The logo of the Copa America Centenario 2016 championship is pictured before the official draw at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on February 21, 2016. The Copa America Centenario, a once-in-a-lifetime soccer summer event, which honors 100 years of the Copa America tournament, will take place in the US from June 3-26, 2016. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Euro 2016 is not the only continental tournament taking place this month.

The Copa America gets underway tomorrow morning, and promises to be one of the most competitive yet.

It features eight of the teams from the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil two years ago and also showcases the talents of players such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Alexis Sanchez and James Rodriguez.

The Copa America is the oldest international football tournament and this year will be the 45th edition of the tournament as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first ever event, in Argentina in 1916. As such, it will be given a special name - the Copa America Centenario.

Its starts tomorrow morning (Australian time) with the first game taking place in Santa Clara, with the hosts USA taking on Colombia. The final will take place on Monday June 27 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

So, you're probably wondering why the US are involved? Traditionally, the Copa America has always been a South American tournament, but tradition is changing.

This will be the first edition held outside of South America, and the reason for that can be traced back to, you guessed it, money! Guest teams have been common over the past 20 years or so. Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA have featured regularly, while Honduras, Jamaica and, most bizarrely, Japan have made appearances.

The tournament usually features 12 teams but on this occasion has 16. Ten of those come from CONMEBOL (South America's version of UEFA), and the extra six from CONCACAF (North, Central American and Caribbean football governing body).

The 10 South American nations are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The six CONCACAF teams are Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the USA.

It will be played all over the States, with Santa Clara, Pasadena, Seattle, New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Foxborough and Glendale all hosting games.

Chile come into the tournament as holders, having beaten Argentina on penalties in last year's final. Argentina though, are the bookmakers' favourites ahead of Brazil.

This tournament features a host of quality players and is a event not to be missed, catch it on beIN Sports who will be broadcasting  every match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario LIVE.

United States and Colombia kick-off at 11:30am AEST tomorrow morning.


Group A: United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay

Group B: Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru

Group C: Mexico, Uruguay, Jamaica, Venezuela

Group D: Argentina, Chile, Panama, Bolivia