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Football / Soccer at the Olympics

Football (known as soccer in the USA) was the first team sport added to the Olympics, way back at the second Olympic Games in 1900. There is also evidence that football was demonstrated in 1896.

At first, only a men's competition was included. A women's Olympic football event was added in 1996. The men's teams are restricted to including only under-23 players, with a maximum of three over-age players allowed, while there are no age restrictions for the women's teams.


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