Football at the Summer Olympics

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Football at the Summer Olympics
Football pictogram.svg
IOC Discipline CodeFBL
Governing body FIFA
Events2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games

Tournaments (menwomen)

Football at the Summer Olympics, referred to as the Olympic Football Tournament, [note 1] 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 Atlanta 1996 Games. [1]

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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. By comparison, the women's football tournament is a senior-level international tournament, second in prestige only to the FIFA Women's World Cup. [2] [3]

History

World Cup era

Beginnings

Football was not included in the program at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 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, with participating teams including Athens and Smyrna (Izmir), then part of the Ottoman Empire. [4] According to Bill Mallon's research, this is an error which has been perpetuated in multiple texts. [5]

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. [4] 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.

British successes

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 rules, which meant that countries could not send their full senior national teams. 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.

1920s and the rise of Uruguay

The Uruguay national football team that won the 1928 Olympic tournament Uruguay 1928 olympics.jpg
The Uruguay national football team that won the 1928 Olympic tournament

During the 1920 final against Belgium, the Czechoslovakia national football team walked off the field to protest the refereeing of John Lewis [6] and the militarised mood within the stadium in Antwerp. This would be the final all-European football competition at the Olympic games, with Egypt, the United States, and Uruguay participating in 1924. [6] With teams from new regions the quality of play increased, as did fan interest. [6] Uruguay dominated the tournament, winning their four games by a combined score of 15-1: the final was a 3–0 victory over Switzerland. [6] In 1928, football was the most popular event at the games [7] and the final was an all-South American affair. Because no other major international tournament existed yet, Uruguay defeated Argentina 2–1 in what David Goldblatt says was "football's first world championship". [8] After these tournaments, FIFA realized that the Olympic movement prevented nations from competing on an equal footing and, given that the Olympics only permitted amateurs to participate, did not represent the true strength of the international game. The popularity of international soccer gave FIFA the inventive to create an international tournament, and FIFA began organising the World Cup. [7]

After the first World Cup

Tumultuous '30s

Following Jules Rimet'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. [9] [10]

Soviet Bloc dominance amid amateurism controversy

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. [11] 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.

Changes and developments

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. [12]

1992–present: Age restrictions introduced

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. [note 2] 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 separation from the main national teams that play the World Cup and top continental tournaments, historically strong men's national teams have unimpressive Olympic records. Uruguay, who won the two tournaments prior to the World Cup's creation, only qualified again in 2012, 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. Italy has only won the Olympic title once, in 1936, although along with the two bronzes, the team has the highest number of appearances in the tournament, with 15, the last in 2008. France won the Olympic title in 1984, but only qualified twice ever since. A team from Germany won the gold medal only once, in 1976 (East Germany), and the reunified team did not make an Olympic appearance until 2016, when they won silver. Spain has won gold as hosts in 1992, and followed it with two silver medals (in 2000 and 2020, having also gotten a third in 1920), along with a few failures to qualify.

British non-involvement

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. [14] [15]

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. [16] In 2009 the plan agreed by the FA with the Welsh FA, Scottish FA and Irish FA was only to field English players; [17] however the BOA overruled this, [18] and ultimately there were Welsh players in the men's squad and Scots in the women's squad. [19] 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. [20]

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). [21] [22]

Venues

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 GamesCityStadium
Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg Athens 1896 No official football tournament
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg Paris 1900 Paris Vincennes Velodrome
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg St. Louis 1904 St. Louis Francis Field
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1908 London White City Stadium
Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm 1912 Stockholm Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Råsunda Stadium
Tranebergs Idrottsplats
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Antwerp 1920 Antwerp Olympic Stadium
Stadion Broodstraat
Brussels Stade de l'Union St. Gilloise
Ghent Stade d'A.A. La Gantoise
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg Paris 1924 Paris Stade Olympique, Colombes
Stade Bergeyre
Stade de Paris, Saint-Ouen
Stade Pershing, Vincennes
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam 1928 Amsterdam Olympisch Stadion
Harry Elte Stadium
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Los Angeles 1932 No football tournament
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Berlin 1936 Berlin Olympiastadion
Poststadion, Tiergarten
Mommsenstadion, Charlottenburg
Hertha-BSC-Platz
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 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
Brighton Goldstone Ground
Portsmouth Fratton Park
Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki 1952 Helsinki Olympiastadion
Töölö Football Grounds
Turku Kupittaa Stadium
Tampere Ratina Stadium
Lahti Kisapuisto
Kotka Kotka Stadium
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne 1956 Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground
Olympic Park Stadium
Flag of Italy.svg Rome 1960 Rome Flaminio Stadium
Florence Stadio Comunale
Grosseto Stadio Comunale
Livorno Stadio Ardenza
Pescara Stadio Adriatico
L'Aquila Stadio Comunale
Naples Stadio Fuorigrotta
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo 1964 Tokyo National Olympic Stadium
Prince Chichibu Memorial Field
Komazawa Stadium
Ōmiya Omiya Soccer Stadium
Yokohama Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City 1968 Mexico City Azteca Stadium
Puebla Estadio Cuauhtémoc
Guadalajara Estadio Jalisco
León Estadio León
Flag of Germany.svg Munich 1972 Munich Olympiastadion
Augsburg Rosenaustadion
Ingolstadt ESV-Stadion
Regensburg Jahn Stadium
Nuremberg Städtisches Stadium
Passau Drei Flüsse Stadion
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal 1976 Montreal Olympic Stadium
Sherbrooke Municipal Stadium
Toronto Varsity Stadium
Ottawa Lansdowne Stadium
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow 1980 Moscow Grand Central Lenin Stadium
Dynamo Stadium
Leningrad Kirov Stadium
Kyiv Republican Stadium
Minsk Dinamo Stadium
Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 1984 Pasadena, California Rose Bowl
Boston Harvard Stadium
Annapolis, Maryland Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Stanford, California Stanford Stadium
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg Seoul 1988 Seoul Olympic Stadium
Dongdaemun Stadium
Busan Busan Stadium
Daegu Daegu Stadium
Daejeon Daejeon Stadium
Gwangju Gwangju Stadium
Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1992 Barcelona Camp Nou
Estadi de Sarrià
Sabadell Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta
Zaragoza Estadio La Romareda
Valencia Estadio Luis Casanova
Flag of the United States.svg 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
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney 2000 Sydney Olympic Stadium
Sydney Football Stadium
Brisbane Brisbane Cricket Ground
Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium
Canberra Bruce Stadium
Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground
Flag of Greece.svg Athens 2004 Marousi Olympic Stadium
Piraeus Karaiskakis Stadium
Patras Pampeloponnisiako Stadium
Volos Panthessaliko Stadium
Thessaloniki Kaftanzoglio Stadium
Heraklion Pankritio Stadium
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 2008 Beijing National Stadium
Workers' Stadium
Tianjin Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium
Shanghai Shanghai Stadium
Qinhuangdao Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium
Shenyang Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 2012 London Wembley Stadium
Glasgow Hampden Park
Cardiff Millennium Stadium
Coventry City of Coventry Stadium [note 3]
Manchester Old Trafford
Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park [note 3]
Flag of Brazil.svg Rio 2016 Rio de Janeiro Maracanã
João Havelange Olympic Stadium
São Paulo Arena Corinthians
Brasília Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Salvador Arena Fonte Nova [note 4]
Belo Horizonte Estádio Mineirão
Manaus Arena da Amazônia
Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 2020
Tokyo Tokyo Stadium [note 5]
Yokohama International Stadium Yokohama [note 5]
Kashima Kashima Soccer Stadium
Saitama Saitama Stadium 2002
Rifu Miyagi Stadium
Sapporo Sapporo Dome

Events

Event96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Men's event X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 28
Women's event X X X X X X X X 8
Total011111110111111111111122222222

Competition format

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. [23]

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 Paris 2024, U-23 players are born after 1 January 2001. [24]

For the 2024 Games, the number of places allocated to each continent is:

Men's tournament

Men's Olympic Football Tournament
Organising body IOC
FIFA
Founded1900 [25]
RegionInternational
Number of teams16 (finals)
(from 6 confederations)
Current championsFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
(2nd title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
(3 titles each)
Soccerball current event.svg 2024 Summer Olympics

Participating nations

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games. Host nation is shown in bold.

