Tokyo Olympics to get underway later this month
The Tokyo Olympics will begin later this month, with the opening ceremony to take place on Friday, July 23rd.
With the event now within touching distance, those eyeing up their next footballing fix following the conclusion of Euro 2020 will no doubt turn their attentions to the Olympics, with both men and women’s teams set to compete at this summer’s games.
Team GB, though, will not have a male football side participating this year.
Why is there no Team GB men’s football team at Tokyo 2021?
This comes due to events dating back to 2012, when the games were hosted in London.
When London won the rights to hold the Olympics in 2012, Great Britain immediately put plans in motion to enter a men’s team for the games.
However, the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Football Associations expressed doubts over taking part, amid fears that they would lose their Home Nations status which had been established by FIFA.
In the end, a compromise was reached, and only English and Welsh players took part for Team GB in London.
Team GB then attempted to send a male football team to the games again in 2016, but this time all of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland rejected the proposal.
As a result, no effort was made towards a men’s team taking part this summer.
Team GB’s women’s team
There will, however, be a female Team GB side in Tokyo.
Team GB have been drawn in Group E of the tournament, alongside Japan, Canada and Chile.
They will play their first match vs Chile on Wednesday, July 21st. Team GB then take on Japan on July 24th, with their final group clash taking place on Tuesday, July 27th.
Team GB’s full squad for the Olympics can be seen below:
Congrats to all the selected players. It’s good to have Olympic football back.
— Team GB (@TeamGB) May 27, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.