July 28 – The women’s final will for the first time conclude the Olympic football tournament in Paris in 2024, FIFA revealed on Thursday, along with further details of the competition’s match schedule.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Parc des Princes will host the final on August 10, with the men’s gold match taking place a day earlier. FIFA has further boosted the profile of the women’s game by replacing double headers with standalone matches.
“We are especially delighted to announce that the Final of the women’s Olympic Football Tournament will, for the first time, close the competition, with every game up to that being a standalone attraction in itself,” said FIFA president and IOC member Gianni Infantino.
“That this should take place in France is particularly exciting. A country with a distinguished history of developing and excelling in both men’s and women’s football, which has hosted some of the most iconic FIFA tournaments in history, including the last FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019, and where FIFA has recently re-opened an office to better serve its 211 Member Associations. We look forward to Paris 2024 immensely.”
The hosts will kick off the men’s tournament on July 24 with the women’s curtain-raiser slated a day later.
With eleven matches the Parc des Princes will be the centrepiece venue of the Olympic football tournament, but all of Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Saint-Etienne will also stage matches, leaving the north of France without any host cities.
Recently, France’s image as organisers of the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games, nosedived after chaotic and dangerous scenes outside the Stade de France at the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, which led to the match being delayed by 30 minutes and hearings in the French senate.
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