The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Monday announced the schedule for Copa America 2021, with 14-time champions Argentina hosting Chile in the opening fixture on June 14 at Buenos Aires.
Postponed from last year to June 2021 due to the pandemic, the competition will have 10 teams participating after Australia and Qatar withdrew due to fixture congestion.
“As is traditional, CONMEBOL invited teams from other confederations,” the CONMEBOL said in a statement. “However, the suspended matches and delays brought about by the pandemic that affected world football impeded other nations from participating.”
With the revised structure, the 10-team Copa America will have two groups of five teams each. The first group - Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, and Bolivia - will play their matches in Argentina.
The second group, which includes defending champions Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, will play their share of games in Colombia. This is the first time in the competition’s 105-year history that Copa America will be held in two nations.
Eight teams will advance to the quarter-finals, which means only one team from each group won't move on to the knockout stages.
Football superstars like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are expected to take part in the competition. The squads for the national teams are yet to be announced.
Copa America 2021 schedule, fixtures, and India match times
All times in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Monday, June 14: Argentina vs Chile - 2:30 AM IST
Monday, June 14: Paraguay vs Bolivia - 5:30 AM IST
Tuesday, June 15: Brazil vs Venezuela - 4:30 AM IST
Tuesday, June 15: Colombia vs Ecuador - 7:30 AM IST
Friday, June 18: Chile vs. Bolivia - 2:30 AM IST
Friday, June 18: Argentina vs. Uruguay - 5:30 AM IST
Saturday, June 19: Colombia vs. Venezuela - 4:30 AM IST
Saturday, June 19: Peru vs. Brazil - 7:30 AM IST
Monday, June 21: Uruguay vs. Chile - 1:30 AM IST
Monday, June 21: Argentina vs. Paraguay - 4:30 AM IST
Tuesday, June 22: Venezuela vs. Ecuador - 3:30 AM IST
Tuesday, June 22: Colombia vs. Peru - 6:30 AM IST
Thursday, June 24: Bolivia vs. Uruguay - 2:30 AM IST
Thursday, June 24: Chile vs. Paraguay - 5:30 AM IST
Friday, June 25: Ecuador vs. Peru - 3:30 AM IST
Friday, June 25: Colombia vs. Brazil - 6:30 AM IST
Monday, June 28: Argentina vs. Bolivia - 2:30 AM IST
Monday, June 28: Uruguay vs. Paraguay - 2:30 AM IST
Tuesday, June 29: Ecuador vs. Brazil - 6:30 AM IST
Tuesday, June 29: Venezuela vs. Peru - 6:30 AM IST
Copa America 2021 knockout stage schedule
Saturday, July 3: No. 2 Group A vs. No. 3 Group B - 4:30 AM IST
Sunday, June 4: No. 1 Group A vs. No. 4 Group B - 4:30 AM IST
Monday, July 5: No. 2 Group B vs. No. 3 Group A - 3:30 AM IST
Monday, July 5: No. 1 Group B vs. No. 4 Group A - 6:30 AM IST
Wednesday, July 7, QF 1 Winner vs QF 2 winner - 4:30 AM IST
Thursday, July 8, QF 3 Winner vs QF 4 winner - 6:30 AM IST
Sunday, July 11: Semi-final 1 loser vs Semi-final 2 loser - 3:30 AM IST
Sunday, July 11: SF 1 Winner vs SF 2 Winner - 5:30 AM IST
Feature image courtesy: Twitter / CopaAmerica