The governing body of South American soccer says the arrival of teams playing in the Copa America could be delayed because of the ash spewing from Chile's erupting volcano that's disrupting flights across the southern hemisphere.

Flights were grounded Monday in Argentina, which is host to the continental championship. The tournament opens July 1 when Argentina faces Bolivia in La Plata and ends July 24.

Francisco Figueredo, the executive secretary of the South American governing body CONMEBOL, said if the ash did not disperse soon the body would consider having teams fly to Paraguay's capital Asuncion and then travel by land to venues in Argentina.