The Men's and Women's Soccer Tournaments at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games have begun on July 21 and will end on August 7, 2021. Besides the host city of Tokyo, the soccer games will also take place in Kashima, Saitama, Sapporo, Rifu, and Yokohama. FIFA-affiliated associations can send to the event teams.
There are no limitations on the age for the women's teams, whereas the men's teams are limited to a maximum of three overage (over the age of 24) players who were born on or after January 1, 1997. The men's competition is normally limited to under-23 players, but, FIFA opted to retain the players' limitation born on or after 1 January 1997 as a result of the postponement of the Olympics.
Brazil will attempt to defend their crown after becoming the Rio de Janeiro 2016 champions, while Germany are the defending champion in the women's competition. However, they did not qualify for this year's Summer Olympics after being defeated by Sweden in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Quarter-Finals.
Will there be VAR in men's and women's Olympic soccer?
For the first time in history, the Olympics will employ the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR). The use of VAR in the Olympics was approved in June 2020 by FIFA. The FIFA committee of referees have designated 99 game officials from 51 different nations to officiate the Tokyo 2020 Olimpic Soccer Tournaments. There will be 25 referees, 50 assistant referees, 20 VAR officials, and four support referees.
A team of technical trainers, including FIFA referees and video assistant referees, fitness trainers, physiotherapists, and sports scientists, will regularly and carefully monitor and prepare the designated match officers for the games before and during the Olympic games.
FIFA hope that the introduction of VAR technology at the Tokyo 2020 soccer competition, will be a new key step towards the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, as well as the Women's World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.