Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates22 July – 8 August 2020
Teams16 (men) + 12 (women) (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)7 (in 6 host cities)
2016
2024

The association football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held from 22 July to 8 August 2020 in Japan.

In addition to the Olympic host city of Tokyo, matches will also be played in Kashima, Saitama, Sapporo, Sendai, and Yokohama.[1]

Associations affiliated with FIFA may send teams to participate in the tournament. Men's teams are restricted to under-23 players (born on or after 1 January 1997) with a maximum of three overage players allowed, while there are no age restrictions on women's teams.[2]

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.

Competition schedule[edit]

GS Group stage QF Quarterfinals SF Semifinals B 3rd place play-off F Final
Date
Event
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 8
Men GS GS GS QF SF B F
Women GS GS GS QF SF B F

Venues[edit]

A total of seven venues will be used:[1]

Shinjuku, Tokyo Chofu, Tokyo Saitama, Saitama Yokohama, Kanagawa
National Stadium Tokyo Stadium Saitama Stadium Int. Stadium Yokohama
Capacity: 60,016
Capacity: 48,000
Capacity: 62,000
Capacity: 70,000
Kokuritsu Kasumigaoka Rikujo Kyogijo-26.jpg Ajinomoto Stadium 20101120.JPG Saitama Stadium Panorama.jpg NISSANSTADIUM20080608.JPG
Kashima, Ibaraki
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium[3]
Capacity: 42,000
Kashima Stadium 1.JPG
Rifu, Miyagi
(Sendai metropolitan area)
Miyagi Stadium
Capacity: 48,000
MiyagiStadiumTrackField.jpg
Sapporo, Hokkaido
Sapporo Dome
Capacity: 42,000
Sapporo Dome 001.jpeg

Qualification[edit]

The Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions ratified the distribution of spots at their meeting on 14 September 2017.[4]

Men's qualification[edit]

In addition to host nation Japan, 15 men's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations.[4]

Means of qualification Ref. Dates1 Venue1 Berths Qualified
Host country 7 September 2013 N/A 1  Japan
2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship [5] 16–30 June 2019  Italy
 San Marino
4  France
 Germany
 Romania
 Spain
2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament [6] 21 September – 5 October 2019  Fiji 1  New Zealand
2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations [7] 8–22 November 2019  Egypt 3 TBD
2020 AFC U-23 Championship [8] 8–26 January 2020  Thailand 3 TBD
2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament [9] 18 January – 9 February 2020  Colombia 2 TBD
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship [10] 20 March – 1 April 2020  Mexico 2 TBD
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 qualification[edit]

In addition to host nation Japan, 11 women's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations.[4]

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.[11][12]

Means of qualification Ref. Dates2 Venue2 Berths Qualified
Host country 7 September 2013 N/A 1  Japan
2018 Copa América [13] 4–22 April 2018  Chile 1  Brazil
2018 OFC Nations Cup [14] 18 November – 1 December 2018 New Caledonia New Caledonia 1  New Zealand
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
(As UEFA qualifying)
[15] 7 June – 7 July 2019  France 3  Great Britain
 Netherlands
 Sweden
2020 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament [16] 13–22 January 2020 Various 1 TBD
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship February 2020 TBD 2 TBD
2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament [17] 6–11 March 2020 Various 2 TBD
CAF–CONMEBOL play-off 2020 (TBD) TBD 1 TBD
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.

Men's competition[edit]

The competition consists of two stages; a group stage followed by a knockout stage. 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.[18]

Women's competition[edit]

The competition consists of two stages; a group stage followed by a knockout stage. 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 their FIFA Women's World Rankings in March 2020. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation.[18]

See also[edit]

Note[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Olympic sport football". tokyo2020.jp. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Regulations for the Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  3. ^ "Olympic Sports : Football". The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Under-21 EURO 2019: all you need to know". uefa.com. 16 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Olympic Qualifier Draw complete". Oceania Football Confederation. 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ "CAF confirms 2019 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt will be played in November". Ghana Soccernet. 29 September 2018.
  8. ^ "FA Thailand proposed as 2020 AFC U-23 Championship host". AFC. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Colombia será sede del Campeonato Sudamericano Preolímpico Sub-23 del 2020". conmebol.com. 14 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Guadalajara Set to Host the 2020 Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament". www.concacaf.com. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Organising Committee takes important decisions on FIFA Women's World Cup". FIFA.com. 1 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Home nations agree to GB women's football team". BBC Sport. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  13. ^ "La Copa América Femenina se celebrará del 4 al 22 de abril". CONMEBOL.com. 21 July 2017.
  14. ^ "OFC Women's Nations Cup confirmed". Oceania Football Confederation. 12 March 2018.
  15. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup fixtures/results". UEFA.com. 16 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Tokyo 2020: Sierra Leone disqualified, Angola withdraws". CAF. 5 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Asia's elite set to vie for two Tokyo 2020 tickets". Asian Football Confederation. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Draw Procedures – Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020" (PDF). FIFA.com.

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