|Dates||July 18 - December 12|
|Teams||10 (from 1 confederation)|
|Goals scored||63 (2.52 per match)|
|Attendance||1,144,000 (45,760 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Eugenio Morel |
(4 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Carlos Caszely|
The 1979 edition of the Copa América soccer tournament was played between July 18 and December 12. This time, the continental champion would not go to the FIFA World Cup. It was not held in a particular country, all matches were played on a home and away basis. Defending champions Peru were given a bye into the semi-finals.
The teams were drawn into three groups, consisting of three teams each. Each team played twice (home and away) against the other teams in their group, with two points for a win, one point for a draw, nil points for a loss. The winner of each group advanced to the semi-finals.
Peru qualified automatically as holders for the semifinal.
|1979 Copa América Champions|
With four goals, Jorge Peredo and Eugenio Morel are the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 63 goals were scored by 41 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.