Copa America 2019 expansion: Socceroos to inquire about competing in the Brazil tournament

FOOTBALL Federation Australia says it will make inquiries about playing in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil, with the expansion of the South American tournament announced on Wednesday.

The host Brazilian football federation (CBF) had a proposal to expand the competition from 12 teams to 16 for the 2019 tournament accepted.

That would mean the Copa America would consist of 10 South American teams — Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela — and six guest teams.

European countries such as France, Portugal, Spain and Italy have been proposed as guests, while Brazilian newspaper Globoesporte report an Asian guest is a possibility, as CONMEBOL (South American confederation) aims to take advantage of the globalisation of football.

That opens the door for the Socceroos to compete in the event and although FFA has admitted they have not been approached to participate, there is an intention to make inquiries.

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