2018  Brazil 2nd  Paraguay 2019
U-20 Beach Soccer Championship 2019  Argentina 1st  Brazil 2021
National teams (Women's)
Copa América Femenina 2018  Brazil 7th  Chile 2022
U-20 Women's Championship 2018 Brazil 8th Paraguay 2020
U-17 Women's Championship 2018 Brazil 3rd Colombia 2020 (Nov.)
Copa América Femenina de Futsal 2019 Brazil 6th Argentina 2021
U-20 Women's Futsal Championship 2018 Brazil 2nd Colombia 2020
Club teams (Men's)
Copa Libertadores 2020 Palmeiras 2nd Santos 2021
Copa Sudamericana 2020 Defensa y Justicia 1st Lanús 2021
Recopa Sudamericana 2020 Flamengo 1st Independiente del Valle 2021
U-20 Copa Libertadores 2020 Independiente del Valle 1st River Plate 2022
Copa Libertadores de Futsal 2019 Carlos Barbosa 5th Cerro Porteño 2020
Copa Libertadores de Beach Soccer 2019 Vasco da Gama 3rd Cerro Porteño 2020
Club teams (Women's)
Copa Libertadores Femenina 2019 Corinthians 1st Ferroviária 2020
Copa Libertadores Femenina de Futsal 2019 Cianorte 1st Independiente 2020

FIFA world rankings

Top ranked men's national teams

Argentina national football teamArgentina national football teamArgentina national football teamUruguayan national football teamArgentina national football teamArgentina national football teamArgentina national football teamArgentina national football teamArgentina national football team
Men's national teams
FIFA Rankings
  Women's national teams
FIFA Rankings
RankNationPointsRankNationPoints
3 Brazil17438 Brazil1958
7 Argentina164225 Colombia1700
8 Uruguay163932 Argentina1659
15 Colombia160137 Chile1640
17 Chile156748 Paraguay1490
25 Peru151257 Venezuela1425
28 Venezuela150165 Peru1376
35 Paraguay147673 Uruguay1346
57 Ecuador140991 Bolivia1236
79 Bolivia1307* Ecuador

* Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked
Men's update: 18 February 2021[9]
Women's update: 27 March 2020[10]

Football Database rankings

Rank Club Points
11 Flamengo1860
22 Boca Juniors1770
24 Palmeiras1751
32 River Plate1722
36 Grêmio1718
37 Santos1715
45 Racing1692
57 Athletico Paranaense1670
60 Olimpia1663
77 Internacional1643

Last updated: 5 April 2020[11]

IFFHS

Zonal
Ranking
IFFHS
Ranking
Club Points
16 Palmeiras264
27 Junior262
38 River Plate261
410 Santa Fe237
511 Grêmio234
613 Atlético Nacional229
722 Boca Juniors200
823 Cruzeiro197
936 Nacional184
1041 Athletico Paranaense178

Last updated on: 12 March 2019 

Beach soccer national teams

Men's national teams
BSWW Rankings
RankNationPoints
1 Brazil3613
8 Paraguay1467
18 Ecuador710
23 Argentina571
28 Chile511
30 Uruguay494
35 Peru378
36 Venezuela364
40 Colombia276
44 Bolivia228

Men's update: 23 September 2018[12]

Major tournament records

Legend
  • 1st – Champion
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[13]
  • 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 Cup

FIFA World Cup record
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)
Years
CONMEBOL qualifier / 1934 1938 1950 1954 1958 1962 1966 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2022 2026
 Argentina2nd1SGSGSQFR21stR21st2ndR16QFGSQFQF2ndR16 17
 BoliviaGSGSGS 3
 BrazilGS1S3rd2ndQF1st1stGS1st4th3rdR2QFR161st2nd1stQFQF4thQF 21
 ChileGSGS3rdGSGSGSR16R16R16 9
 ColombiaGSR16GSGSQFR16 6
 EcuadorGSR16GS 3
 ParaguayGSGSGSR16R16R16GSQF 8
 PeruGSQFR2GSGS 5
 Uruguay1st1st4thGSQF4thGSR16R16GS4thR16QF 13
 Venezuela 0
Total (9 teams)7215235434344445545654
or
5
TBD85

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Team1991

(12)
1995

(12)
1999

(16)
2003

(16)
2007

(16)
2011

(16)
2015

(24)
2019

(24)
2023


(32)
Years
 ArgentinaGSGSGS 3
 Bolivia 0
 BrazilGSGS3rdQF2ndQFR16R16 8
 ChileGS 1
 ColombiaGSR16 2
 EcuadorGS 1
 Paraguay 0
 Peru 0
 Uruguay 0
 Venezuela 0
Total (5 teams)111222333

