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Copa América Centenario Coming to Central Florida

Soccer has become a very popular sport in the United States with soccer clubs popping up all over the country.

Now many major cities are hoping to capitalize on this interest and bring international teams to cities like Orlando.

The centennial Copa America tournament has plans to bring the series to Central Florida in 2016.

Orlando Placed A Bid

The first step in becoming a host city is formally submitting a bid, which the City of Orlando has recently done.

The city has partnered with the Orlando City Soccer Club and the Central Florida Sports Commission.

The games would be hosted at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, which is can hold more than 70,000 spectators.

Mexico and Costa Rica recently played at this soccer stadium and the experience confirmed that Orlando is ready to host such a coveted competition.

There were over 53,000 fans at the match.

With a constant influx of international travelers you can expect to see seats filled with locals and the teams home country fans alike. California, New Jersey and Texas also hope to host the tournament in their states.

No official announcement has been made at this time, but it seems as though it is all but confirmed.

2016 Games

The 2016 edition of tournament would take place in June and mark the first time this exceptional event will take place outside of South America.

As long as the games are started in the early evening, let’s say 7pm, then you find cooler conditions and even more action without the glare of the late afternoon sun.

The 2016 Copa America Centenario is expected to feature six teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and all 10 teams from the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

This amazing line up would be one that you do not want to miss while you are in Orlando, you won’t get to see these teams and visit Walt Disney World all on the same trip.

From CONCACAF, host USA and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica and Jamaica qualified in 2014 when they won their respective matches.

The final two teams will be determined via a playoff to be held among the top four finishers at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup who have not already qualified for the Copa America Centenario.

These qualifying matches are set to begin in October.

If you are a fan of soccer then you want to keep an eye out for further updates on dates and teams playing in Central Florida, this is a once in a lifetime experience.

By Marie Ospina

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