CONMEBOL has established a tradition of inviting teams from outside the South American continent to compete in the Copa America. Last year in 2019 Copa America, there were also two teams that had been invited, which were Japan and Qatar. Before that in 2016, the invited team was the USA. So it is not new for Copa America authority to invite teams to play in this large and famous tournament.
This year in 2020 Copa America edition, Australia and Qatar were invited. This is the second involvement of Qatar, having previously played in the 2019 edition, and this is the competition debut for Australia to take part in Copa America.
Until now there are other teams that have played in the Copa America on invitation included: The United States, Costa Rica Mexico, Jamaica, Japan, Honduras, Panama, and Haiti.
While no invitee has ever won the Copa America, Mexico has been beaten finalists on two occasions (1993 and 2001) and finished third on three occasions (1997, 1999 and 2007). But this year Mexico will not be participating in this edition of Copa America.
There are 10 teams from the South America side, which are Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru; and there are two teams that have invited from last two Asian Cup champions, which are Australia and Qatar. In each group, four teams will qualify.
There are two groups (Group A and Group B), where all the teams divided into six teams for each group. With this new format, a total of 38 matches will be held. Each team from every group will have group matches, two quarter-finals, and a semifinal match correspondingly, and each team will play at least 5 matches in the nearest host country.
The 2019 Asian Cup champions competed in last year’s Copa America earning a draw against Paraguay in a competitive campaign. 2015 Asian Cup champions Australia is featuring for the first time in Copa America ever and Qatar is participating for the second time after 2019 Copa America.