|Football at the Summer Olympics|
|Events||2 (men: 1; women: 1)|
Football at the Summer Olympics has been included in every Summer Olympic Games as a men's competition sport, except 1896 (the inaugural Games) and 1932 (in an attempt to promote the new FIFA World Cup tournament). Women's football was added to the official program at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
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 23 years of age, with three permitted exceptions.
|Number of teams||16 (finals)|
(from 6 confederations)
|Current champions|| Brazil |
|Most successful team(s)|| Hungary |
(3 titles each)
|2020 Summer Olympics|
Football was not included in the program at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, as international football was in its infancy at the time. However, sources claim that an unofficial football tournament was organised during the first competition, in which an Athens XI lost to a team representing Smyrna (Izmir), then part of the Ottoman Empire.According to a source, this is an error which has been perpetuated in multiple texts.
Tournaments were played at the 1900 and 1904 games and the Intercalated Games of 1906, but these were contested by various clubs and scratch teams. Although the IOC considers the 1900 and 1904 tournaments to be official Olympic events, they are not recognised by FIFA, and neither recognises the Intercalated Games today. In 1906 teams from Great Britain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and France withdrew from an unofficial competition and left Denmark, Smyrna (one Armenian, two Frenchmen and eight Britons), Athens and Thessaloniki to compete. Denmark won the final against Athens 9–0.
In the London Games of 1908 a proper international tournament was organised by the Football Association, featuring just six teams. The number of teams rose to eleven in 1912, when the competition was organised by the Swedish Football Association. Many of these early matches were unbalanced, as evidenced by high scoring games; two players, Sophus Nielsen in 1908 and Gottfried Fuchs in 1912, each scored ten goals in a single match. All players were amateurs, in accordance with the Olympic spirit, which meant that some countries could not send their full international team. The National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Ireland asked the Football Association to send an English national amateur team. Some of the English members played with professional clubs, most notably Derby County's Ivan Sharpe, Bradford City F.C. Harold Walden and Chelsea's Vivian Woodward. England won the first two official tournaments convincingly, beating Denmark both times.
During the 1920 final, the Czechoslovakia national football team walked from the field of play in order to raise awareness of their displeasure regarding the refereeing of John Lewis and the militarised mood within the stadium in Antwerp. In the 1924 and 1928 Olympic games, the first South American teams entered the competition: Uruguay and Argentina. Uruguay won both Olympics and FIFA became conscious that the Olympic movement was not only hindering the ability of nations to participate on an equal footing but, given that the Olympics only permitted amateurs to participate, did not represent the true strength of the international game.
Following Henri Delaunay's proposal in 1929 to initiate a professional World Championship of Football, the sport was dropped from the 1932 Los Angeles Games by FIFA in an attempt to promote the new tournament. Football returned to controversy at the 1936 Berlin Games. The German organisers were intent on the return of the game to the Olympic movement since it guaranteed income into the organisation's coffers. The Italian team intimidated a referee. Peru scored a contested victory over Austria in overtime, with a fan invasion of the field at the very end. The Austrian team asked for the result to be annulled, and the game repeated. FIFA agreed, but the Peruvian team refused and left the Olympics.
As professionalism spread around the world, the gap in quality between the World Cup and the Olympics widened. The countries that benefited most were the Soviet Bloc countries of Eastern Europe, where top athletes were state-sponsored while retaining their status as amateurs. As a result, young Western amateurs had to face seasoned and veteran Soviet Bloc teams, which put them at a significant disadvantage. All Olympic football tournaments from 1948 to 1980 were dominated by the Soviet Union and its satellites.Between 1948 and 1988, 25 out of 34 Olympic medals were won by Eastern Europe, with only Sweden (gold in 1948 and bronze in 1952), Denmark (bronze in 1948 and silver in 1960) and Japan (bronze in 1968) breaking their dominance, the last two of these seeing some changes due to FIFA's changing of the call-up rules, with only Yugoslavia (bronze in 1984) and the Soviet Union (gold in 1988) winning medals for the Eastern Bloc.
