Initials(s) CONMEBOL
Formation July 9th, 1916
No. of members 10
President Flag of Paraguay Alejandro Dominguez
Website Official website

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is the continental governing body of association football in South America and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member football associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.

CONMEBOL national teams have won nine FIFA World Cups (Brazil five, Argentina and Uruguay two trophies each), and CONMEBOL clubs have won 22 Intercontinental Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups. Argentina and Uruguay have also won two Olympic gold medals each. It is considered one of the strongest confederations in the world.

The World Cup qualifiers of CONMEBOL have been described as the "toughest qualifiers in the world",[1][2] for their simple round-robin system, entry of some of the top national teams in the world, leveling of the weaker national teams, climate conditions, geographic conditions, strong home stands and passionate supporters. Currently, the Confederation is planning to create the first women's qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup to replace the Copa América Femenina.

Juan Ángel Napout was the interim president of CONMEBOL until March, 2015 but then he was promoted to full-time president. Napout replaced the former president Eugenio Figueredo who resigned on August 8, 2014. The first and second vicepresidents are Luis Bedoya and Sergio Jadue.


In 1916, the first edition of the Campeonato Sudamericano de Fútbol, now known as the Copa América, was contested in Argentina to commemorate the centenary of the Argentine Declaration of Independence. The four participating associations of that tournament gathered together in order to officially create a governing body to facilitate the organization of the tournament. Thus, CONMEBOL was founded on July 9, 1916, Argentine Independence Day, under the initiative of Uruguayan Héctor Rivadavia, but approved by the football associations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The constitutional congress on December 15 of that same year ratified the decision.

Over the years, the other football associations in South America joined, with the last being Venezuela in 1952. Guyana, Suriname, and the French overseas department of French Guiana, while geographically in South America, are not part of CONMEBOL. Consisting of a French territory, a former British territory, and a former Dutch territory, and located near the Caribbean Sea, they are part of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), mainly due to historical, cultural, and sporting reasons. With ten member nations, CONMEBOL is the smallest and the only fully continental land-based FIFA confederation (no insular countries or associates from different continents).



The main competition for men's national teams is the Copa América, started in 1916. CONMEBOL also runs national competitions at Under-20, Under-17 and Under-15 levels. For women's national teams, CONMEBOL operates the Copa América Femenina for senior national sides, as well as Under-20 and Under-17 championships.

In futsal there is the Copa América de Futsal and Campeonato Sudamericano de Futsal Sub-20. The Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino de Futsal is the women's equivalent to the man's tournament.


CONMEBOL also runs the two main club competitions in South America: the Copa Libertadores was first held in 1960 and the Copa Sudamericana was launched by CONMEBOL in 2002 as an indirect successor to the Supercopa Libertadores (begun in 1988). A third competition, the Copa CONMEBOL, started in 1992 and was abolished in 1999. In women's football CONMEBOL also conducts the Copa Libertadores Femenina for club teams. The competition was first held in 2009.

The Recopa Sudamericana pits the past year's winners of the Copa Libertadores against the winners of the Copa Sudamericana (previously the winners of the Supercopa Libertadores), and came into being in 1989.

The Intercontinental Cup was jointly organized with UEFA between the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League winners.


Country Association Founded Joined National team Top division
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina AFA 1893 1916 ARG (M, W) Primera División
Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia FBF 1925 1926 BOL (M, W) Liga Profesional
Brazil.png Brazil CBF 1914 1916 BRA (M, W) Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Flag of Chile.png Chile FFC 1895 1916 CHI (M, W) Primera División
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia FCF 1924 1936 COL (M, W) Primera A
Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador FEF 1925 1927 ECU (M, W) Serie A
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay APF 1906 1921 PAR (M, W) División Profesional
Flag of Peru.png Peru FPF 1922 1925 PER (M, W) Primera División
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay AUF 1899 1916 URU (M, W) Primera División
Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela FVF 1926 1952 VEN (M, W) Primera División

CONMEBOL competitions

National teams:




Performances at FIFA tournaments


World Cup Finals

World Cup Participation and Results

  • 1st – Champion
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third Place[3]
  • 4th - Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • R2 - Second round (for the 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages)
  • GS – Group Stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •     — Hosts
Team Flag of Uruguay
Flag of Italy
Flag of France
Flag of Sweden Good one
Flag of Chile
Flag of Mexico
Flag of Germany
Flag of Argentina
Flag of Spain
Flag of Mexico
Flag of Italy
Flag of the United States
Flag of France
South Korea
Flag of Japan
Flag of South Africa
Flag of Russia
Flag of Qatar
WC Qual.
Brazil.png Brazil GS 1S 3rd 2nd QF 1st 1st GS 1st 4th 3rd R2 QF R16 1st 2nd 1st QF QF4th 20 20
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 2nd 1S GS GS QF R2 1st R2 1st 2nd R16 QF GS QF QF2nd 16 17
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay 1st 1st 4th GS QF 4th GS R16 R16 GS 4th R16 12 18
Flag of Chile.png Chile GS GS 3rd GS GS GS R16 R16 R16 9 17
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay GS GS GS R16 R16 R16 GS QF 8 18
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia GS R16 GS GS QF 5 15
Flag of Peru.png Peru GS QF R2 GS 4 16
Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia GS GS GS 3 17
Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador GS R16 GS 3 14
Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela 0 12
Combined CONMEBOL Appearances 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 TBD TBD 80
inclusive World Cup Qualification 7 2 1 5 4 8 9 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 TBD TBD 164

