News One Year To Go: Men's Olympic Football Tournament

The countdown is on once again for the Olympic Games.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced its postponement until 2021, but enthusiasm for the iconic event remains intact.

To mark the one-year-to-go milestone until the Olympic flame is lit and the action begins in the Men's Olympic Football Tournament, we are bringing you a rundown of the teams already qualified, those one step away and some interesting facts and figures you may not know about the event.

Men's Olympic Football Tournament

* When is it planned: 22 July to 7 August 2021
* Who will take part: 16 teams from six confederations will compete for podium places

Qualified teams:
Asia: Japan (hosts), Australia, Korea Republic (regional qualifying champions) and Saudi Arabia
Europe: France, Germany, Romania and Spain (regional champions)
Africa: Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt (regional champions) and South Africa
South America: Argentina (regional champions) and Brazil
Oceania: New Zealand (regional champions)

Teams still with a chance of qualifying:

North/Central America and Caribbean:
There are two remaining spots in the Men's Olympic Football Tournament and they will both come from the Concacaf region. Its final qualifying tournament will be played in Guadalajara, Mexico with the dates still to be determined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight teams will compete for the two remaining direct tickets to Tokyo 2020 and they are as follows:

Group A: Mexico, USA, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic
Group B: Honduras, Canada, El Salvador and Haiti


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