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Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host country  Great Britain
Dates 28 July - 11 August
Teams 16 men's, 12 women's (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 6 host cities)

The football tournaments of the 2012 Summer Olympics will be held at a number of stadiums across the United Kingdom, as well as the host city London. The finals will be played at Wembley Stadium. The event will be played Saturday 28 July – Saturday 11 August 2012. 504 footballers are expected to compete for two sets of gold medals.[1]



Currently, there are five stadiums that will host matches:[2]

Villa Park, Birmingham was to be a sixth venue, but Aston Villa F.C. withdrew their stadium due to upcoming development plans. LOCOG are investigating other options for stadiums in the Midlands.[2]

United Kingdom teams

On 24 August 2008, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown caused controversy when he suggested that there should be men and women's UK football teams at the 2012 games. He said that he had approached Alex Ferguson to manage such a team. The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland football associations have opposed any such move in case it affects their status within governing body FIFA.[3]

On 29 May 2009, after last-ditch talks prompted by a FIFA deadline to settle the row, the four associations sent a letter to FIFA stating that while the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland associations would not participate in unified UK men's or women's teams at the Games, they would not prevent England from fielding teams under that banner.[4]


Qualification for the 2012 Olympic tournament began in March 2009 with the start of the qualifying tournament for the 2011 European U-21 Championship.


  1. ^ "Football", The official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, accessed 2 August 2008
  2. ^ a b ""Sports & venues: Football stadia, UK-wide". London 2012.  
  3. ^ "Brown pays tribute to GB success", BBC Sport, 24 August 2008
  4. ^ "England to go solo with 2012 Olympic team?". ESPNsoccernet. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-05-29.  


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