|Host country||United States|
|Dates||20 July - 3 August|
|Teams||16 (men) + 8 (women) (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Goals scored||143 (2.98 per match)|
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1996 Summer Olympics
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