Olympic Games For Men

Olympic Games (Men's tournament) record
Team1900

(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)
2021

(16)
Years
 Argentina2710821111q 9
 Brazil=569131342237321q 14
 Chile17=1773 4
 Colombia101111146 5
 Paraguay72 2
 Peru511 2
 Uruguay119 3
 Venezuela12 1
Total (8 teams) 000001310203222122222222232

Olympic Games For Women

Olympic Games (Women's tournament) record
Team1996

(8)
2000

(8)
2004

(10)
2008

(12)
2012

(12)
2016

(12)
2021

(12)
Years
 Argentina=11 1
 Brazil442264q 7
 Colombia1111 2
Total (3 teams)1112221 or 2

Copa América Femenina

Copa América Femenina record
Team
(Total 10 teams)
1991

(3)
1995

(5)
1998

(10)
2003

(10)
2006

(10)
2010

(10)
2014

(10)
2018

(10)
2022
TBD
(10)
Years
 Argentina 2nd2nd2nd1st4th4th3rd 7
 Bolivia 5thGSGSGSGSGSGS 7
 Brazil 1st1st1st1st2nd1st1st1st 8
 Chile 2nd3rdGSGSGS3rdGS2nd 8
 Colombia GS3rdGS2nd2nd4th 6
 Ecuador 4th4thGSGSGS3rdGS 7
 Paraguay GSGS4thGSGSGS 6
 Peru 3rd4thGSGSGSGS 6
 Uruguay GSGS3rdGSGSGS 6
 Venezuela 3rdGSGSGSGSGSGS 7

FIFA U-20 World Cup

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
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)
Years
 Argentina 1stR12ndQFR11st1stR21st4th1st1stQFR1R1R2 16
 Brazil 3rdQF1st1stQF3rd2nd1st2ndQFQFQF1st3rdR22nd1st2nd 18
 Chile 4thR1R1R23rdQF 6
 Colombia QFR1QFR13rdR2QFR2R2QF 10
 Ecuador R2R2R13rd 4
 Paraguay R1QFR1R1R24thR2R2R2 9
 Uruguay 4th3rdQFQFR1QF2nd4thR2R2R12ndR24thR2 15
 Venezuela R22nd 2
Total (8 teams)33333333334454444544444

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Team 2002

(12)
2004

(12)
2006

(16)
2008

(16)
2010

(16)
2012

(16)
2014

(16)
2016

(16)
2018

(16)
2021


(16)
Years
 Argentina GSGSGS 3
 Brazil 4th4th3rdQFGSGSGSQFGS 9
 Chile GS 1
 Colombia 4th 1
 Paraguay GSGS 2
 Venezuela GS 1
Total (6 teams)1123222222 19

FIFA U-17 World Cup

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
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)
Years
 Argentina R1QF3rdR13rdQF4th3rdQFR2R24thR1R2 14
 Bolivia R1R1 2
 Brazil 3rdR1QFQF2nd1st1stQF1st2ndR2R14thQFQF3rd1st 17
 Chile 3rdR1R2R1R2 5
 Colombia R1R14thR24thR2 6
 Ecuador R1QFR2QFR2 5
 Paraguay QFR1R1R2QF 5
 Peru R1QFq 3
 Uruguay R1QFR1QF2ndQF 6
 Venezuela R1 1
Total (10 teams)3333333333344445455
    • Note 1: Original hosts Peru were stripped of the right to host the 2019 event in February 2019.[14]

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Team 2008

(16)
2010

(16)
2012

(16)
2014

(16)
2016

(16)
2018

(16)
2022

(16)
Years
 Brazil R1QFQFGSGS 5
 Chile R1 1
 Colombia R1R1GSGS 4
 Paraguay R1GSGS 3
 Uruguay R1GS 2
 Venezuela R14th4th 3
Total (6 teams )3333333 21

FIFA Futsal World Cup

FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Team 1989

(16)
1992

(16)
1996

(16)
2000

(16)
2004

(16)
2008

(20)
2012

(24)
2016

(24)
2021

(24)
Years
 ArgentinaR2R2R1R24thR2QF1st 8
 Brazil1st1st1st2nd3rd1st1stR2 8
 Colombia4thR2 2
 ParaguayR2R1R1R2R2QF 6
 UruguayR2R1R1 3
Total (5 teams)333334444

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
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)
Years
 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 (8 teams)333535532433333333333

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Team 1992

(4)
1995

(6)
1997

(8)
1999

(8)
2001


(8)
2003

(8)
2005

(8)
2009

(8)
2013

(8)
2017

(8)
Years
 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 (6 teams)1122122121

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.[15] 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.[16]

See also

Notes

  1. Spanish pronunciation: [koɱfeðeɾaˈsjon suðameɾiˈkana ðe ˈfuðβol].
  2. Portuguese pronunciation: [kõfedeɾaˈsɐ̃w ˌsuw.ɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ dʒi futʃiˈbɔw].

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  12. Overall World Ranking – CONMEBOL, at Beach Soccer Worldwide
  13. 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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