The Copa America football tournament includes 26 matches, divided into 18 group matches, 4 quarterfinals, 2 semis, one finale, and one for third place. Twelve football teams are divided up into 3 pools or groups of 4 teams each namely A, B, and C, and the division is completely systematic based on FIFA world ranking.

There are two rounds or stages to be played in the event:

1. Group stage

2. Knock-Out stage

In group stages, 3 points are allotted for a win, 1 for a draw, and none for a loss. While in the knock-out stage the match is decided by the penalty shootout but this year the committee has decided to go on 30 minutes extra time like any other football tournament.

The criteria at which any football team advance in the quarter-finals is composed of the following simple rules:

■ The team with the highest points, highest goal difference, and with the greatest number of goals will qualify for the quarter-finals

■ Further, if two teams rounded up at the same position then their gained points in all matches with goal difference and number of goals are compared and the organizing committee tells the final verdict. This is how 8 out of 12 teams pass for the Quarterfinals.

South American football fans await this tournament every time it is scheduled.

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