Tokyo will host the 25th edition of the Men’s Olympic Football Competition. 16 teams, counting hosts Japan, will compete to win the gold medal. We disclose the qualification dates and details for each association. Olympic Football followers from all over the world can buy Olympic Football Tickets online.
Only 16 teams will have the privilege of vying for the gold medal at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020, the best of the best, which is why booking a place at the competition is an achievement in and of itself.
As the host nation, Japan automatically qualifies to compete in the tournament. They have been joined by Europe’s four qualifiers: Spain, Germany, Romania, and France.
The question now is, what does your national team need to do to fill one of the 11 remaining places in Tokyo next year?
The UEFA European U-21 Championship took place in Italy and San Marino from 16 June to 30 June, where the top four teams at the end of the tournament qualified for Olympic 2020 Games. Spain ended as champions, beating Germany 2-1 in the concluding. Of the four European countries that contributed to the previous Olympic Football Tournament in Rio 2016, only Germany will return to Olympic 2020 Games.
The OFC Olympic 2020 Qualifier 2019 will be held in Fiji from 21 September to 5 October, where eight sides will compete for one sought-after spot at Tokyo Olympic 2020. Fiji represented the region in Rio 2016 for the first time, while New Zealand had fit for London 2012 and Beijing 2008.
The CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations will take place in Egypt from 8 to 22 November, where eight nations will vie for three qualification tickets to Tokyo 2020. Nigeria is the defending champions, having qualified alongside Algeria and South Africa last time out.
Three spots at Tokyo 2020 will be up for grabs at the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020, which will be held from 8 to 26 January. Sixteen countries will take part in the region’s final prerequisite tournament.
If Japan reaches the semi-finals, all three of the other semi-finalists will be guaranteed qualification to the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament as Japan is automatically allocated a spot as hosts. The Korea Republic, Japan, and Iraq were the three Asian countries who competed at the last Olympic tournament at Rio 2016.
Colombia will host the South American U-23 qualifying tournament in early Olympic 2020 with the exact dates still to be confirmed. The top two teams from the competition will book tickets to Tokyo 2020 Games. Argentina and Colombia qualified last time out; while Brazil, qualified for Rio 206 as hosts, went on to win gold.
North, Central America, and the Caribbean
Dates and host nations are still to be confirmed for Concacaf’s final qualification tournament. The top two teams will qualify for Tokyo 2020. Honduras and Mexico represented the region last time out.
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