1947 South American Championship
Tournament details
Host country Ecuador
Dates 2-26 December
Teams 6 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Uruguay (5th title)
Runners-up  Paraguay
Third place  Chile
Fourth place  Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 52 (3.47 per match)
Attendance 198,367 (13,224 per match)
1945
1949

The 1947 South American Championship was the thirteenth edition of the South America Championship. This was the first time that Ecuador held the competition and also saw a change to the format which included a qualifying round to get the teams down to six which would be a feature until the 1971 edition.

In the final round it was Uruguay who would take out the title for the fifth time as they won the competition on goal difference from Paraguay.

Background

In late 1946, CONMEBOL held a meeting to decided on a possible change in the format of the competition with the suggestion of having two groups instead of having one big group. This was after the lopsided results that affected the result as the champion was already revealed with matches still left. The change was that the lowest ranked teams would enter a qualifying event to claim the final spots in the six-team draw. The main reason was to keep the final round numbers even and in time they would be able to expand.

Qualifying Round

For the first time in the history of the South American Championship, a qualifying system was used to bring down the teams from 8 to 6. This was done by having the bottom four teams in the rankings. This rule was avoided for Ecuador as they had hosting rights for the championship. The results that came in the qualifying round came as no shock with the higher ranked teams of Chile and Paraguay winning into the final round.

4 May 1947
Chile  3-0 23x15px Bolivia
Saez Goal 26'57'
Riera Goal 4'
Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago
Attendance: 27,255


5 May 1947
Colombia 23x15px 1-2  Paraguay
L González Goal 33' Marín Goal 15'
Villalba Goal 68'
Estadio Municipal, Barranquilla
Attendance: 14,612

Final Round

Standings

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 5 3 1 1 17 9 +8 7
 Paraguay 5 3 1 1 10 5 +5 7
 Chile 5 2 2 1 7 6 +1 6
 Argentina 5 2 1 2 12 7 +5 5
 Peru 5 1 2 2 5 8 −3 4
23x15px Ecuador 5 0 1 4 1 19 −18 1

Matches

2 December 1947
Argentina  4-0  Paraguay
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 5,515


2 December 1947
Uruguay  4-1  Chile
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 13,158


5 December 1947
Peru  0-2  Paraguay
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 7,216


8 December 1947
Chile  1-1  Peru
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 10,412


10 December 1947
Chile  3-0 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 17,651


10 December 1947
Argentina  2-3  Peru
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 14,133


12 December 1947
Paraguay  4-1  Uruguay
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 15,610


15 December 1947
Uruguay  8-0 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 19,133


15 December 1947
Argentina  1-2  Chile
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 13,955


18 December 1947
Peru  1-1 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 15,417


19 December 1947
Paraguay  0-0  Chile
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 9,314


22 December 1947
Argentina  3-0 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 14,415


22 December 1947
Uruguay  2-0  Peru
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 8,316


26 December 1947
Argentina  2-2  Uruguay
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 15,555


26 December 1947
Paraguay  4-0 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 18,567

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