The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 99 match officials (25 referees, 50 assistant referees, 20 video match officials and four support referees) from 51 countries for the Olympic Football Tournaments, Tokyo 2020.
The women’s competition kicks off on July 21, 2021 with a match between Great Britain and Chile at the Sapporo Dome; it will end on August 8, 2021 at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which will also serve as the setting for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games. The men’s competition will begin on July 22, 2021 with a duel between Egypt and Spain, at the Sapporo Dome. The gold medal will be awarded on August 7, 2021 at the Yokohama International Stadium. More information is available at FIFA.com.
The preparation of the match officials selected for these leading competitions will be monitored regularly and closely, before and during the Olympic Games. A team of technical coaches including FIFA instructors for referees and video assistant referees (VARs), physical trainers, physiotherapists and sports scientists, to provide referees, assistant referees and video assistant referees the best preparation and the best possible support.
The VAR will be used for the first time in an Olympic competition. These tournaments also represent a milestone for match officials ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar ™ and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia / New Zealand ™.
The full list of selected match officials for the Olympic Football Tournaments, Tokyo 2020 is available below.