The men’s and women’s Olympic Football games will take place in six different cities in Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Manaus, Brasília and Belo Horizonte. These football venues were confirmed by FIFA’s Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments on the 16th of March 2015. The arenas that the 58 Football matches will be played are Corinthians Arena (Sao Paulo), the Maracanã and Olympic Stadium (Rio de Janeiro), Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador), Mané Garrincha Stadium (Brasília), Amazônia Arena (Manaus) and the Mineirão (Belo Horizonte). Since Brazil hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup in all of these 6 cities, the infrastructure is ready to host more matches.
The men’s Olympic football competition consists of 16 teams that will be divided into four groups of four. The competition will begin one day before the Olympic Games opening ceremony, on the 4th of August. The two best-performing teams of each group will continue to the quarter-finals. The final match will be played one day before the closing ceremony, on the 20th of August, at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The women’s Olympics competitions consists of 12 teams that will be split into three groups of four and the matches will start on the 3rd of August. The best teams in each group and the two best third-placed teams will continue to the quarter-finals. The final match will be played on the 19th of August at the Marcanã Stadium.
If you’re planning on attending the Summer Games in 2016, want to travel around Brazil, and enjoy football, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! We have experience with all World Cup cities, and will certainly be able to help with your itinerary in 2016!