For the 1984 Los Angeles Games, the IOC decided to admit professional players. FIFA still did not want the Olympics to rival the World Cup, so a compromise was struck that allowed teams from countries outside of UEFA and CONMEBOL to field their strongest sides, while restricting UEFA and CONMEBOL (the strongest confederations whose teams played all finals and won every single World Cup title) countries to players who had not played in a World Cup. The 1984 rules were maintained also for the 1988 edition, but with an additional paragraph: those European and South American footballers who had previously played less than 90 minutes in one single match of the World Cup, were eligible.
Since 1992 male competitors have been required to be under 23 years old; since 1996, a maximum of three over-23-year-old players have been allowed per squad.African countries have taken particular advantage of this, with Nigeria and Cameroon winning in 1996 and 2000 respectively.
Because of the unusual format and the enforced separation from the main national teams that play the World Cup and top continental tournaments, several of the historically strongest men's national teams have unimpressive Olympic records. Uruguay won the tournament in their first two attempts, in 1924 and 1928, their only appearances before they qualified for the 2012 edition, after an 84-year absence. Argentina won silver twice (1928 and 1996) before the 2004 tournament, but its appearance in Athens 2004, in which it won the first gold medal, was only their seventh overall. Brazil's silver medals in the 1984, 1988 and 2012 editions were the best they had achieved until 2016's gold, and since professional athletes were allowed to compete, they failed to qualify in 1992 and 2004. Italy has only won the Olympic title once, in 1936, although it has also won two bronzes, and has the highest number of appearances in the tournament, at 15, with their last qualify in 2008. France has won the Olympic title only once (in 1984) and between 1996 and 2016 failed to qualify for the Olympics before qualifying again in 2020. Germany's best result (before 2016 edition) was a single bronze medal, in 1988 as West Germany, and the reunified team did not make an Olympic appearance until 2016, when they won silver. Spain has won the gold medal only once, in 1992 (when they hosted the Olympics). It has also won 3 silver medals (in 1920, 2000 and 2020) but has failed to qualify several times.
Football in the United Kingdom has no single governing body, and there are separate teams for the UK's four Home Nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Only the English Football Association (FA) is affiliated to the British Olympic Association (BOA), and the FA entered "Great Britain" teams to the football tournaments until 1972. In 1974, the FA abolished the distinction between "amateur" and "professional" football, and stopped entering the Olympics. Even though FIFA has allowed professionals at the Olympics since 1984, the FA did not re-enter, as the Home Nations feared that a united British Olympic team would set a precedent that might cause FIFA to question their separate status in other FIFA competitions and on the International Football Association Board.
When London was selected to host the 2012 Games, there was pressure on the English FA to exercise the host nation's automatic right to field a team.In 2009 the plan agreed by the FA with the Welsh FA, Scottish FA and Irish FA was only to field English players; however the BOA overruled this, and ultimately there were Welsh players in the men's squad and Scots in the women's squad. After the 2012 games, the FA decided that no team would be entered in subsequent men's tournaments, but was open to fielding a women's team again.
For the 2020 tournament, FIFA stated that women's UK team (not applied to men's UK team) may enter the Olympics after the four FAs agreed, depending on the performance of women's English team in 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup (which serves as the European qualification for the Olympics).
Due to the number of large stadia required for the Olympic tournament, venues in distant cities – often more than 200 km (120 mi) away from the main host – are typically used for the football tournament. In an extreme example, two early-round venues for the 1984 Games were on the East Coast of the United States, well over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from the host city of Los Angeles. The next Games held in the United States, the 1996 Games, were unique in that no matches were held in the host city of Atlanta; the nearest venue and the site of the finals was 65 miles (105 km) away on the University of Georgia campus in Athens. Counting the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics, there are 127 venues that have hosted Olympic football, the most of any sport.
