CONMEBOL

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.

South American Football Confederation
AbbreviationCONMEBOL
CSF
Formation9 July 1916 (1916-07-09)
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersLuque (Gran Asunción), Paraguay
Coordinates25°15′38″S 57°30′58″W
Region served
South America
Membership
10 member associations
Official languages
Spanish, Portuguese
Alejandro Domínguez
Vice Presidents
Laureano González (1st)
Claudio Tapia (2nd)
Arturo Salah (3rd)
Treasurer
Rolando López
Parent organization
FIFA
Websitewww.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.[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

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

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

Competitions

International

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

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 Champion Title Runner-up Next Edition
Clubs
Copa Libertadores Flamengo 2nd River Plate 2020
Copa Libertadores Femenina Corinthians 1st Ferroviária 2020
Copa Sudamericana Independiente del Valle 1st Colón 2020
Recopa Sudamericana River Plate 3rd Athletico Paranaense 2020
Copa Libertadores de Futsal Carlos Barbosa 5th Cerro Porteño 2020
Copa Libertadores Femenina de Futsal Unochapecó 2nd Sport Colonial 2020
U-20 Copa Libertadores Nacional 1st Independiente del Valle 2020
Copa Libertadores de Beach Soccer Vasco da Gama 3rd Cerro Porteño 2020
National teams (Men)
Copa América  Brazil 9th  Peru 2020
CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament Argentina 4th Paraguay 2020
South American Under-20 Championship  Ecuador 1st  Argentina 2021
South American Under-17 Championship  Argentina 4th  Chile 2021
South American Under-15 Championship  Brazil 5th  Argentina 2021
Copa América de Futsal  Brazil 10th  Argentina 2019
FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifiers  Brazil 1st  Argentina 2020
South American Futsal League  Brazil 1st  Argentina 2019
South American Under-20 Futsal Championship  Brazil 7th  Argentina 2020
South American Under-17 Futsal Championship  Brazil 2nd  Argentina 2020
Copa América de Beach Soccer  Brazil 2nd  Paraguay 2020
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers  Brazil 7th  Uruguay 2021
South American Beach Soccer League  Brazil 2nd  Paraguay 2019
South American Under-20 Beach Soccer Championship  Argentina 1st  Brazil 2021
National teams (Women)
Copa América Femenina  Brazil 7th  Chile 2022
South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship Brazil 8th Paraguay 2020
South American Under-17 Women's Football Championship Brazil 3rd Colombia 2020
Copa América Femenina de Futsal Brazil 5th Colombia 2019
South American Under-20 Women's Futsal Championship Brazil 2nd Colombia 2020

CONMEBOL competitions

World Cup participation and results

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

Team
1930

1934

1938

1950

1954

1958

1962

1966

1970

1974

1978

1982

1986

1990

1994

1998


2002

2006

2010

2014

2018

2022
Total
 Argentina2nd1SGSGSQFR21stR21st2ndR16QFGSQFQF2ndR1617
 BoliviaGSGSGS3
 BrazilGS1S3rd2ndQF1st1stGS1st4th3rdR2QFR161st2nd1stQFQF4thQF21
 ChileGSGS3rdGSGSGSR16R16R169
 ColombiaGSR16GSGSQFR166
 EcuadorGSR16GS3
 ParaguayGSGSGSR16R16R16GSQF8
 PeruGSQFR2GSGS5
 Uruguay1st1st4thGSQF4thGSR16R16GS4thR16QF13
 Venezuela0
Total721523543434444554565TBD85

Women's

Team
1991

1995

1999

2003

2007

2011

2015

2019
Total
 ArgentinaGSGSGS3
 Bolivia0
 BrazilGSGS3rdQF2ndQFR16R168
 ChileGS1
 ColombiaGSR162
 EcuadorGS1
 Paraguay0
 Peru0
 Uruguay0
 Venezuela0
Total11122233

FIFA Confederations Cup

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
1995
1997
1999
2001

2003
2005
2009
2013
2017
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
Total1122122121

FIFA Futsal World Cup

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
1992
1996
2000
2004
2008
2012
2016
2020
Years
 ArgentinaR2R2R1R24thR2QF1st8
 Brazil1st1st1st2nd3rd1st1stR28
 Colombia4thR22
 ParaguayR2R1R1R2R2QF6
 UruguayR2R1R13
Nations33333444

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

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

(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)
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 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

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.[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 also arrested.[9]

Leadership

Executive Committee

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

Rankings

National teams

Men's Top FIFA
ranked team

Men's national teams
FIFA Rankings
  Women's national teams
FIFA Rankings
RankNationPointsRankNationPoints
3 Brazil171210 Brazil1938
5 Uruguay164526 Colombia1703
9 Argentina162334 Argentina1664
10 Colombia162238 Chile1621
17 Chile157948 Paraguay1494
21 Peru154458 Venezuela1421
25 Venezuela151763 Ecuador1393
40 Paraguay146165 Peru1376
63 Ecuador136875 Uruguay1347
76 Bolivia132492 Bolivia1236

* Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked
Men's update: 28 November 2019[14]
Women's update: 12 July 2019[15]

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[16]

Clubs

Football Database rankings

Rank Club Points
17 Palmeiras1793
28 River Plate1747
33 Boca Juniors1731
37 Racing1722
43 Flamengo1705
44 Defensa y Justicia1701
45 Grêmio1695
46 Olimpia1688
74 Athletico Paranaense1649
76 Internacional1644

Last updated: 10 March 2019[17]

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 

See also

References

  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". Associated Press. 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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