The fourth Copa America in six years will begin in Argentina on June 12, 2020 with the final to be played in Colombia.

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), which made the announcement on Monday, is trying something new with the 47th edition of the tournament by playing it in two countries and dividing the games equally between them.

The 12 teams will be divided into two groups of six, rather than three groups of four, as it was in Brazil this summer.

Colombia will host the northern group of Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and Peru. Argentina will stage the southern group which also includes Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile.

A draw will determine where guest countries Australia and Qatar will be placed.

Teams in each group will play each other once, with the top four sides from each zone qualifying for the quarterfinals.

The regional groups will help limit travel from one end of South America to the other, at least until the later stages of the tournament.

Colombia and Argentina will each host two quarterfinals and one semifinal.

Colombia won its only Copa America in 2001, the only time it hosted the event.

Argentina will want to use the 2020 Copa America as a showcase for a joint South American bid for the 2030 World Cup. Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile are pushing to host the centennial World Cup.

After organizing the Copa America in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020, CONMEBOL is changing to a quadrennial cycle after that to mirror the European Championship. Ecuador will host the next edition of the world’s oldest international continental football tournament in 2024.

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