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Football Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Football at Olympics: Football is the most popular sport in the world. The game is also known as "association football" or "soccer". Football is a ball game, which is played between two teams of eleven players each. The origin of the game can be traced back to the fourteenth and fifteenth century. However, the modern sport event was originated in the late nineteenth century. Currently football or soccer is one of the games, which are played in numerous countries around the world.


The 2016 Games in Numbers


  • Nations Participating : 23
  • Number of Athletes : 602
  • Total Events : 2

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Football Schedule


The Rio Olympics Football Match will start on Wednesday 3 August and finish on Saturday 20 August, 2016.
DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 3, 201613:0018:00FootballFWomen's First roundNoOlympic StadiumMaracanã
Aug 3, 201615:0020:00FootballFWomen's First roundNoItaquera Arena 
Aug 3, 201619:000:00FootballFWomen's First roundNoMineirão - Belo HorizonteBelo Horizonte
Aug 4, 201613:0018:00FootballMMen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaBrasília
Aug 4, 201615:0020:00FootballMMen's First roundNoOlympic StadiumMaracanã
Aug 4, 201617:0022:00FootballMMen's First roundNoFonte Nova ArenaSalvador
Aug 4, 201618:0023:00FootballMMen's First roundNoAmazônia Arena Manaus
Aug 6, 201615:0020:00FootballFWomen's First roundNoItaquera Arena 
Aug 6, 201617:0022:00FootballFWomen's First roundNoMineirão - Belo HorizonteBelo Horizonte
Aug 6, 201619:000:00FootballFWomen's First roundNoOlympic StadiumMaracanã
Aug 7, 201616:0021:00FootballMMen's First roundNoAmazônia Arena Manaus
Aug 7, 201615:0020:00FootballMMen's First roundNoOlympic StadiumMaracanã
Aug 7, 201613:0018:00FootballMMen's First roundNoFonte Nova ArenaSalvador
Aug 7, 201619:000:00FootballMMen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaBrasília
Aug 9, 201613:3015:30FootballFWomen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaBrasília
Aug 9, 201613:3018:30FootballFWomen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaSalvador
Aug 9, 201615:3020:30FootballFWomen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaManaus
Aug 9, 201619:3021:30FootballFWomen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaBrasília
Aug 9, 201619:3021:30FootballFWomen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaBrasília
Aug 10, 201613:0018:00FootballMMen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaBelo Horizonte
Aug 10, 201613:0018:00FootballMMen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaBrasília
Aug 10, 201619:000:00FootballMMen's First roundNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaSalvador
Aug 10, 201619:000:00FootballMMen's First roundNoItaquera Arena 
Aug 12, 201613:0015:00FootballFWomen's Quarter-finalNoMané Garrincha Stadium, BrasíliaBrasília
Aug 12, 201616:0018:00FootballFWomen's Quarter-finalNoFonte Nova ArenaSalvador
Aug 12, 201619:0021:00FootballFWomen's Quarter-finalNoMané Garrincha Stadium, Brasília 
Aug 12, 201622:000:00FootballFWomen's Quarter-finalNoMineirão - Belo HorizonteBelo Horizonte
Aug 13, 201613:0015:00FootballMMen's Quarter-finalNoMané
Garrincha Stadium - BrasíliaBrasília
Aug 13, 201616:0018:00FootballMMen's Quarter-finalNoFonte Nova ArenaSalvador
Aug 13, 201619:0021:00FootballMMen's Quarter-finalNoMineirão - Belo HorizonteBelo Horizonte
Aug 13, 201622:000:00FootballMMen's Quarter-finalNoItaquera Arena 
Aug 16, 201613:0016:00FootballFWomen's Semi-finalNoMineirão - BeloBelo Horizonte
Aug 16, 201616:0019:00FootballFWomen's Semi-finalNoMaracanãMaracanã
Aug 16, 201616:0019:00FootballFWomen's Semi-finalNoMaracanãMaracanã
Aug 17, 201613:0016:00FootballMMen's Semi-finalNoItaquera Arena 
Aug 17, 201616:0019:00FootballMMen's Semi-finalNoMaracanãMaracanã
Aug 19, 201613:0016:00FootballFWomen's Bronze Medal MatchYesItaquera Arena 
Aug 19, 201617:3020:30FootballFWomen's Gold Medal MatchYesMaracanãMaracanã
Aug 20, 201613:0016:00FootballMMen's Bronze Medal MatchYesMineirão - Belo HorizonteBelo Horizonte
Aug 20, 201617:3020:30FootballMMen's Gold Medal MatchYesMaracanãMaracanã
Aug 3, 20160:0020:16FootballFFollow My Team - Women's FinalsYesVarious 
Aug 3, 20160:0020:16FootballFFollow My Team - Women's PreliminariesNoVarious 
Aug 3, 20160:0020:16FootballMFollow My Team - Men's FinalsYesVarious 
Aug 3, 20160:0020:16FootballMFollow My Team - Men's PreliminariesNoVarious


