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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Football Tournament draws: as it happened

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - men's/women's football draw

and a reminder of the men's draw:


Recap: Women's football - Tokyo 2020

Group E: Japan, Canada, Great Britain & Chile

Group F: China, Brazil, Zambia & Netherlands

Group G: Sweden, USA, Australia & N.Zealand

Final nation drawn is New Zealand and they head to Grouo G as team G4

Zambia are next out and they go to Group F. They are position F3.

Final pot ...pot 4 delivers Chile as the first nation ... first ever participation from the South Americans as they head to Group E as E4.

Australia next and they go to Group G as team G3.

Pot 3: China are first out and they will play in Group F and will be team F1. Next team is Canada and the North American side will play in Group E and be team E2. Japan-Canada will be the tournament opener!

Final pot 2 ball is Brazil and they will head to Group F along with the Netherlands and the South American's will be F2.

Pot 2 next ...first nation out are G.Britain and they will head to Group E and will be team E. Next side out are Sweden and they head to Group G and they will be G1.

Pot 1: Next side to come out from the pot are Netherlands and they head to Group F as (F4). Final ball from pot 1 sees the USA drawn and the USWNT head to Group G as G2.

Japan will be E1 and are pre-assigned as host nation.

Miss Bareman explains the nature of the the four pots and explains the regulations surrounding confederations ahead drawing Groups E, F & G.

FIFA's Sarai Bareman talks us through the draw procedure ahead of the women's draw....

Recap: Tokyo 2020: Men's football draw

Group A: Japan, S.Africa, Mexico & France

Group B: N.Zealand, S.Korea, Honduras & Romania

Group C: Egypt, Spain, Argentina & Australia

Group D: Brazil, Germany. Ivory Coast & Saudi Arabia

Final team in the men's draw is Romania and the European side head to Group B.

Saudi Arabia are the next side out and the Asian nation will head to Group D as D4.

Pot 4 time with Australia the first side out, they will be placed in Group C and will play alongside Argentina, Spain and Ivory Coast. France next out and Les Bleus head to Group A (A4).

It's the turn of Egypt with the North African side heading to Group C and they will be team (C1). Last side out from pot 3 is Ivory Coast with the Elephants set to play in Group D and will be D3.

Pot 3 next and the first nation out is S.Africa. They will head to Group A (as A2). Next out is New Zealand with the Kiwis off to Group B where they will be team B1.

Mexico come out and they will be placed in Group A with the host nation and Mexico will be assigned A3. Final side from pot 2 is Honduras and the Central American will head to Group B and will be side B3.

Now we start on pot 2.... first team out is Spain ... they will be in Group C and will face Argentina, they will be C2. Next out is Germany with the silver medallists set to go to Group D where they are D2.

Brazil head to Group D and the 2016 gold medallists set to be team D1

South Korea are next out and they will be placed in Group B as (B2). Next up are Argentina with the 'Albiceleste' set to be Group C side C3.

Off we go... Men's draw first: host nation Japan are out first and they are placed in Group A

Jaime also explains about keeping sides from the same confederation apart....


...and the women's 12 teams:


The 16 x men's teams:

A reminder of the participating nations....

FIFA's draw organiser Jaime Yaiza is now unveiled by host Sarai Bareman as we start the process for the draw.... Jaime talks us through the draw procedure with the 16 men's teams and 12 women's sides. He goes into detail about the situation dealing with under-age players.


Today's special guests Lindsay Tarpley, member of the USA women’s national team and two-time Olympic gold medallist (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), and Ryan Nelsen, captain of the New Zealand Olympic squad in 2008 and London 2012 are unveiled with the pair set to assist in the draw process.


Next up it's the turn of IOC President Thomas Bach, who delivers a similar message about football sending the first light at the end of the tunnel for the Japanese people and Tokyo 2020 games. The football competition will start two days before the official opening ceremony.


First up a greeting from FIFA president Infantino.

So, we're set to go live to Zurich for the draw procedure. From previous FIFA draw experience, I'd estimate the whole process to take 45' or so. The likes of UEFA and FIFA have woken up to the fact that short and snappy is better than drawn-out ... something the Spanish FA have yet to get on board with ! 

A casual look at social media this morning all suggests that fans in South Korea and Mexico are somewhat excited at the prospect of the draw too !

Just 10 minutes away from the draw start time and it's fair to say that, depending on the nation, Olympic football ignites passions in come parts of the world more than others. It was massive for the Brazil side to claim gold in the men's competition in Rio and Egyptian fans are dreaming of seeing Liverpool striker Mo Salah compete for glory this summer in Japan.

Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and hosts Japan are the only nations set to be represented by both men's and women's teams.


Fans present at Tokyo 2020?

A decision on limits for domestic spectators for the Tokyo Olympics may not be made until June, a month before the scheduled start of the games, the Mainichi newspaper reported on Tuesday.

A decision that foreign spectators would not be allowed was made in March, and a decision on the number of domestic spectators to be allowed had been widely expected in April.

The games were put off for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic which is surging again in Japan.

Organisers for the 2020 Games said in a statement that, at a meeting of all the parties involved last month, "it was agreed that a general decision on spectator capacity in venues will be made in April, with the understanding that covid-19 circumstances may necessitate a flexible approach."

When drawing national teams for the women's competition, these groups will be denoted as groups E, F and G to avoid confusion with the groups of the men's tournament (which use designations A to D).

Tokyo Stadium will be the stage for the first match of the Japanese men’s team, while the women’s finalists will battle it out for the gold medal at the city’s iconic new Olympic Stadium, which will also be the setting for the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. Sapporo, Miyagi, Kashima, Saitama and Yokohama will be the venues for the games that will take place from 21 July until 7 August 2021.

In the women's competition, the top two sides along with two best placed third teams will advance to the quarter final stage with the men's competition seeing the quarter final stage composed of the top two sides from each of the four groups.


This is the 4 x pot structure for the women's draw featuring 12 national sides. Three groups of four will be drawn.

The only draw constraint will be to ensure that two teams from the same confederation are not drawn in the same group.... so in this case Saudi Arabia cannot join Japan in Group A


These are the pots for the men's draw with Japan as host nation set to be side A1.


At Tokyo 2020, the women's tournament kicks-off on 21 July with the men starting the following day. The Yokohama International stadium will host the women's final on 6 August with the men's gold medal game taking place on the 7th at the same venue.

Both Jaime Yarza and Sarai Bareman will be assisted by two FIFA Legends: Lindsay Tarpley, member of the USA women’s national team and two-time Olympic gold medallist (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), and Ryan Nelsen, captain of the New Zealand Olympic squad in 2008 and London 2012.

The draw will be will be conducted by Sarai Bareman, FIFA chief women's football officer and Jaime Yarza, FIFA director of tournaments.

The 16 men’s sides will be drawn into four groups of four (Groups A to D), while the women's sides will be drawn into three groups of four (Groups E to G).

The draw procedure will get underway at FIFA's Swiss HQ at 10:00 CEST.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the draw for the men's and women's football events that will take place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


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