|Edition of the Olympic Games||City||Stadium|
|Athens 1896||No football tournament|
|Paris 1900||Paris||Vélodrome de Vincennes|
|Saint Louis 1904||St. Louis, Missouri||Francis Field|
|London 1908||London||White City Stadium|
|Stockholm 1912||Stockholm||Stockholms Olympiastadion|
|Antwerp 1920||Antwerp||Olympisch Stadion|
|Brussels||Stade de l'Union St. Gilloise|
|Ghent||Stade d'A.A. La Gantoise|
|Paris 1924||Paris||Stade Olympique, Colombes|
|Stade de Paris, Saint-Ouen|
|Stade Pershing, Vincennes|
|Amsterdam 1928||Amsterdam||Olympisch Stadion|
|Harry Elte Stadium|
|Los Angeles 1932||No football tournament|
|London 1948||London||Empire Stadium, Wembley|
|White Hart Lane, Tottenham|
|Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace|
|Craven Cottage, Fulham|
|Griffin Park, Brentford|
|Arsenal Stadium, Highbury|
|Lynn Road, Ilford|
|Green Pond Road, Walthamstow|
|Champion Hill, Dulwich|
|Töölö Football Grounds|
|Melbourne 1956||Melbourne||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Olympic Park Stadium|
|Rome 1960||Rome||Stadio Flaminio|
|Tokyo 1964||Tokyo||National Olympic Stadium|
|Prince Chichibu Memorial Field|
|Ōmiya||Omiya Soccer Stadium|
|Yokohama||Mitsuzawa Football Stadium|
|Mexico City 1968||Mexico City||Estadio Azteca|
|Passau||Drei Flüsse Stadion|
|Montreal 1976||Montreal||Olympic Stadium|
|Moscow 1980||Moscow||Grand Central Lenin Stadium|
|Los Angeles 1984||Pasadena, California||Rose Bowl|
|Boston, Massachusetts||Harvard Stadium|
|Annapolis, Maryland||Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium|
|Stanford, California||Stanford Stadium|
|Seoul 1988||Seoul||Seoul Olympic Stadium|
|Barcelona 1992||Barcelona||Camp Nou|
|Estadi de Sarrià|
|Sabadell||Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta|
|Zaragoza||Estadio La Romareda|
|Valencia||Estadio Luis Casanova|
|Atlanta 1996||Athens, Georgia||Sanford Stadium|
|Orlando, Florida||Citrus Bowl|
|Birmingham, Alabama||Legion Field|
|Miami, Florida||Miami Orange Bowl|
|Washington, D.C.||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium|
|Sydney 2000||Sydney||Sydney Olympic Stadium|
|Sydney Football Stadium|
|Brisbane||Brisbane Cricket Ground|
|Melbourne||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Athens 2004||Athens||Olympic Stadium|
|Beijing 2008||Beijing||Beijing National Stadium|
|Tianjin||Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium|
|Qinhuangdao||Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium|
|Shenyang||Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium|
|London 2012||London||Wembley Stadium|
|Coventry||City of Coventry Stadium|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||St James' Park|
|Rio 2016||Rio de Janeiro||Estádio do Maracanã|
|Estádio Olímpico João Havelange|
|São Paulo||Arena Corinthians|
|Brasília||Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha|
|Salvador||Arena Fonte Nova|
|Belo Horizonte||Estádio Mineirão|
|Manaus||Arena da Amazônia|
|Yokohama||International Stadium Yokohama|
|Kashima||Kashima Soccer Stadium|
|Saitama||Saitama Stadium 2002|
For both the men's and women's tournaments, the competition consists of a round-robin group stage followed by a knockout stage. Teams are placed into groups of 4 teams, with each team playing each other team in its group once. Teams earn 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. The top two teams in each group (as well as the top two third-place finishers, in the women's tournament) advance to the knockout rounds. The knockout rounds are a single-elimination tournament consisting of quarterfinals, semifinals, and the gold and bronze medal matches.
