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Olympic draw to be held at Maracana

The iconic Maracana stadium will host the draw for the Olympic Football Tournaments 2016 on 14 April 2016, ahead of hosting the men’s and women’s finals of the Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 on 19 and 20 August respectively.

The stadium's auditorium will see the groups drawn for Rio 2016's men's and women's football tournaments, with the event scheduled to kick off at 10.30 local time (15.30 CET).

The 16 teams in the men's tournament, including hosts Brazil and 2012 champions Mexico,will be drawn into four groups, and the 12 women's teams, including the hosts and 2012 champions USA, will be drawn into three groups.

Just one spot remains in the men's tournament, with Colombia and USA playing off in March to complete the line-up. In the women’s tournament, the final five teams to qualify will all be known by 9 March 2016.

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FIFA

http://www.fifa.com/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=2/news=olympic-draw-to-be-held-at-maracana-2765656.html

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Alright Matildas! :D Coming right at the start of FFA's Female Football Week--great way to start that! Start happily booking those boarding passes to Brazil now!

http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/westfield-matildas-qualify-for-the-rio-olympics/b3jwedttucsr1izm6dtpupgur

http://www.theroar.com.au/2016/03/08/matildas-rio-adventure-becomes-most-anticipated-olympic-story/

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/perfect-matildas-end-olympic-drought-with-21-win-over-north-korea-20160307-gncyjn.html

http://www.fourfourtwo.com/au/news/gorry-drive-sends-matildas-rio#:HpV6wK1WT-i6nA

http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2016/03/08/watch-matildas-qualify-rio-olympics-win-over-dpr-korea

Have been disappointed with seeing the empty stadium in Osaka (except for perhaps when the hosts Nadeshiko disappointingly played). Like to see what the TV ratings were for the Matildas' successful Asian qualification for 7mate. You can surely hear the same duo on for Matildas games on 7 down in Brazil. Hope they get some prominent promotion for Seven's coverage.

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Normally strong but much of the premier AFC teams like Australia, China's Steel Roses, South Korea's Tigers, Thailand, North Korea, and even Vietnam in some recent cases have gotten better since and even before London 2012 and thus caught up to them (see the Matildas' assault on them in the first game). Japan apparently is in a transitional/rebuilding period since what infamously happened to them in Vancouver's BC Place in July. In a way here in Osaka, they're like Spain in two years ago in Brazil: their playing style is now working against them even with their more regular Asian opponents. Kinda nice to see someone different out of Asia for a change.

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UEFA Women's Olympic Qualifying:

Sweden takes final Olympic berth

the 12 teams qualified for the Women's Olympic Tournament are:

Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Australia, China, Canada and United States

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Didn't really want to start a new thread for Tokyo 2020 this early so putting this in here....

The English Football Association (FA) is hopeful that Great Britain will send a women's football team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

British men's and women's teams played at their home London 2012 Games but infighting between the four UK nations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - prevented a bid for Rio 2016.

All four nations compete separately in the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have expressed fears that a combined team would threaten their autonomy.

All three quashed any idea of a joint team appearing in the Brazilian city, even though the women earned a place thanks to England finishing third at the Women's World Cup in Canada last year.

FA participation and development director Kelly Simmons said missing the opportunity to build on the performance in Canada in Rio was a "massive blow"

"Here we are still working hard to promote the game, build a new fanbase and take it to new audiences, and those big events are really critical in that," she said to the Press Association at St George's Park, England's national training centre.

It is hoped that the election of new FIFA President Gianni Infantino might ease fears of the individual nations losing their status.

"'It's too late now for this tournament, but what we definitely would want to discuss with the key stakeholders is if we qualify for Tokyo is there somehow a way for us to play?," said Simmons.

"It's just so important for the women's game."


More @ http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1035464/english-fa-hopeful-of-great-britain-womens-team-at-tokyo-2020

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Hope this happens. It's a travesty the women missed out on Rio 2016 despite qualifying. Hopefully, with Blatter history, this can move forward now....

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If the Scottish and Welsh FA's are so opposed to the creation of a combined mens team, won't they resist a combined womens team as well?

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Didn't really want to start a new thread for Tokyo 2020 this early so putting this in here....

More @ http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1035464/english-fa-hopeful-of-great-britain-womens-team-at-tokyo-2020

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Hope this happens. It's a travesty the women missed out on Rio 2016 despite qualifying. Hopefully, with Blatter history, this can move forward now....

The Home Nations IMO must be grandfathered for FIFA W

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The Home Nations IMO must be grandfathered for FIFA World Cup competitions and Commonwealth stuff, of course. As for the Olympics, it must be obviously under the British Olympic Association auspices with no forcing of an omnibus Team GB merger. Surely, there's this fear that a Team GB partly would be dominated by English players. After all, they're the ones at the elite level stage most consistently, especially the women. Have there ever been talk of player selection quotas in the final roster in discussions? Because we know there's at least some world-class Scottish and Welsh women's players who don't get a chance to play in the WC for their teams in Euro comps aren't up to snuff like England's in qualifying.

If they all agreed to participate, there would be no need for that UEFA Olympic qualifier for Rio--really there should be one regardless. Damn shame this year for, as said here, it hurts the British women's soccer game, at least in the short term since the Lionesses earned it.

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2nd leg: USA 1-2 Colombia

The 16 teams qualified for Olympic men's football tournament are:

Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Fiji, Germany, Honduras, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea and Sweden

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Any recent news on what overage players the teams will select?

The Copa America being held this summer (June) causes problems. Normally the South American teams would have a free hand on which overage players to select however most clubs don't want players playing both tournaments.

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The Americans, as much as I wish they would qualify since 2008, certainly didn't deserve to go to Rio.

Something is wrong about the state of the developmental and youth systems of young American soccer players in international competition that can springboard them to the senior level in the long run, like with future World Cup qualifications because they are supposed to be better than past U23 teams. Our neighbors' national team counterparts like Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, and Colombia seem to be developing right now at a faster rate.

Still I hope it's not a lost generation US Soccer is producing in the long run

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FIFA announces draw seedings for Rio 2016 Olympic football tournaments

Hosts Brazil will take the lead spot in Group A (men's) and Group E (women's), with the men's teams allocated into four pots based on a ranking built according to performances at the past five Olympic Football Tournaments. The ranking is weighted so that recent performances play a more prominent role, and a bonus is given to those nations who finished their qualifying competition as continental champions.

The 16 sides will be drawn into four groups of four (named Groups A-D), and the pot allocation for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament is as follows:

Pot 1: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Japan

Pot 2: Nigeria, Korea Republic, Honduras, Iraq

Pot 3: Sweden, Fiji, Portugal, South Africa

Pot 4: Algeria, Colombia, Denmark, Germany

The women's sides will also be split into four pots, but their allocation to the pots will be based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking released on 25 March.

The 12 sides will be drawn into three groups of four (named Groups E-G), and the pot allocation for the Women's Olympic Football Tournament is as follows:

Pot 1: Brazil, USA, Germany

Pot 2: France, Australia, Sweden

Pot 3: Canada, China PR, New Zealand

Pot 4: Colombia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

The general principle for each tournament's draw is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation.

The draw is scheduled to kick off at 10.30 local time (15.30 CET), and for a more detailed breakdown of the draw mechanics, constraints and seeding you can read the Official Draw Procedures.

FIFA

http://www.fifa.com/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=4/news=olympic-draw-what-you-need-to-know-2780213.html?intcmp=fifacom_hp_module_news

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