at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
|Games||2020 Summer Olympics|
|Dates||21 July – 7 August 2021|
|Venues||6 (in 6 host cities)|
|Competitors||608 from 24 nations|
|Teams||16 (from 6 confederations)|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Football at the|
2020 Summer Olympics
The association football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics was held from 21 July to 7 August 2021 in Japan.
In addition to the Olympic host city of Tokyo, matches were also played in Kashima, Saitama, Sapporo, Rifu and Yokohama.
Associations affiliated with FIFA may send teams to participate in the tournament. There were no age restrictions on women's teams, while men's teams were 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. In June 2020, FIFA approved the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system at the Olympics. Teams were restricted to 18 athletes, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rosters were allowed to consist of up to 22 athletes.
Brazil was the men's defending champions. Germany won the previous women's tournament, but failed to qualify after losing to Sweden in the quarter-finals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
|G||Group stage||¼||Quarter-finals||½||Semi-finals||B||Bronze medal match||F||Gold medal match|
|21 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|
A total of six venues were used:
|Tokyo Stadium||Saitama Stadium||International Stadium Yokohama|
|Ibaraki Kashima Stadium|
The Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions ratified the distribution of spots at their meeting on 14 September 2017.
|Total: 24 NOCs||16||12||608|
In addition to the host nation Japan, 15 men's national teams qualified from six separate continental confederations.
|Means of qualification||Ref.||Dates1||Venue(s)1||Berth(s)||Qualified|
|2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||||16–30 June 2019|| Italy
|2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||||21 September – 5 October 2019||Fiji||1||New Zealand|
|2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations||||8–22 November 2019||Egypt||3|| Egypt|
|2020 AFC U-23 Championship||||8–26 January 2020||Thailand||3|| Australia|
|2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament||||18 January – 9 February 2020||Colombia||2|| Argentina|
|2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship||||18–30 March 2021||Mexico||2|| Honduras|
In addition to hosts Japan, 11 women's national teams qualified from six separate continental confederations.
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.
|Means of qualification||Dates2||Venue(s)2||Berth(s)||Qualified|
|2018 Copa América||4–22 April 2018||Chile||1||Brazil|
|2018 OFC Nations Cup||18 November – 1 December 2018||New Caledonia||1||New Zealand|
|2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
(as UEFA qualifying)
|7 June – 7 July 2019||France||3|| Great Britain|
|2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship||28 January – 9 February 2020||United States||2|| Canada|
|2020 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament||5–10 March 2020||Multiple||1||Zambia|
|2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament||6–11 March 2020 & 8–13 April 2021||Multiple||2|| Australia|
|CAF–CONMEBOL play-off||10–13 April 2021||Turkey||1||Chile|
The draws for the men's and women's tournaments was held on 21 April 2021, 10:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland.
|Totals (6 entries)||2||2||2||6|
José Joaquín Esquivel
| United States|
Main article: Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
The competition consists of two stages: a group stage with four groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage contested by eight teams which advanced as group winners and runners-up. The 16 teams are 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.
|1||Japan (H)||3||3||0||0||7||1||+6||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||South Korea||3||2||0||1||10||1||+9||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Spain||3||1||2||0||2||1||+1||5||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Brazil||3||2||1||0||7||3||+4||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Gold medal match|
|31 July – Yokohama|
|3 August – Kashima|
|31 July – Saitama|
|Brazil (p)||0 (4)|
|7 August – Yokohama|
|31 July – Kashima|
|Japan (p)||0 (4)|
|3 August – Saitama|
|New Zealand||0 (2)|
|31 July – Rifu|
|Spain (a.e.t.)||1||Bronze medal match|
|6 August – Saitama|
The competition consists of two stages: a group stage with three groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage contested by eight teams which advanced as group winners and runners-up plus the two best third-placed teams. 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 the FIFA Women's World Rankings released on 16 April 2021. As Great Britain are not a FIFA member and therefore do not have a ranking, they will be seeded based on the FIFA ranking of England, who qualified on behalf of Great Britain. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation.
|1||Great Britain||3||2||1||0||4||1||+3||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Netherlands||3||2||1||0||21||8||+13||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Sweden||3||3||0||0||9||2||+7||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Gold medal match|
|30 July – Kashima|
|2 August – Yokohama|
|30 July – Saitama|
|6 August – Yokohama|
|30 July – Yokohama|
|Canada (p)||1 (3)|
|2 August – Kashima|
|United States (p)||2 (4)|
|30 July – Rifu|
|Canada||1||Bronze medal match|
|Canada (p)||0 (4)|
|5 August – Kashima|