UEFA
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 621154
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 101
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 3115545
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 10173525
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 141
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 99291WDSplit into Slovakia and Czech Republic5
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 221035261389
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany [26] WD3312WDMerged with West Germany4
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 171
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 491494
Flag of France.svg  France 254595179751513Q14
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [27] 755495532910
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11111541758510
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1317153
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 51391WD3112169
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 7172
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Competed with Asia (qualified 2 times)2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 85631594DSQ4451253515
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 161
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 171
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 121199996
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3334991778
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 97314105
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1749101227
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 541464
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 14175114
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 10Unified into 15 nations as Soviet Union 1
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 121
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro 16Split into 2 nations1
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 131
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union As Russian Empire 91333WD1Split into 15 nations6
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 21756121016214211
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 41163913661510
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 29133
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 179955WD146
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia 9179222164310Split into 7 nations11
CONMEBOL
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2710WD821111109
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 569131342237321114
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1717734
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1011111465
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 722
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 5112
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 11WD93
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 121
CONCACAF
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 11363
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 161383
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 1172
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic Q1
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 151
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 810163
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 101674145
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 91111479 DSQ 1071019312
Flag of the Netherlands Antilles (1986-2010).svg  Netherlands Antilles 14Split into 2 nations1
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2 [28] 312991117514WD91291049Q15
CAF
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 8142
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 11183
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 8849119WD124WD8128812
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 672
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon 121
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 71216WDWD3896
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 111
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 51
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 13WD812151610117
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 14WD131518237
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 61
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1113163
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan 151
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 151314124
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia WD1552
AFC
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 171
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia Competed with Oceania (qualified 6 times)11122
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 911WD14134
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 161
Flag of India.svg  India 11174134
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 51
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 12127WD3
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 51494125
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 56Competed with Europe2
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 5983961315410411
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 616123
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 10WD1
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 91
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea WD81
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1582
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 1615153
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 514111111961035511
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 141
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 9162
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 151
OFC
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 57413157AFC (qualified 2 times)6
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 161
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 141663
Total nations32511142217161825111614161613161616161616161616161616

Results

Rules
  • 1896–1904: club teams [29] [30] [31] [32]
  • 1908–1980: amateur national teams [n 1] [n 2]
  • 1984–1988: professional national teams (except UEFA and CONMEBOL) [33]
  • 1992: u-23 national teams [32] [33]
  • 1996–present: u-23 national teams (with three 'no age limit' players allowed, after an agreement between FIFA and IOC) [32] [33]
Keys
  •   Contested by club teams instead of proper national squads
  •   Playoff match after the final ended in a tie
Ed.YearHostGold medal matchBronze medal matchNum.
teams
Gold medal icon.svg Gold medalScoreSilver medal icon.svg Silver medalBronze medal icon.svg Bronze medalScoreFourth place
[n 3] 1896 Athens Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark [n 4] Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg Greece [n 6]
[n 7]
[n 7]
[n 7]
2
1 [n 8] 1900 Paris Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain [n 9]
[n 10]
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg France [n 11] Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium [n 12]
[n 10]
[n 13]
3
2 [n 8] 1904 St. Louis Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Canada [n 14]
[n 10]
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg United States [n 15] Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg United States [n 16]
[n 10]
[n 13]
3
3 1908 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
2–0
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
2–0
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
6
4 1912 Stockholm Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
4–2
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
9–0
Flag of Russia.svg  Finland
11
5 1920 Antwerp Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
[n 17]
Flag of Spain (1785-1873, 1875-1931).svg  Spain Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
[n 17]
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France
15
6 1924 Paris Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
3–0
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1–1 (a.e.t.)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
22
3–1
7 1928 Amsterdam Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
1–1 (a.e.t.)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Italy
11–3
Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg  Egypt
17
2–1
1932 Los Angeles
(No tournament held)
8 1936 Berlin Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Italy
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
3–2
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg  Poland
16
9 1948 London Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
3–1
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
5–3
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
18
10 1952 Helsinki Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary
2–0
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
2–0
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
25
11 1956 Melbourne Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1–0
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
3–0
Flag of India.svg  India
11
12 1960 Rome Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
3–1
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
2–1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
16
13 1964 Tokyo Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
2–1
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [26]
3–1
Flag of the United Arab Republic.svg  United Arab
14
14 1968 Mexico City Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
4–1
Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg  Bulgaria Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
2–0
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
16
15 1972 Munich Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg  Poland
2–1
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
2–2 (a.e.t.)
[n 18]
16
16 1976 Montreal Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
3–1
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg  Poland Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
2–0
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil
13
17 1980 Moscow Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
1–0
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
2–0
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
16
18 1984 Los Angeles Flag of France.svg  France
2–0
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
2–1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
16
19 1988 Seoul Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
3–0
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
16
20 1992 Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
3–2
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
1–0
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
16
21 1996 Atlanta Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
3–2
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
5–0
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
16
22 2000 Sydney Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
2–2 (5–3 p)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
2–0
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
16
23 2004 Athens Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
1–0
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg  Paraguay Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Italy
1–0
Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg  Iraq
16
24 2008 Beijing Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
1–0
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
3–0
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
16
25 2012 London Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
2–1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2–0
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
16
26 2016 Rio de Janeiro Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
1–1 (5–4 p)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
3–2
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras
16
27 2020 Tokyo Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
3–1
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
16
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Notes
  1. The 1924 and 1928 editions were co-organised by FIFA [31] [33]
  2. Countries from Eastern Europe competed with professional players. [33]
  3. This tournament was part of the unofficial programme, or as a "demonstration sport" during the 1896 Olympic Games
  4. Combined team of players from Københavns Roklub and Østerbros Boldklub.
  5. The exact score is still unknown, it varies from 9–0 to 15–0.
  6. Represented by the S.C. Athinaikos Athlitikos Syllogos.
  7. 1 2 3 Only two teams participated in the tournament.
  8. 1 2 This tournament was originally a pair of demonstration matches between the three teams, but has subsequently been upgraded to official status by the IOC with medals attributed to the teams based upon the match results.
  9. Represented by the Upton Park F.C.
  10. 1 2 3 4 No final was held so it was played under a round-robin format.
  11. Represented by the Club Français.
  12. Represented by the University of Brussels.
  13. 1 2 Only three teams participated in the competition.
  14. Represented by the Galt F.C.
  15. Represented by the Christian Brothers College.
  16. Represented by the St. Rose Parish.
  17. 1 2 In 1920, Czechoslovakia abandoned the final match against Belgium after 40 minutes with the latter up 2–0. They were disqualified, and a mini-tournament to figure out the other medalists was held, with Spain beating the Netherlands for second place 3–1.
  18. Bronze medal shared.

Performances by countries

Below are the 41 nations that have reached at least the semi-final stage in the Summer Olympics finals.

TeamGold medalsSilver medalsBronze medalsFourth placeMedals
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3 (1952, 1964, 1968)1 (1972)1 (1960)5
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 3 (1900, 1908, 1912)1 (1948)4
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2 (2016, 2020)3 (1984, 1988, 2012)2 (1996, 2008)1 (1976)7
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2 (2004, 2008)2 (1928, 1996)4
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 2 (1956, 1988)3 (1972, 1976, 1980)5
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2 (1924, 1928)2
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1 (1960)3 (1948, 1952, 1956)1 (1984)1 (1980)5
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1 (1992)3 (1920, 2000, 2020)4
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1 (1972)2 (1976, 1992)1 (1936)3
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 1 (1976)1 (1980)1 (1972)3
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 1 (1996)1 (2008)1 (2016)3
Flag of France.svg  France 1 (1984)1 (1900)1 (1920)2
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1 (1980)1 (1964)2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1 (1936)2 (1928, 2004)3 (1960, 1984, 1988)3
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1 (1948)2 (1924, 1952)1 (1908)3
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1 (2012)1 (2020)1 (1968)2
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1 (1920)1 (1900)1 (2008)2
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1 (1904)1
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 1 (2000)1
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 3 (1908, 1912, 1960)1 (1948)4
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1 (1904)1 (1904)1 (2000)2
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1 (1968)1 (1956)2
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1 (2016)1 (1952)1
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland 1 (1924)1
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1 (1936)1
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 1 (2004)1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3 (1908, 1912, 1920)1 (1924)3
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 (1968)2 (2012, 2020)1
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1 (1936)1
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany 1 (1964)1
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1 (1988)1
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 1 (1992)1
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1 (2000)1
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1 (2012)1
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 2 (1928, 1964)0
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1 (1912)0
Flag of India.svg  India 1 (1956)0
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1 (1992)0
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1 (1996)0
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 1 (2004)0
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 1 (2016)0

Top scorers by tournament

YearPlayerGoals
1900 Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg Gaston Peltier
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Nicholas
2
1904 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Alexander Hall
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Tom Taylor
3
1908 Flag of Denmark.svg Sophus Nielsen 11
1912 Flag of the German Empire.svg Gottfried Fuchs 10
1920 Flag of Sweden.svg Herbert Karlsson 7
1924 Flag of Uruguay.svg Pedro Petrone 7
1928 Flag of Argentina.svg Domingo Tarasconi 11
1936 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Annibale Frossi 7
1948 Flag of Denmark.svg John Hansen
Flag of Sweden.svg Gunnar Nordahl
7
1952 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Rajko Mitić
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Branko Zebec
7
1956 Flag of India.svg Neville D'Souza
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Todor Veselinović
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dimitar Milanov
4
1960 Flag of Denmark.svg Harald Nielsen 8
1964 Flag of Hungary.svg Ferenc Bene 12
1968 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kunishige Kamamoto 7
1972 Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Kazimierz Deyna 9
1976 Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Andrzej Szarmach 6
1980 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Sergey Andreyev 5
1984 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Borislav Cvetković
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Stjepan Deverić
Flag of France.svg Daniel Xuereb
5
1988 Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg Romario 7
1992 Flag of Poland.svg Andrzej Juskowiak 7
1996 Flag of Brazil.svg Bebeto
Flag of Argentina.svg Hernán Crespo
6
2000 Flag of Chile.svg Iván Zamorano 6
2004 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Tevez 8
2008 Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Rossi 4
2012 Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Damião 6
2016 Flag of Germany.svg Serge Gnabry
Flag of Germany.svg Nils Petersen
6
2020 Flag of Brazil.svg Richarlison 5

Records

Starting with the first official football tournament in London in 1908, Denmark's Sophus Nielsen and Hungary's Antal Dunai share the record for the most total goals scored by a player in tournament history. Both have 13 goals: Nielsen scored 11 goals in 1908 and two in 1912, and Dunai scored six in 1968 and seven 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 and Gottfried Fuchs share the record for most goals scored in a single Olympic match at 10. Nielson achieved that in the semi-final match against France in 1908, and Fuchs did so in the first-round match against Russia in the 1912 consolation tournament.

Neymar scored the fastest goal in a men's Olympic football match in history, 14 seconds into the semi-final match against Honduras on 17 August 2016. [34]

All-time top scorers

The all-time top goalscorers with at least 7 goals (since 1908)

RankNameTeamGoals
1 Flag of Denmark.svg Sophus Nielsen Denmark 13
Flag of Hungary.svg Antal Dunai Hungary 13
3 Flag of Hungary.svg Ferenc Bene Hungary 12
4 Flag of Argentina.svg Domingo Tarasconi Argentina 11
Flag of Uruguay.svg Pedro Petrone Uruguay 11
6 Flag of the German Empire.svg Gottfried Fuchs Germany 10
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Kazimierz Deyna Poland 10
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harold Walden Great Britain 9
Flag of Denmark.svg Vilhelm Wolfhagen Denmark 9
10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Vos Netherlands 8
Flag of Uruguay.svg Hector Scarone Uruguay 8
Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Tevez Argentina 8
Flag of Brazil.svg Bebeto Brazil 8
Flag of Denmark.svg Harald Nielsen Denmark 8
Flag of Egypt.svg Ibrahim Reyadh Egypt 8
15 Flag of Denmark.svg John Hansen Denmark 7
Flag of Denmark.svg Anthon Olsen Denmark 7
Flag of Sweden.svg Gunnar Nordahl Sweden 7
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Annibale Frossi Italy 7
Flag of Denmark.svg Vilhelm Wolfhagen Denmark 7
Flag of Sweden.svg Herbert Carlsson Sweden 7
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Branko Zebec Yugoslavia 7
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Milan Galić Yugoslavia 7
Flag of Japan.svg Kunishige Kamamoto Japan 7
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Andrzej Juskowiak Poland 7
Flag of Brazil.svg Romario Brazil 7
Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar Brazil 7

