Football at the Summer Olympics

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

Tournaments (men women)

Association football has been included in every Summer Olympic Games as a men's competition sport, except 1896 and 1932. Women's football was added to the official program in 1996.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Summer Olympic Games international multi-sport event

The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad, first held in 1896, is a major international multi-sport event held once every four years. The most recent Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) organises the Games and oversees the host city's preparations. In each Olympic event, gold medals are awarded for first place, silver medals are awarded for second place, and bronze medals are awarded for third place; this tradition began in 1904. The Winter Olympic Games were created due to the success of the Summer Olympics.

Womens association football association football when played by women

Women's association football, also commonly known as women's football or women's soccer is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.

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History

Beginnings

Football was not included on 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 organized during the first competition, in which an Athens XI lost to a team representing Smyrna (Izmir), then part of the Ottoman Empire. [1] According to a source, this is an error which has been perpetuated in multiple texts. [2]

Olympic Games major international sport event

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

Athens Capital and largest city of Greece

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.

Smyrna ancient city on the Aegean coast of Turkey

Smyrna was a Greek city dating back to antiquity located at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia. Since 1930, the modern city located there has been known as İzmir, in Turkey, the Turkish rendering of the same name. Due to its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defense and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence. Two sites of the ancient city are today within the boundaries of İzmir. The first site, probably founded by indigenous peoples, rose to prominence during the Archaic Period as one of the principal ancient Greek settlements in western Anatolia. The second, whose foundation is associated with Alexander the Great, reached metropolitan proportions during the period of the Roman Empire. Most of the present-day remains of the ancient city date from the Roman era, the majority from after a 2nd-century AD earthquake.

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 recognized by FIFA, and neither recognizes 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.

1900 Summer Olympics Games of the II Olympiad, celebrated in Paris (France) in 1900

The 1900 Summer Olympics, today officially known as the Games of the II Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that took place in Paris, France, in 1900. No opening or closing ceremonies were held; competitions began on 14 May and ended on 28 October.

1904 Summer Olympics Games of the III Olympiad, celebrated in Saint Louis (United States) in 1904

The 1904 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the III Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in St. Louis, Missouri, United States from August 29 until September 3, 1904, as part of an extended sports program lasting from July 1 to November 23, 1904, at what is now known as Francis Field on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. It was the first time that the Olympic Games were held outside Europe.

Intercalated Games

The Intercalated Olympic Games were to be a series of International Olympic Games halfway between what is now known as the Games of the Olympiad. This proposed series of games, intercalated in the Olympic Games cycle, was to always be held in Athens, and were to have equal status with the international games. However, the only such games were held in 1906.

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 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.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

1908 Summer Olympics Games of the IV Olympiad, celebrated in London (United Kingdom) in 1908

The 1908 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the IV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in 1908 in London, United Kingdom from 27 April to 31 October 1908.

The Football Association governing body of association football in England

The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of association football in England, the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

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, 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.

Olympics after the first World Cup

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 in an attempt to promote the growing sport of American football in the United States. 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, the Peruvian team refused and left the Olympics. [3] [4]

Henri Delaunay French football administrator

Henri Delaunay was a French football administrator.

1932 Summer Olympics games of the X Olympiad, celebrated in Los Angeles in 1932

The 1932 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the X Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held from July 30 to August 14, 1932, in Los Angeles, California, United States.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

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. Between 1948 and 1980, 23 out of 28 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.

Eastern Europe eastern part of the European continent

Eastern Europe is the eastern part of the European continent. There is no consensus on the precise area it covers, partly because the term has a wide range of geopolitical, geographical, cultural, and socioeconomic connotations. There are "almost as many definitions of Eastern Europe as there are scholars of the region". A related United Nations paper adds that "every assessment of spatial identities is essentially a social and cultural construct".

1948 Summer Olympics Games of the XIV Olympiad, held in London in 1948

The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was held in London, United Kingdom from 29 July to 14 August 1948.

1980 Summer Olympics Games of the XXII Olympiad, held in Moscow in 1980

The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Moscow, Soviet Union, in present-day Russia.

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 won every single World Cup title) countries to players who had not played in a World Cup.

Since 1992 male competitors must be under 23 years old, and since 1996, players under 23 years old, with three over-23 year old players, are 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, 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, in which it won the first gold medal (the second was won in Beijing in 2008), was only their seventh overall (the eighth has been in 2016). 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 has failed to qualify since 1996. 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, where they won silver. Spain has won the gold medal only once, in 1992. It has also won 2 silver medals (in 1920 and 2000) but has failed to qualify several times.

Addition of women's program

The IOC approved the addition of women's association football as a permanent Olympic event in September 1993, setting an eight-team tournament for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. [5] The 1996 tournament, which came shortly after the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup was organized in 1991, [6] set a record for the largest crowd to see a women's sports event, at 76,481 during the United StatesChina final. [7] The women's tournament uses the senior national teams with no age restrictions, unlike the men's tournament. Therefore, the value of the women's tournament is the same as with the Women's World Cup.

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. [8] [9]

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. [10] In 2009 the plan agreed by the FA with the Welsh FA, Scottish FA and Irish FA was only to field English players; [11] however the BOA overruled this, [12] and ultimately there were Welsh players on both squads and Scots on the women's squad. [13] [14] 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. [15]

For 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) [16] [17] .

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 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, there are 121 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 football tournament
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg Paris 1900 Paris Vélodrome de Vincennes
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Saint Louis 1904 St. Louis, Missouri Francis Field
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1908 London White City Stadium
Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm 1912 Stockholm Stockholms Olympiastadion
Råsunda Stadium
Tranebergs Idrottsplats
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Antwerp 1920 Antwerp Olympisch Stadion
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 Stadium, Ilford
Green Pond Road Stadium, 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 Stadion
Lahti Kisapuisto
Kotka Kotka Stadion
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne 1956 Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground
Olympic Park Stadium
Flag of Italy.svg Rome 1960 Rome Stadio Flaminio
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 Estadio Azteca
Puebla Estadio Cuauhtémoc
Guadalajara Estadio Jalisco
León Estadio León
Flag of Germany.svg Munich 1972 Munich Olympiastadion
Augsburg Rosenaustadion
Ingolstadt ESV-Stadion
Regensburg Jahnstadion
Nuremberg Städtisches Stadion
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 Lenin Stadium
Dynamo Stadium
Leningrad Kirov Stadium
Kiev Republican Stadium
Minsk Dinamo Stadium
Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 1984 Pasadena, California Rose Bowl
Boston, Massachusetts Harvard Stadium
Annapolis, Maryland Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Stanford, California Stanford Stadium
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg Seoul 1988 Seoul 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 (MCG)
Flag of Greece.svg Athens 2004 Athens Athens Olympic Stadium
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 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*
Manchester Old Trafford
Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park*
Flag of Brazil.svg 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
Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium
Tokyo Stadium
Yokohama International Stadium Yokohama
Saitama Saitama Stadium 2002
Miyagi 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 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 27
Women's event X X X X X X X 7
Total01111111011111111111112222222

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. 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 favor 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 are used to determine the winner. [18]

Participating nations

Men

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games.

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 Years
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 62=11=54
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 101
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 3115=545
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 10=173525
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 141
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 99291Split into Slovakia and Czech Republic5
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 22103=5261389
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany [19] 3312Merged with West Germany4
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia =171
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 4=9=1494
Flag of France.svg  France 2545=9=5=179751512
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [20] 7=5=64=955329
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11111=64=17=58510
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 13=17153
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 513=913112169
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 7=172
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Competed with Asia2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 85631=5=944451253515
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 161
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania =171
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1211=9=9=9=96
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3334=9=9=1778
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 973=14105
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland =174=9101227
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal =541464
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 14=1753
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 101
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 121
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro 161
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 131
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union =913331Split into 15 nations6
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2=17=5613101621410
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 41163=913661510
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 2=9133
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey =17=9=9=5=5146
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia 9=17=9222164310Split 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 Years
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 27108211118
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil =56913134223732113
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 17=17734
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1011111465
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 722
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 5112
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1193
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 Years
Flag of Canada.svg  Canada 11263
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 161383
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 1172
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 151
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 810163
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 1016744
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico =9=1111479107=101911
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Antilles =141
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2 [21] 312=9=9=11=17=5149129104914
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 Years
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 8142
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 11183
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 884=9=11=9124812811
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 61
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon 121
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 712163896
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 111
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 51
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 138121516=10117
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 14131518237
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 6-1
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 11132
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan 151
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 151314124
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 1552
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 Years
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan =171
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia Competed with Oceania7111
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 14132
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei =9=11163
Flag of India.svg  India =11=174134
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia =51
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 121273
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 51494125
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 56Competed with Europe2
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan =6=98396131541010
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 616123
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 101
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 91
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 81
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1582
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 16152
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea =51411111196103510
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 Years
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia =57413157AFC6
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 161
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 14162
Total nations3251114221716182511161416161316161616161616161616

Women

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

Nation 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 111
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 7573
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 442264Q7
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 121
Flag of Canada.svg  Canada 8333
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 259585
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 11112
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 81
Flag of France.svg  France 462
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 533315
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 51
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 101
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 7742Q5
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 81
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1089Q4
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 86113
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 992
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3173
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 10102
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 6646726
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1211156
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 121
Total nations881012121212

Men's tournament

Association Football at the Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
Founded1900 [22]
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Current championsFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
(1st 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 2016 Summer Olympics

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 and South American qualifiers from the South American Youth Championship, which is a U-20 tournament. Teams participating in the preliminary and final competitions must be composed of U-23 players, with a maximum of three players who are older than U-23. For Rio 2016, U-23 players are born after January 1, 1993. [23]

For the 2016 Games, the number of places allocated to each continent was:

Women's tournament

Association Football at the Summer Olympics – Women's tournament
Founded1996
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams12 (from 6 confederations)
Current championsFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
(4 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg 2016 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 an extra time defeat by 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 2016 Games was:

Records

Denmark's Sophus Nielsen in the 1908 and 1912 hold the record for the most goals scored by a player in an all and single tournament, scoring 13 goals. The first official football tournament was held in London, England, 1908.

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. [24]

Goalscorers

The all-time top goalscorers with at least 8 goals (as of 1908)

14 goals
13 goals
12 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals

Men's results

YearHostsGold Medal GameBronze Medal Game
GoldScoreSilverBronzeScoreFourth Place
1896 Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg
Athens
No football tournament
1900
Details
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
Paris
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain
(Upton Park F.C.)
[25] Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
France
(USFSA XI)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
(ULB)
[25] Only three teams entered
1904
Details
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg
St. Louis
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg
Canada
(Galt F.C.)
[26] Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg
United States
(Christian Brothers College)
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg
United States
(St. Rose Parish)
[26] Only three teams entered
1908
Details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
London
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain
2 – 0Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
2 – 0Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
1912
Details
Flag of Sweden.svg
Stockholm
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain
4 – 2Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
9 – 0 Flag of The Russian Empire 1883.svg
Finland
1920
Details
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Antwerp
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
[27] Flag of Spain (1785-1873, 1875-1931).svg
Spain
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
[27] Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
France
1924
Details
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
Paris
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
3 – 0Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
1 – 1
aet
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Match replay: 3 – 1
1928
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Amsterdam
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
1 – 1
aet
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
11 – 3Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg
Egypt
Match replay: 2 – 1
1932 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
Los Angeles
No football tournament
1936
Details
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg
Berlin
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
2 – 1
aet
Flag of Austria.svg
Austria
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
3 – 2Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
1948
Details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
London
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
3 – 1Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
5 – 3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain
1952
Details
Flag of Finland.svg
Helsinki
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg
Hungary
2 – 0Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2 – 0 Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
1956
Details
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Melbourne
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
1 – 0Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of Bulgaria (1948-1967).svg
Bulgaria
3 – 0Flag of India.svg
India
1960
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Rome
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
3 – 1Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
2 – 1Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1964
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Tokyo
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
2 – 1Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany [19]
3 – 1Flag of the United Arab Republic.svg
United Arab Republic
1968
Details
Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico City
Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
4 – 1Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg
Bulgaria
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
2 – 0Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico
1972
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
Munich
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
2 – 1Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
2 – 2 [28]
aet
1976
Details
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Montreal
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
3 – 1Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
2 – 0Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
1980
Details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Moscow
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
1 – 0Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
2 – 0Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
1984
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Los Angeles
Flag of France.svg
France
2 – 0Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
2 – 1Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1988
Details
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
Seoul
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
2 – 1
aet
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
3 – 0Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1992
Details
Flag of Spain.svg
Barcelona
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
3 – 2Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
1 – 0Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
1996
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Atlanta
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
3 – 2Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
5 – 0Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
2000
Details
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Sydney
Flag of Cameroon.svg
Cameroon
2 – 2
asdet
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Chile.svg
Chile
2 – 0Flag of the United States.svg
United States
5 – 3 on penalty shootout
2004
Details
Flag of Greece.svg
Athens
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
1 – 0Flag of Paraguay.svg
Paraguay
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1 – 0Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg
Iraq
2008
Details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Beijing
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
1 – 0Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3 – 0Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
2012
Details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
London
Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico
2 − 1Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
2 − 0Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
2016
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
1 – 1
aet
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
3 − 2Flag of Honduras.svg
Honduras
5 – 4 on penalty shootout
2020
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Tokyo

* Under-23 tournament since 1992.

Performances by countries for men

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

TeamTitlesRunners-upThird PlaceFourth 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)3
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 Brazil.svg  Brazil 1 (2016)3 (1984, 1988, 2012)2 (1996, 2008)1 (1976)6
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1 (1960)3 (1948, 1952, 1956)1 (1984)1 (1980)5
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1 (1972)2 (1976, 1992)1 (1936)3
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1 (1992)2 (1920, 2000)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 Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1 (1920)1 (1900)1 (2008)2
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1 (2012)1 (1968)1
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.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)1 (2012)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

Men's 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 8
1928 Flag of Argentina.svg Domingo Tarasconi 9
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 (1948-1967).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

Women's results

YearHostsGold Medal GameBronze Medal Game
GoldScoreSilverBronzeScoreFourth Place
1996
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Atlanta
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2 – 1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
2 – 0Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
2000
Details
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Sydney
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
3 – 2
asdet
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2 – 0Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
2004
Details
Flag of Greece.svg
Athens
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2 – 1
aet
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
1 – 0Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2008
Details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Beijing
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1 – 0
aet
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2 – 0Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
2012
Details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
London
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2 – 1Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
1 – 0Flag of France.svg
France
2016
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2 – 1Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
2 – 1Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
2020
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Tokyo

Performances by countries for women

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

TeamTitlesRunners-upThird PlaceFourth PlaceMedals
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)1 (2000)5
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1 (2016)3 (2000, 2004, 2008)4
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 Japan.svg  Japan 1 (2012)1 (2008)1
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1 (2016)1 (2004)1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1 (1996)1
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2 (2012, 2016)2
Flag of France.svg  France 1 (2012)0

Women's top scorers by tournament

YearPlayerGoals
1996 Flag of Norway.svg Ann Kristin Aarønes
Flag of Norway.svg Linda Medalen
Flag of Brazil.svg Pretinha
4
2000 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Sun Wen 4
2004 Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane
Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz
5
2008 Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane 5
2012 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Christine Sinclair 6
2016 Flag of Germany.svg Melanie Behringer 5

Goalscorers (Woman)

The all-time top goalscorers with at least 5 goals (1996–2016)

14 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals

Medal table

Total

※ Countries ranked by total medals won (men's and women's) including unofficial (1900 and 1904).
※ Bronze medals shared in 1972 tournament

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)4217
2Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)3115
3Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)3003
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 Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)1528
8Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)1315
9Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)1203
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)1203
11Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)1135
12Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)1124
13Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)1113
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria  (NGR)1113
15Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)1102
Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)1102
17Flag of Canada.svg  Canada  (CAN)1023
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1023
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)1023
20Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)1012
21Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon  (CMR)1001
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)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 nations)32323397

Men's medal table

※ Countries ranked by total medals won including unofficial (1900 and 1904).
※ Bronze medals shared in 1972 tournament

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)3115
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)3003
3Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)2204
4Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)2035
5Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay  (URU)2002
6Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)1326
7Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)1315
8Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)1203
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)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
17Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon  (CMR)1001
Flag of Canada.svg  Canada  (CAN)1001
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)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 nations)26262779

Women's medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)4105
2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)1034
3Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)1012
4Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)0202
5Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)0101
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)0101
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)0101
8Flag of Canada.svg  Canada  (CAN)0022
Totals (8 nations)66618

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The Great Britain Olympic football team is the men's football team that represents the United Kingdom at the Summer Olympic Games. The team is organised by the English Football Association (FA) as the footballing representative of the British Olympic Association. The team only competes in the Olympic Games. In other international football tournaments, the Home Nations of the United Kingdom are represented by their own national teams, a situation which pre-dated the establishment of a GB team.

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  18. Regulations for the Olympic Football Tournaments
  19. 1 2 The East German team represented the United Team of Germany in 1964, winning the bronze medal.
  20. The team represented the United Team of Germany in 1956, and the Federal Republic of Germany (i.e., West Germany) in 1972, 1984 and 1988, and winning the bronze medal in 1988.
  21. The United States had two teams at the 1904 Games, taking the silver and bronze medals. The IOC hesitated to recognize these medals, but ultimately did that in 1984.
  22. The 1900 and 1904 tournaments, they are not recognized by FIFA. The competition has been held regularly, except 1932. Since 1992 compete exclusively the U23 national teams.
  23. "REGULATIONS for the Olympic Football Tournaments" (PDF).
  24. 1 2 The 1900 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.
  25. 1 2 The 1904 tournament was originally a set 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 round-robin results.
  26. 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.
  27. In 1972, the third place match between East Germany and the Soviet Union was a 2–2 tie after extra time had expired. Both teams were awarded bronze medals.