Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics

The association football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held from 21 July to 7 August 2021 in Japan.[1]

Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates21 July – 7 August 2021
Teams16 (men) + 12 (women) (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)7 (in 6 host cities)
2016
2024

In addition to the Olympic host city of Tokyo, matches will also be played in Kashima, Saitama, Sapporo, Sendai, and Yokohama.[2]

Associations affiliated with FIFA may send teams to participate in the tournament. There are no age restrictions on women's teams, while men's teams are restricted to under-24 players (born on or after 1 January 1997) with a maximum of three overage players allowed.[3] The men's tournament is typically restricted to under-23 players, though following the postponement of the Olympics by a year, FIFA decided to maintain the restriction of players born on or after 1 January 1997.[4] In June 2020, FIFA approved the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system at the Olympics.[5]

Brazil are the men's defending champions. Germany are the women's defending champions, but failed to qualify after losing to Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. For the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used at the Summer Olympics.

Competition scheduleEdit

Legend
G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals B Bronze medal match F Gold medal match
Date
Event
21 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sun 26 Mon 27 Tue 28 Wed 29 Thu 30 Fri 31 Sat 1 Sun 2 Mon 3 Tue 4 Wed 5 Thu 6 Fri 7 Sat
Men G G G ¼ ½ B F
Women G G G ¼ ½ B F

VenuesEdit

A total of seven venues will be used:[2]

Tokyo Chōfu Saitama Yokohama
National Stadium Tokyo Stadium Saitama Stadium Int. Stadium Yokohama
Capacity: 60,102
Capacity: 48,000
Capacity: 62,000
Capacity: 70,000
       
Kashima
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium[6]
Capacity: 42,000
 
Rifu
Miyagi Stadium
Capacity: 48,000
 
Sapporo
Sapporo Dome
Capacity: 42,000
 

QualificationEdit

The Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions ratified the distribution of spots at their meeting on 14 September 2017.[7]

Men's qualificationEdit

In addition to host nation Japan, 15 men's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations.[7]


Means of qualification Ref. Dates1 Venue1 Berths Qualified
Host country [8] 7 September 2013   Buenos Aires 1   Japan
2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship [9] 16–30 June 2019   Italy
  San Marino
4   France
  Germany
  Romania
  Spain
2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament [10] 21 September – 5 October 2019   Fiji 1   New Zealand
2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations [11] 8–22 November 2019   Egypt 3   Egypt
  Ivory Coast
  South Africa
2020 AFC U-23 Championship [12] 8–26 January 2020   Thailand 3   Australia
  Saudi Arabia
  South Korea
2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament [13] 18 January – 9 February 2020   Colombia 2   Argentina
  Brazil
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship [14] 18–30 March 2021   Mexico 2   Honduras
  Mexico
Total   16
  • ^1 Dates and venues are those of final tournaments (or final round of qualification tournaments), various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.

Women's qualificationEdit

In addition to the host nation Japan, 11 women's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations.[7]

For the first time, as per an agreement between the four British football associations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), Great Britain qualified for the Olympics through England's performance in the World Cup (a procedure already successfully employed by Team GB in field hockey and rugby sevens). Scotland also participated in the World Cup but, under the agreement whereby the highest ranked home nation is nominated to compete for the purposes of Olympic qualification, their performance was not taken into account.[15][16]

Means of qualification Ref. Dates2 Venue2 Berths Qualified
Host country 7 September 2013   Buenos Aires 1   Japan
2018 Copa América [17] 4–22 April 2018   Chile 1   Brazil
2018 OFC Nations Cup [18] 18 November – 1 December 2018   New Caledonia 1   New Zealand
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
(as UEFA qualifying)
[19] 7 June – 7 July 2019   France 3   Great Britain
  Netherlands
  Sweden
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship [20] 28 January – 9 February 2020   United States 2   Canada
  United States
2020 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament [21] 5–10 March 2020 multiple 1   Zambia
2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament [22] 6–11 March 2020 & 8–13 April 2021 multiple 2   Australia
  China PR
CAF–CONMEBOL play-off [23] 10–13 April 2021   Turkey 1   Chile
Total   12  
  • ^2 Dates and venues are those of final tournaments (or final round of qualification tournaments), various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.

Final drawEdit

The draws for the men's and women's tournaments was held on 21 April 2021, 10:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland.[24]

Men's competitionEdit

The competition consists of two stages: a group stage with four groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage contested by eight teams which advanced as group winners and runners-up. The 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams. The hosts Japan are automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position A1, while the remaining teams are seeded into their respective pots based on their results in the last five Olympics (more recent tournaments weighted more heavily), with bonus points awarded to confederation champions. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation.[25]

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 22 July 2021. Source: FIFA
(H) Host

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 22 July 2021. Source: FIFA

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Egypt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 22 July 2021. Source: FIFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Ivory Coast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 22 July 2021. Source: FIFA

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
31 July – Kashima
 
 
Winner Group A
 
3 August – Saitama
 
Runner-up Group B
 
Winner Match 25
 
31 July – Rifu
 
Winner Match 27
 
Winner Group C
 
7 August – Yokohama
 
Runner-up Group D
 
Winner Match 29
 
31 July – Yokohama
 
Winner Match 30
 
Winner Group B
 
3 August – Kashima
 
Runner-up Group A
 
Winner Match 26
 
31 July – Saitama
 
Winner Match 28Bronze medal match
 
Winner Group D
 
6 August – Saitama
 
Runner-up Group C
 
Loser Match 29
 
 
Loser Match 30
 

Women's competitionEdit

The competition consists of two stages: a group stage with three groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage contested by eight teams which advanced as group winners and runners-up plus the two best third-placed teams. The 12 teams will be drawn into three groups of four teams. The hosts Japan are automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position E1, while the remaining teams are seeded into their respective pots based on the FIFA Women's World Rankings released on 16 April 2021. As Great Britain are not a FIFA member and therefore do not have a ranking, they will be seeded based on the FIFA ranking of England, who qualified on behalf of Great Britain. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation.[26]

Group stageEdit

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Great Britain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4   Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 July 2021. Source: FIFA
(H) Host

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   China PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4   Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 July 2021. Source: FIFA

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4   New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 July 2021. Source: FIFA

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
30 July – Kashima
 
 
Winner Group E
 
2 August – Yokohama
 
3rd Group F/G
 
Winner Match 19
 
30 July – Saitama
 
Winner Match 21
 
Winner Group G
 
6 August – Tokyo (National)
 
3rd Group E/F
 
Winner Match 23
 
30 July – Yokohama
 
Winner Match 24
 
Winner Group F
 
2 August – Kashima
 
Runner-up Group G
 
Winner Match 20
 
30 July – Rifu
 
Winner Match 22Bronze medal match
 
Runner-up Group E
 
5 August – Kashima
 
Runner-up Group F
 
Loser Match 23
 
 
Loser Match 24
 

See alsoEdit

NoteEdit

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