|Host city||Sochi, Russia|
|Countries visited||Greece, Russia|
|Start date||7 October 2013|
How are soccer teams chosen for the Olympics?
Each regional body determines for itself how qualifying happens. Olympic group draw: The teams that qualify for the Olympics are split into different groups based on a random seeded draw. The competition schedule is predetermined in advance of the draw.
Who can play in the Olympic soccer?
Since the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the IOC has allowed professional players to participate. Although an age limit was set at 23, each team is allowed three “over-age” players. Despite the rule change, however, many countries are forced to compete without their stars.
How does the group stage work in the Olympics?
This stage of the competition is played in a round robin format, with each team playing all other teams in its group (a total of 3 games for each team). The teams placed first and second in each group and the 2 best third-placed teams in the Group Phase qualify for the Final Phase.
How many players are on a Olympic soccer team?
Olympic roster selection: Each national team head coach picks 22 soccer players to compete at the Olympics based on Olympic roster rules (more below).
At what age do soccer players retire?
Soccer, or football as its known around the world, is probably the world’s most popular team sport and its players usually develop large fan followings. Professional soccer careers can be very lucrative, but tend to only last for around eight years, with the average age of retirement being 35 years old.
Why is the Olympic soccer under 23?
The age of 23 was chosen for the Olympics because the European teams qualify based on how well they perform at the European u21 championships that used to take place two years before the Olympic tournament. In most other soccer tournaments the highest age limit is usually 21 years old.