Football
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
Football, Tokyo 2020.svg
Football pictogram for the 2020 Summer Olympics
Event details
Games2020 Summer Olympics
Host countryJapan
Dates21 July – 7 August 2021
Venues6 (in 6 host cities)
Competitors608 from 24 nations
Men's tournament
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Medalists
1 Gold Brazil
2 Silver Spain
3 Bronze Mexico
Women's tournament
Teams12 (from 6 confederations)
Medalists
1 Gold Canada
2 Silver Sweden
3 Bronze United States
Editions
2016
2024

The association football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics was held from 21 July to 7 August 2021 in Japan.[1]

In addition to the Olympic host city of Tokyo, matches were also played in Kashima, Saitama, Sapporo, Rifu and Yokohama.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] In June 2020, FIFA approved the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system at the Olympics.[5] Teams were restricted to 18 athletes, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rosters were allowed to consist of up to 22 athletes.[6]

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.

Schedule

Legend
G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals B Bronze medal match F Gold medal match
Date
Event
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
Men G G G ¼ ½ B F
Women G G G ¼ ½ B F

Venues

A total of six venues were used:[2]

Chōfu
(Tokyo)
Saitama Yokohama
Tokyo Stadium Saitama Stadium International Stadium Yokohama
Capacity: 60,102
Capacity: 48,000
Capacity: 70,000
Ajinomoto Stadium 20101120.JPG
Saitama Stadium Panorama.jpg
Nissan International Stadium Yokohama.jpg
Kashima
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium[7]
Capacity: 42,000
Kashima Stadium 1.JPG
Rifu
Miyagi Stadium
Capacity: 48,000
MiyagiStadiumTrackField.jpg
Sapporo
Sapporo Dome
Capacity: 42,000
Sapporo Dome 001.jpeg

Qualification

The Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions ratified the distribution of spots at their meeting on 14 September 2017.[8]

Summary

Nation Men's Women's Athletes
 Argentina Yes 22
 Australia Yes Yes 44
 Brazil Yes Yes 44
 Canada Yes 22
 Chile Yes 22
 China Yes 22
 Egypt Yes 22
 France Yes 21
 Great Britain Yes 22
 Ivory Coast Yes 21
 Germany Yes 19
 Honduras Yes 22
 Japan Yes Yes 44
 Mexico Yes 22
 New Zealand Yes Yes 44
 Netherlands Yes 22
 Romania Yes 22
 South Africa Yes 19
 Saudi Arabia Yes 22
 South Korea Yes 22
 Spain Yes 22
 Sweden Yes 22
 United States Yes 22
 Zambia Yes 22
Total: 24 NOCs 16 12 608

Men's qualification

Main article: Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's qualification

In addition to the host nation Japan, 15 men's national teams qualified from six separate continental confederations.[8]


Means of qualification Ref. Dates1 Venue(s)1 Berth(s) Qualified
Host nation [9] 1  Japan
2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship [10] 16–30 June 2019  Italy
 San Marino
4  France
 Germany
 Romania
 Spain
2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament [11] 21 September – 5 October 2019  Fiji 1  New Zealand
2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations [12] 8–22 November 2019  Egypt 3  Egypt
 Ivory Coast
 South Africa
2020 AFC U-23 Championship [13] 8–26 January 2020  Thailand 3  Australia
 Saudi Arabia
 South Korea
2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament [14] 18 January – 9 February 2020  Colombia 2  Argentina
 Brazil
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship [15] 18–30 March 2021  Mexico 2  Honduras
 Mexico
Total   16

Women's qualification

Main article: Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Women's qualification

In addition to hosts Japan, 11 women's national teams qualified from six separate continental confederations.[8]

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.[16][17]

Means of qualification Dates2 Venue(s)2 Berth(s) Qualified
Host nation 1  Japan
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
 Netherlands
 Sweden
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship 28 January – 9 February 2020  United States 2  Canada
 United States
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
 China
CAF–CONMEBOL play-off 10–13 April 2021  Turkey 1  Chile
Total   12  

Final draw

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.[18]

Medal summary

Medal table

RankNOCGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil1001
 Canada1001
3 Spain0101
 Sweden0101
5 Mexico0011
 United States0011
Totals (6 entries)2226

