Football at the Summer Olympics

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Football (soccer) has been included in every Summer Olympic Games except 1896 and 1932 as a men's competition sport. Women's football was added to the official programme in 1996.

History[change | change source]

Football was not on the original modern Olympic Games programme as international football was in its infancy in 1896. However an unofficial football tournament was organised during the first competition. Complete records have been lost but it seems that only two games may have been played. An Athens XI lost to a team representing Smyrna (Izmir), then part of the Ottoman Empire. Smyrna went on to be beaten 15-0 by a team from Denmark. Demonstration tournaments were played at the 1900 and 1904 games and the "Intercalated Games" of 1906, but these were contested by various clubs and scratch teams, and are not considered to be official Olympic events. In 1906 teams from Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and France were withdrawn from an unofficial competition and left Denmark, Smyrna (one Armenian, two Frenchmen and eight Britons), Athens and Thessaloniki Music Club to compete. Denmark won the final against Athens 9-0.

Results[change | change source]

Men[change | change source]

Year Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg # of teams
1900 United Kingdom
Great Britain
France
France
3
1904 Canada
Canada
United States
United States
3
1908 United Kingdom
Great Britain
Denmark
Denmark
5
1912 United Kingdom
Great Britain
Denmark
Denmark
11
1920
Belgium

Spain
14
1924
Uruguay

Switzerland
22
1928
Uruguay

Argentina
17
1936
Italy

Austria
16
1948
Sweden

Yugoslavia
18
1952
Hungary

Yugoslavia
25
1956
USSR

Yugoslavia
11
1960
Yugoslavia

Denmark
16
1964
Hungary

Czechoslovakia
14
1968
Hungary

Bulgaria
16
1972
Poland

Hungary
16
1976
East Germany

Poland
13
1980
Czechoslovakia

East Germany
16
1984
France

Brazil
16
1988
USSR

Brazil
16
1992
Spain

Poland
16
1996
Nigeria

Argentina
16
2000
Cameroon

Spain
16
2004
Argentina

Paraguay
16
2008
Argentina

Nigeria
16
2012
Mexico

Brazil
16
2016 Tbd Tbd 16

Women[change | change source]

Year Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg # of teams
1996 United States
United States
People's Republic of China
China
8
2000 Norway
Norway
United States
United States
8
2004 United States
United States
Brazil
Brazil
10
2008 United States
United States
People's Republic of China
China
12
2012 United States
United States
Japan
Japan
12

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