|Number of teams||9|
|Current champions||Template:Country data PAR|
|Most successful team||23x15px Argentina|
Uruguay (5 titles)
The Copa América is an international association football tournament between the men's national teams of CONMEBOL. This competition determines who will be the Continental champion of South America and is the oldest continental competition in the world.
The first recorded match in South America was held in 1867 on the railways of Argentina with the first recorded match being in 1870 in the city of Buenos Aires where the Buenos Aires Football Club was formed. As the growth of football was starting to take over the main countries in South America and in 1910 the first multi-nation tournament was held in South America. It would take another eight years for the competition to be created as the first official tournament was held in Brazil in 1918 with three teams competing. During this tournament, CONMEBOL would be founded as Argentina won the official tournament after winning both games.
The 1920 edition would see the return of Uruguay in international football after a Civil War which took them out of international football for ten years. For Uruguay, they would struggle as they wouldn't record a victory in the first two editions that they entered as Argentina took out the title the next two editions of the competition with Brazil (1920) and Paraguay (1922) being the runner up in those editions.
South American Championship eraEdit
* - World Cup Qualifying