|Dates||22 July – 8 August 2020|
|Teams||16 (men) + 12 (women) (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||7 (in 6 host cities)|
Associations affiliated with FIFA may send teams to participate in the tournament. Men's teams are restricted to under-23 players (born on or after 1 January 1997) with a maximum of three overage players allowed, while there are no age restrictions on women's teams.
|G||Group stage||¼||Quarter-finals||½||Semi-finals||B||Bronze medal match||F||Gold medal match|
|Wed 22||Thu 23||Fri 24||Sat 25||Sun 26||Mon 27||Tue 28||Wed 29||Thu 30||Fri 31||Sat 1||Sun 2||Mon 3||Tue 4||Wed 5||Thu 6||Fri 7||Sat 8|
A total of seven venues will be used:
|Shinjuku, Tokyo||Chofu, Tokyo||Saitama, Saitama||Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|National Stadium||Tokyo Stadium||Saitama Stadium||Int. Stadium Yokohama|
|Ibaraki Kashima Stadium|
(Sendai metropolitan area)
The Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions ratified the distribution of spots at their meeting on 14 September 2017.
In addition to host nation Japan, 15 men's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations.
|Means of qualification||Ref.||Dates1||Venue1||Berths||Qualified|
|Host country||||7 September 2013||N/A||1||Japan|
|2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||||16–30 June 2019|| Italy
|2019 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||||21 September – 5 October 2019||Fiji||1||New Zealand|
|2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations||||8–22 November 2019||Egypt||3|| Egypt|
|2020 AFC U-23 Championship||||8–26 January 2020||Thailand||3|| Australia|
|2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament||||18 January – 9 February 2020||Colombia||2|| Argentina|
|2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship||||20 March – 1 April 2020||Mexico||2||TBD|
- ^1 Dates and venues are those of final tournaments (or final round of qualification tournaments), various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.
In addition to the host nation Japan, 11 women's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations.
For the first time, as per an agreement between the four British football associations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), Great Britain qualified for the Olympics through England's performance in the World Cup (a procedure already successfully employed by Team GB in field hockey and rugby sevens). Scotland also participated in the World Cup but, under the agreement whereby the highest ranked home nation is nominated to compete for the purposes of Olympic qualification, their performance was not taken into account.
|Means of qualification||Ref.||Dates2||Venue2||Berths||Qualified|
|Host country||7 September 2013||N/A||1||Japan|
|2018 Copa América||||4–22 April 2018||Chile||1||Brazil|
|2018 OFC Nations Cup||||18 November – 1 December 2018||New Caledonia||1||New Zealand|
|2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
(as UEFA qualifying)
|||7 June – 7 July 2019||France||3|| Great Britain|
|2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship||||28 January – 9 February 2020||United States||2|| Canada|
|2020 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament||||5–10 March 2020||Various||1||TBD|
|2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament||||6–11 March 2020||Various||2||TBD|
|CAF–CONMEBOL play-off||9–15 April 2020||Various||1||TBD|
- ^2 Dates and venues are those of final tournaments (or final round of qualification tournaments), various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.
The competition consists of two stages; a group stage followed by a knockout stage. The 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams. The hosts Japan are automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position A1, while the remaining teams are seeded into their respective pots based on their results in the last five Olympics (more recent tournaments weighted more heavily), with bonus points awarded to confederation champions. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation.
The competition consists of two stages; a group stage followed by a knockout stage. The 12 teams will be drawn into three groups of four teams. The hosts Japan are automatically seeded into Pot 1 and assigned to position E1, while the remaining teams are seeded into their respective pots based on their FIFA Women's World Rankings in March 2020. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation.
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