Samantha Johnson will present the event, which will be televised live on April 21. Two FIFA Legends, Lindsay Tarpley and Ryan Nelsen, will attend the ceremony.
The 28 teams qualified for the Olympic Football Tournaments will get to know their opponents during the draws organized on April 21 at 10:00 a.m. (CET) at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Japan, the host country, will take first place in groups A (men’s tournament) and E (women’s tournament). The other men’s teams will be distributed in the hats on the basis of a ranking taking into account their performances during the last five editions of the competition. The weighting applied gives more weight to recent performances than to older ones. In addition, a bonus is awarded to nations that have won their respective continental qualifying competitions.
For the men’s tournament, the 16 teams will be divided into four groups of four (groups A to D). The hats are composed as follows:
Hat 1: Japan, Argentina, Brazil and Republic of Korea
Hat 2: Germany, Spain, Honduras and Mexico
Hat 3: South Africa, Egypt, Ivory Coast and New Zealand
Hat 4: Australia, Saudi Arabia, France and Romania
The women’s teams will also be divided into four hats, determined on the basis of the FIFA / Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking of April 16, 2021. For the women’s tournament, the 12 teams will be placed in three groups of four (groups E to G). The hats are composed as follows:
Hat 1: Japan, United States and Netherlands
Hat 2: Brazil, Great Britain and Sweden
Hat 3: Australia, Canada and China PR
Hat 4: Chile, New Zealand and Zambia
During each competition, FIFA ensures that no group contains more than one team from the same confederation. Detailed information on the drawing procedure, the constraints and the composition of the hats can be found in the following documents:
draw procedure – men’s tournament
draw procedure – women’s tournament.
If the Tokyo stadium will host the first match of the Blue Samurai, the two finalists of the women’s tournament will have the pleasure of fighting for the gold medal in the brand new Olympic stadium, which will also be the scene of the opening and closing ceremonies. The stadiums of Sapporo, Miyagi, Kashima, Saitama and Yokohama are the other places chosen to host the matches from July 21 to August 7, 2021. Further information in this regard can be found in the match schedule.
Fans around the world, as well as the teams they support, look forward to watching the draws from home, whether on the FIFA YouTube channel, Twitter (@ FIFA.com), Facebook, Weibo or WeChat (FIFAOfficial). Broadcast live, the ceremony will be hosted by British TV presenter and journalist Samantha Johnson, currently a correspondent for Turkish channel TRT World. She will be joined by Jaime Yarza, director of the FIFA Tournaments sub-division, and Sarai Bareman, director of the FIFA Women’s Football division, who will oversee the two draw procedures.
To carry out their mission, they will be assisted by two FIFA Legends : Lindsay Tarpley, former American international who won two Olympic gold medals (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), and Ryan Nelsen, captain of the New Zealand selection at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.
Referring to the draws, Lindsay Tarpley said: “I have always dreamed of participating in the Olympic Games and I am very honored to take part in the draws for the Olympic Football Tournaments. I look forward to seeing the footballers, the footballers, and other athletes in general compete against each other in Tokyo. I am sure they will perfectly embody the Olympic values of respect for the opponent and a positive attitude, especially in this complex time. “
Ryan Nelsen said: “Playing in the Olympic Games is an unforgettable experience. I look forward to contributing to the Tokyo 2020 draws and feeling that special Olympic atmosphere again. I wish the 28 teams good luck and invite all football fans around the world to follow this ceremony which will determine the first oppositions. “
For more information on the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments, visit FIFA.com.