Football Qualification

Qualification Summary

Each National Olympic Committee can enter a maximum of one team in each event (18 men and 18 women). As hosts, Japan was given the maximum quota. The remaining quotas will be decided by continental qualifiers and inter-continental matches. The men’s event is an under-23 tournament where athletes must be born on or after January 1st 1997. However, three overaged athletes are allowed to compete. There are no age limits for the women’s tournament.

Qualified Nations

Qualification events are listed in hierarchical order.

Men’s Tournament

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Host Nation 1 Japan
2019 European U21 Championship 4
2019 Pacific Games 1
2019 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship 2
2019 African U23 Cup of Nations 3
2020 Asian U23 Championship 3
2020 CONMEBOL Olympic Qualifying Championship 2

Women’s Tournament

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
Host Nation 1 Japan
2018 Copa America Femenia 1 Brazil
2018 Oceania Nations Cup 1 New Zealand
2019 Women’s World Cup – European Nations 3
2019 African Olympic Qualifying Tournament 1
2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship 2
2020 Asia Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2
2020 CAF-CONMEBOL Play-Off 1