Football Olympic Sport
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Pin
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, has been included in every Summer Olympic Games except 1896 and 1932 as a men’s competition sport. Women’s football was added to the official program in 1996.
The football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics started on 11 August, (two days before the opening ceremony), and ended on 28 August.
The Tournaments take place every four years, in conjunction with the Summer Olympic Games. The associations affiliated to FIFA are invited to participate with their men’s U-23 and women’s representative teams. The men’s tournament allows up to three overage players to join the U-23 squads.