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men
details
 Brazil
Aderbar Santos
Gabriel Menino
Diego Carlos
Ricardo Graça
Douglas Luiz
Guilherme Arana
Paulinho
Bruno Guimarães
Matheus Cunha
Richarlison
Antony
Brenno
Dani Alves
Bruno Fuchs
Nino
Abner
Malcom
Matheus Henrique
Reinier Jesus
Claudinho
Gabriel Martinelli
Lucão
 Spain
Unai Simón
Óscar Mingueza
Marc Cucurella
Pau Torres
Jesús Vallejo
Martín Zubimendi
Marco Asensio
Mikel Merino
Rafa Mir
Dani Ceballos
Mikel Oyarzabal
Eric García
Álvaro Fernández
Carlos Soler
Jon Moncayola
Pedri
Javi Puado
Óscar Gil
Dani Olmo
Juan Miranda
Bryan Gil
Iván Villar
 Mexico
Luis Malagón
Jorge Sánchez
César Montes
Jesús Angulo
Johan Vásquez
Vladimir Loroña
Luis Romo
Carlos Rodríguez
Henry Martín
Diego Lainez
Alexis Vega
Adrián Mora
Guillermo Ochoa
Érick Aguirre
Uriel Antuna
José Joaquín Esquivel
Sebastián Córdova
Eduardo Aguirre
Ricardo Angulo
Fernando Beltrán
Roberto Alvarado
Sebastián Jurado
Women
details
 Canada
Stephanie Labbé
Allysha Chapman
Kadeisha Buchanan
Shelina Zadorsky
Quinn
Deanne Rose
Julia Grosso
Jayde Riviere
Adriana Leon
Ashley Lawrence
Desiree Scott
Christine Sinclair
Évelyne Viens
Vanessa Gilles
Nichelle Prince
Janine Beckie
Jessie Fleming
Kailen Sheridan
Jordyn Huitema
Sophie Schmidt
Gabrielle Carle
Erin McLeod
 Sweden
Hedvig Lindahl
Jonna Andersson
Emma Kullberg
Hanna Glas
Hanna Bennison
Magdalena Eriksson
Madelen Janogy
Lina Hurtig
Kosovare Asllani
Sofia Jakobsson
Stina Blackstenius
Jennifer Falk
Amanda Ilestedt
Nathalie Björn
Olivia Schough
Filippa Angeldal
Caroline Seger
Fridolina Rolfö
Anna Anvegård
Julia Roddar
Rebecka Blomqvist
Zećira Mušović
 United States
Alyssa Naeher
Crystal Dunn
Sam Mewis
Becky Sauerbrunn
Kelley O'Hara
Kristie Mewis
Tobin Heath
Julie Ertz
Lindsey Horan
Carli Lloyd
Christen Press
Tierna Davidson
Alex Morgan
Emily Sonnett
Megan Rapinoe
Rose Lavelle
Abby Dahlkemper
Adrianna Franch
Catarina Macario
Casey Krueger
Lynn Williams
Jane Campbell

Men's competition

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.[19]

Group stage

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan (H) 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Mexico 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3  France 3 1 0 2 5 11 −6 3
4  South Africa 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
Source: TOCOG and FIFA
(H) Host

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 3 2 0 1 10 1 +9 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  New Zealand 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Romania 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3 4
4  Honduras 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
Source: TOCOG and FIFA

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  Egypt 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4
3  Argentina 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
4  Australia 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
Source: TOCOG and FIFA

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ivory Coast 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3  Germany 3 1 1 1 6 7 −1 4
4  Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 4 8 −4 0
Source: TOCOG and FIFA

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
31 July – Yokohama
 
 
 South Korea3
 
3 August – Kashima
 
 Mexico6
 
 Mexico0 (1)
 
31 July – Saitama
 
 Brazil (p)0 (4)
 
 Brazil1
 
7 August – Yokohama
 
 Egypt0
 
 Brazil (a.e.t.)2
 
31 July – Kashima
 
 Spain1
 
 Japan (p)0 (4)
 
3 August – Saitama
 
 New Zealand0 (2)
 
 Japan0
 
31 July – Rifu
 
 Spain (a.e.t.)1 Bronze medal match
 
 Spain (a.e.t.)5
 
6 August – Saitama
 
 Ivory Coast2
 
 Mexico3
 
 
 Japan1
 

Women's competition

Main article: Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament

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.[20]

Group stage

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Great Britain 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Canada 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
3  Japan (H) 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4  Chile 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Source: TOCOG and FIFA
(H) Host

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 3 2 1 0 21 8 +13 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Brazil 3 2 1 0 9 3 +6 7
3  Zambia 3 0 1 2 7 15 −8 1
4  China 3 0 1 2 6 17 −11 1
Source: TOCOG and FIFA

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  United States 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
3  Australia 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
4  New Zealand 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0
Source: TOCOG and FIFA

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
30 July – Kashima
 
 
 Great Britain3
 
2 August – Yokohama
 
 Australia (a.e.t.)4
 
 Australia0
 
30 July – Saitama
 
 Sweden1
 
 Sweden3
 
6 August – Yokohama
 
 Japan1
 
 Sweden1 (2)
 
30 July – Yokohama
 
 Canada (p)1 (3)
 
 Netherlands2 (2)
 
2 August – Kashima
 
 United States (p)2 (4)
 
 United States0
 
30 July – Rifu
 
 Canada1 Bronze medal match
 
 Canada (p)0 (4)
 
5 August – Kashima
 
 Brazil0 (3)
 
 Australia3
 
 
 United States4
 

See also

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