Football at the Pan American Games
No. of events2 (men: 1; women: 1)

Football (soccer) at the Pan American Games has been included in every Pan American Games as a men's competition sport, since the first edition of the multi-sports event held in Buenos Aries, Argentine in 1951. The competition is organized by the Pan American Sports Organization.

So as to avoid competition with the World Cup, FIFA have restricted participation of elite players in the men's tournament in various ways. Currently squads for the men's tournament are required to be composed of players under 22 years of age.

The tournament was played in league format from 1951 to 1963, neither final nor bronze medal match hosted. Another format was used in 1971, this time the tournament was played in group format in early stages, but played in league format for final stages. The 1983 tournament saw only 3 teams played in the final group stages, with the first and final time the tournament did not have the fourth place team.

A women's tournament was introduced in 1999.

Men's tournament

Summaries

Ed. Year Host city Final Third Place Match Num.
teams
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gold Score 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Score Fourth
1
Argentina 1951 Buenos Aires  Argentina
[n 1]
 Costa Rica  Chile
[n 1]
 Venezuela
5
2
Mexico 1955 Mexico City  Argentina
[n 1]
 Mexico  Ned. Antilles
[n 1]
 Venezuela
4
3
United States 1959 Chicago  Argentina
[n 1]
 Brazil  United States
[n 1]
 Haiti
7
4
Brazil 1963 São Paulo  Brazil
[n 1]
 Argentina  Chile
[n 1]
 Uruguay
5
5
Canada 1967 Winnipeg  Mexico 4–0 (a.e.t.)  Bermuda  T. Tobago
4–1
 Canada
8
6
Colombia 1971 Cali  Argentina
[n 1]
 Colombia  Cuba
[n 1]
 T. Tobago
12
7
Mexico 1975 Mexico City  Mexico
 Brazil
[n 2]
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(none) [n 2]  Argentina
2–0
 Costa Rica
13
8
Puerto Rico 1979 San Juan  Brazil
3–0
 Cuba  Argentina
2–0
 Costa Rica
12
9
Venezuela 1983 Caracas  Uruguay
1–0
 Brazil  Guatemala
[n 3]
[n 3]
10
10
United States 1987 Indianapolis  Brazil
2–0 (a.e.t.)
 Chile  Argentina
0–0 (5–4 p)
 Mexico
12
11
Cuba 1991 Havana  United States
2–1 (a.e.t.)
 Mexico  Cuba
1–0
 Honduras
8
12
Argentina 1995 Mar del Plata  Argentina
0–0 (5–4 p)
 Mexico  Colombia
3–0
 Honduras
12
13
Canada 1999 Winnipeg  Mexico
3–1
 Honduras  United States
2–1
 Canada
10
14
Dominican Republic 2003 Santo Domingo  Argentina
1–0
 Brazil  Mexico
0–0 (5–4 p)
 Colombia
8
15
Brazil 2007 Rio de Janeiro  Ecuador
2–1
 Jamaica  Mexico
1–0
 Bolivia
12
16
Mexico 2011 Guadalajara  Mexico
1–0
 Argentina  Uruguay
2–1
 Costa Rica
8
17
Canada 2015 Toronto  Uruguay
1–0
 Mexico  Brazil
3–1 (a.e.t.)
 Panama
8
18
Peru 2019 Lima  Argentina
4–1
 Honduras  Mexico
1–0
 Uruguay
8
19
Chile 2023 Santiago  Brazil
1–1 (4–2 p)
 Chile  Mexico
4–1
 United States
8
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Played in a round-robin tournament format, no final held.
  2. ^ a b Title shared, no silver medal awarded.
  3. ^ a b No third match held.

Performances by countries

Team Gold Silver Bronze Fourth Place
 Argentina 7 (1951*, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995*, 2003, 2019) 2 (1963, 2011) 3 (1975, 1979, 1987)
 Brazil 5 (1963*, 1975, 1979, 1987, 2023) 3 (1959, 1983, 2003) 1 (2015)
 Mexico 4 (1967, 1975*, 1999, 2011*) 4 (1955*, 1991, 1995, 2015) 4 (2003, 2007, 2019, 2023) 1 (1987)
 Uruguay 2 (1983, 2015) 1 (2011) 1 (2019)
 United States 1 (1991) 2 (1959*, 1999) 2 (1963, 2023)
 Ecuador 1 (2007)
 Chile 2 (1987, 2023*) 2 (1951, 1963)
 Honduras 2 (1999, 2019) 2 (1991, 1995)
 Cuba 1 (1979) 2 (1971, 1991*)
 Colombia 1 (1971*) 1 (1995) 1 (2003)
 Costa Rica 1 (1951) 3 (1975, 1979, 2011)
 Bermuda 1 (1967)
 Jamaica 1 (2007)
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 (1967) 1 (1971)
 Netherlands Antilles 1 (1955)
 Guatemala 1 (1983)
 Venezuela 2 (1951, 1955)
 Canada 2 (1967*, 1999*)
 Haiti 1 (1959)
 Bolivia 1 (2007)
 Panama 1 (2015)

