Great Britain will have a women’s football side at the Olympics 2020 after England over in the top three European sides at the World Cup. Olympic Football followers from all over the world can buy Olympics Football Tickets online.
The four nations decided in October to allow a GB women’s side to try to reach Tokyo 2020 Olympic, but qualification is contingent on England’s development in France. England manager Phil Neville says the “plan” is for him to manage the team.
“It will be England led by me and my coaching staff and we have a fantastic pool of players to pick from, he said. Not just the ones I manage here, but Wales, Scotland and [Northern] Ireland.”
England tired Norway to reach the last four, while the USA tired France 2-1 on Friday to safeguard there are only three European sides in the semis. There will be 12 sides at Tokyo 2020 Olympic. There was no contract for a British men’s side in Japan – although they would have failed to qualify anyway.
At London 2012, a women’s team made their debut, with the men returning after 40 years away – with the home nations agreeing to that as a one-off for the home Olympics. Both sides went out in the quarter-finals.
No joint British side featured in Rio 2016, with the relations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales opposite to the idea. Last June, Neville said fielding a Side GB team in Japan was “absolutely fundamental” for the development of the women’s game.
The Scottish FA said they will not actively support or promote the side but will not prevent players from being involved, while their Welsh counterparts said they will not align themselves politically with the team. Unlike the men’s event – which is an under-23 tournament – the Olympics are one of women’s football’s biggest events, with no age restrictions.
The sides sure a place are G B, fellow semi-finalists the Netherlands and Sweden, crowds Japan, Copa America winners Brazil and Oceania champions New Zealand. The other games will be filled by two qualifiers from both Asia and the North, Central American and Caribbean cluster, as well as one from Africa and the winner of a play-off amid Chile and an African side.
Defensive champions Germany would not be at the Olympics 2020 after they lost their World Cup quarter-final to Sweden. The four semi-finalists from the men’s European Under-21 Championship – Germany, Romania, Spain, and France – have fit for Tokyo 2020 Olympic.
GB would not have been qualified even if England – who went out in the group stages – had reached that round.
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