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Football at the 1900 Summer Olympics

At the 1900 Summer Olympics, a football tournament was contested for the first time. Only two demonstration matches were held between the three club sides, and no medals were awarded. Despite this, the International Olympic Committee currently credits Great Britain, France and Belgium with gold, silver and bronze medals respectively as part of its attempt to reconcile early Olympic Games with the modern award scheme.

Football at the 1900 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates20 – 23 September
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Great Britain (1st title)
Runners-up France
Third place Belgium
Tournament statistics
Matches played2
Goals scored12 (6 per match)

The football matches were held at the Vélodrome de Vincennes in Paris.



The matches were held at the Vélodrome de Vincennes in Paris.

Medal tableEdit

The Belgian team selected by the Universités of Brussels
Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 0 1
2   France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
3   Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1

Medal summaryEdit


Men's footballEdit

Place Team Nation Record Goals
Wins Losses Percent For Against
1 Upton Park   Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 1.000 4 0
2 USFSA XI   France (FRA) 1 1 .500 6 6
3 Université de Bruxelles   Belgium (BEL) 0 1 .000 2 6
USFSA XI  0 – 4  Upton Park
Report Nicholas   ??'??'
Turner   ??'
Zealley   ??'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Maignard (France)

USFSA XI  6 – 2  Université de Bruxelles
Peltier   1'
Report Spannoghe   ??'
van Heuckelum   ??'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Jack Wood (Great Britain)

In the first game, the British squad had little difficulty defeating the USFSA XI. Upton Park led 2–0 after the first half, getting two more goals in the second to win 4–0. Gaston Peltier scored in the first minute to give the USFSA XI an early lead, but Université de Bruxelles scored twice to take a 2–1 first half lead. The French scored five goals in the second half, however, to take the match 6–2.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Represented by Upton Park F.C.
  2. ^ Represented by Club Française
  3. ^ Represented by Université de Bruxelles

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