Socceroos 2020 Copa America invite confirmed

Reuters  Ueslei Marcelino

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The other will join Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile and group-hosts Argentina.

The Socceroos are set to feature during next year's tournament in Argentina and Colombia, Football Federation Australia (FFA) confirmed on Friday.

The Socceroos have been invited to take part in the 2020 edition of South America's continental football championships, the Copa America. The top four teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage.

Although the tournament invitees are now known for next year's Copa America, the final venue is still a mystery.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said the Copa America will provide a further boost to his team as it works through a busy calendar next year.

"We crave these opportunities as players and coaches".

Qatar is now preparing to take part in its first Copa America, which kicks off in Brazil this weekend, along with fellow Asian Cup finalists, Japan. "The experience we will gain from playing in this tournament will be incredible and I know by speaking to our players, they are equally excited", Arnold said.

"Our planning for the FIFA World Cup Qatar has already started".

"It will be a big couple of months as we start June next year with World Cup qualifiers and then head straight to the Copa America".

"Qatar is the last champions of the Asian confederation - having champions participating in competition always elevates the prestige and quality of football", said Paraguayan Dominguez.

Simply put, to make up the numbers.

Invites have often been sent to teams that are geographically and culturally similar, with Mexico competing in each of the 10 tournaments between 1993 and 2016.

"We have made a decision to invite ... to participate in our competitions the current Asian confederation champions and the previous ones", said Alejandro Dominguez, the president of South American football's governing body.

The CONMEBOL boss also rejected the idea of a two-legged final for the next Copa America.

So what happens if a guest nation wins?

However, it has been a close run thing.

The Copa America is the oldest worldwide continental football competition, first taking place in 1916.

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