For the second consecutive men’s Olympic football tournament, Brazil won gold after beating Spain in the 2021 final 2-1 on an overtime goal from Malcom. Mexico won the bronze medal by beating Japan 3-1.
The tournament began with 16 nations each fielding a squad of 22 players aged 24 and under, with the exception of three major players (the age limit is usually 23, but has been adjusted due to the Olympic postponement. one year). This age rule was formally put in place in 1992 to differentiate competition from the Men’s World Cup following the opening of the Olympic Games to professional athletes by the IOC.
The field was cut in half after the group stage, with knockout matches reducing the teams to the bottom four who faced off for all three medals at stake: Brazil, Spain, Mexico and Japan.
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How to watch Olympic football in the United States and Canada
- United States – TV Channels: NBCSN, USA Network, Olympic Channel
- United States – Television in Spanish: Telemundo, Universo
- United States – Flow: fuboTV, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports app, Telemundo Deportes app, TelemundoDeportes.com
- Canada – TV Channels: NBCSN, USA Network, Olympic Channel
- Canada – Spanish language television: Telelatino
- Canada – Streams : CBC Gem, CBC Tokyo 2020 website, CBC Olympics app
TV coverage of some matches of the men’s soccer tournament was broadcast by five US channels of the NBC family of networks in English and Spanish (match-by-match listings below). Each of these channels was also available on fuboTV (7 day free trial).
Every football match in the men’s and women’s tournaments has been broadcast in the United States on NBCOlympics.com (English), TelemundoDeportes.com (Spanish), the NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app – all with user authentication. user (verification of cable / satellite subscription).
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Coverage in Canada was provided by CBC and CBC’s streaming platforms (Gem, Olympic website and app), as well as in Spanish on Telelatino (TLN).
Updated 2021 Olympic Football Calendar
REMARK: All matches were broadcast in the United States on NBCOlympics.com , TelemundoDeportes.com , NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes application with user authentication.
Saturday July 31 (Quarter-finals)
|QF # 1: Spain 5, Ivory Coast 2 (aet)||Strong points|
|QF # 2: Japan 0, New Zealand 0 (4-2 on PKs)|
|QF # 3: Brazil 1, Egypt 0||Strong points|
|QF # 4: South Korea 3, Mexico 6||Strong points|
Tuesday August 3 (Semi-finals)
|Semi # 1: Mexico 0 Brazil 0 (1-4 on PKs)||Strong points|
|Semi # 2: Japan 0, Spain 1 (aet)||Strong points|
Friday August 6 (Bronze)
Saturday August 7 (Gold / Silver)
|Brazil 2, Spain 1 (aet)||Strong points|
Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Format
The men’s football tournament opened with a group stage that eliminated half the field of 16 teams. The other eight qualified for the quarter-finals for the round of 16.
Group stage: The 16 teams were divided into four groups named Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D. The top two teams after the round robin group match automatically qualified for the quarter-finals.
Here’s how they progressed: The group stage rewarded the teams with three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. The teams were ranked by points with the first tiebreakers being (1) goal difference and (2) goals scored in that order. If the teams were still tied after the second tiebreaker, there were other predetermined criteria for separating the teams.
Knockout rounds: The top two teams from each group (eight in total) are moved to a fixed group, a knockout knockout round starting with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and medal matches.