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Olympics 2024 football tournament draw: Date, time & teams as USWNT, Argentina et al placed in groups

Football will once again be one of the spotlight sports at the Olympic Games this year, with the 28th overall men's tournament and the eighth edition of the women's event to take place in France this summer. While the men's version is an Under-23 tournament, the women's is for senior teams, making it one of the most prestigious events on the sport's calendar.

Qualifying is still taking place in several parts of the world to determine the nations that will feature in the 2024 Olympic football tournaments but, with most of the spots secured, the draw has already taken place to decide the group stages for both events.

So, what was the outcome of the draw for the Olympic football tournaments? GOAL has everything you need to know.

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When was the 2024 Olympics football draw?

Date:March 20, 2024
Time:11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT
Location:Paris, France

The draw for the men's and women's Olympic football tournaments took place on Wednesday March 20, 2024, at the Pulse building in Paris, France. It will begin at 8pm local time (11am PT/2pm ET).

Which teams are in the 2024 Olympics football tournaments?

Men's teamConfederationQualification routeLast Olympic appearance
FranceUEFAHosts2020 (Group stage)
United StatesCONCACAF2022 CONCACAF U20 Championship2008 (Group stage)
Dominican RepublicCONCACAF2022 CONCACAF U20 ChampionshipDebut
SpainUEFA2023 UEFA U21 Championship2020 (Silver medal)
IsraelUEFA2023 UEFA U21 Championship1976 (Quarter-finals)
UkraineUEFA2023 UEFA U21 ChampionshipDebut
MoroccoCAF2023 U23 Africa Cup of Nations2012 (Group stage)
EgyptCAF2023 U23 Africa Cup of Nations2020 (Quarter-finals)
MaliCAF2023 U23 Africa Cup of Nations2004 (Quarter-finals)
New ZealandOFC2023 OFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament2020 (Quarter-finals)
ParaguayCONMEBOL2024 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament2004 (Silver medal)
ArgentinaCONMEBOL2024 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament2020 (Group stage)

Twelve of the 16 nations that will participate in the 2024 Olympic men's football tournament have already been confirmed, with four spots still to be decided ahead of this summer's Games. Notably, reigning champions Brazil have not secured their place, while the Dominican Republic and Ukraine will both make tournament debuts in France.

Three of the remaining four spots will be earned at the AFC U23 Asian Cup, to kick-off on April 15 and conclude on May 3. The remaining berth will be claimed either by the fourth-placed team at that tournament or Guinea, who finished fourth at the U23 Africa Cup of Nations. The two teams will face each other in a play-off in France, with no official date confirmed yet.

Women's teamConfederationQualification routeLast Olympic appearance
FranceUEFAHosts2016 (Quarter-finals)
United StatesCONCACAF2022 CONCACAF W Championship2020 (Bronze medal)
BrazilCONMEBOL2022 Copa America Femenina2020 (Quarter-finals)
ColombiaCONMEBOL2022 Copa America Femenina2016 (Group stage)
CanadaCONCACAFCONCACAF play-off2020 (Gold medal)
New ZealandOFC2024 OFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament2020 (Group stage)
SpainUEFAUEFA Women's Nations League finalsDebut
AustraliaAFC2024 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament2020 (Fourth place)
JapanAFC2024 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament2020 (Quarter-finals)
GermanyUEFAUEFA Women's Nations League finals2016 (Gold medal)
NigeriaCAF2024 CAF Women's Olympic qualifying tournament2008 (Group stage)
ZambiaCAF2024 CAF Women's Olympic qualifying tournament2020 (Group stage)

All 12 spots at the Olympic women's football tournament have been secured, with reigning champions Canada giving themselves a chance at defending their gold medal after beating Jamaica in a play-off.

Olympic women's football tournament 2024 group stage draw

Group AGroup BGroup C
FranceUnited StatesSpain
CanadaGermanyJapan
ColombiaZambiaNigeria
New ZealandAustraliaBrazil

Olympics men's football tournament 2024 group stage draw

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
FranceArgentinaSpainAFC qualifier 1
New ZealandMoroccoEgyptParaguay
United StatesAFC qualifier 3AFC qualifier 2Mali
AFC qualifier 4 or GuineaUkraineDominican RepublicIsrael

When do the 2024 Olympics football tournaments start?

The men's tournament will be the first of the two Olympic football tournaments to start, with the first group stage matches taking place on Wednesday July 24. The women's tournament will begin the following day, on Thursday July 25.

The men's gold medal match will be played on Friday August 9 and the women's will follow on Saturday August 10. It will be the first time that the Olympic football tournaments conclude with the women's final.

When does the 2024 Olympics start?

Along with archery, handball and rugby sevens, football is one of the four sports which will see its competition at the 2024 Olympic Games commence before the opening ceremony actually takes place to mark the start of the event.

The 2024 opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday July 26, with the rest of the sports included in the Games to begin competition the following day.

Who won the last Olympics football tournaments?

The men's tournament was won by Brazil in 2021, with the South American nation defeating Spain 2-1 in extra time. That triumph meant Brazil defended their gold medal from 2016, when they won it on home soil in Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, Mexico claimed the bronze medal, beating Japan 3-1.

The women's tournament was won by Canada for the first time as they defeated Sweden on penalties. It was a second successive silver medal for the European nation while the United States narrowly beat Australia, 4-3, to win bronze. That was the sixth Olympic medal for the U.S. team, to go with four gold medals and a silver.

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