How to watch men’s football at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021
What is a Copa America trophy and an Olympic gold medal in the space of just one month? Well, that’s what the Argentina national soccer team has a chance to accomplish.
After beating Brazil for the 2021 Copa America title, Argentina will send a team to the Tokyo Olympics to compete in the U-23 men’s soccer tournament (technically U-24 this year due to the postponement of the Games to 2021. ).
After failing in the Copa America final, Brazil will have another chance to make money this summer at the Tokyo Games.
From format TV programming and more, here’s everything you need to know about the Tokyo Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.
Is American football at the Olympics?
The United States men’s national soccer team will not join Argentina and Brazil in Tokyo after failing to qualify for a third consecutive Olympics. USMNT lost to Honduras in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying semi-finals in March.
Are England in the Olympic men’s football tournament in 2021?
Despite facing each other in the Euro 2020 final, England and Italy failed to advance to the men’s soccer tournament in Tokyo this summer. The four European countries that qualified for the Tokyo Olympics are France, Germany, Romania and Spain.
What is the Tokyo Olympics men’s football TV show?
Men’s Olympic football games will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock.
More information on how to watch can be found on this comprehensive live television and broadcast program that includes over 5,000 hours of Olympic coverage.
Here is the full schedule for the group stage of the Olympic men’s soccer competition:
22nd of July
Egypt vs Spain – 3:30 a.m. ET, Olympic Channel (Stream)
New Zealand vs. South Korea – 4 a.m. ET (Stream)
Mexico vs France – 4 a.m. ET (Stream)
Ivory Coast vs. Saudi Arabia – 4:30 a.m.ET (Stream)
Argentina vs. Australia – 6:30 a.m. ET (Stream)
Japan vs. South Africa – 7 a.m. ET (Stream)
Honduras vs. Romania – 7 a.m. ET (Stream)
Brazil vs Germany – 7:30 a.m.ET (Stream)
Egypt vs Argentina – 3:30 a.m. ET (Stream)
France vs South Africa – 4 a.m. ET (Stream)
New Zealand vs. Honduras – 4 a.m. ET (Stream)
Brazil vs. Ivory Coast – 4:30 a.m.ET (Stream)
Australia vs Spain – 6:30 a.m. ET (Stream)
Japan vs Mexico – 7 a.m. ET (Stream)
Romania vs. South Korea – 7 a.m. ET (Stream)
Saudi Arabia vs. Germany – 7:30 a.m. ET (Stream)
Saudi Arabia vs. Brazil – 4 a.m. ET (Stream)
Germany vs. Ivory Coast – 4 a.m.ET (Stream)
Romania vs. New Zealand – 4:30 a.m. ET (Stream)
South Korea vs. Honduras – 4:30 a.m.ET (Stream)
Spain vs. Argentina – 7 a.m. ET (Stream)
Australia vs. Egypt – 7 a.m. ET (Stream)
South Africa vs Mexico – 7:30 a.m. ET (Stream)
France vs Japan – 7:30 a.m. ET (Stream)
How many football teams are participating in the 2021 Olympics?
The Men’s Olympic Football Tournament features 16 teams and is Tokyo’s largest event. The competition will start on July 22, the day before the 2021 Opening Ceremony. The group stage is set up with four groups of four teams and a round robin format, so each team will play three games. These are the four groups:
Group A: Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France
Group B: New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania
Group C: Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia
Group D: Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia
At the end of the group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance to the round of 16. The quarter-finals will take place on July 31, followed by the semi-finals on August 3. The bronze medal game is scheduled for August 6 and the tournament will conclude with the gold medal game on August 7.
Who is the favorite to win the Olympic men’s football tournament?
Spain haven’t won a match at the Olympics since 2000 and have failed to qualify for three of the last four Games. But Spain will return to the Tokyo Olympics as the favorites to win gold with a -325 odds, according to our partner PointsBet.
Six players who were part of the senior Spain squad that reached the European Championship semifinals earlier this summer will also compete in the Olympics. This includes 18-year-old FC Barcelona midfielder Pedri and 25-year-old Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio. Asensio is one of the three major players that each team is allowed to wear.
Brazil, which won its first Olympic gold medal at the Rio 2016 Games, is just behind Spain with -250. The reigning Olympic champions will not have Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar at their disposal this time around. Neymar, who won gold in 2016 for the host nation with a penalty shootout score against Germany, has reportedly been barred by PSG from participating in the Olympics. But Brazil still have a strong side, with former FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves, 38, and Everton striker Richarlison headlining.
France (-170), Argentina (+325) and Germany (+350) are the other main contenders for gold in Tokyo.