Olympic football is the main attraction of the Games, where the men’s and women’s teams compete for the coveted gold medal. Men’s football made its Olympic debut at the 1900 Paris Games, where Great Britain won its first gold medal and has been competed ever since, with the exception of the 1932 Los Angeles Games, when a dispute arose between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA over the Amateur Regulations led to the exclusion of competitions from the register. In 1896, the American women’s team won the women’s Olympic soccer tournament. The IOC approved the addition of the Women’s Football Association as a permanent Olympic event in September 1993, establishing an eight-team tournament for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

For men’s football, International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules state that only players under the age of 23 can play, and no more than three players over 23. For men’s Olympic football only, FIFA and the IOC limit participation in the competition. For players aged 23 and under, only three players over the age of 23 are allowed to be selected per team (due to the delays in the pandemic, this age limit has been Increasing 24 by 2021). Club teams are also not required to release male players to their national team to play only in men’s Olympic football. Most of them have Olympic qualification tournaments, and some are labelled under 23 championships for men. Meanwhile, adult national teams participate in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.

They also take the best European players in the Women’s World Cup to fill three places in the Women’s Olympic tournament. The victory is not unusual; the Brazilian national team became the fifth team to win consecutive gold medals in men’s Olympic football. The draw, combined with a loss to Honduras in another group match against South Korea, meant that the men’s Olympic football team finished second, becoming the first men’s team to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup or Olympic Games.

Gold medal winners do not automatically qualify for subsequent Games, so Germany, which won the 2016 women’s Olympic gold, did not compete in the 2020 Olympics. Since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, African and South American teams have won all the gold medals. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​16 countries competed in the men’s competition, and 12 participating countries competed in the women’s competition. Japan has men’s and women’s soccer teams that compete in the Olympics.

For the 2020 tournament, FIFA said that the Great Britain women’s team could compete in the Summer Olympics after four agreed on football championships, depending on the England women’s team’s performance in the World Cup 2019 (acts as a European qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games). Although FIFA has allowed professionals to compete in the Olympics since 1984, the FA has never returned. Member country representatives feared that a unified British Olympic team would set a precedent that could cause FIFA to question their separate status in other competitions. International Football Association. Only the English Football Association is a member of the British Olympic Association (BOA), and the FA registered “Great Britain” teams in football tournaments until 1972. The Olympic football tournaments of 1900 and 1904 originally consisted of exhibition matches. Still, later the Olympic Games were given official status with medals awarded to teams based on match results (there is also evidence that the football event took place in 1896).