FIFA Confederations Cup

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Copa América or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
  •    — Hosts
Team 1992
Flag of Saudi Arabia
Flag of Saudi Arabia
Flag of Saudi Arabia
Flag of Mexico
South Korea
Flag of Japan
Flag of France
Flag of South Africa
Flag of Russia
Flag of Qatar
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 1st 2nd × 2nd 3
Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia GS 1
Brazil.png Brazil × 1st 2nd 4th GS 1st 1st 1st 7
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 4th 1
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay 4th 4th 2
Total 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2


Women's World Cup Finals

The following table shows the CONMEBOL representatives at each edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, sorted by alphabetical order.

Team Flag of the People's Republic of China
Flag of Sweden Good one
Flag of the United States
Flag of the United States
Flag of the People's Republic of China
Flag of Canada
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina GS GS 2 6
Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia 0 6
Brazil.png Brazil GS GS 3rd QF 2nd QF Q 7 7
Flag of Chile.png Chile 0 7
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia GS Q 2 5
Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador Q 1 6
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 0 5
Flag of Peru.png Peru 0 5
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay 0 5
Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela 0 6
Total 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 9
inclusive World Cup Qualification 3 5 10 10 10 10 10 58

CONMEBOL presidents

Current Champions

Competitions Champion Title Runner-Up Next Edition
Copa América Flag of CHI Chili 1st Flag of Argentina Argentina 2019
Copa Libertadores de América Flag of Argentina San Lorenzo 1st Flag of Paraguay Nacional 2015
Copa Sudamericana Flag of Argentina River Plate 1st Flag of Colombia Atlético Nacional 2015
Recopa Sudamericana Brazil Atlético Mineiro 1st Flag of Argentina Lanús 2015
South American Under-20 Championship Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 5th Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 2017
South American Under-17 Championship Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 3rd Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela 2015
South American Under-15 Championship Flag of Peru.png Peru 1st Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 2015
Copa América Femenina Brazil.png Brazil 6th Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 2018
South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship Brazil.png Brazil 6th Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 2016
South American Under-17 Women's Football Championship Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 1st Flag of Colombia Colombia 2015


National teams

Top FIFA ranked team Argentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamColombian national football teamArgentina national football teamColombian national football teamArgentina national football teamUruguayan national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football team

  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams: 18 September 2014
    • Women's national teams: 20 June 2014
Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
____ Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
CSF FIFA Nation Points CSF FIFA Nation Points
1 2 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 1631 1 6 Brazil.png Brazil 2008
2 3 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 1488 2 31 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 1641
3 6 Brazil.png Brazil 1291 3 35 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 1620
4 7 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 1243 4 42 Flag of CHI.png Chile 1559
5 12 Flag of CHI.png Chile 1100 5 66 Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela 1360
6 21 Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador 889 6 71 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 1329
7 47 Flag of Peru.png Peru 523 7 85 Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia 1235
8 60 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 514 8 125 Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador 1484
9 66 Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela 476 9 125 Flag of Peru.png Peru 1450
10 94 Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia 346 10 125 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 1430



Club Points
2 Flag of Colombia Santa Fe 399.380
3 Brazil Santos 345.920
4 Flag of Argentina Vélez Sársfield 315.870
5 Brazil São Paulo 298.000
6 Brazil Internacional 294.040
7 Flag of Paraguay Libertad 268.880
8 Brazil Corinthians 510.200
9 Brazil Atlético Mineiro 245.880
10 Flag of Paraguay Olimpia 238.840

Last updated on: July 24, 2013 – Current Standings


Club Points
1 4 Flag of Argentina Lanús 277.0
2 5 Flag of Colombia Atlético Nacional 276.0
3 19 Flag of Argentina Vélez Sarsfield 217.0
4 20 Brazil Atlético Mineiro 216.0
5 21 Flag of Argentina San Lorenzo 213.0
6 22 Brazil Grêmio 212.0
7 25 Brazil Cruzeiro 205.0
8 26 Flag of Argentina Arsenal 202.0
9 30 Brazil Atlético Paranaense 192.0
10 34 Flag of CHI Universidad de Chile 180.5

Last updated on: May 31, 2014 – [1]


  1. "La eliminatoria más difícil del mundo", ESPN (in Spanish)
  2. "South American WCQ toughest in world", ESPN
  3. There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semifinals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
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