An Olympic sport since Paris 1900,
football started with the foundation of the Football Association of England, in 1863.
Football is one of the first team sports to be included in the Olympic
Games. As FIFA wasn't founded until May 1904, the London 1908
Olympics are the first football tournament they recognise.
The women first took part in the Atlanta
1996 Olympic Games; where a record 76,481 people cheered the American women home to
gold, in the final against China.
Professionals footballers are allowed to play in the men's
tournament but they have to be under 23 years old; with the exception of three over-age
1908 was the first Mens Olympic Football Tournament run under
The men's tournament involves 16 teams, while the women have 12 teams.
Paris 1900 - Great Britain.
St Louis 1904 - Canada.
- Great Britain, Denmark, Holland.
1912 - Great Britain, Denmark, Holland.
- Belgium, Spain, Holland.
- Uruguay, Switzerland, Sweden.
1928 - Uruguay, Argentina, Italy.
Los Angeles 1932 - (Football was dropped).
- Italy, Austria, Norway.
- Sweden, Yugoslavia, Denmark.
1952 - Hungary, Yugoslavia, Sweden.
1956 - Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria.
- Yugoslavia, Denmark, Hungary.
- Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany.
1968 -- Hungary, Bulgaria, Japan.
- Poland, Hungary, East Germany and USSR.
1976 - East Germany, Poland, Soviet Union.
- Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Soviet Union.
1984 - France, Brazil, Yugoslavia.
- Soviet Union, Brazil, East Germany.
1992 - Spain, Poland, Ghana.
- Nigeria, Argentina, Brazil.
- Cameroon, Spain, Chile.
2004 - Argentina, Paraguay, Italy.
1996 - USA, China, Norway.
2000 - Norway, USA, Germany.
2004 - USA, Brazil, Germany.
has been an inspiration to American women's football, winning gold in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, silver in Sydney 2000 and gold again in Athens 2004.
Mboma was influential in Cameroon's success at the Sydney
2000 Olympic Games. The African Footballer of the Year also went on to help his
country win the African
Nations Cup, in 2002.
Hungary is the most successful nation in the history of the Olympic
football tournament with gold medals in Helsinki 1952, Tokyo 1964 and Mexico City
1968; a silver in Munich 1972; and bronze in Rome 1960.
The Official web site of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
World Cup Finals reports from Uruguay 1930 through Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010.
Full 2002 Korea-Japan and France 98 archives as well as a fan's view of USA 94.
Football Association of England.
BigSoccer Football Forums
Olympics Soccer Forum.
About Women's Olympic Soccer.