Age limit could be raised for Olympic football tournament

The age limit for the Tokyo Olympics men’s football tournament might be raised so that players who were eligible in 2020 won’t miss out following the postponement of the Games until the following year, FIFA has stated.

Olympic football is typically restricted to under-23 teams for the men’s tournament, with three overage players allowed per team. There is no age limit for the women’s tournament.

A working group set up by FIFA recently recommended that the competition should still remain open to players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, as originally planned, FIFA said in a statement.

This would with immediate effect raise the age limit by one year, as requested by some nations including the likes of South Korea and Australia.

The recommendation still needs to be approved by the FIFA Bureau, a reduced version of its decision-making Council.

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