The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that the 2016 Copa America soccer championship will be held in Houston and nine other U.S. cities in June 2016. This marks the first time the event has been staged outside South America and will be the most prestigious soccer tournament hosted in the U.S. since the World Cup in 1994.

Houston’s NRG Stadium will be one of 10 U.S. venues which have been selected to host matches during the historic Copa America Centenario to be played from June 3-26, 2016. 16 teams will vie for the coveted title which acts as a preface to the 2018 World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. The United States and Mexico are automatic qualifiers while Costa Rica and Jamaica qualified through their regional championships in 2014.

Among 24 bids, 10 U.S. cities were awarded the events: Boston (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium), San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium) and Seattle (CenturyLink Field). Similar to the FIFA World Cup, each venue will host matches on multiple days through the tournament. Most venues will host at least three games.

To be among the first to access tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event, fans can visit www.CA2016.com. Due to the high demand for tickets, fans are urged to register early to guarantee access to information as it becomes available.