At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England, an official football tournament between national representative selections was contested for the first time; football had been played between club teams at the Games of 1900 and 1904. Eight entries were accepted, and were included in the tournament draw, including two from France, the main team and a "B" side. Hungary and Bohemia withdrew before the start of play, leaving six contestants.
|Host country||Great Britain|
|Venue(s)||White City Stadium|
|Champions||Great Britain (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||48 (8 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Sophus Nielsen (11 goals)|
Sophus "Krølben" Nielsen of Denmark set a record by scoring 10 goals in a 17–1 win over France "A". The famous mathematician Harald Bohr, brother of the even more famous Niels Bohr, also played for Denmark, who won the silver medal.
The match schedule of the tournament.
|R1||First round||SF||Semi-finals||B||Bronze medal match||F||Gold medal match|
|19 Mon||20 Tue||21 Wed||22 Thu||23 Fri||24 Sat|
|First round||Semi-finals||Gold medal match|
|19 October – Stockholm|
|22 October 1908 – Stockholm|
|24 October 1908 – Stockholm|
|20 October – Stockholm|
|Great Britain (a.e.t.)||12|
|22 October 1908 – Stockholm|
|Netherlands||0||Bronze medal match|
|23 October 1908 – Stockholm|
Eight entries were accepted and the tournament draw, or arrangement of the schedule by lot, generated a full quarterfinal round of four matches. Before the beginning of play, however, the Hungary national football team withdrew due to the Bosnian crisis, although Hungary participated in the Games ( Hungary). Bohemia withdrew from the football tournament after losing FIFA membership. So there were two quarterfinal byes.
|N. Middelboe 10', 49'
Wolfhagen 15', 17', 67', 72'
Bohr 25', 47'
S. Nielsen 78'
|Stapley 37', 60', 64', 75'||Report|
|S. Nielsen 3', 4', 6', 39', 46', 48', 52', 64', 66', 76'
Lindgren 18', 37'
Wolfhagen 60', 72', 82', 89'
N. Middelboe 68'
Bronze medal matchEdit
All teams eliminated before the final were to participate in a separate tournament for the "bronze medal", and two matches were to be played on 21 October between the four first-round losers, but both were canceled on 15 October because Bohemia and Hungary had withdrawn, leaving only two first-round losers, France B and Sweden, who qualified by default for the semi-finals of the consolation tournament, and there they would meet the two semi-final losers, France and Netherlands, but the French were so shocked by their 17–1 defeat to Denmark that they withdrew both their main and B teams; meaning only the Netherlands and Sweden were left to play for the third place.
Gold medal matchEdit
|1||Great Britain (H)||3||3||0||0||18||1||+17||6||Champions|
|5||France||1||0||0||1||1||17||−16||0||Eliminated in semi-finals|
|6||France B||1||0||0||1||0||9||−9||0||Eliminated in first round|
Complete list of medal winners:
|Men's tournament|| Great Britain
| Denmark (DEN)
Peter Marius Andersen
Magnus Beck 
Ødbert E. Bjarnholt
| Netherlands (NED)|
Frans de Bruyn Kops
Bok de Korver
Jan van den Berg
Lo la Chapelle
Tonie van Renterghem
- 11 goals
- 8 goals
- 6 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
|1||Horace Bailey||Great Britain||1||3||0.33|
|5||Fernand Desrousseaux||France B||9||1||9.00|
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- Those players were also in squad, but did not play any matches.
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