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Great Britain will not enter football teams at the Rio 2016 Olympics

The FA has announced they will not enter Great Britain teams for the men’s and women’s Rio 2016 Olympic football tournaments.

The English FA reveal that they were met with resistance after telling Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland their intentions to enter Great Britain teams for Rio 2016. All four home nations needed to agree before the plan could be ratified.

At the London 2012 Olympics, Team GB were allowed to enter football teams as they were hosts of the tournament. The exposure of the global tournament gave the women’s game in England a huge boost.

Team GB women’s football record at London 2012

Great Britain 1 – 0 New Zealand
Attendance: 24,445 (Cardiff)

Great Britain 3 – 0 Cameroon
Attendance:31,141 (Cardiff)

Great Britain 1 – 0 Brazil (London)
Attendance: 70,584

Quarter Final:
Great Britain 0 – 2 Canada (Coventry)
Attendance: 28,828

The USA went on to win the Gold medal, Japan came second and Canada came third.

7 Comments
  1. Gina West 6 years ago

    I think they have a positive mentality going into the World Cup and they certainly have had a good build up, the Cyprus Cup win over Canada was another promising sign. A World Cup win would be massive for the coverage in England, look what happened to the women’s rugby.

    Do you think they can win it?
    Personally, I think they are capable to do so. They have a great squad and the team seems to work very well together. There is more positivity and creativity on the pitch and I am excited to see them perform in Canada.

    I really think the level between the top sides a very marginal now and it is very hard to truly predict who will be crowned 2015 champions!

    • Eric Brouet 6 years ago

      They have to show that ruthlessness that you see in the Germans, French, Americans and to a certain extent the Brazilians – Germany have no problem beating you 6,7,8 or even 9-0 they don’t just beat you they bury you.

      Look what happened to Bristol Academy in the Women’s Champions League last week, home and away. 12-0 over the 2 legs, Bristol Academy must have had a very easy path to the quarter finals!

      Not to mention what they did to England in the last Euros, 6-2 in the final, that was brutal to watch!

      • Gina West 6 years ago

        Hmmm, yes I can’t argue that, however tournament football is so unpredictable and more times than not, the more deserving team sees an early exit. I think belief, desire, a little bit of luck, are all contributors.

        On a side note: I was a disappointed that we had such big scorelines again in the later stages of the Champions League!!

  2. Eric Brouet 6 years ago

    Changing the subject, I think that the England squad going to the World Cup has to believe they can win this tournament. Nothing will bring exposure to the women’s game more than winning the World Cup!

    They can’t go there with the mentality “If we can get out of the group, then anything can happen” England Expects and it’s about time an England football team win something.

    I don’t think the Germans, French, Americans and the hosts Canada are not thinking about winning it!

  3. Gina West 6 years ago

    I agree Eric, and I think it is not a surprise that it hasn’t gone ahead.

    I can sort of understand the reservations of the other home nations, when you look at the London 2012 Team GB squad, I think only 2 of the final selection of players were not English, they also decided to go with the current England manager, so it just felt like England in a different kit!

    It would have been a fantastic opportunity for them to have introduced a variety of top players from across the home nations to a global stage… But at the same time I understand that the more established players would not want to miss out as it really was a once in a lifetime experience and it was about time they got the coverage they deserve.

  4. Eric Brouet 6 years ago

    Looking at the big picture I don’t think too many people are upset about this decision, but it’s disgraceful that the home nations cannot agree on a simple thing like this!

  5. Gina West 6 years ago

    This is a difficult one, of course it would be great to have Team GB women’s football represented at the Olympics but there is always the dilemma of how they can qualify.

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