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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.

Football - Olympic Competition

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 players.

1908 was the first Men’s Olympic Football Tournament run under FIFA auspices.

The men's tournament involves 16 teams, while the women have 12 teams.

Olympic Honours

Paris 1900 - Great Britain.
St Louis 1904 - Canada.
London 1908 - Great Britain, Denmark, Holland.
Stockholm 1912 - Great Britain, Denmark, Holland.
Antwerp 1920 - Belgium, Spain, Holland.
Paris 1924 - Uruguay, Switzerland, Sweden.
Amsterdam 1928 - Uruguay, Argentina, Italy.
Los Angeles 1932 - (Football was dropped).
Berlin 1936 - Italy, Austria, Norway.
London 1948 - Sweden, Yugoslavia, Denmark.
Helsinki 1952 - Hungary, Yugoslavia, Sweden.
Melbourne 1956 - Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria.
Rome 1960 - Yugoslavia, Denmark, Hungary.
Tokyo 1964 - Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany.
Mexico City 1968 -- Hungary, Bulgaria, Japan.
Munich 1972 - Poland, Hungary, East Germany and USSR.
Montreal 1976 - East Germany, Poland, Soviet Union.
Moscow 1980 - Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Soviet Union.
Los Angeles 1984 - France, Brazil, Yugoslavia.
Seoul 1988 - Soviet Union, Brazil, East Germany.
Barcelona 1992 - Spain, Poland, Ghana.
Atlanta 1996 - Nigeria, Argentina, Brazil.
Sydney 2000 - Cameroon, Spain, Chile.
Athens 2004 - Argentina, Paraguay, Italy.

Atlanta 1996 - USA, China, Norway.
Sydney 2000 - Norway, USA, Germany.
Athens 2004 - USA, Brazil, Germany.

Football - Olympic Greats

Mia Hamm 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.

Patrick 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.

Olympic Sports

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Football Links

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.

The FA:
Football Association of England.

BigSoccer Football Forums

Men's Olympics Soccer Forum.

Talk About Women's Olympic Soccer.

Further Reading

World Cup Football.


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