February 29 – Germany claimed Europe’s last ticket to the Olympic women’s football tournament with a 2-0 victory against the Netherlands in the third-place playoff of the Nations League. In Asia, Australia and Japan clinched their spots for Paris.
February 20 – New Zealand have booked their ticket for the Olympic Women’s Football tournament after thrashing Solomon Islands 11-1 in the Oceania qualifying final.
February 12 – Brazil will not defend their gold medal at the Olympic Games of Paris after missing out on qualification. They lost 1-0 to Argentina in a crucial qualifier.
February 7 – Men’s Olympic champions Brazil suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Paraguay in South American qualifying for the Paris Games later this year, leaving their participation in danger.
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.
August 9 – The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) has vowed to take action against its victorious men’s team after the players failed to wear their official tracksuits at the gold medal ceremony in a dispute over rival sponsors.
August 6 – The women’s Olympic football final between Sweden and Canada has been shifted to a different venue and different kick-off time because of heat and pitch concerns.
August 3 – A flawless penalty shoot-out was what defending champions Brazil needed in the end to reach the gold medal match of Tokyo 2020 after a grueling and goalless 120 minutes against 2012 nemesis Mexico.
August 2 – After two successive bronze medals, Canada defeated the world champions and four-time gold medallists USA 1-0 with a second-half penalty from Jesse Fleming to reach the women’s football final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
July 22 – Olympic football keeps surprising. On the opening day of the men’s tournament Egypt held tournament favourites Spain to a 0-0 draw and Mexico impressed with a commanding 4-1 win against a lethargic France.
July 21 – Sweden shocked sky-high tournament favourites United States with two goals from Stina Blackstenius and a header from Lina Hurtig to get the Olympic women’s football tournament under way on Wednesday and dispel any doubts the event would be cancelled at the last-minute, following comments from Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto amid rising Covid-19 cases in the Japanese capital.
July 20 – Two South Africa footballers have become the first competitors to test positive for coronavirus in the athletes’ village in Tokyo – just days before the start of the Olympic Games.
July 19 – Germany’s entire Olympic football team walked off the field on Saturday during a behind-closed-doors friendly ahead of the Tokyo Games after one of their players was allegedly racially abused by an opponent.
June 24 – Football is one of eight sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this August that will use a lottery system to decide which ticketholders can attend matches.
April 21 – The draw for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer has thrown up group clashes between Brazil and Germany in the men’s tournament while the USA women will get the chance for revenge against Sweden who knocked them out of the 2016 tournament in Rio.