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Confederación Sudamericana
de Fútbol
Confederação Sul-Americana
de Futebol
Lettering of the CONMEBOL logo
The South American continental association CONMEBOL
Founded July 9, 1916
Association headquarters Luque , ParaguayParaguayParaguay 
president ParaguayParaguay Alejandro Domínguez
Secretary General ArgentinaArgentina Alejandro Marón
Members 10 national associations
Former CONMEBOL logo until 2017

The CONMEBOL ( Portuguese Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol , Spanish Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol , German: South American Football Confederation ) is the continental federation of the national football associations of South America . It was founded on July 9, 1916. The association is based in Luque in Paraguay . The abbreviation was originally used in telegraphic communication ( CON federación suda ME ricana de fút BOL ). The common languages ​​are Portuguese and Spanish.

The association has organized the South American football championship for national teams, known as the Copa América , since 1916 . The rhythm of the event changed frequently; since 2007 the Copa America has been scheduled to take place every four years. Since 1991 there has also been a competition for women's national teams with the South American Women's Football Championship (Copa América Femenina). The Copa Libertadores has been held every year for club teams since 1960 , the South American counterpart to the European Cup and the UEFA Champions League .

Member associations

Member states of CONMEBOL

As by far the oldest continental association, CONMEBOL was founded on July 9, 1916 by the founding members Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay as part of the first recognized Copa America on the initiative of Héctor Rivadavia , who had been campaigning for an association for some time . The founding date was exactly the 100th anniversary of the independence of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata , today's Argentina, for the celebrations of which the tournament took place.

Ten regional associations have belonged to the association since 1952. In terms of the number of member associations, CONMEBOL is the smallest of the six continental associations of the world football association FIFA and therefore invites two visiting teams to the Copa America nowadays in order to enable the teams to be divided into three groups of four.

country Association founding accession
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Asociación del Fútbol Argentino 1893 1916
BoliviaBolivia Bolivia Federación Boliviana de Fútbol 1925 1926
BrazilBrazil Brazil Confederação Brasileira de Futebol 1914 1916
ChileChile Chile Federación de Fútbol de Chile 1895 1916
EcuadorEcuador Ecuador Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol 1925 1927
ColombiaColombia Colombia Federación Colombiana de Fútbol 1924 1936
ParaguayParaguay Paraguay Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol 1906 1921
PeruPeru Peru Federación Peruana de Fútbol 1922 1925
UruguayUruguay Uruguay Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol 1899 1916
VenezuelaVenezuela Venezuela Federación Venezolana de Fútbol 1926 1952

The associations of French Guiana , Guyana and Suriname are members of the North, Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation CONCACAF , although they are entirely located in South America.


CONMEBOL administration building in Luque , Paraguay

World Cup participants from South America


So far, three members have won the world title nine times, namely five times in Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) and twice each in Uruguay (1930, 1950) and Argentina (1978, 1986). The Venezuelan association is the only one that has not yet made it to the finals.

Notes: World champions are in bold, hosts in italics.


No member association of CONMEBOL has ever won a women's world championship title. The best result of a South American women's national team so far was the Brazilian team's second place in 2007.

Club world champion from South America

The following South American teams won the FIFA Club World Cup:


For national teams

For club teams

Corruption affair

Against the background of the investigation into the corruption affair in FIFA , the Senate of Paraguay voted on June 11, 2015 to lift the immunity that had existed until then for senior officials of the association. The Paraguayan House of Commons had also passed a corresponding resolution the previous week. President Horacio Cartes also supported the project. Nicolás Leoz , who was president of the association for almost 30 years until 2013, was already under house arrest at that time .

See also

Web links

Commons : CONMEBOL  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: CONMEBOL  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Cumbre de Entrenadores en imágenes. In: CONMEBOL, March 19, 2019, accessed May 26, 2019 (Spanish).
  2. Rogério Caboclo asumió la presidencia de la CBF. In: CONMEBOL, April 9, 2019, accessed May 26, 2019 (Spanish).
  3. Eugenio Figueredo will attend the tribute to Héctor Rivadavia Gómez. In: CONMEBOL, May 11, 2013, archived from the original on July 27, 2016 ; accessed on July 27, 2016 (English).
  4. Almudena Calatrava: Paraguay's Senate votes to end soccer confederation immunity. In: Associated Press , June 11, 2015, accessed June 3, 2019 .