Anthropometric Measurements of Olympic Football Players

The Olympic Games bring together some of the best junior footballers from around the world. Looking at the changes in anthropometric measurements of the Olympic footballers at different Olympiads can demonstrate how the size and shape of the players have changed over time. The data below has been taken from the official report of the 1960 Olympics, which listed player averages for all sports, and in 2012 and 2016 a full list of athlete data was released.



Male Players at the Olympic Games

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the football participants at several Olympic Games. Compared to 1960, male footballers were quite a bit taller and heavier in 2012 and 2016, though they were still several cm shorter than the average of all Olympians, and lighter too. The average age of the players in 2012 and 2016 is expected to be low, as it is an U/23 tournament.

  Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
1960 Olympic Football Players, n=250 - 173.51 69.60 23.1
2012 Olympic Football Players 22.2 179.7 74.6 23.1
average of all male Olympians (2012) 27.0 182.4 80.6 24.0
2016 Olympic Football Players 22.6 179 74.5 23.0
average of all male Olympians (2016) 27.2 182 80.1 24.0
Spain national football team in the 1920 Summer Olympics in AntwerpFootballers come in many sizes. Here is the Spanish national football team at the 1920 Summer Olympics.

Female Players at the Olympic Games

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the female football participants at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016.

  Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
2012 Olympic Football Players 24.7 166.9 61.3 22.0
average of all female Olympians (2012) 25.9 170.2 63.2 21.6
2016 Olympic Football Players 25.9 168 61.1 21.5
average of all female Olympians (2016) 26.3 170 62.6 21.6


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