Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics has been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, the games were planned to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2020. However, their official name remains 2020 Summer Olympics. [1] It will be the 27th edition of the men's Olympic football tournament. Together with the women's competition, the 2020 Summer Olympics football tournament will be held in six cities in Japan, including the Olympic host city, Tokyo. The final will be hosted at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Teams participating in the men's competition are restricted to under-24 players (born on or after 1 January 1997) with a maximum of three overage players allowed. 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.[2]

2020 Men's Olympic Football Tournament
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Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates22 July – 7 August 2021 (expected)
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
2016
2024

Brazil are the defending champions.

Competition scheduleEdit

The match schedule of the men's tournament as of 5 December 2018.[3]

Legend
G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals B Bronze medal match F Gold medal match
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
G G G ¼ ½ B F

QualificationEdit

In addition to host nation Japan, 15 men's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations. The Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions ratified the distribution of spots at their meeting on 14 September 2017.[4]


Means of qualification Ref. Dates1 Venue1 Berths Qualified
Host country [5] 7 September 2013   Buenos Aires 1   Japan
2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship [6] 16–30 June 2019   Italy
  San Marino
4   France
  Germany
  Romania
  Spain
2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament [7] 21 September – 5 October 2019   Fiji 1   New Zealand
2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations [8] 8–22 November 2019   Egypt 3   Egypt
  Ivory Coast
  South Africa
2020 AFC U-23 Championship [9] 8–26 January 2020   Thailand 3   Australia
  Saudi Arabia
  South Korea
2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament [10] 18 January – 9 February 2020   Colombia 2   Argentina
  Brazil
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship [11] 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.

VenuesEdit

The tournament will be held in six venues across six cities:

SquadsEdit

The men's tournament is an international tournament with restrictions on age: players must be born on or after 1 January 1997, with three overage players allowed for each squad in the final tournament. Each team has to submit a squad of 18 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers. Each team can also name a list of four alternate players, who can replace any player in the squad in case of injury during the tournament.[12]

Match officialsEdit

The referees were announced on 23 April 2021.[13][14]

DrawEdit

The draw for the tournament was held on 21 April 2021, 10:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland.[15] It was conducted by Sarai Bareman, FIFA chief women’s football officer, and Jaime Yarza, FIFA director of tournaments.

The sixteen teams were drawn into four groups of four teams.[16] The hosts Japan were automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position A1, while the remaining teams were 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 could contain more than one team from each confederation.[17]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Group stageEdit

The competing countries were divided into four groups of four teams, denoted as groups A, B, C and D. Teams in each group will play one another in a round-robin basis, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the quarter-finals.

All times are local, JST (UTC+9).[18]

TiebreakersEdit

The ranking of teams in the group stage is determined as follows:[12]

  1. Points obtained in all group matches (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat);
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  5. Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
  6. Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  7. Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match):
    • Yellow card: −1 point;
    • Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
    • Direct red card: −4 points;
    • Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;
  8. Drawing of lots.

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


Mexico  Match 2  France
Japan  Match 1  South Africa

France  Match 10  South Africa
Japan  Match 9  Mexico

France  Match 17  Japan
South Africa  Match 18  Mexico

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


New Zealand  Match 3  South Korea
Honduras  Match 4  Romania

New Zealand  Match 11  Honduras
Romania  Match 12  South Korea

Romania  Match 19  New Zealand
South Korea  Match 20  Honduras

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


Egypt  Match 5  Spain
Argentina  Match 6  Australia

Egypt  Match 13  Argentina
Australia  Match 14  Spain

Australia  Match 21  Egypt
Spain  Match 22  Argentina

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


Brazil  Match 7  Germany

Brazil  Match 15  Ivory Coast
Saudi Arabia  Match 16  Germany

Saudi Arabia  Match 23  Brazil
Germany  Match 24  Ivory Coast

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.[12]

BracketEdit

 
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
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Winner Group CMatch 27Runner-up Group D

Winner Group AMatch 25Runner-up Group B

Winner Group DMatch 28Runner-up Group C

Winner Group BMatch 26Runner-up Group A

Semi-finalsEdit

Winner Match 26Match 30Winner Match 28

Winner Match 25Match 29Winner Match 27

Bronze medal matchEdit

Loser Match 29Match 31Loser Match 30

Gold medal matchEdit

Winner Match 29Match 32Winner Match 30

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ "Match officials appointed for Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020". FIFA. 23 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  14. ^ "List of appointed Match Officials (International Technical Officials" (PDF). FIFA. 23 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
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