How Many Soccer Teams Are In The Olympics?

How many soccer teams are in the Olympics?

In Olympic soccer, there are a set number of teams that make the group stage and onwards. In men’s soccer, there are 16 teams that participate in the Summer Olympics. Meanwhile, 12 women’s teams play in each Summer Olympics.

How are teams divided?

In men’s Olympic soccer, teams are divided into four groups with four teams in each. Every team plays the other three teams in their group, and the top two teams from each pool move onto the quarter final knockout stage. The knockout stage consists of eight teams in total, with two teams from each of the four divisions.

In women’s Olympic soccer, the twelve teams are divided into three groups of four. Within each group, each team plays the other three teams. Since there are only three groups of four teams, the top two third-place finishers in the group stage will also move on to the knockout rounds. This results in a total of eight teams advancing to the quarter-final knockout round.

How do teams make the Olympics?

To make the Olympics, most of these teams must participate in pre-tournament qualification games and special tournaments specific to their regions. Teams such as Brazil, Germany, England, and France usually have an easier time advancing to the world stage.

2020 Tokyo Olympics and Point Systems

Here were the groups for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

Group AJapan, South Africa, Mexico, France
Group BNew Zealand, Korea Republic, Honduras, Romania
Group CEgypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia
Group DBrazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia

For the group round, 3 points are earned for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a defeat. Wins are hard to come by, and a 3 point win in the preliminary round is huge for a country.  

The most points to have attained after the divisional/pool round is 9 points (this is if the team goes 3-0).  If a team wins a game, draws a game, and loses a game, they will finish with 4 points.  

The top two teams from each four-team group make the final elite eight, and competition is bound to be both entertaining and intense.

Brief Overview of the Rules

soccer game clock

In the Olympics, each game consists of two 45-minute halves. If the game is scoreless or tied after 90 minutes, a 30 minute extra-time period is played (two 15-minute halves). If the game is still scoreless or tied, a five-player penalty shootout will determine the outcome of the contest.