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FIFA’s home in Zurich will host draws for the Olympic football tournaments on April 21 at. 10:00 CET.
The countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is back. The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced the postponement of the Games to 2021, but enthusiasm and enthusiasm for the iconic event remain undiminished.
In less than a month, the 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams will learn the identity of their opponent.
The two draws will be streamed live on FIFA YouTube channel so that all participants can follow procedures from their home countries.
The draws are conducted by Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, and Jaime Yarza, FIFA Director of Tournaments.
Speaking ahead of the draw, Bareman said: “A draw for the men’s and women’s Olympic football tournaments will bring a range of emotions and feelings as the 28 qualifying teams discover their path to glory and gold in Tokyo. As the Olympic Games approach, players, coaches and officials and their preparations will take a step closer to the draw, which represents a special and exciting milestone in men’s and women’s Olympic football history. ”
Mikako Kotani, Sports Director of Tokyo 2020, added: “I am very excited that the Tokyo 2020 Football Tournament is finally upon us – an exciting milestone in our preparations to host Olympic football again after Tokyo 1964 and to welcome women’s fight at the Olympic Games in Japan for the first time.
“These extraordinary tournaments will stand out in our memories, and this experience will be different from previous editions. As Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, I am so excited to welcome these tournaments to Japan and am convinced that they will leave forever. memories in the hearts of Olympic fans and athletes across the globe. I wish all the teams involved good luck. See you in Japan, this summer! “
The Japanese men’s team will be placed as A1 in the draw and battle plan, while the Japanese women’s team is drawn as E1.
Tokyo Stadium will be the stage for the Japanese men’s first match, while the women’s finalists will fight for the gold medal at the city’s iconic new Olympic Stadium, which will also be the setting for the opening and closing ceremonies of the game. Sapporo, Miyagi, Kashima, Saitama and Yokohama will contribute to the Olympic passion by hosting exciting games from July 21 to August 7, 2021.
Ten teams have already qualified for the women’s Olympic football tournament, and two more are coming. As FIFA continues to monitor the situation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on football, Cameroon is ready to fight a two-legged intercontinental play-off against Chile, who finished second in CONMEBOL’s qualifying tournament. The playoffs are scheduled to take place in Turkey on April 10 and 13, 2021. Korea Republic and China PR will also play over two legs in April to determine the final Asian representative.
Fourteen teams have already qualified for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, with the final two places in place at the Concacaf Qualifying Tournament, which takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from March 18 to 30.
Japan has a great football tradition that has hosted several major international tournaments in the past, such as the 2002 FIFA World Cup and several FIFA Club World Cups, including the next edition scheduled for December 2021. Although Japan hosts the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament For the first time, the men’s tournament returns to the country for the first time in 57 years after Hungary’s triumph back in 1964.
More information on men’s and women’s Olympic football tournaments can be found at FIFA.com.