FIFA raises football age limit for Tokyo Olympics 23 to 24 due to postponement

World football governing body, FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s football tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic from 23 yrs  to 24 years.

The competition is usually for U-23s, but the world football governing body has made the change, following the postponement of the Games. While there are no age restrictions on women’s football at the Olympics.

Three allocated over-aged players will still be allowed to be selected for each nation.

The men’s tournament will kick off before the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony in Tokyo, while the women’s event has no age limit.

Any player born on or after January 1, 1997, will be able to play, alongside three allocated over-aged players.

Australia and South Korea Football governing bodies have called for that limit to be increased next summer, to ensure that certain players who helped their respective nations qualify for the Olympics are still able to compete at the event.

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