Football

Football 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. It played by approximately 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world's most popular sport.

The main difference between Football at the Olympic Games and other major events is that in the Men’s’ event players most players must be less than 23 years old, with a maximum of three over-23 year old players allowed per squad.

Because of the compact nature of the Olympic Programme, footballers start their competition before the Opening Ceremony to allow time for all the matches to be played.

Germany won the Women’s’ gold medal at the most recent Games in Rio, but much to the delight of the home fan’s Brazil won the Men’s event beating Germany in the Final.

The 1948 Games in London was the last time Ireland compete in the Olympic football tournament.

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