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By ESPN Staff

S.American confederation pre-empts Copa draw

CARACAS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The South American Football Confederation pre-empted the draw for this year's Copa America on Tuesday when it sorted six of the 12 participants into their respective groups.

CSF general secretary Eduardo Deluca said hosts Venezuela and Bolivia would play in Group A, Brazil and Mexico would play in Group B, while Argentina and United States would go into Group C.

Deluca said the CSF's executive committee had decided that Venezuela would kick off the tournament against Bolivia on June 26 in San Cristobal and Brazil would face Mexico the following day in Puerto Ordaz.

The full draw is due to be held on Wednesday in Caracas but Tuesday's decision means that only Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Peru still have to be allocated groups.

Deluca said the final would be played in Maracaibo on July 15 and that the next tournament would be played in 2011.

The Copa America was held every two years from 1987 to 2001 and then in 2004.

Venezuela, where football has enjoyed a sudden rise in popularity in the last decade, is hosting the tournament for the first time.

Brazil won the previous Copa America in Peru in 2004, beating Argentina on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the final.

The U.S. and Mexico are not members of the CSF but take part by invitation.