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Factbox on football

Men's football was a demonstration sport in the 1896 Olympic games in Athens when a Greek team were beaten 15-0 by a Danish side.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, will no longer be competing in Beijing.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, will no longer be competing in Beijing.

Men's football was a demonstration sport in the 1896 Olympic games in Athens when a Greek team were beaten 15-0 by a Danish side. It became an official Olympic sport in the 1908 Games in London. Women's football was added to the Olympic programme at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Until the 1984 Games, participation was restricted to amateur players and Olympic Football was dominated by eastern European countries.

Sixteen men's teams and 12 women's compete in 11-a-side tournaments. Each men's squad of 18 players must have at least 15 members aged 23 or under in the year of the Games. Women players must be aged at least 16 in the Olympic year. The men's competition has four rounds and the women's has three. Men's ? Australia, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, China, Argentina, United States, New Zealand, Honduras and Brazil. Women's ? Japan, Nigeria, North Korea, Germany, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Argentina, United States, Canada, Brazil and China

Men: Argentina Women: United States

Aug. 21 ? women's Aug. 23 ? men's

National Stadium (91,000) Shenyang Olympic Stadium (60,000) Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium (60,000) *Reuters