|Host country||United States|
|Dates||July 29 – August 11|
|Teams||16 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||France (1st title)|
|Goals scored||84 (2.63 per match)|
|Attendance||1,425,181 (44,537 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Borislav Cvetković |
(5 goals each)
The association football (soccer) tournament at the 1984 Summer Olympics started on July 29 and ended on August 11, taking place throughout the United States. It was the first Olympic soccer competition in which officially professional players were allowed. Until then, the amateur-only rule had heavily favored socialist countries from Eastern Europe whose players were professionals in all but name. However, as agreed with FIFA to preserve the primacy of the World Cup, the Olympic competition was restricted to players with no more than five "A" caps at tournament start, regardless of age.
The soccer tournament was held in four venues:
The Gold Medal game between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl attracted an Olympic Games soccer attendance record of 101,799. Until 2014 this remained the record attendance for a soccer game in the United States. This broke the previous Olympics record attendance of 100,000 set at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia for the game of the 1956 Olympic Games played between the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. The Rose Bowl attendance would remain the Olympic record until 104,098 attended the game of the 2000 Summer Olympics between Cameroon and Spain at the Stadium Australia in Sydney.
The attendance also stood as the highest for a soccer game in the United States until 109,318 saw Manchester United defeat Real Madrid during the 2014 International Champions Cup at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
|G||Group stage||¼||Quarterfinals||½||Semifinals||B||3rd place play-off||F||Final|
|Event↓/Date →||Sun 29||Mon 30||Tue 31||Wed 1||Thu 2||Fri 3||Sat 4||Sun 5||Mon 6||Tue 7||Wed 8||Thu 9||Fri 10||Sat 11|
Sixteen teams qualified for the Olympic tournament after continental qualifying rounds. Three Warsaw Pact countries had qualified but withdrew as part of the Soviet-led boycott. They were replaced as follows:
|Rose Bowl||Harvard Stadium||Navy–Marine Corps Stadium||Stanford Stadium|
|Capacity: 103,300||Capacity: 30,323||Capacity: 34,000||Capacity: 84,500|
Main article: Football at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads
|1||France||3||1||2||0||5||4||+1||4||Qualified for quarter-finals|
|Report||Al-Muhannadi 55', 60'|
|Ahlsen 33'||Report||Brisson 5', 56'|
|Report||Vaadal 21', 52'|
|Santis 9'||Report||Lemoult 50'|
|1||Yugoslavia||3||3||0||0||7||3||+4||6||Qualified for quarter-finals|
|Gray 70'||Report||Saeed 83'|
|Mfédé 76'||Report||Mitchell 43', 82'
|Report||Deverić 55', 76', 87'
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||6||1||+5||6||Qualified for quarter-finals|
|Gilmar Popoca 12'
|Gilmar Popoca 86'||Report|
|Saudi Arabia||0–6||West Germany|
|Report||Schreier 8', 66'
Bommer 22', 72'
|1||Italy||3||2||0||1||2||1||+1||4||Qualified for quarter-finals|
|United States||3–0||Costa Rica|
|Davis 23', 86'
|Soliman 27'||Report||Thompson 8'|
|August 5 – Pasadena, CA|
|August 8 – Pasadena, CA|
|August 6 – Pasadena, CA|
|August 11 – Pasadena, CA|
|August 5 – Stanford, CA|
|August 8 – Stanford, CA|
|August 6 – Stanford, CA|
|Brazil (a.e.t.)||2||Bronze medal match|
|Brazil (pen.)||1 (4)|
|August 10 – Pasadena, CA|
|Gilmar Popoca 72'||Report||Mitchell 58'|
|Cvetković 21', 58', 70'
Gračan 46' (pen.)
|Fanna 62'||Report||Gilmar Popoca 53'
|Report||Vignola 27' (pen.)|
Note: As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.
|5||West Germany (FRG)||4||2||0||2||10||6||+4||4||Eliminated in the quarter-finals|
|9||United States (USA)||3||1||1||1||4||2||+2||3||Eliminated in the group stage|
|13||Costa Rica (CRC)||3||1||0||2||2||7||−5||2|
|16||Saudi Arabia (KSA)||3||0||0||3||1||10||−9||0|
With five goals, Daniel Xuereb of France, Borislav Cvetković and Stjepan Deverić of Yugoslavia are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 84 goals were scored by 52 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.
In the final tournament, a player was suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for getting a red card. The following twelve players were sent off and suspended during the final tournament:
|Sebastiano Nela||in group D v Egypt||July 29||Group D v United States|
|Mohamed Sedky||in group D v Italy||July 29||Group D v Costa Rica|
|Morsy El Alaa||in group D v Italy||July 29||Group D v Costa Rica|
|Moustafa Ahmed Ismail||in group D v Italy||July 29||Group D v Costa Rica|
|Marko Elsner||in group B v Cameroon||July 30||Group B v Canada|
|Mustapha El Biyaz||in group C v West Germany||July 30||Group C v Saudi Arabia|
|Mubarak Al-Kaater||in group A v Norway||August 2||None (Qatar eliminated)|
|Issa Al-Mohammadi||in group A v Norway||August 2||None (Qatar eliminated)|
|Théophile Abega||in group B v Canada||August 3||None (Cameroon eliminated)|
|Sameer Abdulshaker||in group C v West Germany||August 3||None (Saudi Arabia eliminated)|
|Jovica Nikolić||in semi-final v France||August 8||Bronze medal match v Italy|
|Borislav Cvetković||in semi-final v France||August 8||Bronze medal match v Italy|
The wave was first broadcast internationally during the 1984 Olympic football final, when it was done among the 100,000 in attendance at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena.