Originally, the football tournament was scheduled to take place on July 22 – August 7, 2020 (women) and July 23 – August 8, 2020 (men), but it has been postponed to the following year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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16 teams participate in the men’s soccer tournament divided into four groups. The top two teams from each will qualify for the quarter-finals. Five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of which Neymar was the star, was the best. Germany and Nigeria took the other podium places. The German team was played, among other things, by Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), who was the event’s top scorer.

In the course of the upcoming matches, there are voices that can appear in the French national team Kylian Mbappe. The 22-year-old, who has already won a gold medal at the World Championships, does not hide that he wants to play in the Olympic tournament. He was even on the preliminary team list for matches in Japan, but this is not the official date for the FIFA competition, so clubs may not agree to the participation of their stars in this competition.

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On the other hand, 12 national teams will participate in the women’s championship and will be divided into three groups. The teams from the first two places and the two best teams will advance from the third place to the quarter-finals. Here, during the Olympic Games in Rio, German women were the best, but this time they did not qualify for the Olympic tournament. Otherwise, the Swedes won the silver, and the Canadian women won the bronze.

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Age restrictions have been in place for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament since 1992. Therefore, the teams include two players from the U-23 national team and three players of any age. As a result of the matches being postponed for a year, FIFA decided to change the rule and allowed players from the U24 team, born on or after January 1 1997, to compete in Japan. In the women’s tournament, this rule does not apply, so matches are played between senior teams.

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In turn, in June 2020, FIFA approved the use of the VAR system during the Olympic Games. This solution will first appear in the Olympics.

Men’s Match Schedule:

Group A:

Mexico-France (Thursday 07/22/2021, 10:00 am – Tokyo)

Japan – South Africa (Thursday 07/22/2021, 1:00 pm – Tokyo)

France – South Africa (Sun 7/25/2021, 10:00 am – Saitama)

Japan-Mexico (Sunday, July 25, 2021, 1:00 pm – Saitama)

South Africa-Mexico (Wed 7/28/2021, 1:30 pm – Sapporo)

France-Japan (Wed 7/28/2021, 1:30 pm – Yokohama)

Group B:

New Zealand – South Korea (Thursday 07/22/2021, 10:00 am – Kashima)

Honduras – Romania (Thursday 07/22/2021, 1:00 pm – Kashima)

New Zealand-Honduras (Sunday 25/7/2021, 10:00 am – Kashima)

Romania – South Korea (Sunday, July 25, 2021, 1:00 pm – Kashima)

Romania-New Zealand (Wed 7/28/2021, 10:30 – Sapporo)

South Korea-Honduras (Wed 7/28/2021, 10:30 – Yokohama)

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Group C:

Egypt-Spain (Thursday 07/22/2021, 9:30 – Sapporo)

Argentina-Australia (Thursday 07/22/2021, 12:30 pm – Sapporo)

Egypt-Argentina (Sunday 25/07/2021, 9:30 am – Sapporo)

Australia-Spain (Sunday 07/25/2021, 12:30 pm – Sapporo)

Spain-Argentina (Wed 7/28/2021, 1:00 pm – Saitama)

Australia – Egypt (Wed 7/28/2021 at 1 pm – Revo)

Group D:

Ivory Coast – Saudi Arabia (Thursday 07/22/2021, 10:30 – Yokohama)

Brazil – Germany (Thursday 07/22/2021, 1:30 pm – Yokohama)

Brazil-Ivory Coast (Sun 7/25/2021, 10:30 – Yokohama)

Saudi Arabia – Germany (Sunday 07/25/2021, 1.30 pm – Yokohama)

Germany – Ivory Coast (Wed, 28/07/2021, 10:00 – Rifu)

Saudi Arabia-Brazil (Wed 7/28/2021, 10:00 am – Saitama)

Quarter-finals:

1C – 2D (Sat 07/31/2021, 10:00 am – Rifu)

1A – 2B (Saturday 07/31/2021, 11:00 a.m. – Kashima)

1D – 2C (Sat 07/31/2021, 12:00 noon – Saitama)

1B – 2A (Saturday 07/31/2021, 1:00 PM – Yokohama)

semi final:

Quarter-Final Winner 1B / 2A – Quarter-Final Winner 1D / 2C (Tuesday 3 August 2021 at 10:00 – Kashima)

Quarter-Final Winner 1A / 2B – Quarter-Final Winner 1C / 2D (Tuesday 3 August 2021, 1:00 pm – Saitama)

Third place match (Friday August 6, 2021, 1:00 PM – Saitama)

Final (Saturday 7 August 2021, 1:30 pm – Yokohama)

Timing of the women’s championship:

Group E:

Great Britain – Chile (Wednesday 7/21/2021, 9:30 am – Sapporo)

Japan-Canada (Wed 07/21-21, 12:30 pm – Sapporo)

Chile-Canada (Saturday 07/24/2021, 9:30 – Sapporo)

Japan-Great Britain (Saturday 7/24/2021, 12:30 pm – Sapporo)

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Chile-Japan (Tuesday 7/27/2021 at 1 pm – Revo)

Canada-Great Britain (Tuesday 27/07/2021, 1:00 pm – Kashima)

Group F:

China – Brazil (Wed 7/21/2021, 10:00 am – Revo)

Zambia-Netherlands (Wednesday 7/21/2021, 1:00 pm – Revo)

China – Zambia (Saturday 24/7/2021, 10:00 am – Revo)

Netherlands – Brazil (Saturday 24/7/2021, 1:00 pm – Revo)

Brazil-Zambia (Tuesday 7/27/2021, 1:30 pm – Saitama)

Netherlands – China (Tuesday 27/07/2021, 1:30 pm – Yokohama)

Group G:

Sweden-USA (Wed 21/7/2021, 10:30 – Tokyo)

Australia – New Zealand (Wed 07/21/2021 1:30 pm – Tokyo)

Sweden-Australia (Saturday 07/24/2021, 10:30 – Saitama)

New Zealand – United States (Saturday 24/7/2021 10:30 – Saitama)

New Zealand-Sweden (Tuesday 07/27/2021, 10:00 am – Rifu)

United States – Australia (Tuesday 7/27/2021, 10:00 am – Kashima)

Quarter-finals:

2E – 2F (Fri 07/30/2021, 10:00 am – Rifu)

1E – 3FG (Fri 07/30/2021, 11:00 am – Kashima)

1G – 3EF (Fri 07/30/2021, 12:00 noon – Saitama)

1F – 2G (Fri 07/30/2021, 1:00 PM – Yokohama)

semi final:

Quarter-Final Winner 1F / 2G – Quarter-Final Winner 2E / 2F (Mon 08/02/2021 10:00 – Kashima)

Quarter-Final Winner 1E / 3FG – Quarter-Final Winner 1G / 3EF (Mon 2 August 2021 1:00 pm – Yokohama)

Third place match (Thursday 5 August 2021, 10:00 am – Kashima)

Final (Friday, August 6, 2021, 4:00 am – Tokyo)