* = host

Participating nations

Main article: Men's Pan American Games football tournament records and statistics

Teams participate with their U-22 squads. In some cases such as in 1951 (for Venezuela and Costa Rica) some countries sent their full squad (including players over the age of 22).[2]

Nation Argentina
1951
Mexico
1955
United States
1959
Brazil
1963
Canada
1967
Colombia
1971
Mexico
1975
Puerto Rico
1979
Venezuela
1983
United States
1987
Cuba
1991
Argentina
1995
Canada
1999
Dominican Republic
2003
Brazil
2007
Mexico
2011
Canada
2015
Peru
2019
Chile
2023
Years
 Argentina 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 5 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 9 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 9 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 15
 Bahamas 9 1
 Bermuda 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 10 8 8 11 5
 Bolivia 6 4 2
 Brazil 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 5 6 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 12
 Canada 4 5 7 11 7 4 7 7
 Chile 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 8 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6
 Colombia 8 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 10 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4 6 6 7
 Costa Rica 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 5 4 4 6 6 10 4 8
 Cuba 7 7 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 5 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 8 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 8 6 8 11
 Dominican Republic 12 9 8 8 4
 Ecuador 9 1st place, gold medalist(s) 7 8 4
 El Salvador 9 7 2
 Guatemala 7 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 5 7 7 5
 Haiti 4 8 5 11 4
 Honduras 4 4 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 6
 Jamaica 11 12 5 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 5
 Mexico 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 1st place, gold medalist(s) 7 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5 4 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 16
 Netherlands Antilles 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1
 Nicaragua 13 8 2
 Panama 4 5 2
 Paraguay 5 9 7 5 5 5
 Peru 6 7 2
 Puerto Rico 5 1
 Suriname 6 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4 8 12 10 9 5 8 8
 United States 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 5 6 6 11 6 10 6 1st place, gold medalist(s) 12 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 8 4 13
 Uruguay 4 10 1st place, gold medalist(s) 10 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 4 5 8
 Venezuela 4 4 6 12 4
Nations 5 4 7 5 8 12 13 9 10 12 8 12 10 8 12 8 8 8 8

Women's tournament

Summaries

Year City Final Third Place Match Teams
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gold Score 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Score Fourth Place
1999 Canada Winnipeg  United States U18
1–0
 Mexico  Costa Rica
1–1 (4–3, p.)
 Canada
5
2003 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo  Brazil
2–1 (a.e.t.)
 Canada  Mexico
4–1
 Argentina
6
2007 Brazil Rio de Janeiro  Brazil
5–0
 United States U20  Canada
2–1
 Mexico
10
2011 Mexico Guadalajara  Canada
1–1 (4–3, p.)
 Brazil  Mexico
1–0 (a.e.t.)
 Colombia
8
2015 Canada Toronto  Brazil
4–0
 Colombia  Mexico
2–1
 Canada
8
2019 Peru Lima  Colombia
1–1 (7–6, p.)
 Argentina  Costa Rica
1–0
 Paraguay
8
2023 Chile Santiago  Mexico
1–0
 Chile  United States U19
2–0
 Argentina
8

Performances by countries

Team Gold Silver Bronze Fourth Place
 Brazil 3 (2003, 2007*, 2015) 1 (2011)
 Mexico 1 (2023) 1 (1999) 3 (2003, 2011*, 2015) 1 (2007)
 Canada 1 (2011) 1 (2003) 1 (2007) 2 (1999*, 2015*)
 United States U18/U19/U20 1 (1999) 1 (2007) 1 (2023)
 Colombia 1 (2019) 1 (2015) 1 (2011)
 Argentina 1 (2019) 2 (2003, 2023)
 Chile 1 (2023*)
 Costa Rica 2 (1999, 2019)
 Paraguay 1 (2019)

* = host

Participating nations

Nation Canada
1999
Dominican Republic
2003
Brazil
2007
Mexico
2011
Canada
2015
Peru
2019
Chile
2023
Years
 Argentina 4 5 7 8 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 4 6
 Bolivia 7 1
 Brazil 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 4
 Canada 4 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 4 5
 Chile 5 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2
 Colombia 4 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3
 Costa Rica 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 5 6 5 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 6 6
 Ecuador 7 6 2
 Haiti 6 1
 Jamaica 6 7 8 3
 Mexico 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 5 1st place, gold medalist(s) 7
 Panama 8 6 2
 Paraguay 10 4 5 3
 Peru 8 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 5 8 7 3
 United States U18/U19/U20 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3
 Uruguay 9 1
Nations 5 6 10 8 8 8 8

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil84113
2 Argentina73313
3 Mexico55717
4 United States2136
5 Uruguay2013
6 Colombia1214
7 Canada1113
8 Ecuador1001
9 Chile0325
10 Honduras0202
11 Costa Rica0123
 Cuba0123
13 Bermuda0101
 Jamaica0101
15 Guatemala0011
 Netherlands Antilles0011
 Trinidad and Tobago0011
Totals (17 entries)27252678

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