Age restrictions changed for football at Olympics

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The football tournament at the Olympics is, in essence, an Under-23 competition but with the event being put back a year to 2021 these restrictions have been extended. It means that the original stipulation regarding teams being based around players born on or after 1 January 1997 stands to make it an Under-24 tournament. 

Now it is Under-24 

FIFA have made the correct call as they have extended the age restrictions meaning that players will not miss out on the chance to play. As Japan have looked to this tournament for many years as a chance to show their young talent in football this is great news for them.

The rule will also still apply that three over-aged players can be selected in the side, meanwhile, the women's tournament will continue to have no age limit. The 16 teams taking part in the men's Olympic football are Argentina, holders Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, Romania, New Zealand, Egypt, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and hosts Japan.

In further FIFA news, they have postponed two women’s age-group World Cups due this year in Central America and India, and confirmed no international games for men and women matches will be played in the early June which are dates protected for national team call-ups.

The Women’s Under-20 World Cup, due to be hosted by Panama and Costa Rica in August and September will be rescheduled, along with the Under-17s tournament originally reserved for India in November.

Discussions are still ongoing we understand in relation to World Cup qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar although they have a bit more time, with this taking place in the winter of 2022.

The world football organisations have done some positive work too as they plan to donate hundreds of millions of pounds from its cash reserves to support a global emergency fund, and has agreed to appoint one official from each of the six football continents to coordinate the work.

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