Football at the Summer Olympics has been included in every Summer Olympic Games as a men’s competition sport, except 1896 and 1932. Women’s football was added to the official program at the 1996 Atlanta Games. So as to avoid competition with the World Cup, FIFA have restricted participation of elite players in the men’s tournament in various ways. Currently squads for the men’s tournament are required to be composed of players under 23 years of age, with three permitted exceptions.
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Is American football in the Olympics?
The answer is a little complicated. Association football and women鈥檚 football (aka soccer) is in the Olympics. But American football is not. Here鈥檚 what you need to know. Association football, otherwise known in America as soccer, is played in the Olympics.
What is another name for football in the Olympics?
Association football, otherwise known in America as soccer, is played in the Olympics.
How many countries play football at the Olympics?
Association football is being played this year at the Olympics, with 16 countries competing for the men鈥檚 title and 12 for the women鈥檚. Associations affiliated with FIFA can send teams.
What is the history of football at the Olympics?
Football first appeared on the programme of the Games of the II Olympiad, Paris 1900. It has been on the programme of each edition of the Games ever since, with the exception of Los Angeles 1932.