The men’s and women’s football competitions are running at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
After two games in the men’s group stage, Japan leads Group A, South Korea leads Group B, Spain leads Group C and Brazil leads Group D.
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The knockout rounds begin on July 31st, the finals take place on August 7th.
In the women’s group, Great Britain is leading Group E after two group matches, the Netherlands are first in Group F and Sweden are in Group G.
The quarter-finals start on July 30th and the finals on August 5th.
But how do teams qualify for the Olympics and how are they selected? Here you will find everything you need to know about the events.
How does each nation qualify for Olympic football?
The continents indicate the number of countries they are allowed to send to the games.
In Tokyo, Africa received three men’s and 1.5 women’s teams (half refers to a play-off to qualify for the Olympic Games), Asia has three men’s and two women’s teams, Europe has four men’s and three women’s teams, Oceania has a men’s and a women’s team, South America has two men and 1.5 women, and North America has two men and two women.
Europe uses the men’s U21 championship and the FIFA Women’s World Cup to decide on qualification. The other regions use qualifying tournaments to determine who will participate in the games.
And the host country qualifies for both the men’s and women’s competition.
This is how the teams were selected
In men’s football, the International Olympic Committee only allows players on the teams who are 23 years of age or younger. There is an exception to this rule, as three selected people over the age of 23 are allowed on the cadre list.
Clubs are also not forced to release players for the event.
Women’s football works differently because they can choose any player regardless of age.
Why is there no men’s squad from Team GB?
The last time a men’s team from Team GB competed in the Olympics was in London in 2012, when the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations feared that if they played on Team GB they would lose their FIFA-awarded home status .
Although ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter had given assurances that this would not happen, only English and Welsh players competed in 2012.
When organizing a team for the 2016 Games, the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations rejected ideas on how the squad would be put together.
An agreement was not reached and so there was no men’s squad from Team GB in Rio and a similar situation occurred outside Tokyo.