Football is played on a rectangular grass field. Object of the game is to drive the ball into the opponent's goal. The International Football Association Board or the IFAB and the Federation Internationale de Football Association or the FIFA are the governing body of the international football.


Football in the Summer Games: Men's football tournament has been held at the Olympics since the 1900 Paris Summer Games. The event was dropped from the schedule only once at the 1932 Olympics. Women started contesting in the Olympic football competition in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. The players in the men's football teams have to be less than 23 years of age. However, there is no such restriction for women. Professional footballers can participate in the Olympic football competition.


Rules of Football: The rules of football are determined by the International Football Association Board or the IFAB and the Federation Internationale de Football Association or the FIFA. There are seventeen separate laws which control the entire game of football. Some of the rules followed at the international level are-


  • The number of players in each football team should be eleven.
  • The football field should be of rectangular shape. The length and the breadth of the field are determined by the FIFA.
  • The number of substitution during a match is limited to three in most international and domestic games.
  • A referee is appointed during the game to monitor the play. The referee is authorized to enforce the laws during the game.
  • The referee is assisted by assistance referees.
  • The football match generally consists of two halves of 45 minutes each with a 15 minute half time between them.
  • The kicks taken by the players are specified by the FIFA rulebook.
  • The offending movements, which will be penalized during the play, are specified by the FIFA.
  • Offences committed by the players are generally penalized by offering direct free kicks or penalty kicks to the opponent team.
  • The players with serious fouls are shown yellow or red card. On receiving a red card from the referee, a player has to leave the field instantly.

  • Medal winners in Football: Pele, George Best, Bobby Charlton, Johan Cruyff, Bobby Moore, Ferenc Puskas, Gordon Banks, Marco van Basten, Franz Beckenbauer, John Charles, Kenny Dalglish, Duncan Edwards, Eusebio, Tom Finney, Garrincha, JairZinho, Stanley Matthews, Gerd Muller, Michel Platini, Roberto Rivelino, Alfredo Di Stefano, Lev Yashin, Billy wright, Zico, Dino Zoff, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Dida, Samuel Eto'o, Alberto Gilardino, Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Puyol are some of the famous football players of the world. Among the female footballers, Briana Scurry, Heather Mitts, Aly Wagner, Mia Hamm , Christie Patricia Ramponer, Cindy Parlow, Kate Markgraf, Mary Abigail Wambach, Heather Ann O'Reilly, Miraildes Maciel Mota, Marta Vieira da Silva, Birgit Prinz and Isabell Bachor are renowned for their performance at the international level.


    Football Top Men Medalists


    Men Medals
    CountyNameGoldSilverBronzeTotal
    Hungary 3115
    URS 2035
    Brazil 0325


    Football Top Women Medalists


    WomenMedals
    CountyNameGoldSilverBronzeTotal
    USA 4105
    Germany 0033
    Norway 1012


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    Last updated on: August 03, 2016



    Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

    Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

    In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

    Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

     

    Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

    French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.


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