Hat-tricks

Since the first official tournament in 1908 in England, 99 hat-tricks have been scored in over 1,000 matches of the 25 editions of the tournament.[ citation needed ]

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)3115
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)3003
3Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)2327
4Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)2204
5Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)2035
6Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay  (URU)2002
7Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)1315
8Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)1304
9Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)1203
10Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)1113
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria  (NGR)1113
12Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)1102
Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)1102
14Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1023
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)1023
16Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)1012
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)1012
18Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon  (CMR)1001
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)1001
20Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)0314
21Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)0112
Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)0112
23Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0101
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)0101
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay  (PAR)0101
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)0101
27Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)0033
28Flag of Chile.svg  Chile  (CHI)0011
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana  (GHA)0011
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)0011
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)0011
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)0011
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)0011
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)0011
Totals (34 entries)27272882

Women's tournament

Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Organising body IOC
FIFA
Founded1996
RegionInternational
Number of teams12 (finals)
(from 6 confederations)
Current championsFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
(4 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg 2024 Summer Olympics

The women's tournament is contested between the full senior national teams, with no 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 until 2020 are chosen from the most successful European teams in the previous year's World Cup; the UEFA Women's Nations League which it's Finals is held in the same year as the Olympics is used from 2024, 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. Norway defeated the U.S. in 2000 by a golden goal that was highly controversial and seemed like a handball, but was allowed to stand. [35] 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 in the final Sweden, who upset in the succession the U.S. and hosts Brazil. In 2020, Canada won gold on penalties over Sweden, having previously also beaten Brazil and the U.S.

Allocation of places for each continent in the 2024 Games is:

Participating nations

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games. Host nation is shown in bold.

UEFA
Nation 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 81
Flag of France.svg  France 46Q3
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 533315
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 572
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 101
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 51
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3173
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 66467227
CONMEBOL
Nation 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 111
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4422646Q8
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 111
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1111Q3
CONCACAF
Nation 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 83314
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 81
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1211153Q8
CAF
Nation 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 121
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 86113
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 10102
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 91
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 121
AFC
Nation 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia OFC (q. 2 t.)742
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 25958106
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 774285
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 992
OFC
Nation 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 75AFC (qualified 2 times)2
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1089124
Total nations88101212121212

Results

Keys
Ed.YearHostsGold medal matchBronze medal matchNum.
teams
Gold medal icon.svg Gold medalScoreSilver medal icon.svg Silver medalBronze medal icon.svg Bronze medalScoreFourth place
1
1996 Atlanta Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2–1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
2–0
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
8
2
2000 Sydney Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
3–2 (a.s.d.e.t.)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
2–0
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
8
3
2004 Athens Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1–0
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
10
4
2008 Beijing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1–0 (a.e.t.)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
2–0
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
12
5
2012 London Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2–1
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
1–0
Flag of France.svg  France
12
6
2016 Rio de Janeiro Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
2–1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
12
7
2020 Tokyo Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
1–1 (3–2 p)
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4–3
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
12
8
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Performances by countries

Below are the 9 nations that have reached at least the semi-final stage in the Summer Olympics finals.

