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While the modern game of football started with the foundation of the Football Association of England in 1863, its roots extend to opposite ends of the earth. The ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans played a similar game, long before English kings in the 1300s and 1400s were trying to outlaw the violent sport. [Full story]

Drawing of lots for the Olympic football competitions

• Drawing of lots for the Olympic football competitions (men's):
  Group A: Cote D'Ivoire (A1), Argentina (A2), Australia (A3), Serbia (A4)
  Group B: Netherlands (B1), Nigeria (B2), Japan (B3), USA (B4)
  Group C: China (C1), New Zealand (C2), Brazil (C3), Belgium (C4)
  Group D: Republic of Korea (D1), Cameroon (D2), Honduras (D3), Italy (D4)

• Drawing of lots for the Olympic football competitions (women's):
  Group E: China (E1), Sweden (E2), Argentina (E3), Canada (E4)
  Group F: DPRK (F1), Nigeria (F2), Germany (F3), Brazil (F4)
  Group G: Norway (G1), USA (G2), Japan (G3), New Zealand (G4)

List of Events

On the program of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008
  • • football Men
  • • football Women

Athlete Quota:

Men 288 (16 teams x 18 players)
Women 216 (12 teams x 18 players)
TOTAL 504

Allocation
  • TIMELINE
  • MEN
  • WOMEN
  • ENTRY (M)
  • ENTRY (W)

QUALIFICATION TIMELINE

AFC preliminary competition:
Men: - First round: February 2007
- Second round: February 2007-June 2007
Third round: August 2007-November 2007, 3 groups of 4 teams. The 3 group winners qualify for the Olympic Football Tournament.
Women: First round: 17-25 February 2007
Second round: April 2007-August 2007, 2 groups of 4 teams. The 2 group winners qualify for the Olympic Football Tournament.
CAF preliminary competition:
Men: - First round: September 2006-October 2006
- Second round: February 2007-March 2007
- Third round: June 2007-March 2008, 3 groups of 4 teams. The 3 group winners qualify for the Olympic Football Tournament.
Women: - Preliminary round: October 2006-November 2006
- First round: February 2007-March 2007
- Second round: June 2007
- Third round: July 2007-March 2008, 4 teams. The winner qualifies for the Olympic Football Tournament. The runner-up plays off with CONMEBOL by end of March 2008.
CONCACAF preliminary competition:
Men: (Dates and sites to be confirmed)
Women: (Dates and sites to be confirmed)
CONMEBOL preliminary competition:
Men: Brazil and Argentina,winners and runners-up respectively at the South American U-20 Championship in Paraguay in January 2007, became the first two teams to book their places at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament at Beijing 2008.
Women: (Dates and sites to be confirmed) Play-off with CAF by end of March 2008
OFC preliminary competition:
Men: March 2008 (Sites to be confirmed)
Women: March 2008 (Sites to be confirmed)
UEFA preliminary competition:
Men: - European U-21 Championship 2006-2007 (tournament changed to odd years)
- Preliminary round: March 2006-July 2006
- Group stage: August 2006-October 2006
- Final tournament: Netherlands, June 2007, 8 teams participating.
Women: FIFA Women's World Cup, China, 10-30 September 2007. The top 3 European teams will qualify for the Olympic Football Tournament.
April 2008 Confederations to complete preliminary competitions
May 2008 Draw for the men's and women's Olympic football tournaments, Beijing 2008
23 July 2008 Deadline for Beijing 2008 Organising Committee to receive entry forms
submitted by NOCs

Hall of Fame

Mia Hamm Mia Hamm The most dominant women's football player of the 1990s, Mia Hamm joined the U.S. [Full story]

Patrick Mboma Patrick Mboma Born in Cameroon, Patrick Mboma moved with his family to France ... [Full story]

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