In men’s soccer, only South American and European teams have won the World Cup, starting with hosts Uruguay in the inaugural World Cup in 1930. Today, South America remains a soccer powerhouse, with six of the world’s top 21 teams in the CONMEBOL federation, comprised of the 10 best South American teams. CONMEBOL’s quadrennial tournament, the Copa America, starts June 14 and goes through July 7, so if you’re wondering how Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay all stack up against one another, a year removed from a World Cup that had two European finalists, check out the action from Brazil.
What is the Copa America?
Started in 1916, the tournament now runs every four years with all 10 CONMEBOL teams—and, of late, to round out the field, two other international teams invited to participate. In 2016, a year after Chile hosted and won the 2015 edition, the United States got to host and participate in a special edition called the Copa America Centenario that also involved Mexico and other teams from the CONCACAF federation. (Chile won that one too.) While some thought the event might be the precursor for an expanded version of the tournament involving the entire hemisphere, this edition’s invitees are both from Asia: regional stalwart Japan and 2022 World Cup host Qatar.
Which Copa Americateams should you know?
This year’s host and the highest-ranked CONMEBOL team, Brazil will be without the injured Neymar, but they have plenty of talent you’ll recognize from top European leagues, including Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Willian, and Philippe Coutinho. Argentina, anchored as usual by Lionel Messi, will bring a characteristically talented squad including Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria, and Paulo Dybala. Defending champion Chile has Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, and Gary Medel in its roster, all of whom have been key to the team in recent tournaments. Uruguay’s most recognizable names include Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Diego, and Lucas Torreira.
MLS, of course, has helped raise the profile of rising South American stars in recent years. Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron and Venezuela’s Josef Martinez were key members of last year’s MLS Cup-winning Atlanta United team.
Copa America live stream: Watch Copa America matches for free
All of the following services provide a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch Copa America matches for free, be it on Telemundo, Universo or Globo.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- : Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- : Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (, , ), news (, ), or sports (, ). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, , , FS2, UniMás, Champions League action via TNT, and Copa America action via Telemundo and Universo all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete .)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- : $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- : Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV,, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- : NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. includes three channels, while includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and . If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes .) To access Copa America the way the host nation watches it, the Brasil Mega package gets you access to Globo.
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to and our .