Matches consist of two halves of 45 minutes each. Since 2004, during the knockout rounds, if the match is tied after 90 minutes, two 15-minute halves of extra time are played (extra time is skipped in favour of immediate penalty kicks in the bronze medal match if it is played on the same day in the same stadium as the gold medal match). If the score remains tied, penalty kicks, which is 5 rounds, plus extra rounds if tied, are used to determine the winner.
The qualifying tournament, like that for the World Cup, is organised along continental lines. Most continental confederations organise a special Under-23 qualifying tournament, although the European qualifiers are drawn from the finalists of the UEFA Under-21 Championship. Teams participating in the preliminary and final competitions must be composed of U-23 players, with up to three players who are at least 23. For Tokyo 2020, U-23 players are born after 1 January 1997.
For the 2020 Games, the number of places allocated to each continent is:
Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games. Host nation is shown in bold.
|Czechoslovakia||–||–||–||–||9||9||–||–||–||–||–||–||2||9||–||–||1||WD||–||Split into Slovakia and Czech Republic||5|
|East Germany||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||WD||–||–||3||–||3||1||2||WD||–||Merged with West Germany||4|
|Israel||Competed with Asia (qualified 2 times)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||2|
|Serbia and Montenegro||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||16||Split into 2 nations||1|
|Soviet Union||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||9||1||–||–||–||3||3||3||WD||1||–||Split into 15 nations||6|
|Yugoslavia||–||–||–||–||9||17||9||–||2||2||2||1||6||–||–||–||4||3||10||–||Split into 7 nations||11|
|Netherlands Antilles||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||14||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Split into 2 n.||1|
|Australia||Competed with Oceania (qualified 6 times)||11||–||–||12||2|
|Israel||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||5||–||6||–||Competed with Europe||2|
|United Arab Emirates||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||15||–||–||1|
|Australia||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||5||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||7||4||13||15||7||AFC (qualified 2 times)||6|
|Ed.||Year||Host||Gold medal match||Bronze medal match|
|Gold medal||Score||Silver medal||Bronze medal||Score||Fourth place|
|–||1896||Athens||(No football tournament held)|
(Upton Park F.C.)
|2||1904||St. Louis|| |
(Christian Bro. College)
(St. Rose Parish)
|1–1 (aet) |
(No football tournament held)
|2–2 (5–3, p.)|
|26||2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|1–1 (5–4, p.)|
Below are the 41 nations that have reached at least the semi-final stage in the Summer Olympics finals.
|Team||Gold medals||Silver medals||Bronze medals||Fourth place||Medals|
|Hungary||3 (1952, 1964, 1968)||1 (1972)||1 (1960)||5|
|Great Britain||3 (1900, 1908, 1912)||1 (1948)||3|
|Brazil||2 (2016, 2020)||3 (1984, 1988, 2012)||2 (1996, 2008)||1 (1976)||7|
|Argentina||2 (2004, 2008)||2 (1928, 1996)||4|
|Soviet Union||2 (1956, 1988)||3 (1972, 1976, 1980)||5|
|Uruguay||2 (1924, 1928)||2|
|Yugoslavia||1 (1960)||3 (1948, 1952, 1956)||1 (1984)||1 (1980)||5|
|Spain||1 (1992)||3 (1920, 2000, 2020)||4|
|Poland||1 (1972)||2 (1976, 1992)||1 (1936)||3|
|East Germany||1 (1976)||1 (1980)||1 (1972)||3|
|Nigeria||1 (1996)||1 (2008)||1 (2016)||3|
|France||1 (1984)||1 (1900)||1 (1920)||2|
|Czechoslovakia||1 (1980)||1 (1964)||2|
|Italy||1 (1936)||2 (1928, 2004)||3 (1960, 1984, 1988)||3|
|Sweden||1 (1948)||2 (1924, 1952)||1 (1908)||3|
|Mexico||1 (2012)||1 (2020)||1 (1968)||2|
|Belgium||1 (1920)||1 (1900)||1 (2008)||2|
|Denmark||3 (1908, 1912, 1960)||1 (1948)||4|
