Football legend Lionel Messi arrived at Inter Miami earlier this year and has revolutionized America’s football. His influence has affected not just North America but South America as well, and the Copa Interamericana will be making a return to football in 2024.
They have chosen the United States, Canada, and Mexico to host the World Cup. As a result, these nations need exposure and experience to prepare adequately for the competition. One example is the CONCACAF Champions League. However, the CONCACAF has seen another brilliant idea due to Inter Miami’s ingenious and has taken it up.
The last time the Inter-American Cup, also known as the Copa Interamericana, was played was in 1988. The tournament involved the top teams from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL and it is scheduled to make a comeback in 2024. The CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have signed some strategic partnerships to milk as much exposure and cash from Inter Miami’s rejuvenation thanks to Messi.
The first is the expansion of the CONMEBOL Copa America, which will take place in the United States. It will feature six guest states from CONCACAF, like in the 2016 Centenario edition which the United States also hosted.
Also, the CONCACAF will be inviting four CONMEBOL nations to participate in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which will be starting in 2024. It will feature 12 teams in total.
The most significant strategic partnership between both confederations is reintroducing the Inter-America Cup. Clubs from both associations featured in the last played edition played in 1988. Four teams will partake in the 2024 edition.
The four teams will include:
- Champions of the 2023 South American Cup
- Winners of the Copa Libertadores
- Champions of the Leagues Cup
- Winners of the Concachampions
Lionel Messi has a chance to appear in the Inter America Cup if he wins the Leagues Cup in the final with Nashville SC on Sunday.