TeamGold medalsSilver medalsBronze medalsFourth placeMedals
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)1 (2000)1 (2020)6
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1 (2016)3 (2000, 2004, 2008)4
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1 (2020)2 (2012, 2016)3
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1 (2000)1 (1996)2
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2 (2004, 2008)3 (1996, 2000, 2016)2
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2 (2016, 2020)1 (2004)2
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 (2012)1 (2008)1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1 (1996)1
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1 (2020)0
Flag of France.svg  France 1 (2012)0

Top scorers by tournament

Winning coaches

YearTeamCoaches
1996Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of the United States.svg Tony DiCicco
2000Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Norway.svg Per-Mathias Høgmo
2004Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of the United States.svg April Heinrichs
2008Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Sweden.svg Pia Sundhage
2012Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Sweden.svg Pia Sundhage
2016Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Germany.svg Silvia Neid
2020Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Flag of England.svg Bev Priestman

All-time top scorers

The all-time top goalscorers with at least 5 goals (since 1996)

RankNameTeamGoals
1 Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane Brazil14
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Brazil13
3 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Christine Sinclair Canada12
4 Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Germany10
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd United States10
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vivianne Miedema Netherlands10
7 Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach United States9
8 Flag of Brazil.svg Pretinha Brazil8
9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sam Kerr Australia7
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Melissa Tancredi Canada7
Flag of Sweden.svg Stina Blackstenius Sweden7
12 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ellen White Great Britain6
Flag of Sweden.svg Lotta Schelin Sweden6
Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan United States6
Flag of Zambia.svg Barbra Banda Zambia6
16 Flag of the United States.svg Mia Hamm United States5
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Sun Wen China5
Flag of the United States.svg Tiffeny Milbrett United States5
Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe United States5
Flag of Germany.svg Melanie Behringer Germany5

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)4116
2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)1034
3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)1023
4Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)1012
5Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)0202
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)0202
7Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)0101
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)0101
Totals (8 entries)77721

Overall medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)4228
2Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)3115
3Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)3003
4Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)2529
5Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)2204
6Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)2035
7Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)2024
8Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay  (URU)2002
9Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)1315
10Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)1304
11Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)1225
12Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)1203
13Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)1135
14Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)1113
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria  (NGR)1113
16Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)1102
Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)1102
18Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1023
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)1023
20Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)1012
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)1012
22Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon  (CMR)1001
23Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)0314
24Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)0112
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)0112
26Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0101
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)0101
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay  (PAR)0101
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)0101
30Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)0033
31Flag of Chile.svg  Chile  (CHI)0011
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana  (GHA)0011
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)0011
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)0011
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)0011
Totals (35 entries)343435103

See also

Notes

  1. Notation based on FIFA's official website and the Olympic official ticket guide.
  2. For the 2020 Summer Olympics, the age for the eligible players who had been already qualified were adjusted to under 24 years old. In this case, that Olympics was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [13]
  3. 1 2 City of Coventry Stadium and St. James Park were normally called Ricoh Arena and Sports Direct Arena respectively, but because of the IOC rules disallowing corporate sponsorship for event sites, they were renamed for the duration of the Games.
  4. Arena Fonte Nova was normally called Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, but because of the IOC rules disallowing corporate sponsorship for event sites, the venue was renamed for the duration of the Games.
  5. 1 2 Tokyo Stadium and International Stadium Yokohama are normally called Ajinomoto Stadium and Nissan Stadium respectively, but because of the IOC rules disallowing corporate sponsorship for event sites, the venue was renamed for the duration of the Games.

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New Zealand competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's twenty-fourth appearance at the Olympics. The New Zealand Olympic Committee sent 184 athletes, 97 men, and 87 women to the Games to compete in 16 sports, the nation's largest ever delegation.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics</span> Sporting event delegation

Brazil was the host nation of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's twenty-second appearance at the Summer Olympics, having competed in all editions in the modern era from 1920 onwards, except the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. Setting a milestone in Olympic history, Brazil became the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics, and the second Latin American host following the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Adriana Leon</span> Canadian soccer player

Adriana Kristina Leon is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a winger for English Women's Super League club Manchester United and the Canadian national team.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jessie Fleming</span> Canadian soccer player

Jessie Alexandra Fleming is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for FA Women's Super League club Chelsea and the Canada national team.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament</span> Olympic event

The women's football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics was held from 21 July to 6 August 2021. Originally, it was to be held from 22 July to 7 August 2020, but the Summer Olympics were postponed to the following year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the official name of the games remains the 2020 Summer Olympics. It was the seventh edition of the women's Olympic football tournament. Together with the men's competition, the 2020 Summer Olympics football tournament was held at six stadiums in six cities in Japan. The final was hosted at the International Stadium in Yokohama. There were no player age restrictions for teams participating in the competition.

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