The South American Football Confederation, better known to soccer fans around the world as the CONMEBOL, is the organizing body for soccer in South America. CONMEBOL was founded in 1916 and is the oldest confederation among the 6 that make up FIFA but with only 10 member nations is the smallest of the confederations.
CONMEBOL uses a round-robin format for World Cup qualifying. It has been called the ‘toughest qualifiers in the world.’
In addition to the World Cup qualifiers, CONMBEBOL hosts the Copa America, the oldest international continental competition. 8 of the 10 member national have won the tournament over its history. The winner represents the region at the FIFA Confederations Cup. A special centennial tournament, the Copa America Centenario, was hosted in the United States in 2016. The body also hosts the Copa America Femenina for women’s national teams and youth tournaments for men and women.
The Copa Libertadores is the top competition between clubs in South America. The winner of the annual tournament faces the UEFA Champions League winner in the Intercontinental Cup each year.