|United States||1 (1904)||1 (1904)||1 (2000)||2|
|Bulgaria||1 (1968)||1 (1956)||2|
|Germany||1 (2016)||1 (1952)||1|
|Netherlands||3 (1908, 1912, 1920)||1 (1924)||3|
|Japan||1 (1968)||2 (2012, 2020)||1|
|United Team of Germany||1 (1964)||1|
|West Germany||1 (1988)||1|
|South Korea||1 (2012)||1|
|Egypt||2 (1928, 1964)||0|
|1900|| Gaston Peltier |
|1904|| Alexander Hall |
|1948|| John Hansen |
|1952|| Rajko Mitić |
|1956|| Neville D'Souza |
|1984|| Borislav Cvetković |
|1996|| Bebeto |
|2016|| Serge Gnabry |
Denmark's Sophus Nielsen and Hungary's Antal Dunai share the record for the most goals scored by a player in the tournament history, both with 13 goals, since the first official football tournament held in London, England, 1908; with Nielsen scoring 11 goals in 1908, and 2 in 1912, and Dunai scoring 6 in 1968 and 7 in 1972. Ferenc Bene holds the record for the most goals scored by a player in a single Olympics tournament, scoring 12 goals in the 1964 edition. Sophus Nielsen also shares with Gottfried Fuchs the record of most goals in a single Olympics game, both with 10, with Nielson achieving that in the semi-final match against France in 1908, and Fuchs in the 1-round match against Russia in 1912 Consolation tournament.
Neymar marked the fastest goal in a men's Olympic football match in history at 14 seconds in the semi-final match against Honduras on 17 August 2016.
The all-time top goalscorers with at least 7 goals (since 1908)
|8||Harold Walden||Great Britain||9|
|United Team of Germany||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (34 nations)||27||27||28||82|
|Number of teams||12 (finals)|
(from 6 confederations)
|Current champions|| Canada |
|Most successful team(s)|| United States |
|2020 Summer Olympics|
The women's tournament is contested between full national sides, with no age restrictions. One place is reserved for the host country. Of the remaining teams, as in World Cup contests a specific number of places are reserved for teams from each continental region; the European (UEFA) teams are chosen from the most successful European teams in the previous year's World Cup, whilst the other continental regions host their own qualifying tournaments in the build-up to the Olympics.
The first women's tournament was at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The United States won the gold medal, and picked up silver in 2000 after a golden goal loss to Norway. The finals of the next two tournaments, in 2004 and 2008, also went to extra time, with the U.S. defeating Brazil both times. In 2012 the U.S. won their fourth gold medal defeating Japan 2–1 in the final. In 2016 Germany won its first gold, defeating Sweden in the final.
Allocation of places for each continent in the 2020 Games is:
Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games. Host nation is shown in bold.
|Edition||Year||Hosts||Gold medal match||Bronze medal match|
|Gold medalists||Score||Silver medalists||Bronze medalists||Score||Fourth place|
Rio de Janeiro
|3–2 on penalty shoot-out|
Below are the 9 nations that have reached at least the semi-final stage in the Summer Olympics finals.
|Team||Gold medals||Silver medals||Bronze medals||Fourth place||Medals|
|United States||4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)||1 (2000)||1 (2020)||6|
|Germany||1 (2016)||3 (2000, 2004, 2008)||4|
|Canada||1 (2020)||2 (2012, 2016)||3|
|Norway||1 (2000)||1 (1996)||2|
|Brazil||2 (2004, 2008)||3 (1996, 2000, 2016)||2|
|Sweden||2 (2016, 2020)||1 (2004)||2|
|Japan||1 (2012)||1 (2008)||1|
|China PR||1 (1996)||1|
|1996|| Ann Kristin Aarønes |
|2004|| Cristiane |
The all-time top goalscorers with at least 5 goals (since 1996)
|Totals (8 nations)||7||7||7||21|
|United Team of Germany||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (35 nations)||34||34||35||103|
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