The football associations of the four home nations have decided to allow a British women’s side to try to qualify for the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, Fifa has confirmed. Olympic Football followers from all over the world can buy Olympic Football Tickets online.
Squad GB has regularly not competed in Olympic football tournaments because of fears it could allure Fifa to force England, North Ireland, Scotland and Wales to compete as a United Kingdom side permanently.
These worries were put sidewise, though, for London 2012, when a men’s side took part for the first time since 1972 and a women’s side competed for the first time. But, with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales still opposite to playing as a joint British side, no contract was touched to enter sides for Rio 2016.
Fifa has always supposed it would authorization a British Olympic side, providing the Football Connotation, Irish Football Association, Scottish Football Association and Football Association of Wales all agreed to it.
After much coaxing by the British Olympic Association, that agreement has been reached but only for a woman’s side.
In a statement from the Organizing Committee for Fifa Competitions, Fifa supposed it has now “received written confirmation” from the four FAs, confirming their desire to see a British women’s team in Tokyo.
England now graded third in the world, are the designated country to try to succeed for the Olympic 2020 Games, which earnings they will need to be one of the top three European nations at next year’s Women’s WC in France.
The British side in 2012 won all three of its group-stage sports, including a 1-0 win over Brazil in front of 70,000 followers at Wembley, but lost 2-0 to Canada in the quarter-finals.
Lead by Casey Stony, the British team of 19 players was made up of 17 from England and two from Scotland, though Northern Irish goalkeeper Emma Higgins was on the assets list.
As well as the update on the British Olympic side, the Fifa competitions committee also accepted the procedures for the 2019 Women’s WC draw, which takes place in Paris on December 8.
There will be four pots of six teams, with teams allocated to each pot according to their Fifa ranking, and teams from the same confederation will be kept part, except for three of the nine European teams in the draw.
The committee, which is led by the president of European football’s governing body Aleksander Ceferin, also debated a suggestion to upsurge the prize money for the tournament and set up a fund to recompense the players’ clubs for the first time, carrying the women’s tournament in line with the men’s.
This subject was raised by Uefa vice-president Karl-Erik Nilsson at the Fifa Congress before this summer’s men’s WC in Russia, with some leading figures in the women’s game saying it was tardy.
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