Football / Soccer at the Olympics

Football (known as soccer in the USA) was the first team sport added to the Olympics, 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 only added in 1996. The men's teams are restricted to under-23 players with a maximum of three overage players allowed, while there are no age restrictions for the women's teams.

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