We’ve already had Euro 2020 and the Copa America this summer time however now, footballers across the globe will likely be gunning for Olympic glory too.
Brazil’s males claimed gold at Rio 2016 whereas it was Germany who gained within the girls’s competitors.
Now, 28 international locations from 6 confederations will compete throughout the boys’s and ladies’s event on the Tokyo Video games this summer time.
Nice Britain will likely be searching for gold within the girls’s event however have determined in opposition to getting into a workforce to the boys’s.
The rearranged 2020 Tokyo Olympics will get beneath method this week and right here’s the whole lot it is advisable to know concerning the soccer.
Soccer at Tokyo 2020: Dates
The soccer will start two days earlier than the Opening Ceremony to verify all of the video games are fitted in.
Crew GB’s girls’s aspect will play the primary match of the event, kicking off the group stage matches by dealing with Chile on Wednesday, July 21.
The lads’s competitors begins a day later with Egypt v Spain being the primary fixture.
Every nation will play three group video games and all three rounds will likely be performed on the identical days however with totally different kick-off instances.
All the ladies’s quarter-finals will then be held on Friday, July 30 with the semi-finals on Monday, August 2. The bronze medal match will likely be held on Thursday, August 5 with the gold medal match a day later.
For the boys, the quarter-finals will likely be held on Saturday, July 31 whereas the semi-finals will likely be on Tuesday, August 3. The bronze medal match will likely be on Friday, August 6 with the gold medals gained the day after.
Soccer at Tokyo 2020: The way it works
The lads’s competitors will see 16 groups compete in 4 teams.
Every workforce will play three group video games with the underside two from every group eradicated.
The remaining will progress via the knockout phases earlier than the medals are gained.
Soccer at Tokyo 2020: Males’s competitors
Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France
New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania
Egypt, Spain Argentina, Australia
Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia
For the ladies, it’s barely totally different as solely 12 groups are competing.
These 12 have been break up into three teams. They may even all play three group video games with the highest two in every group progressing.
Then the 2 finest third-placed aspect may even make it into the knockout stage the place that may progress as regular till the medals are gained.
Soccer at Tokyo 2020: Ladies’s competitors
Japan, Canada, Nice Britain, Chile
China PR, Brazil, Zambia, Netherlands
Sweden, United States, Australia, New Zealand
Soccer at Tokyo 2020: Notable gamers
Within the males’s competitors, there will likely be a bunch of well-known gamers competing.
Hosts Japan have Maya Yoshida as their captain whereas France have Andre-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin of their squad.
Winston Reid and Chris Wooden are in New Zealand’s ranks, Max Gradel, Eric Bailly and Franck Kessie have been picked by Ivory Coast and Dani Alves, Richarlison and Gabriel Martinelli will likely be in motion for Brazil.
Spain have chosen various gamers who featured at Euro 2020 together with Dani Olmo, Pedri, Unai Simon, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia and Mikel Oyarzabal. Marco Asensio, Mikel Merino and Dani Ceballos are additionally within the Spanish ranks.
Within the girls’s competitors, Crew GB have a stellar squad which incorporates Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott and Ellen White.
Brazil are all the time robust and have legends Formiga, Marta and Erika of their ranks.
The USA may even be gunning for gold and can be capable of name up the likes of Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.