Football at the Summer Olympics

football competition

Football (soccer) has been included in every Summer Olympic Games except 1896 and 1932 as a men's competition sport. Women's football was added to the official programme in 1996.

HistoryEdit

Football was not on the original modern Olympic Games programme as international football was in its infancy in 1896. However an unofficial football tournament was organised during the first competition. Complete records have been lost but it seems that only two games may have been played. An Athens XI lost to a team representing Smyrna (Izmir), then part of the Ottoman Empire. Smyrna went on to be beaten 15-0 by a team from Denmark. Demonstration 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, and are not considered to be official Olympic events. In 1906 teams from Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and France were withdrawn from an unofficial competition and left Denmark, Smyrna (one Armenian, two Frenchmen and eight Britons), Athens and Thessaloniki Music Club to compete. Denmark won the final against Athens 9-0.

ResultsEdit

MenEdit

Year     # of teams
1900  
Great Britain
 
France
3
1904  
Canada
 
United States
3
1908  
Great Britain
 
Denmark
5
1912  
Great Britain
 
Denmark
11
1920  
Belgium
 
Spain
14
1924  
Uruguay
 
Switzerland
22
1928  
Uruguay
 
Argentina
17
1936  
Italy
 
Austria
16
1948  
Sweden
 
Yugoslavia
18
1952  
Hungary
 
Yugoslavia
25
1956  
Soviet Union
 
Yugoslavia
11
1960  
Yugoslavia
 
Denmark
16
1964  
Hungary
 
Czechoslovakia
14
1968  
Hungary
 
Bulgaria
16
1972  
Poland
 
Hungary
16
1976  
East Germany
 
Poland
13
1980  
Czechoslovakia
 
East Germany
16
1984  
France
 
Brazil
16
1988  
Soviet Union
 
Brazil
16
1992  
Spain
 
Poland
16
1996  
Nigeria
 
Argentina
16
2000  
Cameroon
 
Spain
16
2004  
Argentina
 
Paraguay
16
2008  
Argentina
 
Nigeria
16
2012  
Mexico
 
Brazil
16
2016  
Brazil
 
Germany
16

WomenEdit

Year     # of teams
1996  
United States
 
China
8
2000  
Norway
 
United States
8
2004  
United States
 
Brazil
10
2008  
United States
 
China
12
2012  
United States
 
Japan
12
2016  
Germany
 
Sweden
12

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