Sixteen nations can be vying for Olympic soccer gold on the 2021 Tokyo Video games. The standard European and South American heavyweights are positioned as pre-tournament favorites: Spain, France, Germany, Brazil and Argentina.
Every males’s nationwide soccer crew taking part within the Olympics has a 22-man roster made up of gamers underneath the age of 24 (born on or after Jan. 1, 1997), besides for 3 gamers who might be over 24. Solely 18 gamers can costume on recreation day.
The Males’s Soccer Event kicks off with a round-robin group stage through which every crew performs three matches in opposition to the others within the group (July 22, July 25 and July 28). Groups will gather three factors for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. The highest two finishers in every group advance to the quarterfinals, which can have predetermined pairings.
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Olympic group tiebreakers
If groups are even on factors, tiebreakers can be used one after the other till all ties are damaged. If there’s nonetheless a impasse between two or extra groups after the sixth tiebreaker, FIFA will draw heaps (i.e., pull a reputation out of a hat). Right here’s the order of tiebreakers as detailed within the official match guidelines:
Superior aim distinction in all group matches;
Most targets scored in all group matches
Most factors obtained in group matches between the groups which might be tied
Superior aim distinction within the group matches between the groups which might be tied
Most targets scored in all group matches between the groups which might be tied
Finest conduct rating primarily based on yellow/pink playing cards acquired in all group matches
Drawing of heaps by FIFA if there are nonetheless groups that stay tied
The group standings and schedules under can be up to date because the match progresses: