February 20, 2013
Webb: CONCACAF 'exploring the possibility of hosting Copa America'
By Michael Lewis
CONCACAF is exploring the possibility of hosting Copa America, the confederation’s president Jeffrey Webb said on Wednesday afternoon.
“We are looking at other possible tournaments in the future,” Webb said at a press conference at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. “One of course is 2016 with CONMEBOL. We are continuing to explore and hopefully we will be able to get permission from FIFA that we will be able to have this tournament not only in 2016, but also that all of the national teams will be able to have their full selection.”
There have been reports emanating out of South America that CONMEBOL wanted a special Copa America in 2016 in the United States.
Webb, who did not elaborate any further, made those comments during a press conference at the Rose Bowl, which announced that defending champion Mexico will kick off the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the stadium in the competition’s opening match against a yet-to-be-determined opponent on July 7.
The Gold Cup runs through July 28.
Webb also said CONCACAF is talking about the possibility of turning the biennial Gold Cup into a quadrennial competition.
He said the confederation has created a Gold Cup organizing committee for the first time that “not only we will working and developing this Gold Cup, but also it will be strategetically looking at future Gold Cups, whether we do go from a two-year to a four-year.”
Webb noted that the confederation receives a large part of its revenue from the Gold Cup.
“The Gold Cup is our flagship competition and from a revenue generation, the Gold Cup allows CONCACAF to sustain itself and to be able to start developmental programs, which now we are starting to realize,” he said.
The press conference was streamed at CONCACAF.com.