The Home of FIFA in Zurich will host the draws for the Olympic Football Tournaments on 21 April at 10:00 CET.
The countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is on once more. The COVID-19 pandemic might have compelled the postponement of the Games till 2021, however enthusiasm and pleasure for the iconic occasion stay undimmed.
In lower than a month’s time, the 16 males’s and 12 ladies’s groups will study the id of their opponents.
The two draws will be streamed dwell on the FIFA YouTube channel to permit all contributors to comply with proceedings from their residence international locations.
The draws will be carried out by Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, and Jaime Yarza, FIFA Director of Tournaments.
Speaking forward of the draws, Bareman mentioned: “The draws for the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments will provide a range of feelings and emotions, as the 28 qualified teams discover their pathway to glory and gold in Tokyo. As the Olympic Games approach, players, coaches and officials and their preparations will take a step closer following the draws, which represent a special and exciting milestone in men’s and women’s Olympic football history.”
Mikako Kotani, Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, added: “I’m extraordinarily thrilled that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football Tournament draws are lastly upon us – an thrilling milestone in our preparations to host Olympic soccer as soon as extra after Tokyo 1964, in addition to to welcome the ladies’s recreation to an Olympic Games in Japan for the first time.
“These extraordinary tournaments will stand out in our reminiscences and this expertise will be totally different from the previous editions. As Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, I’m so excited to welcome these tournaments to Japan and am firmly assured that they are going to go away eternal reminiscences in the hearts of Olympic followers and athletes throughout the globe. I want all the groups concerned the absolute best of luck. See you in Japan, this summer time!”
The Japanese males’s group will be positioned as A1 in the process for the draw and the match schedule, whereas the Japanese ladies’s group will be drawn as E1 (see ladies’s draw procedures).
Tokyo Stadium will be the stage for the first match of the Japanese males’s group, whereas the ladies’s finalists will battle for the gold medal at the metropolis’s iconic new Olympic Stadium, which may even be the setting for the Games’ opening and shutting ceremonies. Sapporo, Miyagi, Kashima, Saitama and Yokohama will contribute to the Olympic ardour by internet hosting thrilling video games from 21 July till 7 August 2021.
Ten groups have already certified for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, with two extra to come. With FIFA persevering with to monitor the state of affairs in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its influence on soccer, Cameroon are set to contest a two-legged intercontinental play-off towards Chile, who completed second in CONMEBOL’s qualifying match. The play-off is scheduled to happen in Turkey on 10 and 13 April 2021. Korea Republic and China PR may even play off over two legs in April to decide the final Asian consultant.
Fourteen groups have already certified for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, with the ultimate two locations up for grabs at the Concacaf qualifying match going down in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 18 to 30 March.
Japan has an ideal footballing custom, having hosted a number of main worldwide tournaments in the previous resembling the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, and a number of FIFA Club World Cups, together with the subsequent version deliberate to be held in December 2021. Although Japan will be internet hosting the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time, the males’s match will be returning to the nation for the first time in 57 years following Hungary’s triumph again in 1964.
More data on the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments is out there on FIFA.com.