Team GB women’s football allowed to try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
England are the nominated country to try to qualify for the women’s football event at the 2020 Olympic Games, if successful that would then be handed to Team GB.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is the qualifying tournament for the European teams to win berths in the 2020 Olympic Games.
At the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, England were Bronze medal winners and the highest European team to finish at the tournament but they were not able to claim a spot at Rio 2016 as the four home nations had not then come to an agreement.
FIFA has announced that it had received written confirmation from the four home nations Football Association in agreement to allow a Team GB women’s football team to try to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
The agreement applies only to the GB women’s team and not the men’s.
Both men and women’s Team GB football teams participated at the London 2012 Olympic Games. For the men, it was the first time since 1972 and for the women it was their debut appearance.
It is not traditional for Team GB to have an Olympic football team as the home nations England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales feared it would tempt FIFA to force a permanent GB Team.
However. FIFA has said it would sanction a Team GB Olympic football team providing all four Football Associations agreed to it.
This agreement has now been made but only for a women’s football team.
England are the nominated country to seek a qualification berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.
England are ranked third in the World and will try to qualify on behalf of Team GB (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales). Scotland will also compete at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup alongside England, marking their first ever appearance in a final event.
At the London 2012 Olympics, Team GB women’s football team won all of their group stage games and played in front of 70,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. Canada knocked Team GB out of the competition in the quarter-finals.
The Team GB women’s football squad of London 2012 consisted of 17 players from England and 2 players from Scotland.
It is hoped that should Team GB be successful in qualification for Tokyo 2020, the squad list will be more evenly represented by all four nations.